The Northeast portion of the US includes: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. And there are a great number of fly-in and summer programs to take advantage of if you want to head out that way!


Amherst College: Diversity Open House

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: September 28th-30th; October 19th-21st

Application Period: CLOSED

Description: Students selected to visit Amherst for a Diversity Open House (DIVOH) weekend will receive 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train) for DIVOH attendance and will be hosted on campus by current students. Typically, seventy-five percent of the students who attend one of our DIVOH programs choose to apply to Amherst, although they are under no obligation to do so. A fee waiver of the $65 application fee is provided to all students invited to attend a DIVOH weekend.


Babson College

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: Sunday, October 27th – Monday October 28th

Application Available: Late July

Description: Participation is limited to students living within the United States. Travel scholarships may be available for students who need assistance getting to campus. Additional details will be provided to students accepted to the program.


Barnard College: Barnard Bound

State: New York

Program Dates: October 6th-8th

Application Deadline: June 4th, 2019, at 5 PM EST

Description: Barnard Bound provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising young women who will be high school seniors in Fall 2018 and self-identify as students of color (which we define as individuals from Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latina, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, bi- and multi-racial backgrounds), especially those students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit. Due to limited funding, Barnard Bound is only open to students currently residing within the continental U.S.


Bates College: Prologue to Bates

State: Maine

Program Dates:Sunday October 13 – Tuesday October 15, 2019

Application Deadline: September 1, 2019

Description: Prologue to Bates is an open house program geared towards serving first-generation-to-college students and/or students coming from diverse backgrounds. Prologue to Bates is open to all rising high school seniors, however, the committee prioritizes the selection of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds such as African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Alaskan and Native American and first-generation-to-college students.


Bentley University Falcon Overnight

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: November 10-11, 2019

Application Deadline: October 14th, 2019

Description: This overnight program is designed for high school students who are interested in exploring Bentley’s diverse campus life. Spend the night learning how you can join other students of color, first-generation students, and their allies as an active member of our inclusive community.


Bowdoin College: Explore Bowdoin

State: Maine

Program Dates: Explore Bowdoin I: September 19-22, 2019; Explore Bowdoin II: November 7-10, 2019

Application Deadline: Explore Bowdoin I Deadline: Friday, August 17th at 5pm EDT; Explore Bowdoin II Deadline: Friday, September 27th at 5pm EDT

Description: The Explore Bowdoin program offers the opportunity to spend three days on Bowdoin’s campus to high-achieving high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who might otherwise be unable to visit. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families the College covers the entire cost of the trip including all transportation (by plane, Amtrak, or bus) and meals.


Brandeis University, SEED: Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: October 24th-26th, 2019

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

Description: Founded on the principles of pluralism and inclusion, Brandeis University is a place where exceptional young minds from diverse backgrounds come together to form a unique and vibrant campus community. Our Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity (SEED) program will celebrate multiculturalism and social justice at our dynamic university.


Bryant University

State: Rhode Island

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: Sometimes, a college that interests you seems too far away for a visit. If you are a high school senior or a student thinking about transferring and you want to fly to Rhode Island to visit Bryant, we will reimburse you for half the cost of your plane ticket (up to $150).


Bucknell University

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: Thursday, Sept. 19th – Saturday, Sept. 21st

Application Deadline: Priority deadline July 31st

Description: Journey to Bucknell is an overnight program designed to expose high-achieving, traditionally underrepresented (African American, Asian American, biracial/multiracial, Latino/a, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) high school seniors to Bucknell University. Students must have a 3.3 GPA and taken the ACT, SAT, or PSAT.


Carnegie Mellon University

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: Nov. 2-4, 2019 (interested high schoolers), Jan. 25-27, 2020 (high school seniors who have applied), or April 4-6, 2020 (high school seniors who have been admitted)

Application Available: Registration open now for the first weekend. Second weekend applications go up “late summer”. Third weekend applicaitons are sent to students after they’re admitted. No info on deadlines

Description: Celebration of Diversity Weekends are an opportunity to experience the diverse community, academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of both the campus and Pittsburgh. On Saturday evening, you’ll be matched with a current student who will be your Overnight Ambassador during your stay.


Colgate University: Colgate in Focus

State: New York

Program Dates: October 6th-8th, 2019

Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

Description: This application-based program invites a talented group of high school seniors to campus. Applicants will have overcome significant challenges in their journey to pursue post-secondary education to our campus to gain insight into the Colgate experience first-hand.


College of the Atlantic

State: Maine

Program Dates: October 3rd-6th, 2019

Application Deadline: July 15th, 2019

Description: The Fall Fly-In is a competitive program for prospective COA Presidential Scholars. If we select you for the program, we will cover the cost of your trip to the college and provide meals and housing while you’re here!


College of the Holy Cross

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: 2019 TBA

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA

Description: Perspectives is an overnight, weekend program for seniors from diverse backgrounds. This program is designed for culturally aware students who are intellectually curious and are potentially interested in exploring higher education at a Jesuit, liberal arts college. The Perspectives program provides a chance to explore the diverse environment Holy Cross has to offer, spend two nights in a residence hall with a current student, and explore the academic and social environment on campus.


