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College Fly-In and Diversity Programs

9 Comments 25 April 2017

One of the most important factors is in deciding if a college is right for you is whether or not you can picture yourself as a member of campus. For many students this means a campus visit.  If the college isn’t nearby, however, traveling to visit the college might not be possible due to financial limitations.  The good news is that several colleges offer free fly-in programs, travel assistance scholarships, overnight programs and diversity programming that comes at little or no cost to students accepted to their programs!

Below is our updated list of these fly-in, diversity, and other programs that are great opportunities for multicultural students.   We continually update this list of fly-in programs as colleges announce their programs. Some colleges announce the dates for their fly-in programs in the spring, while other colleges do not announce the dates until later in the year. (Until each college announces the new dates for its fly-in program, the chart will list the previous year’s dates to suggest likely dates for the current year’s program.) Be sure to check back frequently for updates.

Do you know of any great programs that we missed? Feel free to share in the comments section so we can add it to our list.

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College NameName of Fly-in or Diversity ProgramProgram Date
Application Deadline
Albion CollegeFly-In Reimbursement ProgramApril each year
Admitted students only
Allegheny College#Allegheny Bound Overnight04/23-24/201704/06/2017
Amherst CollegeAmherst College Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH)09/23-25/2017
Babson CollegeMulticultural Overnight Experience11/22-23/201709/1/2017
Barnard CollegeBarnard Bound10/7-9/201706/01/2017
Bates CollegePrologue To Bates10/8-10/2017
Bentley UniversityFalcon Diversity Overnight11/10-11/201710/20/2017
Bowdoin CollegeExplore Bowdoin09/21-24/2017
Brandeis UniversityExplore Brandeis SEED Fly-in Program10/19-21/201708/15/2017
Bryant UniversityFly-In to BryantContact admissions office.
Available to high school seniors and prospective transfer students only.
Bryn Mawr Fall Travel ScholarsFall 201706/15/2017
Bucknell UniversityJourney to Bucknell10/29-31/2017May 2017
Calvin CollegeVisit GrantsFriday VisitsRolling
Carleton CollegeTaste of Carleton10/26-28/201709/02/2017
Carnegie Mellon UniversityCelebration of Diversity10/28-30/2017
9/5/2017 registration opens for October event
10/2/2017 registration opens for January event
Case Western Reserve UniversityDiversity Overnight11/12-13/201710/2/2017
Claremont McKenna CollegeFall Preview Fly-In Program10/8-10/20178/18/2017
Colby CollegeCommitment Experience Fly-In10/1-2/2017
TBA for 2017
Colgate UniversityColgate in Focus10/15-17/201709/08/2017
Applications evaluated on a rolling basis.
College of IdahoFly-In ReimbursementArrange visit through admissions officeRolling
College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's UniversityNational Fly-in Weekend Program11/18-20/2017
Registration available starting on September 1, 2017
College of the Atlantic (COA)Fall Fly-In10/12-15/2017
COA Presidential Scholars only
College of the Holy CrossPerspectives11/11-13/20179/24/2017
Colorado CollegeTigers on a Quest and Flyin' Tigers09/30/2017 - 10/2/2017
Columbia UniversityColumbia Engineering Experience10/8-10/2017 09/6/2017
Connecticut CollegeExplore Weekend11/12-14/2016
TBA for 2017
August 2017
Dartmouth CollegeNative American Community Program
Native Fly-In Program
Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth Bound Program07/16-19/201705/01/2017
Davidson CollegeMulticultural Visitation Program (MVP)10/15-17/2017 08/28/2017 (priority)
09/11/2017 (final)
Dickinson CollegeDiscover Diversity at Dickinson10/8-10/2017
Emory UniversityEmory's Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit Program10/12-14/2017 08/16/2017
Franklin & Marshall CollegeCollegiate Leadership Summit09/24-26/2017
George Washington University (GWU)Your GW09/28-29/2017
Gordon CollegeFly-In to Gordon03/23-25/2017
TBA for 2018
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell College Diversity Preview Program09/24-25/2017 09/4/2017
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeFly-In ProgramApril each year
Admitted students only
Hamilton CollegeDiversity Overnight09/17-19/2017
Harvey Mudd College
Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)09/28-30/2017

These are tentative dates.
Summer 2017
Haverford CollegeMulticultural Scholars Experience10/29-31/2017 09/15/2017
Holy Cross CollegePerspectives11/5-7/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Hope CollegeFly-In Weekend03/2-4/2017
TBA for 2018
TBA for 2018
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityTitan Weekend02/3-4/2017
TBA for 2018
TBA for 2018
Ithaca CollegeInside Look
Ithaca Today
TBA for 2018

Inside Look is a program for accepted students who self-identify as ALANA (African American, Latino[a], Asian American and Native American). It is followed by the admitted students weekend, Ithaca Today.
TBA for 2018
Johns Hopkins University
H.O.M.E. Program10/12-14/201709/15/2017
Kalamazoo CollegeIntercultural Fly-In ProgramFebruary and April 2018TBA for 2018
Kenyon CollegeCultural Connections Programs11/4-6/201710/13/2017 travel grant
10/30/2017 program
Lafayette CollegeOur Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium11/12/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Lehigh UniversityDiversity Achievers Program and
Diversity Life Weekend
Lewis and Clark CollegeLEAD Fly-In Program11/5-7/201709/18/2017
Luther CollegeFly-In Reimbursement ProgramPresent ticket at admissions office during visitRolling
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE)09/17-19/2017
Miami University (Ohio)Bridges at Miami University10/22-23/2017
Middlebury College
Discover Middlebury multicultural open house10/8-10/201708/11/2017
Missouri University of Science and Technology¡Sí Se Puede! weekend retreat for Hispanic and Latino students10/30/2017 - 11/1/201710/16/2017
Mt. Holyoke CollegeFocus on Diversity overnight program10/15-16/20178/24/2017
Oberlin CollegeMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)10/26-28/2017
11/30/2017 - 12/2/2017
Occidental CollegeFall Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) and Spring MVP11/10-12/2016
TBA for Fall 2017
Ohio UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)10/29-30/20179/30/2017
Pitzer CollegeDiversity Program at PItzer10/27-29/2016
TBA for Fall 2017
TBA for Fall 2017
Pomona College Perspectives on Pomona09/30/2017 - 10/3/2017
Purdue UniversityPurdue University Summer and Diversity CampsMultiple camps in June and July 2017Two weeks prior to start date
Reed CollegeDiscover Reed Fly-In10/8-10/201709/05/2017
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer)10/27-29/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Rice UniversitySeeking Opportunities at Rice (SOAR)09/30/2017 - 10/2/20178/18/2017
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaFly-in Airfare Assist ProgramContact admissions office
Applicants for admission only
Two weeks prior to visit
Scripps CollegePreview Scripps
Multicultural outreach travel grants
TBA for 2017TBA for 2017
Simpson CollegeFly-In Program ReimbursementArrange visit with admissions office and present ticket at admissions office during visitRolling
Smith CollegeWomen of Distinction Program10/20-22/201706/16/2017
St. Olaf CollegeFly-In Program11/07/201709/30/2017
Swarthmore CollegeDiscover Swarthmore overnight weekend program09/21-23/2017
Trinity College Preview Weekend11/5-6/201710/6/2017
Tufts UniversityVoices of Tufts: the University Experience10/19-20/2017 (Engineering)
10/26-27/2017 (Arts & Sciences)
TBA for 2017
10/3/2017 (Engineering)
10/11/2017 (Arts & Sciences)
Union CollegeGetting to Know Union Weekend10/8-9/2017
University of DenverLatino/a Pioneer Prep Institute and Black & African American Pioneer Prep Institute06/27/2017 - 07/01/2017
University of EvansvilleFly-In PolicyApril each year
Admitted students only
University of PennsylvaniaPenn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)10/8-10/201709/13/2017
University of RichmondMulticultural Overnight Visitation Experience (MOVE)11/12/2017TBA for 2017
University of RochesterMulticultural Visitation Program 11/9-11/201710/06/2017
University of St. ThomasSt. Thomas' Fly-In ProgramAvailable for a Tommie Overnight VisitRolling
University of Vermont Discovering UVM10/22-24/2017
Utica CollegeFly-In Visit Reimbursement ProgramArrange visit with admissions office and present ticket at admissions office during visitRolling
Vassar CollegeVassar View10/22-24/201709/15/2017
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPrimeros Pasos11/18/201711/10/2017
Washington University in St. LouisWashU Preview10/1-2/201707/14/2017
Wellesley CollegeDiscover Wellesley and Fall Travel Grant10/15-16/201706/30/2017 (priority)
08/15/2017 (final)
Wesleyan University
Fall Open House Transportation Assistance Programs10/8-9/2017
06/29/2017 (priority)
09/04/2017 (regular)
10/13/2017 (regular)
Whitman CollegeVisit Scholarship Program11/5-7/201709/30/2017
Whitworth UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)03/15-17/201802/26/2018
Williams CollegeWindows on Williams (WOW)09/21-23/2017
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)Discover: The Diversity Experience11/10-11/20179/29/2017

