NextGen FAQ

  • How do I register for the NextGen conference?
  • I need a scholarship to attend, how do I apply?
  • Is NextGen geared toward undergraduate students, graduate students, or new professionals?
  • How should I dress?
  • What should I bring?
  • When is check-in for the NextGen Conference? When does the NextGen Conference end?
  • Are meals included in the NextGen Conference and in the ACPA Convention?
  • Are the other meals “on your own?”
  • Is there support for my travel and food costs?
  • Are we required to stay in one of the ACPA Convention Hotels?
  • How can I find a roommate?
  • May I stay for the full ACPA Convention?
  • I’ve never been to a national conference, so what can I expect?
  • Where may I find information about traveling to the NextGen Conference?
  • How do I learn more about ACPA acronyms, terms, and structure?

How do I register for the NextGen conference?
It’s easy! Click here and complete the form.  This is the same link that folks can use to register for the general convention but you’ll be able to indicate that you want to attend the NextGen conference as you proceed throughout the form.

I need a scholarship to attend, how do I apply?
During the registration process you’ll be able to indicate that you’ll need a scholarship to attend NextGen. We hope to let folks know in early 2017 whether or not they’ve received a scholarship.

Is NextGen geared toward undergraduate students, graduate students, or new professionals?
All of the above!  The NextGen Conference is a unique opportunity for the next generation of Student Affairs educators to meet and learn from current graduate preparation program faculty, NextGen alumni, and seasoned student affairs professionals who work across the country at diverse institutional types in a variety of positions.

How should I dress?
Business casual dress – be comfortable and also professional.  Be sure to check the weather as you plan your trip to NextGen, but know that convention center rooms may be cool, so bring an extra layer just in case!  We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.

What should I bring?

  • Shoulder bag or backpack to carry handouts, books, and other resources you may collect.
  • Business cards (if you have them) for networking.
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and an open mind and heart!

When is check-in for the NextGen Conference? When does the Next Gen Conference end?
Registration begins at noon on Saturday, 25 March.  The NextGen Conference closes at 3:30pm on Sunday, 26 March however the NextGen participants will then be invited to attend the ACPA Convention Opening Session (4:00-7:30pm).

Are meals included in the NextGen Conference and in the ACPA Convention?
Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch are included in the NextGen Conference; dining accommodations will be available.  While there are no formal meals for ACPA Convention participants, many people snack on appetizer-type food at the ACPA Convention Opening Session as well as at the receptions.

Are the other meals “on your own?”
Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast are on your own.  There are reasonable cost dining options in the Convention Center and within a short distance.  In addition, you can navigate over to the North Market for a snack, some hometown original Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and/or wide variety of fresh, local, authentic food.

Is there support for my travel and food costs?
Yes! The ACPA Foundation provides travel grants up to $250 for students.  When you register for the NextGen conference, apply for a scholarship.  ACPA will be in contact with additional details on how to obtain a travel grant.  We also encourage you to reach out to possible resources on your campus through the Vice President of Student Affairs, student government, or other opportunities.

Are we required to stay in one of the ACPA Convention Hotels?
We encourage all NextGen participants to stay in one of the Convention Hotels.  ACPA works with local hotels to obtain reasonable rates for attendees.  All six hotels are in close proximity, and three are accessible via indoor thruways to the Convention Center.  Consider sharing a room with another student (or two) from your institution traveling to NextGen to save on costs.  Sometimes, you may have a friend whose college or university is  covering the cost of a single room (which happens to have an extra bed).

How can I find a roommate?
ACPA17 provides support in your roommate search by utilizing Roomsync. The Roomsync platform allows for users to search and connect with potential convention roommates. Access the Roomsync portal by clicking here!

May I stay for the full ACPA Convention?
Yes!  See the registration form for details on cost.  (The NextGen undergraduate member registration fee includes participation in ACPA17 which begins with the Opening Session featuring CelebrACPA and major speakers Derreck Kayongo and Freeman Hrabowski III on  Sunday, 26 March at 4pm and goes through the Closing Session featuring featuring Daisy Hernández Wednesday, 29 March ending 12:30pm.

I’ve never been to a national conference, so what can I expect?
You can expect to learn from leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe. ACPA put together a robust curriculum, and there should be no shortage of new ideas, best practices, and the opportunity to connect. There is also the opportunity to network, attend socials, and get involved and volunteer with ACPA.

Where may I find information about traveling to the NextGen conference?
We encourage you to use all the resources on the ACPA17 Plan Your Visit page to learn about travel to and around Columbus, Ohio, USA.  

How do I learn more about ACPA acronyms, terms, and structure?
To learn more about ACPA, please visit the ACPA website. The “About Us” page will give you more information about the structure, governance, and directorate. or assistance.