PTAC Expectations

Pine Tree Admission Consortium Tour – “Rules of the Road”

Thank you for being part of the Pine Tree Admission Consortium’s (PTAC) 2020 Tour!


After 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 of 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. 

  • Registration

Participation in the Tour is on a “first come, first served” basis. There is a limited amount of space on the tour (24 spots) available. As such, there is a priority deadline of February 15th.  A refundable (if unable to participate in the Tour with early notification to Tour organizers and upon completion of the tour) $100 is required to hold a spot in the PTAC Tour. If you are requesting a single room keep in mind that they are a first come first serve basis and we are limited to 10 total. 

If you have been selected and are unable to participate in the Tour, please notify the tour organizers as early as possible. Historically, there has been a waiting list for this tour. No refunds will be issued for withdrawal from the tour after March 1st. 

  • Arrival and Departure

Tour participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the host Hotel. Check in at the Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront is no later than 3:30pm. 

Departure will occur after the conclusion of the final college visit on Thursday, April 30th by 12:30 pm. 

  • Participation

Full participation is expected for all scheduled events starting on Sunday, April 26th ; riding the bus to and from all campus visits; participation in each campus visit and the New England Lobster bake on Wednesday April 29. (Note: Dietary needs can be accomodated)

PTAC members 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 boardings and departures. This is especially important first thing in the morning. 

IV: Campus Visits

You will be given each schools promotional materials and a booklet with fact sheets at orientation. 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 and information.

PTAC Counselor Tour 2020
April 26th—April 30th

Sunday, April 26
2:30pm—3:30pm Registration and check in at the Hilton Garden Inn–Downtown
3:30pm—4:00pm Brief Tour overview and depart for Maine College of Art
4:00pm—5:30pm Maine College of Art
5:30pm—7:00pm Dinner at Maine College of Art

Monday, April 27
7:00am—7:00am Breakfast at the Hotel
7:30am Depart
9:30am—12:30pm University of Maine at Farmington
3:00pm—7:00pm University of Maine
9:30pm—10:00 pm Return to Hotel

Tuesday, April 28
7:30am—8:00am Coffee available at Hotel
8:00am Depart
9:30am—12:00pm Bridgton Academy
1:00pm—4:00pm Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
4:45 pm Return to Hotel—Enjoy the evening in Portland

Wednesday, April 29
7:30am—8:00am Coffee available at Hotel
8:15am Depart
9:00am—12:00pm University of New England
12:45pm—3:15pm Southern Maine Community College
3:45pm Return to the Hotel
TBA Depart for the Lobster Bake

Thursday, April 30
7:00am—7:30am Coffee available at Hotel
7:30am Depart
8:00am—12:00pm University of Southern Maine
12:00pm Return to the Hotel
12:30 pm Check out and Conclusion of the 2020 PTAC Tour


If you have questions, please email

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