Program Details for the National Symposium on Student Retention 2018

This year’s NSSR will take place Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Work in Progress

The authors of accepted proposals will submit their papers by May 21. The peer-review and decision-making process will follow with final acceptance at the end of July. Papers will be edited in August and the scheduling of presentations will take place in September. Program details will be posted here as we finalize information. We will post a tentative schedule when registration opens in mid-June. In early October, we will finalize and provide the full conference schedule.

Aerial View of University of Utah. Photo Credit: Adam Barker

The University of Utah is home to Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum of Utah. It is a 10 minute drive from the location for #NSSR18. Photo Credit: Adam Barker

New This Year- Full Day Thursday

The symposium begins on Monday with full- and half-day pre-conference workshops, with the Welcome Reception afterwards. Tuesday’s activities start with a morning plenary session followed by a full day of concurrent sessions. Wednesday includes roundtable discussions as well as additional concurrent sessions. Our Best Practices Awards will be presented during breakfast on Thursday, followed by the poster session and a full day of concurrent sessions. Refreshments will be included throughout your time at the symposium.

Attendees will have many opportunities to hear presentations based on peer-reviewed papers, attend workshops providing hands-on opportunities, and network with a diverse group of colleagues from around the country.


“This is my favorite conference each year.”

-Jared Tippets, Vice President for Student Affairs, Southern Utah University


Review highlights from the 2017 Symposium on our Past Symposia page. Materials include the full conference program, award winners, and links to video and hand-outs from the keynote address.