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College Fly-In & Diversity Programs for 2016

26 Comments 09 May 2016


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 and for many students this means a campus visit.  If the college isn’t nearby, however, being able to make the visit might not be possible due to financial limitations.  The good news is that a number of institutions 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.   While many of these programs have announced their dates for 2016, some colleges hold their events later in the year and these dates have yet to be announced.  Be sure to check back later in the summer 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.

College NameName of Fly-in or Diversity ProgramProgram DateApplication Deadline
Allegheny CollegeFall Into Allegheny Overnight ProgramNovember 6-7
Amherst CollegeAmherst College Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH)Saturday, September 24 – Monday, September 16

Saturday, October 15 – Monday, October 17
Deadline for 2016 has passed
Babson CollegeMulticultural Overnight Experience
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – Monday, November 7, 2016
noon EST on Friday, September 15, 2016
Barnard CollegeBarnard BoundOctober 8-10, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Bates CollegePrologue To BatesPrologue I: October 9-11, 2016
Prologue II: November 13-15, 2016
Prologue I: September 7, 2016
Prologue II: September 28, 2016
Bentley UniversityFalcon Preview!Friday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m. to Saturday, November 12 at 3:00 p.mOctober 14th
Brandeis UniversityExplore Brandeis SEED Fly-in ProgramOctober 6-8thSeptember 9th
Bowdoin CollegeExplore BowdoinExplore Bowdoin I: September 15-18, 2016
Explore Bowdoin II: November 3-6, 2016
First session: August 22, 2016
Second session: September 23, 2016
Bryn Mawr Fall Travel ScholarsFlexibleDeadline for 2016 has passed
Bucknell UniversityJourney to BucknellNov. 6-8, 2016
Carleton CollegeTaste of CarletonThursday, October 27th - Saturday, October 29th, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Connecticut CollegeExplore WeekendSaturday, November 12 - Monday, November 14, 2016October 3rd
Carnegie Mellon UniversityCelebration of DiversityNovember 12-14, 2016 (Prospective students) or Jan. 21-23, 2017 (Students who have applied)
Registration is open now.
College of Saint BenedictNational Fly-in Weekend ProgramNovember 12-14
February 4-6*
February 25-27
March 18-20
April 8-10
Application available September 15
Colby CollegeCommitment Experience Fly-InSunday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 20, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Colorado CollegeTigers on a Quest or Flyin' TigersTigers on a Quest: October 1-3, 2016

Flyin' Tigers: October 29-31, 2016
Tigers on a Quest: August 26, 2016

Flyin' Tigers: Sept. 21, 2016
Columbia UniversityColumbia Engineering ExperienceOctober 9 – 11, 2016September 7th
Dartmouth CollegeSummer Bound ProgramJuly 17-20Deadline for 2016 has passed
Davidson CollegeMulticultural Visitation Program (MVP)Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2016Friday, Sept. 16
Dickinson CollegeDiscover Diversity at DickinsonNov. 10-12, 2016October 3, 2016
Emory UniversityEmory's Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit ProgramDeadline for 2016 has passed
Franklin & Marshall CollegeCollegiate Leadership SummitFall Session 1: Sunday, Sept. 25, to Tuesday, Sept. 27
Fall Session 2: Sunday, Nov. 6, to Tuesday, Nov. 8
Goes live May 16
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell College Diversity Preview ProgramOctober 2-3September 12, 2016
Hamilton CollegeDiversity OvernightSeptember 18-20, 2016 & October 23-25, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed, but may accept students if room is available
Harvey Mudd College
Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)September 29–October 1
November 10–12
Deadline for 2016 has passed
Haverford CollegeMulticultural Scholars ExperienceOctober 23-25, 2016Friday, September 16, 2016.
Holy Cross CollegeFly-In WeekendTBATBA
Ithaca College"Inside Look" Program for accepted students who self-identify as ALANA (African American, Latino[a], Asian American and Native American) April of each yearTBA for 2017
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityTitan WeekendThis year's program has passedTBA
Johns Hopkins University
H.O.M.E. ProgramThursday, September 24–Saturday, September 26Deadline for 2016 has passed
Kalamazoo CollegeIntercultural Fly-In ProgramTBATBA
Kenyon CollegeCultural Connections ProgramsNovember 5-7, 2016Registration is open now
Lafayette CollegeOur Beloved Community (OBC) SymposiumSaturday, November 12, 2016Friday, October 14, 2016
Lehigh UniversityTBATBA
Lewis and Clark CollegeLEAD Fly-In ProgramNovember 6-8Deadline September 15
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE)d September 18-20, 2016 and October 2-4, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Miami U. at OxfordBridges at Miami UniversitySESSION I:
September 16
Middlebury College
Discover Middlebury multicultural open houseOctober 9-11, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Missouri University of Science and Technology¡Sí Se Puede! weekend retreat for Hispanic and Latino studentsOctober 30th-November 1stOctober 16th
Mt. Holyoke CollegeFocus on Diversity overnight programNovember 6-7, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Occidental CollegeFall MVP campus visit programThursday, November 10 - Saturday, November 12September 26th
Oberlin CollegeMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)Session I: October 27-29
Session II: November 17-19
Session III: December 1-3
Session I: September 29
Session II: October 20
Session III: November 3
Pitzer CollegeDiversity Program at PItzerOctober 27-29Monday, September 12
Pomona College Fall Diversity WeekendSeptember 17-20, 2016 or October 8-11, 2016Deadline has passed for 2016
Purdue UniversityPurdue University Cybersecurity CampJune 12th - 17th, 2016Deadline for 2016 has passed
Reed CollegeDiscover Reed Fly-InOctober 9-11September 6, 2016
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer)TBATBA
Scripps CollegeMulticultural Outreach travel grantsTBATBA
Smith CollegeWomen of Distinction ProgramOctober 14-16September 14, 2016
Swarthmore CollegeDiscover Swarthmore overnight weekend programThursday, September 15 - Saturday, September 17, 2016 or
Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, October 22, 2016
Deadline for 2016 has passed
Trinity College Preview WeekendTBATBA
Tufts UniversityVoices of Tufts: the University ExperienceENGINEERING EXPERIENCE
OCTOBER 20-21, 2016
OCTOBER 27-28, 2016
Engineering: October 6
Arts & Sciences: 27-28
Union CollegeGetting to Know Union Weekend October 9-10 and November 10-11Students from the Northeast: 9/22
All other students: 9/16
University of RochesterMulticultural Visitation Program November 10 - November 12October 7, 2016
University of St. ThomasSt. Thomas' Fly-In ProgramAvailable for during a Tommie Overnight VisitRolling
University of Vermont Discovering UVMOctober 23–25, 2016
November 6–8, 2016
Wellesley CollegeDiscover WellesleyOctober 16-17, 2016TBA
Wesleyan University
Fall Open House Transportation Assistance ProgramsColumbus Day Open House October 9-10, 2016
Veterans Day Open House November 10-11, 2016
Columbus Day: Forms due August 15 Veteran's Day: October 12
Whitman CollegeVisit Scholarship ProgramTBATBA
Whitworth UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)Visit date has passed: April 7-9, 2016Deadline has passed for 2016
Williams CollegeWindows on Williams (WOW)September 22-24 and October 13-15Deadline for 2016 has passed
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Discover: The Diversity ExperienceNovember 10-11, 2016Friday, October 21 at 5:00pm EST

Your Comments

26 Comments so far

  1. Abigail van Geldern says:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers the STAR program, in conjunction with their Fall Open house. It is for minority and female high school students.

  2. Ithaca College hosts its annual “An Inside Look” Program for accepted students who self-identify as ALANA (African American, Latino[a], Asian American and Native American) in April each year. Travel reimbursement is available for those who qualify.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hello, This is a wonderful resource. Is there a downloadable PDF available? Thanks.

  4. Deanna Cox says:

    Union College has a program called Getting to Know Union in which we host two overnight college preview programs (October 9-10 and November 10-11) for high achieving students from diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise be unable to visit Union’s campus. Union College covers the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation (plane, train, bus) and meals- preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.

  5. Marie Whalen says:

    Whitworth University offers a two-night Multicultural Visit Program each spring for juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups. Students in the Seattle/Tacoma area are transported to our Spokane campus for free and travel grants are available to those from outside of the area.

  6. Amanda says:

    Calvin College: Students of Color Visit Grant

    Calvin Admissions offers travel funding to encourage North American high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are students of color to visit for Fridays at Calvin.

  7. Joselyn Reyes says:

    Northwestern University!!!

  8. Abby says:

    The Grinnell College Diversity Preview Program application has been up for a while now. The information above needs to be updated. Applications are due by September 12, 2016, and they will not be reviewed until the deadline has passed. The program is scheduled from October 2-3.

  9. Eryn Cade says:

    Fordham University at Lincoln Square and in the Bronx
    Boston Conservatory
    Ohio State
    Southern Methodist University
    Florida State
    Shenandoah University
    New York University
    Suny purchase

  10. Alison B says:

    Ohio University has an MVP too.

  11. Hi! Worcester Polytechnic Institute will offer Discover: The Diversity Experience this fall for underrepresented students of color and first generation students. The program will take place on November 10-11, 2016. The application deadline is Friday, October 21 at 5:00pm EST. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. Interested students can email us at

    Thank you!

  12. Devon says:

    The Colby College Commitment Experience was amazing. So happy for this resource and the experience it allowed me to have!


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