Annual Conference 2023

COE’s 2023 Annual Conference will take place September 10-13 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton.

For college access professionals, attending the annual conference is an investment in professional development that will provide more impactful leverage for programs and participants. The conference features discussions on new trends in college access and retention and connects college leaders to proven best practices that will improve local colleges. Professionals come to the annual conference to hear new ideas, meet new colleagues, and generate renewed energy. The agenda is filled with information to help college access professionals and students become more competitive professionally and personally. Download the paper registration form here.

COE needs in-person and online moderators for Annual Conference. Volunteer to moderate a COE Annual Conference session before Thursday, June 1.


The Washington Hilton is the host hotel for Annual Conference 2023.

COE hosts Annual Conference 2023 at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20009. Make hotel reservations here. The rate for a single or double room is $319 + taxes and fees. The cut-off date is Wednesday, August 16, or when the room block is full—whichever comes first.

A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Personal check, money order or a valid American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Card or Carte Blanche card number and expiration date or a guarantee to the master account are acceptable. Your deposit is refundable if you cancel three working days prior to your arrival date.



Early Bird
(February 1 to May 31)
(June 1 to August 11)
Last Chance
(August 12 to September 14)
Council Members
Registration prices are the same for both in-person and online participation.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Session Title
Just Add Water: The Environmental Impact of H2O in Our Communities (All day pre-conference session)
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Risk Management 101
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Seeing Strengths Where Others See Challenges: Understanding Social-Emotional Development
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Preparing for the Student Support Services Competition
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Born Not Made: Becoming the Next Generation of TRIO Directors
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Evaluation 101: Let COE Help You Demonstrate Program Effectiveness
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
FAFSA Changes Are Coming-Let’s Get Ready
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 10 | Please only select one. Sessions will not be recorded.

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