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Columbia College's Tina McNeil receives statewide recognition for college admissions work

Admissions counselor Tina McNeil was named this year’s Rising Star by the Missouri Association of College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) at the annual MOACAC/Great Plains Association College Admission Counseling (GPACAC) Conference held April 15-17 in Overland, Kan. The Rising Star award is given to a MOACAC member who has been in the college admissions profession less than three years and has contributed to helping students with enthusiastic and professional involvement.

As an admissions counselor for Columbia College, McNeil co-advises student ambassadors; oversees individual registration appointments; meets with tours and prospective students; coordinates campus visits; and plans preview day events, guidance counselor luncheons, scholarship days, scholarship presentations and departmental showcases.

A non-profit organization consisting of admissions professionals, high school counselors and educational organizations, MOACAC strives to help students and their families through the college selection process. MOACAC serves professionals in both the high school and college levels of college admissions, and is a chartered affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

McNeil has been an admissions counselor for Columbia College since June 2010. She lives in Columbia, Mo., with her husband, Jim.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit