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College Fly-In and Diversity Programs

9 Comments 25 April 2017

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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
(MM/DD-DD/YYYY)
Application Deadline
(MM/DD/YYYY)
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
10/14-16/2017
08/14/2017
Babson CollegeMulticultural Overnight Experience11/22-23/201709/1/2017
Barnard CollegeBarnard Bound10/7-9/201706/01/2017
Bates CollegePrologue To Bates10/8-10/2017
11/12-14/2017
09/01/2017
10/27/2017
Bentley UniversityFalcon Preview!11/11-12/2016
TBA for 2017
10/14/2016
TBA for 2017
Bowdoin CollegeExplore Bowdoin09/21-24/2017
10/29-31/2017
08/18/2017
09/22/2017
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.
Rolling
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 Diversity11/11-13/2017
1/20-22/2018
TBA for 2017
Colby CollegeCommitment Experience Fly-In10/1-2/2017
TBA for 2017
8/31/2017
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
02/3-5/2018
02/24-26/2018
03/24-26/2018
04/7-9/2018
Registration available starting on September 1, 2017
College of the Atlantic (COA)Fall Fly-In10/12-15/2017
COA Presidential Scholars only
07/21/2017
College of the Holy CrossPerspectivesFall 2017
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Colorado CollegeTigers on a Quest and Flyin' Tigers09/30/2017 - 10/2/2017
10/28-30/2017
08/15/2017
09/21/2017
Columbia UniversityColumbia Engineering Experience10/9-11/2016
TBA for 2017
TBA for 2017
Connecticut CollegeExplore Weekend11/12-14/2016
TBA for 2017
August 2017
Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth Bound Program07/16-19/201705/01/2017
Dartmouth CollegeNative American Community Program
Native Fly-In Program
10/8-11/20178/4/2017
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
11/9-11/2017
9/6/2017
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
11/12-14/2017
09/4/2017
10/23/2017
George Washington University (GWU)Your GW09/28-29/2017
11/9-10/2017
08/11/2017
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
10/29-31/2017
08/04/2017
Harvey Mudd College
Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)09/28-30/2017
11/9-11/2017

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
10/03/2016
TBA for 2017
Hope CollegeFly-In Weekend03/2-4/2017
TBA for 2018
TBA for 2018
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityTitan Weekend02/3-4/2017
02/26-27/2017
04/7-8/2017
07/21/2017
08/04/2017
TBA for 2018
TBA for 2018
Ithaca CollegeInside Look
Ithaca Today
04/7/2017
04/8-9/2017
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. Program09/25-27/201709/02/2017
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
10/14/2016
TBA for 2017
Lehigh UniversityDiversity Achievers Program and
Diversity Life Weekend
10/10/2016
04/7-9/2017
TBA for Fall 2017
09/16/2016
03/22/2017
TBA for Fall 2017
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
10/1-3/2017
07/16/2017
Miami University (Ohio)Bridges at Miami University10/22-23/2017
10/29-30/2017
11/5-6/2017
11/12-13/2017
09/18/2017
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
11/9-11/2017
11/30/2017 - 12/2/2017
10/5/2017
10/19/2017
11/9/2017
Occidental CollegeFall Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) and Spring MVP11/10-12/2016
04/6-8/2017
04/13-15/2017
09/26/2016
03/29/2017
04/03/2017
TBA for Fall 2017
Ohio UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)TBA for 2017TBA for 2017
Pitzer CollegeDiversity Program at PItzer10/27-29/2016
04/13-15/2017
TBA for Fall 2017
09/12/2016
03/27/2017
TBA for Fall 2017
Pomona College Perspectives on Pomona09/30/2017 - 10/3/2017
10/7-10/2017
08/20/2017
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
11/2-4/2017
07/14/2017
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
10/22-23/2017
09/15/2017
09/22/2017
University of DenverLatino/a Pioneer Prep Institute and Black & African American Pioneer Prep Institute06/27/2017 - 07/01/2017
07/11-15/2017
05/15/2017
05/15/2017
University of EvansvilleFly-In PolicyApril each year
Admitted students only
University of PennsylvaniaPenn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)10/9-11/2016
TBA for 2017
09/11/2016
TBA for 2017
University of RichmondMulticultural Overnight Visitation Experience (MOVE)11/12/2017TBA for 2017
University of RochesterMulticultural Visitation Program 11/10-12/2016
TBA for 2017
10/07/2016
TBA for 2017
University of St. ThomasSt. Thomas' Fly-In ProgramAvailable for a Tommie Overnight VisitRolling
University of Vermont Discovering UVM10/22-24/2017
11/5-7/2017
10/11/2017
10/24/2017
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 Pasos11/19/2016
TBA for 2017
11/11/2016
TBA for 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
11/9-10/2017
06/29/2017 (priority)
09/04/2017 (regular)
10/13/2017 (regular)
Whitman CollegeVisit Scholarship Program10/13-15/2016
11/6-8/2016
TBA for 2017
09/16/2016
09/30/2016
TBA for 2017
Whitworth UniversityMulticultural Visit Program (MVP)03/15-17/201802/26/2018
Williams CollegeWindows on Williams (WOW)09/21-23/2017
10/12-14/2017
08/01/2017
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)Discover: The Diversity Experience11/10-11/20179/29/2017

Your Comments

9 Comments so far

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Devon says:

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

  4. Allison says:

    St. John’s College offers travel reimbursements for day or overnight visits to either campus (Annapolis, MD) or (Santa Fe, NM). More information on campus visits can be found here: https://www.sjc.edu/admissions-and-aid/visit

  5. Rocky Mountain College offers a travel reimbursement program for both transfers and first-year students who have been admitted.

  6. Diane Campbell says:

    Birmingham Southern offers a fly in for first generation and underserved students after they are admitted.

  7. Amber says:

    Washington and Lee University will be hosting the first of two Fall Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experiences Sept. 24-26. Travel and expenses are covered for students who apply.

  8. Birmingham-Southern College offers a voucher to all admitted students and hosts a pre-orientation program geared toward first generation students.


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