In early May, St. Paul's Director of College Counseling Jake Talmage hosted nearly 500 admissions professionals in College Park in his role as president of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). Topics of discussion at the organization's 54th annual conference included: "Do letters of recommendation really matter?", the impact of discipline on admissions decisions, recruiting underserved students, making the most of summer visits, decoding the cost of college, and a very timely issue in light of recent news: how to recognize when parents are overstepping in the admissions process.
Mr. Talmage has served as President of the PCACAC since July 1, 2018. Prior to this role he served as the PCACAC's Admissions Practices Chair where he led a group involved with ethics issues.
"Jake is a nationally recognized leader and innovator in college admissions counseling," said Headmaster David Faus. "Even as his reputation grows, Jake's highest priority remains St. Paul's students. He and his staff work tirelessly to ensure that every student finds the best possible fit to continue his education."
With more than 800 members spanning Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia, PCACAC is one of 23 regional affiliates of the National Association for College Admission Counseling around the world. Members are professionals, predominately college admission officers and school counselors but also independent counselors and others involved with the college admission process. The group oversees the ethics of college admission, runs professional development, takes on government advocacy and much more.
Talmage has been Director of College Counseling at St. Paul's since 2005 and coaches soccer. Prior to joining the School, he was the Associate Director of College Counseling at Pine Crest School in Florida for five years. He previously held positions in the admissions offices of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Vermont, and the College of William & Mary.