Pine Tree Admission Counselor Tour 2014

The Pine Tree Admission Consortium Spring Tour 2014: April 28th-May 2, 2014

Below is the agenda for Spring 2014. Please note that the RSVP deadline has passed. If you have questions or concerns, please email

Monday, April 28th- Welcome Reception : Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk Street Valet Parking is available; simply call (207) 774-4200 * For registered PTAC members

Tuesday, April 29th- UMaine and University of Maine Farmington

Wednesday, April 30th- St. Joseph’s College and Bridgton Academy

Thursday, May 1st- MECA and University of Southern Maine (Inn at Peaks Island)

Friday, May 2nd- University of New England and SMCC (end of the tour)

We look forward to seeing you next week!!!

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Registration for Spring 2014 Tour – April 28th-May2nd

Register at this link for the Spring 2014 Tour!

Guidance counselors and college counseling professionals are invited to stay with us and tour eight Maine institutions: Bridgton Academy, Maine College of Art, University of Maine at Farmington, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Southern Maine Community College, University of Maine, University of New England, and University of Southern Maine. We will enjoy tours of the campuses, explore Portland, and have a lobster bake on Peaks Island.

PTAC Tour – “Rules of the Road”

Thank you for your interest in the Pine Tree Admission Consortium’s (PTAC) tour.

After over 25 years of successfully providing this tour, we have found that tour participants appreciate knowing in advance what is expected of them. These “Rules of the Road” represent our expectations of our guests and should be considered as conditions for participation. It is our assumption that you will be fully involved in all aspects of the tour. Early departure from the tour will result in the forfeiture of your deposit.

I. Registration
Participation in the Tour is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. There is a limited amount of space on this tour (26 spots) available. As such, there is a priority deposit deadline of December 1st. A $100 is required to hold a spot in the PTAC Tour. Deposit is only refundable if attendee is unable to participate in the tour with early notification (before March 1) to Tour organizers OR upon completion of the tour.
If you have been selected and are unable to participate in the tour, please notify Tour organizers as early as possible. Historically, there has been a waiting list to attend this tour. No refunds will be issued for withdrawal from the Tour after March 1st.
****A registration will be considered complete once we have received the deposit.****

II. Arrival and Departure
Tour attendees are responsible for their own travel to and from the host hotel. PTAC does not cover the costs of travel.

Check-in at The Regency in Portland on Monday, April 28th no later than 3:00PM.
Departure will occur after the conclusion of the final college visit on Friday, May 2nd by 3:30pm.

III. Participation
Full participation is expected and includes the orientation meeting and dinner on Monday, April 28th; riding the bus to and from all campus visits; participation in each campus visit and the New England Lobster bake on Thursday, May 1st (note: dietary needs can be accommodated).
Members of the Pine Tree Admission Consortium put a great deal of effort into organizing your visit to their campus. We ask that you help us keep to our schedule by being on time for the bus boarding and departures. This is especially important first thing in the morning.

IV. Campus Visits
You will be given each school’s promotional materials and a booklet with fact sheets at check in. The PTAC schools have agreed not to distribute other literature to you during the tour and to limit handouts to agendas, campus maps, and rosters of your students in attendance. Following the Tour, each college is free to send you additional publications.
We will be doing extensive tours of the campuses, please be prepared to travel on these campuses and let us know if you need accommodations so we can plan accordingly.

V. Hotel Accommodations & Meals
We have our attendees stay at the lovely Regency Hotel in downtown Portland. PTAC will cover the cost of a double. You will be housed with another attendee. Roommate requests can be made if there is someone else on the tour that you wish to room with. If you wish to have a single room, you can pay $320 for the week ($80 a night) to reserve a single. That payment can be made to PTAC. Spaces for singles are limited.

All meals, except one, are covered by PTAC. You will have one free evening during the tour to enjoy downtown Portland or explore other places, like Freeport (home to LL Bean). Please inform us of any dietary needs you have so we can plan appropriately.

Deposits can be mailed to:
Margaret Brownlee
University of Southern Maine
Undergraduate Admission
37 College Ave
Gorham, ME 04038

Checks should be made to: Pine Tree Admission Consortium

Questions? Email and one of our members will get back to you.

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College Counselor Luncheons: Learn more about the PTAC member schools

Pine Tree Admission Consortium is hosting two luncheons for college counselors this fall. We welcome college counselors to join us for lunch, and learn about opportunities for your students at our great Maine schools and colleges.

We ask that all attendees pre-register for the Luncheon. Space is limited.

Wednesday, November 14th at Angelica’s Restaurant in Middleton, MA
11:30 AM to 2 PM
Check in begins at 11:30. Lunch will begin promptly at 12.

Register for November 14th Luncheon in Middleton, MA here.

Thursday, November 15th at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth, MA **CANCELLED**

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Reservation Form for the PTAC Tour – closed for 2012

Reservations for the PTAC Tour for 2012 are closed. All attendees have been notified. If you are still interested for our 2014 tour, please contact us at

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Spring Tour for 2012

The Pine Tree Admission Consortium offers high school guidance counselors the chance to visit with us through a Counselor Tour in the spring. Counselors are based in one central hotel for the week, and are bused to the different campuses each day. They not only get to see some outstanding schools, but have ample opportunity to sample Maine, “The Way Life Should Be”.  You’ll see the rocky coast, cruise the lake region, visit Freeport and L.L. Bean, as well as sit down to enjoy a true Maine staple, the lobster bake. Aside from the Tour, the PTAC membership also tries to reach out to counselors at annual guidance conferences, college fairs, and by hosting guidance organization meetings.

We certainly hope that you will, whether it is this year or in the future, have the chance to join us here in the beautiful state of Maine.

Tentative dates for the Spring Tour is April 23-27th, 2012.

If you are interested in attending the tour, email Cookie Treible @

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