CASCO Conference: June 18-20, 2018

CASCO Conference

CASCO (Collaborative for Access & Successful College Outcomes)

If you work with guiding underrepresented and first-generation college students along the path to college preparedness, admission, and enrollment success, this conference is for you. 

CASCO conference unites and empowers professionals from high schools, community organizations, and college admissions, financial aid, and student affairs* in building solid pathways for student success. 

*Conference currently focuses on methodology and resources within residential liberal arts colleges and universities.

For general inquiries, please feel free to contact us at or join our mailing list.

What happens when professionals from high schools, CBOs, admissions, and student affairs gather together to discuss the challenges facing underrepresented students?  We learned that we can leverage our uniquely different places on the continuum to better understand the intersection of student need, pre-college support, admissions selection, and matriculation/enrollment support. Join the discussion on ways we can better support the educational and personal goals of students of color and first-generation college students.  We'll examine academic, social, financial, and other support systems that impact students' experiences on small, residential, liberal arts colleges.  We will identify best practices and create a network of professionals with student success in mind.


Monday evening:

Check-In and Welcome Dinner


Morning-Participants will be part of small integrated groups (HS/CBO/College) to work through thematic issues.

Optional Tour of Bowdoin's Campus or Networking Break.


Afternoon-Participants will join small groups of similar domains to dig deeper in issues affecting their sphere of influence and discuss best practices drawing on insights derived from the morning session.  Learn from each others' strengths and weaknesses to re-examine your programs and strategies.

Evening: Lobster Bake Dinner and festivities.


Morning-Where do we go from here? Reconvene to discuss program ideas, strategies, and action plans for implementation at individual institutions and organizations.

Lunch and departures.


Conference Registration Fee: $225

Includes Monday's Opening Reception, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast on Wednesday, and conference materials.

On-Campus Housing:

Single-bedrooms with shared bathroom in a Bowdoin College House.

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2018 CASCO Conference. 

If possible, participants working on the college side should send a member of their admissions office, a member of student affairs working directly with underrepresented and/or first-generation students, and a member of their financial aid office.

High School and Organization representatives should work directly with underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

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CASCO Registration Fee: $225


  • Monday - Opening Reception/Dinner
  • Tuesday - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Wednesday – Breakfast and Lunch
  • Conference Materials
  • On-Campus Housing
    • Single-bedrooms with shared bathrooms in a Bowdoin College House

Registration will be open until April 15, 2018.

Bowdoin College is located in Brunswick, Maine, 25 miles north of Portland, ME and 120 miles north of Boston, MA. Directions to Bowdoin's campus are available online.


Bowdoin is easily accessible via I-295 from Boston and other New England cities via car, bus, or train.  For those traveling by plane, Portland International Jetport is located 30 minutes from campus and is serviced by five major airline carriers including Jet Blue and Southwest airlines.  Rental car agencies are available at the airport. 

Boston's Logan Airport is located 2.5 hours from Bowdoin's campus.  Concord Coach Lines offers two daily trips from Logan directly to Brunswick or hourly service into Portland, ME.  Rental car agencies are also readily available at Logan Airport. 

For more information and directions, please visit the College's visitor guide.


Parking is available in the parking lot beside the Admissions Office. If this lot is full, you may park at any of the following locations: North Campus Drive (off of Bath Road), South Campus Drive (off of College Street), Coffin Street Parking Lot, Dayton Lot (off of Sills Drive) and Russwurm House Parking Lot (just east of Tower Drive). Parking lots designated for faculty and staff are also available to visitors.

Additional parking is available in the Farley Field House lot: Take College Street to Coffin Street and make a right onto Coffin. Take that to Longfellow Ave. and make a left onto Longfellow. Go one block and make a right onto Harpswell Rd., turning right, almost immediately into the Farley Fieldhouse parking lot. Additional parking may also be available on Park Row, an access road that parallels upper Maine Street beside the College; please take note of the two-hour parking limit in certain sections. If you park here or in areas adjacent to the College, please park with the flow of traffic.

Note: Please do not park in the following areas: handicapped spaces unless applicable, emergency vehicle spots, or fire lanes. If you have questions about parking, call the Security Office at 207-725-3500.

CASCO participants may choose to stay in on-campus housing during the program (included in registration fee) or may opt to book a room at an area hotel.  The following Brunswick hotels will offer discounts for rooms during the CASCO program and have rooms set aside.  Please mention that you will be visiting for the Bowdoin CASCO conference when you make your reservations at:

You can also book a room at other hotels and B&B's in Brunswick or the Mid-Coast region

On-Campus Housing:

Single-bedrooms with shared bathroom in a Bowdoin College House.

Past CASCO Attendees

  • Achievement First Amistad High School
  • Achievement First Public Charter Schools
  • Bennington College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York
  • Carleton College
  • Colby College
  • Coliseum College Prep Academy
  • College Bound Initiative
  • Connecticut College
  • Davidson College
  • DC Preparatory Academy
  • Gettysburg College
  • Haverford College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mitchell Institute
  • Pomona College
  • Schuler Scholar Program
  • Smith College
  • Swarthmore College
  • The Opportunity Network
  • The TEAK Fellowship
  • Union College
  • Uplift Education
  • Vassar College
  • View Park Middle School
  • Wellesley College