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How to Utilize Your Spring Break

No Comments 13 March 2017

It’s never too early to start preparing for college. Spring break is great time to get ahead of the game. Between your Netflix marathons and beach trips, here are some tips for preparing for college during any grade.

Build a College List

Take some time to think about what you want from your college experience. What size campus do you want? What do you think you want to study? How far from home do you want to be?

Once you’ve answered these questions, research colleges that fit your requirements. From there, you can start to build your college list. Make sure your college list includes a variety of safety, match and reach schools.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Utilize this free time to make your college application stand out. Reach out to a professional in your desired career path and shadow them for a day. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Grades and test scores are important, but colleges want to see who you are beyond those criteria. Show your dream college why you’d be a great fit in their community.

Practice for the ACT or SAT

Complete a few practice questions every day of spring break. Review some geometry concepts. Spend a little more time reading. The earlier you begin preparing for the test, the better you will likely perform on the test. Whether you’re about to take the test for the first, second or third time, any bit of preparation helps.

Look into Scholarships

It is never too early to start looking start thinking about money for college. Make sure your College Greenlight profile is up-to-date so we can match you to scholarships you are eligible for. We always are updating our scholarship database, so check in weekly to see what’s new on your list. Get creative with your scholarship search as well. Reach out to local businesses, your place of worship or leaders in your community to see if they are aware of any local scholarship opportunities

Pick Next Year’s Classes

Your high school courses should be selected with a bit of strategy. Aside from your required classes, think about what classes will best serve you in the future. Experiment with different subject matter to see if you can a course you’d be passionate about to study in college. If you are eligible, see where you can fit in a college credit or AP class.

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Colleges for Students with Average SAT Scores

No Comments 16 February 2017

High test scores are not the only way to get into college. Take a look at this list of colleges that accept students with SAT scores that range from 1,100 to 1,250.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Average SAT score – 1,195

The University of Alabama provides an environment that allows its graduates to make a positive difference in their community. Degrees in more than 200 fields of study are offered to Alabama students. UA was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 46th best public university in the country.

University of California- Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Average SAT Score — 1,210

UC-Santa Cruz is a high-impact research university with a commitment to teaching and public service. Students can choose from 65 majors in the fields of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences and the social sciences. Undergraduates can go on to pursue a degree from one of the 40 graduate programs.

Butler University


Average SAT Score – 1,240

Butler is focused on success for all its students. The university offers more than 65 major academic fields of study with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. When students are not in the classroom, they can participate in more than 150 student organizations

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich.

Average SAT Score – 1,180

Michigan State is the nation’s first pioneer land-grant university. Its’ mission is to advance the common good in uncommon ways. Students can chose to pursue on of the 200 undergraduate, graduate or pre-professional study programs.

Ohio University

Athens, Ohio

Average SAT Score – 1,165

Ohio University strives to be the top student-centered transformative learning community in the country. Along with 250 programs of study, students can immerse themselves in any of the almost 500 annually recognized student organizations that spark their interest.