Columbia Engineering Experience

State: New York

Program Dates: October 7-9, 2018

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA (App available early August)

Description: Each fall, Columbia Engineering offers a selective, three-day overnight program designed for high school seniors who are interested in our unique engineering education. Participate in every aspect of the program without concern about financial constraints. All meals, housing and transportation, including travel to and from New York City, will be funded by Columbia. Meet members of Columbia’s renowned faculty and visit our world-class research centers. Stay with an undergraduate host, experience campus life and meet current students, including student leaders within Engineers Without Borders, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Native American Council, the Society of Women Engineers and many others.


Connecticut College: Explore Weekend

State: Connecticut

Program Dates: Veteran’s Day Weekend

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA

Description:  From its inception, Connecticut College has championed the idea of serving and supporting underrepresented populations. Over time, that commitment has grown and evolved with our institution. Promoting diversity and inclusion continues to be a major component of the fabric of our selective, liberal arts, coeducational and residential institution. Transportation assistance is available for students who qualify.


Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Bound: Native American Fly-in Program

State: New Hampshire

Program Dates: October 13th-16th, 2019

Application Deadline: July 1st, 2019

Description: Since its conception over 30 years ago, the Native American Community Program has brought hundreds of prospective students from all corners of the country to visit Hanover and see Dartmouth College first-hand. We welcome students of all backgrounds with a demonstrated interest in Native community and/or Native American Studies to apply to the program. Admissions staff and current Dartmouth students, many of whom are past Dartmouth Bound participants, will offer their perspectives on Dartmouth and advice about navigating the college search and admissions process.


Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program

State: New Hampshire

Program Dates: July 15th-17th, 2019

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2019

Description: The Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program takes place in July and is designed to provide high school seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds and communities with an opportunity to preview college by immersion in student life at Dartmouth. Participants will live in a Dartmouth residence hall and will attend workshops on the admissions and financial aid processes. The program encompasses the academic dimensions of Dartmouth by providing access to classes and interaction with our faculty.


Discover Diversity at Dickinson

State: New Hampshire

Program Dates: Nov. 3-5

Application Deadline: Priority August 26th, deadline September 16th

Description: Discover Diversity at Dickinson is a three-day overnight program designed for promising high-school seniors from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to those who self-identify as students of color, those who will be the first in their family to attend college, and those attending schools in rural communities. This distinctive opportunity will allow you to experience Dickinson’s dynamic campus community during overnight stays as well as during our traditional open house.


Franklin & Marshall College

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: Sunday, September 23 to Tuesday, September 25

Application Deadline: The nomination deadline is Monday, September 9. The application deadline is Friday, September 13.

Description: Franklin & Marshall College invites high school students from diverse backgrounds with a strong history of leadership to campus to explore their leadership abilities as they transition to a college environment. The Collegiate Leadership Summit is a two-day program that provides selected delegates an opportunity to develop their leadership skills.The cost of travel and attendance is covered by the College.


The George Washington University

State: Washington, DC

Program Dates: Saturday, September 21st to Monday, September 23rd

Application Deadline: August 1st

Description:  GW will offer a limited number of travel grants to and from D.C. for the Your GW event for well-qualified students. In addition to completing the items above, students must also send a letter of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor or teacher to to be considered for travel assistance. The letter should include information on your extracurricular activities and your financial need.


Gordon College

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: November 11-12, March 21-23, or April 11-13

Application Deadline: Application sent to admitted students

Description: Fly to campus with other admitted students and interested seniors and transfers from around the country (and the globe) for our March All-Access Gordon event, and we’ll take care of the rest!


Hamilton College: Diversity Overnight Program

State: New York

Program Dates: Session I: September 15th-17th; Session II: October 27th-29th

Application Period: Opens July 1st, 2019; Priority Deadline: August 2nd

Description: The Hamilton College Diversity Overnight Program is an opportunity for diverse seniors to visit campus and experience life on the Hill. We offer this visit program to introduce Hamilton’s campus, students, faculty, classes, and residence halls to students who represent the many dimensions of diversity. While all are welcome to apply, our selection process will prioritize the applications of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds as well as first-generation college students and those from families with limited financial resources.


Haverford College: Have-A-Look

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: October 6th-8th, 2019

Application Deadline: Priority Deadline is September 5th, 2019; Final Deadline is September 15th, 2019

Description: Have-A-Look, a program designed for students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education, offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the academic and social opportunities at Haverford. The program gives students the opportunity to interact with professors, visit classes, learn about diversity and inclusion on campus, hear current Haverfordians’ perspectives, and immerse themselves in the Haverford experience.


Lafayette College: Our Beloved Community

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: November 9

Application Deadline: October 1st, 2019

Description:  Our Beloved Community is named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a society that embraces each of its members and celebrates their differences. We seek students nationwide to join the Lafayette community in a celebration that will feature interactive discussions on a variety of social justice topics.


