2017 Higher Ed Conferences You Don't Want to Miss
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2017 Higher Ed Conferences You Don't Want to Miss
(January 09, 2017)

Written by: Alayna Carlson | @laynacarlson

Looking to up your marketing, networking, technology and recruiting game in 2017? Curious about the latest strategies, techniques or online tools currently working their magic at schools around the globe? What’s hot and what’s not in academic recruiting and retention? Now’s the time to explore some of the top Higher Ed Conferences nationwide and mark them on your calendar for 2017.

Converge 2017

February 21-24 – Rancho Mirage, CA
A recruitment and inbound marketing conference for 2017. Big companies and big leaders share their biggest ideas in the ever-changing areas of marketing and recruitment

ACE2017 – the American Council on Education's 99th Annual Meeting

March 11-14 – Washington, D.C.
The country’s most distinguished higher education conference. Sessions focus on the themes of higher education leadership, equity and social justice, leadership in a changing world and innovation. An informed look at the future of higher education.

Ellucian Live 2017 

March 19-22  Orlando, FL
Ellucian Live provides a unique opportunity to engage with one of the largest global communities in the industry – a visionary community dedicated to creating solutions that revolutionize the educational experience. Ellucian Live brings more than 8,400 attendees from 1,300 higher education institutions around the world to discuss the changing landscape of technology and the role it plays in higher education.

NAGAP Graduate Enrollment Management

April 19-22 – Salt Lake City, UT
Learn new approaches, receive updated information on all aspects of graduate enrollment management, share useful tips, exchange creative ideas, and connect with fellow NAGAP members.

HigherEd Summit 2017 –

April 27-29 – Austin, TX
Join the University of Texas System,, and leading colleges and universities from across North America for an exciting two and a half day innovation journey. Hear insights from industry experts, attend meaningful breakout sessions, and collaborate with peers and partners to learn how technology can transform your institution into a truly connected campus.

ASU GSV Summit

May 8-10 – Salt Lake City, UT
The summit takes a deep dive into the latest innovations in education and talent technology from K-12 to higher education. More than 3500 leading innovators across the education and talent sector gather together to accelerate innovation in education and talent.


June 12-14 – Orlando, FL
UBTech is an annual conference and trade show on higher education technology leadership that highlights emerging trends in IT and AV technologies and their applications across campus to improve institutional and student success. Each year UBTech brings together key campus leaders from hundreds of colleges and universities for a focused high-level conversation about technology innovation across every aspect of campus leadership and practice.

GMAC – Graduate Management Admissions Council

June 17-20 – San Francisco, CA
Interact with education professionals in admissions, recruiting, marketing, and MBA program management.

AACRAO Technology and Transfer Conference

July 9-11 – New Orleans, LA
This conference focuses on creating a transfer-friendly environment as a key strategy for students who continue to transfer at higher rates using technology as an integral strategy.

Ruffalo Noel Levitz

July 26-28 – Denver, CO
This mega conference features sessions covering a wide range of enrollment management topics: student recruitment, campus marketing, student retention, financial aid, staff development, and more.

EduWeb Digital Summit

August 7-9 – Boston, MA
eduWeb prides itself in offering a diverse selection of presentations and pre-conference workshops from leading industry and higher education experts. The program focuses on the integration of mobile, social media, branding and communication content with programming, design and analytics.

NACAC – National Association for College Admissions Counseling

September 14-16 – Boston, MA
NACAC’s national conference is a dynamic education and networking event held annually to build relationships among college admission counseling professionals, higher education thought leaders, national policymakers, and others who support students and families in the transition from high school to college.


October 8-10 – Hartford, CT
HighEdWeb is the annual conference of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, created by and for all higher education Web professionals – from programmers to marketers to designers to all team members in-between—who want to explore the unique Web issues facing colleges and universities.

edUI 2016

October 24-26 – Charlottesville VA
edUi is a conference for web professionals working at institutions of learning—colleges, universities, libraries, and museums providing practical professional development in the fields of user interface and user experience design, with a focus on overcoming the challenges unique to higher education and nonprofit organizations.

Confab Higher ED

November 6-8 – Indianapolis, IN
Confab is a content strategy conference dedicated to the unique challenges and opportunities of higher ed. The conference boasts notable speakers and leading experts in various areas of content production, marketing, and creation.

AMA 2017 Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education 

November 12 -15 – Atlanta, GA
A must-attend conference for all marketers. Industry leaders discuss challenges and trends shaping marketing in higher education. Learn about smart new strategies and innovative approaches, and the full value of what marketing can do.

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