University of New Hampshire

Durham, N.H.

Average SAT Score – 1,190

The university is New Hampshire’s sole public research university that provides top-notch undergraduate and graduate degree programs. By holding land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters, the University of New Hampshire is constantly pushing the boundary on continuing education.

Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

Average SAT Score – 1,220

Ripon is dedicated to help its students pursue their passions, both inside and outside the classroom. Students are given the opportunity to choose from 31 majors, 42 minors or customize their own course plan. Ripon also provides financial aid to 100 percent of its students.

University of Massachusetts-Boston


Average SAT Score – 1,125

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is recognized for a model of excellence for urban public universities across the nation. The university does this by combining a small-college feel with the resources of a major university. Students choose from 82 undergraduate programs and can expect a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

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5 Ways to Use Summer to Help Get Into College

No Comments 17 May 2016

School’s almost out: do you know what you’ll be doing to prepare you to get into college when the time comes to apply?

While it’s important to take some well-deserved rest and enjoy the weather with friends and family, don’t forget that now is a great time to take advantage of some opportunities that will help get you started on your college search as well as beef-up those applications with activities that will set you apart from the rest.

Regardless of whether you’re a sophomore, freshman or even in middle school, as you make your plans consider taking part in these 5 ways to really get ahead this summer.


Want to explore an interest while also doing a little good for the world at the same time? Volunteering is a great way to get some hands-on experience while also helping out in your community.  If you have an idea of a particular career or area of study, try to find a volunteering program that will give you a feel for whether or not it’s something you want to continue to pursue in college.  For example, if you like children or are considering a career in education, volunteering at a summer camp or tutoring program will give you first-hand experience in the field.

Volunteering shows college admissions counselors dedication to your interests at the same time as a commitment to helping others.  This can also be an activity for anyone from the middle school level and beyond, but some places may have restrictions you should check into beforehand such as parental permission for younger students.

 Summer Jobs & Internships

Summer jobs can help you to earn money for school and get experience that shows admissions departments that you’re a motivated applicant.  If you can find a job in a field you’re interested in, you’ll get an awesome head start on your career path; if not, that’s okay, too! Regardless of the kind of summer job you find, you can potentially gain important skills like organization, dealing with customers, responsibility, and teamwork that can help you in a wide variety of careers.  Did we mention that you’ll be able to make money you can save for college, too?

Another option is to find an internship or job shadow. While internships are often unpaid, they usually allow a more in-depth look at a particular field or profession and are specifically meant for interns to gain job-related skills. A job shadow is similar to an internship, but usually it’s for a shorter term (like a day or two.)  You’ll follow a person around for their day and learn the ins and outs of their job.

Summer School

While this one may seem like a punishment for some, certain students can leverage this time to take classes that can boost their GPAs or allow them to explore subjects they don’t have time for during the normal school year. Students who take summer school also show colleges that they take their studies seriously, and seeing summer classes that were completed successfully on a transcript is often impressive.

Ask your counselor for the summer school options available at your school. If you find the choices don’t suit your needs or if your school doesn’t have summer classes available, you may be able to take classes at another school in your area or even a private school and still receive credit–but check to make sure this option is offered and is compatible with the credit system where you attend.

Summer Programs on College Campuses

If you’re looking to get a taste of the college experience while also visiting a school you may be interested in, check to see if they have any summer programming for prospective students on campus.  Usually, you’ll live in a dorm, sit in on a few classes, and get a tour of the campus.  Some programs include activities both on campus and off to allow you to get a feel of campus culture and the area where the college is located.  These are especially great programs to participate in if you find one at a college you really want to attend–many schools take note of who has participated and keep that in mind when reviewing applications.

Many of the deadlines for programs like these are quickly approaching, so those interested should start looking at applying now. Unfortunately, sometimes these programs cost money and not many have great scholarships offered.  The good news is College Greenlight has compiled a list of 2016 summer programs with generous financial aid to make it easier to find schools where programs like this are affordable.

