Jim McLaughlin

Jim McLaughlin


2020 Annual IC3 Conference

Jim McLaughlin is an educator and lifelong learner at heart, and has dedicated his career to college counseling and student success. He traveled to more than 30 countries during his 15+ years in international admissions and student services at Chestnut Hill College and Drexel University, located in his hometown of Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection.” Prior to joining the IC3 team full-time in September 2019, Jim most recently directed the Office of International Students and Scholars Services at Drexel University where he led a team of eight professionals serving 5,000+ students and scholars. He has been involved with the IC3 Movement since 2016 and has attended every Annual IC3 Conference. Jim has held several IC3 leadership positions, including Chair of both the Outreach Committee (2016-17) and University Committee (2017-18). Jim resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family and currently serves as Co-Chair of the 2020 Annual IC3 Conference.

Posts by Jim McLaughlin

Reflections on Growth

Posted on 26 Mar 2020 by Jim McLaughlin

“Could a simpler way of life really be possible?” As I write these words, my local area is in social isolation, much like the rest of the world, to curb the spread of COVID-19.  Schools are closed, along with most businesses. Events and family gatherings, weddings, and even funerals, are postponed or cancelled altogether. We are forced to stay put. ... Read More

Making Career Counseling the Heart of Every Curriculum

Posted on 17 Dec 2018 by Jim McLaughlin

JimMcLaughlin, Associate Director of Freshman Admissions at Drexel University,speaks to the Principal of Sarala Birla Academy, Santanu Das, to understand the landscape of career and college counseling and how educators can shape this field to positively impact many young lives. Jim McLaughlin (JM): What are some of the challenges faced by career counselors? How do you as a senior administrator ... Read More

Some Food for Thought about Indians’ Study Abroad Choices

Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Jim McLaughlin

The Indian palate for education abroad is evolving and diversifying. Not only has the sheer number of Indians studying abroad grown significantly as a whole, but also has the parity among the top receiving countries. Although the U.S. remains the top study destination for Indian students, that proportion is shrinking relative to the rest of the world. According to World ... Read More

My Journey with India: Personal and Professional

Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Jim McLaughlin

India is an extraordinary nation bursting with passionate, energetic and talented youth. The demographics are well known, but no less staggering—more than 300 million people under 15 years of age. Needless to say, engagement in India is a must for globally active higher education institutions. When I advised my first Indian student nearly 10 years ago at Chestnut Hill College, ... Read More