Mission & History


The mission of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO) is to provide for the dissemination of information, the exchange of ideas, and leadership in policy interpretation in the region. To maintain a leadership position in pursuit of this mission, SACRAO identifies and promotes standards and best practices affecting admission officers, registrars and other academic support, and student-service professionals.



SACRAO began in 1947 when a group of registrars and admissions officers met for one and a half days in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in Louisville, KY.   In 1972, the group decided to meet at a time and place determined by the Executive Committee and held its own meeting in New Orleans in December. The largest of the regional associations, SACRAO has since thrived. This was the only time the association has ever met in New Orleans, since what has become the traditional SACRAO meeting month (February) is at the height of the Mardi Gras season. Fate intervened; however, and SACRAO could return to New Orleans for 2009. 

SACRAO was incorporated in September 1986, as a non-profit organization, and attendance at its annual meeting has grown from the original nucleus to over six hundred.  In February 2005, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was accepted for membership.

SACRAO membership includes representation from over 500 institutional member colleges and universities in the 14-state region and one commonwealth, more than 60 corporate members from across the U.S., and three educational agencies. Membership also includes 100+ honorary, associate, and graduate student members.