When it comes to the Midwest, you have a number of states to take into consideration. These include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,  Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Check out some of the great fly-in and summer programs being offered for high school students.


Albion College

State: Michigan

Program Dates: July 2019 – December 2019

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: There’s no deadline to visit Albion and take advantage of their fly-in program. If you’ve been accepted into Albion, they’ll reimburse up to $3,000 for you to visit and drink in the Michigan-located campus. If you want to visit prior to applying, they’ll reimburse up to half of your plane ticket, not exceeding $300.


Calvin College: Entrada Scholars Program

State: Michigan

Program Dates: July 14th-August 8th, 2019

Application Deadline: October 1st, 2018 to March 1st, 2019

Description: The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin College offers racial ethnic minority high school students a gateway to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.


Calvin College: Fridays at Calvin

State: Michigan

Program Dates: Select Fridays in October, November, February, March, and April

Application Period: 2019 Rolling (as dates are available)

Description: Fridays at Calvin is the premiere visit program. You can experience Calvin firsthand: stay the night, catch breakfast, attend chapel, sit in on a class, talk with professors and students, check out the rock wall, and more.


Carleton College: Taste of Carleton

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: October 10th-12th, 2019

Program Deadlines: Opens May 2019

Description: As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, Carleton hosts a number of programs for traditionally underrepresented students. The Taste of Carleton (TOC) program offers students a chance to get just that—a taste of Carleton College! This all expenses paid program brings roughly 60 students to campus for three days and two nights. TOC is open to all prospective high school seniors, but the selection committee will prioritize students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students are particularly encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve University: Diversity Overnight

State: Ohio

Program Dates: Priority deadline Aug 15. first weekend deadline Sept 1, second weekend deadline Oct 1

Program Deadlines: Oct 13-14 or Nov 10-11

Description: This is a special visit opportunity that includes an overnight on Sunday and attending our fall open house program on Monday.


College of Saint Benedict/ St. John’s University

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: Throughout the Year

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: The National Fly-in Weekend program is designed specifically for accepted students from outside of Minnesota. We will pay for, at least, half of your travel costs through our National Travel Assistance Program. We also arrange a three-day, customized campus experience for you.


Denison University: Dialogue with Denison

State: Ohio

Program Dates: November 2-4, 2019

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Description: During Dialogue with Denison, participating students will engage in an extensive diversity workshop program with currently enrolled Denison students, professors, and staff members. This experience includes discussion about a variety of topics in small groups, along with opportunities to learn about Denison’s cultural affinity groups, as well as academic and social resources. Following the diversity workshop, attendees will be able to interview with an admission representative.


Grinnell College: Diversity Travel Opportunity

State: Iowa

Program Dates: September 29-30 or November 3-4

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA

Description: The Grinnell Diversity Travel Opportunity offers you the chance to apply for a FREE trip to campus for our fall preview program, Discover Grinnell. The program is a great way to discover your place at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Applicants must be high school seniors, students of color (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American) OR the first in their family to attend college, and interested in a liberal arts education (arts and humanities, mathematics and sciences, and social sciences).


Gustavus Adolphus College: Fly-In Program

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Deadline: Four weeks before visit date

Description: Students will tour campus, dine in our nationally ranked cafeteria, stay overnight in a residence hall, and interact with current students, faculty, and staff. Most Sundays-Fridays are available during the academic year, so use our visit calendar to see what days would work best for you. You can even schedule a visit during one of our admission or college events! This way, you can truly interact with campus and experience what it’s like to be a Gustie!


Illinois Wesleyan University: Diversity and Inclusion Visit Program (DIVP)

State: Illinois

Program Dates: 2019 TBA

Application Period: 2019 TBA

Description: Diversity and inclusion are intrinsic to the mission of Illinois Wesleyan University. We are excited to announce our Diversity & Inclusion Visit Program for prospective students and hope you will consider attending. Eligible students will have the opportunity to stay overnight with a current student in a residence hall, observe a class, tour the campus, and meet with faculty/staff/students, and attend our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. teach-in. This event is free and transportation assistance is available upon request.


Kalamazoo College: Intercultural Fly-In Program

State: Michigan

Program Dates: April 10-12, 2019

Application Period: February 1, 2019

Description: The Intercultural Fly-In Program is for students from an underrepresented background who are interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion at Kalamazoo College. Only students who have applied and been admitted to Kalamazoo are eligible for this fly-in program.


Kenyon College: Multiple Visit Programs + Travel Grant

State: Ohio

Program Dates: September 2019 – January 2020

Application Period: Rolling now through December 15, 2019

Description: Current high school seniors are invited to experience campus life, and parents and family members will have the opportunity to explore campus, hear from a panel of student experts and learn about life after Kenyon.


Luther College: Fly-In Reimbursement Program

State: Iowa

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: For high school seniors who’ve applied to Luther College, Luther will reimburse you for half the ticket cost, up to $150, following your campus visit. If you enroll at Luther, the remaining half of the ticket cost, up to $150, will be credited to your Luther account upon enrollment. The airline ticket receipt must be presented to the Admissions Office at the time of your campus visit to receive the reimbursement.


Macalester College Fall Sampler and Multicultural Fly-In Program

State: Minnesota

Program Dates:November 7th – 9th, 2019

Application Period: 2019 TBA (Applications open August 2019)

Description: Multiculturalism is a core value at Macalester. The Macalester College Fall Sampler and Multicultural Fly-In Program aims to provide prospective high school seniors with an authentic glimpse of how multiculturalism is lived daily within the Macalester community. Students of color, first-generation college students, and students from traditionally under-represented communities are particularly encouraged to apply, as the selection committee be prioritizing students who identify with these communities.