Visiting Colleges

If you’re a student entering your senior year, the summer is a great time to take a road trip and visit colleges you may be interested in applying to in the fall.  This is one of those opportunities where starting your college search can actually be fun! Whether it’s while you’re on vacation with your family, or if it’s a road trip to check out campuses with your friends, you can check out the schools and also plan side trips along the way.  Before you go or begin planning, make sure to check out the College Greenlight blog post on how to take advantage of your visit for tips on setting up a time, what to do to prepare, and making the most of the tour.

Bonus for Rising Seniors: Don’t Forget The College Greenlight Summer Challenge!

One of the easiest things to do to start your college and scholarship search is to enter to win the College Greenlight Summer Challenge Scholarship. We are entering students to win one of two $500 scholarships if they add 10 colleges to their college list and 5 scholarships to their scholarship list before September 1.  Enter to win scholarships while also getting some important work finding colleges that are the right fit for you and ways to pay for it!

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Class of 2017: Summer College Checklist

No Comments 03 May 2016

As the school year comes closer to an end and the current high school seniors begin making their college decisions, current juniors might find themselves wondering: what do I do now?  While many students may be thinking of summer as a time to relax, don’t forget it’s also a good time to start your college and scholarship search (and, participate in the College Greenlight Summer Challenge!) Between getting a tan and enjoying some much needed rest, consider this summer college checklist of tasks that will have you start your senior year on the right track.

Begin to Create Your College List

You’re about to begin the adventure to find the college that is right for you!  There are tons of schools out there and many factors to consider, and now is the time to start prioritizing what’s important to you. How much financial aid will you need? Do you want to stay close to home, or do you want to get out and explore? Do you want to go to school in a big city, or in a rural environment? Once you’ve decided the answers to questions like these, we recommend creating a College Greenlight profile and filling out as much as you can.  From here, you’ll be matched with schools that can be good matches, and you can use College Greenlight to explore other schools you are interested in.

See a school you like? Add it to your college list! College Greenlight helps to keep you organized with an easily accessible list with more in-depth information about the school just a click away.

College Greenlight Tip: Don’t forget to read the messages you receive from colleges, either: these come from schools that think you’d be a great addition to their campus, and may provide you with some college options you hadn’t considered or weren’t previously familiar with.

Consider What Teachers You’ll Ask for Letters of Recommendation

Choose teachers that know you pretty well and are familiar with your academic performance or extracurricular participation.  It can also be helpful to choose a teacher in the field of study you’re interested in that can vouch for your interest and potential.  You should plan to provide them with copies of your resume and personal statement, as well as the list of schools you’re applying to when you’ve finished your college list.

Research Scholarships You Plan To Apply For

Log in to your College Greenlight account (or create one if you haven’t already!) to easily research scholarships.  Once your profile is filled out as much as possible, you’ll  be able to visit your scholarship center to find even more scholarships we’ve matched you with.  The more complete your profile is, the better and the more scholarships you apply to, the more your chances to get free money for school improve. While you’re at it, apply to the College Greenlight Summer Challenge scholarship–it’s super easy!

Start Working on your College Application and Scholarship Essays

For a lot of people, their least favorite part of college and scholarship applications is the dreaded essay.  If you happen to be one of those people, getting started as soon as possible can help ensure you get it done and have plenty of time work through your entire writing process from rough draft to final.  Using resources like family and friends to help proofread, and online tools like the Purdue Online Writing Lab and Story2.

Begin Applications For Early Decision or Early Action Schools

If you are super interested in a school, it may be worth seeing if the have an early decision or early action plan.  It’s important to note that these are very different; early decision plans are binding, and early action plans are not.  This means if you apply to a school’s early decision and are accepted, you must attend that school. On the other hand, early action just means you’ll apply and get a decision earlier. Early decision and action often can mean early application deadlines, so if you choose to participate in one of these plans, you may need to begin your applications in the summer.

Did you finish these tasks, or even just check a few off your summer college checklist? Congratulations! You’re maximizing your summer and getting started on your college search–and important jump start as you enter your last year of high school.

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