Helping you and your child with college advising

What is ACAP

Alumni College Advising Program (ACAP): What do we offer?

ACAP is an independent college advising service, offered September through June, for the children of Brown alumni. This service is offered free of charge by the Brown Alumni Relations department, and is aimed at helping families understand and navigate today’s college admission landscape. Experienced counselors, both veteran admission officers, work with students on identifying colleges that match their needs and qualifications, discuss the actual application process and what makes a strong application, and consult with them as they make their final choices. We also work with transfer students and with families who would like help with secondary school choices and curriculum planning. Our work with students might include any of the following:

  • Setting the context: admission landscape overview
  • Review of student’s academic interests and record
  • Review of tests and testing plan
  • Review of extracurricular interests and activities
  • Discussion of colleges/college list development
  • Discussion of application process*
  • Post-decision follow up

*ACAP counselors do not review or edit essays.

Our approach is simple: understand the admission landscape, be true to yourself and thoughtful about your choices, and know that there are many schools out there that will be a great fit for you. Please note: ACAP is not an advocacy program and students do not have to have an interest in Brown to work with us. In fact, a third of the alumni children with whom we work are not interested in applying to Brown.

Our program offers up to 3 hours of counseling time per student, which typically includes an initial meeting here on campus. If you are unable to make it to campus, we’d be happy to work with you over the phone or by email. We begin meeting with students after January 1 of their junior year of high school. We are also available for quick phone or email consultation prior to that time.

How to get started

Contact us

Phone: 401-863-9919 | Email: | Fax: 401-709-6819

Regular U.S. Mail:
Alumni College Advising Program (ACAP)
Box 1859
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Other Courier:
Alumni College Advising Program (ACAP)
38 Brown Street, Maddock Alumni Center
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

Office hours:
September through June: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (EST)

Jill Caskey ’85, Director (read bio)
Rebecca Bliss ’92, College Counselor (read bio)
Karen Wehr, ACAP Specialist/Counselor (read bio)

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