Miami University: Bridges Program

State: Ohio

Program Dates: Session I:
October 27-28, Session II:
November 3-4, Session III:
November 10-11, Session IV:
November 17-18

Application Period: September 27th

Description: Miami University is proud to present the Bridges Program, an overnight visit experience for high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations or who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Students representing different ethnic/racial, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Missouri University of Science and Technology: ¡Sí Se Puede!

State: Missouri

Program Dates: November 15th-17th, 2019

Application Deadline: November 3rd, 2019

Description: ¡Sí Se Puede! is held once annually on the Missouri S&T campus and is sponsored by the Missouri S&T student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the office of Student Diversity Programs.  This weekend retreat is for Hispanic and Latino high school students who would like to learn more about studying science, engineering, or math at Missouri S&T. Through information sessions and hands on workshops students will have the opportunity to explore career options and gain a better understanding of what college life is really like.


Oberlin College & Conservatory: Multicultural Visit Program

State: Ohio

Program Dates: October 10-12, or November 14-16

Application Period: September 16 or October 21

Description:  Oberlin’s Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) is a selective, all-expenses-paid visit program for high-achieving high school seniors. We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds such as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. To support socioeconomic diversity, the selection committee will also consider students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background, as well as those who are among the first in their families to attend college (first generation).


Simpson College Fly-in Program

State: Iowa

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: Students accepted for admission at Simpson College may take advantage of their Fly-in Program which reimburses up to $300 of the student’s flight. Students must live 250+ miles from the college and may spend up to 48 hours on campus.


St. Olaf College Fly-in Program

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: 2019 TBA

Application Period: 2019 TBA

Description: Attracting and enrolling students from a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences is central to the mission of St. Olaf College. St. Olaf remains especially committed to the success of first-generation students and students from low-income backgrounds, and St. Olaf supports these students in a number of ways, including a fly-in program. It provides high-achieving, first generation and/or low-income prospective students outside of Minnesota with free transportation to St. Olaf for some of our visit days.


St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Fly-in Airfare Assist Program

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: Our new Fly-in Airfare Assist program helps student visitors from beyond a reasonable driving distance. Non-Midwest students who have applied for fall 2018 undergraduate admission are eligible for a one-time reimbursement—up to $300—for the cost of air travel to our Winona Campus.


St. Thomas Fly-In Program

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: Visit St. Thomas using our fly-in program! St. Thomas can cover a portion of your travel costs when you come to campus for a personalized admissions visit or admitted student event. Students must be admitted to the University of St. Thomas.


University of Evansville Fly-in Policy

State: Indiana

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: The University of Evansville attracts students from all over the United States, with many flying to and from Evansville Regional Airport. Our local airport is only 13 minutes from campus and is easily accessible, with direct flights to and from the hub cities of Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

To make it more feasible for prospective students to fly when visiting UE, we offer a ONE-TIME reimbursement of up to $300* for high school seniors and prospective transfer students only (see website for more details). (Parents are NOT eligible for reimbursement.) UE will reimburse you for half of your plane ticket, up to $150, following a campus visit. If you then decide to enroll, your account will be credited for the other half, up to a total of $300. Students from Alaska and Hawaii are eligible for a total of $500.


University of Michigan Ross School of Business – All Access Weekend

State: Michigan

Program Dates: September 19-21, 2019

Application Period: Due June 7, 2019

Description: This event is geared toward, but not limited to, rising high school juniors from historically underrepresented groups, including first-generation college students, limited-income families, and certain geographic regions. Expenses will be paid for selected students and their parents/guardians.

During the program, participants will:

  • Experience our action-based learning curriculum
  • Engage with the greater University of Michigan Ann Arbor Campus Community
  • Build positive and professional relationships with Ross faculty and staff
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the college application process, as it applies to selective undergraduate business programs


University of St. Thomas: Fly-In Program

State: Minnesota

Program Dates: Rolling (With specific event dates available)

Application Period: Rolling

Description: The program will reimburse half the cost (up to $400) of your airline ticket. If you are a student who has participated in a recognized leadership development/college access program with a Community Based Organization (CBO) – like Chicago Scholars, College Possible or AVID – St. Thomas may reimburse the full cost of your airline ticket and cab fare. This offer applies to students admitted to the university, while parent/guardians or other family members will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

You can use your voucher to arrange a personalized visit to campus (through the Office of Admissions) or attend one of the following student events:

  • Personalized Visit
  • Admitted Tommie Experience
  • Opus College of Business Scholarship Day
  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship Day
  • Residence Life Event


Wartburg College Fly-in Program

State: Iowa

Program Dates: September through April

Application Period: Rolling

Description: At Wartburg, we have made it a priority to do anything we can to make sure you have the opportunity to see our campus, regardless of the distance from your home. Don’t just visit Wartburg; totally immerse yourself in campus life! Meet our friendly students. Grab a cappuccino in our coffee shop. Check out a class. Go to a game or a concert. Visit with a professor. It’s WORTH IT!

Wartburg’s Fly-in Program is for students who live 400+ miles from Wartburg college. Applications must be submitted before arrival and the program reimburses up at $350 of prospective student’s flight or car travel.


WashU Preview

State: Missouri

Program Dates:

  • Monday, October 7 – Tuesday, October 8
  • Thursday, November 7 – Friday, November 8

Application Period: Due August 17th

Description: WashU Preview is an all-expenses paid fly-in program for high-achieving high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Past attendees have included underrepresented students of color, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds.

During this special visit program, we will show students what makes WashU the “Best College Campus” in the United States and learn more about our dynamic and supportive community.


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