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Life Skills Symposium

In 2016, the NCAA announced a partnership with the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, better known as N4A, for daily oversight and operation of programming for student-athletes and life skills professionals at NCAA member schools and conferences.

The Life Skills Symposium was formerly a three-day program conducted by NCAA leadership development for athletics professionals whose job responsibilities include student-athlete development. Moving forward, there will be no symposium. With the new partnership, the content and curriculum of the former symposium are now part of the annual N4A Convention.

At the N4A Convention, attendees will receive relevant, effective and practical training through various workshops, breakouts and general sessions, equipping them with a tool kit to best serve the ever-changing needs of college athletes.

Topics will center on student-athlete well-being and beyond, allowing administrators from across the NCAA to discuss and share ideas through both programming and networking opportunities.

For up-to-date information on the partnership between the NCAA and N4A, go here.

Cost and registration information

The former Life Skills Symposium programming is now part of the N4A Convention. Registration for the 2017 N4A Convention, scheduled to take place June 8-10 in Orlando, Florida, opens Feb. 13.

Registration rates for the 2017 N4A Convention are as follows:

  • Member: $300 before early-bird deadline/$450 after early-bird deadline
  • Nonmember: $500 early bird/$500 after early bird
  • Student: (includes interns and graduate assistants)  ($175 early bird/$175 after early bird)

The headquarters hotel for the N4A Convention is the World Center Marriott Resort, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL  32821. The room rate will be $185 per night, plus taxes and fees. New member orientation will begin at 2 p.m. June 8, followed by the convention kickoff and keynote speaker at 4:30 p.m. The convention concludes after an evening reception June 10. Most attendees should plan to depart June 11.

For more information, visit the N4A Convention website.

Contact us

Please direct questions regarding the 2017 N4A Convention to Katie Newman ( and Nathan Anderson (