The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) promotes high ethical standards and professional development amongst graduate admissions consultants, increases public understanding of graduate admissions consulting, and enhances communication with complementary organizations and entities. Our membership is comprised of over 180 representatives from 16 countries, including the Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States. 

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Thanks to the Conference Committee volunteers’ collaborative efforts, I am proud to announce the theme of our 2017 annual conference and share some of the topics we will be pursuing for the panels.

Overall, we are planning not only professional development activities but sessions enabling us consultants and our admissions colleagues to dialogue as a group about the impact of recent worldwide social, economic, technological and political shifts on our industry and profession. To examine how such shifts are and will be affecting graduate schools and students so we can adapt to new realities, we have set the conference theme:

Global Changes: Opportunities and Challenges for Graduate Admissions

Here is a taste of some content specifics.

  • Global Career Mobility: Are students changing post-graduation destinations? What does this mean for school admissions, first jobs and employability, and building careers?
  • New Tools for Evaluation: Essays are traditional successful components of applications – how are creative presentation components bringing value and how are they re-shaping the landscape of the application process?
  • Visas: What might we anticipate about new immigration and work permit laws and how will that impact schools and students worldwide?
  • 2017 MBA Applicant Survey analysis: Expect aggregated feedback from an anticipated 3,000+ survey participants to reveal new insights into applicants trends and relationships between students and schools.
  • Breakout groups: This annual conference favorite is returning – and there will be plenty of time for frank, respectful conversations between us consultants and admissions colleagues to learn from each other.

Register early and save $130!! Early registration deadline is February 17, 2017.

If you have questions, you can reach us with questions at

Finally, let me also share the links for current full conference details and registration. Please register by February 17 to take advantage of the Early Bird rates!

The committee and I are extremely excited to bring you a conference grappling with the cutting-edge issues in our profession. We hope AIGAC 2017 will educate and inspire – and help you connect with new peers and reconnect with old friends.

Please keep in touch – and see you in California,

Rachel Korn, Conference Chair

Nupur Gupta, All Schools’ Day Co-chair

Vince Ricci, AIGAC Afternoon Co-chair

Emily Wolper, AIGAC Afternoon Co-chair

HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

Join Vince Ricci, AIGAC President and representatives of Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, HBX, for a discussion of the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. CORe is a three-course online program on business fundamentals developed by HBS faculty.

Read more and join the webinars!

President’s Message

AIGAC President Vince Ricci would like to share video updates on the progress our volunteers have made towards meeting our 2016-17 strategic objectives.  Thank you for watching the videos below touching on our current five committees.

Overall Playlist

Part 1 – Introduction and Executive Summary
Part 2 – Sponsorship and Fundraising Update
Part 3 – MBA Applicant Survey Update
Part 4 – Membership Committee Update
Part 5 – Communication Committee Update
Part 6 – Conference Committee Update

AIGAC Volunteer of the Month

This month, we are excited to acknowledge the efforts of Nupur Gupta as AIGAC’s volunteer of the month. She has been an outstanding contributor to the organization and has taken on a leading role in the 2017 AIGAC Conference this spring!

Nupur Gupta first joined AIGAC in 2014 and started to get involved fast! She helped with the social media effort at the 2016 conference and helped to moderate one of the highly successful sessions where schools and consultants interacted. Her fun yet focused style ensures that everything gets done and the team has a great experience along the way.

Rachel Korn, AIGAC Board Member and 2017 Conference Co-Chair offered her thoughts:

Initiative, initiative, initiative! Frequently, when I think I have a topic to approach with Nupur, I discover that she has already proactively wrestled with it – and prepared material ten steps ahead. She is a strong creative thinker and one of the best partners I could imagine. More than that, Nupur keeps us all on our toes by helping us evaluate our best practices, from small technical ways to communicate to macro-scale philosophy. And she executes. I am thrilled to be working with Nupur on the conference as she brings incredible value to the AIGAC organization!

Thanks Nupur for your contributions!