Lehigh University: Diversity Achievers Program (DAP)

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: 2019 TBA

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA (Application available Summer 2019)

Description: Lehigh University believes in creating and maintaining a vibrant campus community. Remaining steadfast in our commitment to promote and sustain a diverse student body, DAP provides select high school seniors interested in a culturally based program the opportunity to immerse themselves in life at Lehigh for two days and one night.


Middlebury College: Discover Middlebury

State: Vermont

Program Dates: October 6th-8th, 2019

Application Deadline: August 12th, 2019

Description: The visit is open to seniors from traditionally under-represented groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and American Indian students; students (regardless of ethnicity) with demonstrated financial hardship; and students who are first in their families to pursue a four-year college education. Unfortunately, international students or those living outside of the country cannot participate in this program. However, students in the U.S. with DACA status are welcome to apply.


MIT: Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE)

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: September 15-17 & September 29 – October 1

Application Deadline: July 13, 2019

Description: We are pleased to invite rising Black, Latinx, and Native U.S. high school seniors to apply to the MIT Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE). WISE sessions take place twice during the fall semester. Over the course of WISE, you will have the chance to attend classes, tour the campus, meet professors, visit labs, stay with a current MIT student, and attend workshops to give you a glimpse of what life at MIT is really like. The program is free and includes transportation for admitted students.


Mt. Holyoke College Focus on Diversity Program

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: October 26-28, 2019

Application Deadline: August 14, 2019

Description: Focus on Diversity is an overnight program held in October for prospective students who are interested in determining whether Mount Holyoke College might be the right fit for them. Focus on Diversity is designed for high school seniors of color, as well as those who have championed diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at their school. This program, hosted by the Office of Admission, showcases Mount Holyoke’s leadership in supporting identity differences, as well as our institutional mission to “educate a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence.” Students who attend Focus on Diversity will stay overnight in residence halls, attend classes, tour campus, and engage in a variety of diversity-oriented workshops and student activities.


NU Experience Fall Fly-In

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: October 11-12th, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019

Description: Students who are selected to attend this program will have the opportunity to immerse themselves within our vibrant and inclusive 73-acre campus, right in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. All students who are selected to attend this overnight program will have their transportation to and from campus, overnight housing, and all meals paid for by Northeastern. Students who are selected to attend can expect to learn more about Northeastern’s powerful experiential learning model, connect with current students, spend time in our cultural centers, sleep overnight in an on-campus residence hall, eat in one of our award-winning dining halls, and get a comprehensive sense of whether Northeastern is where they would like to attend college.


Pathways to PC

State: New York

Program Dates:  November 12

Application Deadline: Spring 2019

Description: We value the unique perspectives that multicultural and first-generation college students bring to the Providence College community. At the event, students will spend the day with a PC student host, attend classes including Development of Western Civilization, learn about PC’s diverse academic and social offerings, meet members of the faculty and campus community, enjoy lunch in Raymond Dining Hall, and discuss the Multicultural Scholarship Program, Liberal Arts Honors scholarship opportunities, and financial aid process


Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)

State: New York

Program Dates:Sunday, October 13th – Tuesday, October 15th

Application Deadline: Friday, August 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Description: Before high school seniors across the country finalize their college lists and submit their college applications, the Admissions Office hosts a 3 day, 2 night preview of the academic and social life at the University of Pennsylvania. Students invited to the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) will have all costs associated with food, housing, and transportation to Philadelphia fully sponsored by Penn Admissions.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Science, Technology, & Arts @ Rennselaer

State: New York

Program Dates: October 25th-27th

Application Deadline: September 24th

Description: Academically talented, underrepresented minorities and young women are invited to apply for the STAR Program. The STAR Program allows high school seniors to experience life as a Rensselaer student. You will stay on campus, explore academics, tour campus, visit our laboratories, and connect with current Rensselaer students and faculty.


Smith College: Women of Distinction

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: October 18th-20th, 2019

Application Deadline: June 14th, 2019

Description: The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities that Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience the academic and social life at Smith, and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process.


Swarthmore College: Discover Swarthmore

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: Program I: September 19th-21st, 2019; Program II: October 29th-31st, 2019

Application Deadline: July 9th, 2019

Description: Discover Swarthmore, held in the fall, is our all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Admissions pays for all transportation, meals, and on-campus housing expenses for students selected to attend one of these programs. Attendees experience Swarthmore firsthand as they attend classes, stay with current students in our residence halls, eat in the dining hall, and go to campus events. Prospective students hear from faculty, staff, alumni, and current students through a series of panel discussions and informal conversations.


Sweet Briar College: Fly-In Program

State: Virginia

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: Through this fly-in program, they will cover the cost for you and one parent to visit and coordinate an agenda tailored to your interests — and yes, you can drive or take a train if that’s easier for you!


Trinity College: Preview Weekend

State: Connecticut

Program Dates: November 3rd-4th

Application Deadline: Due in October

Description: Trinity College is sponsoring PREVIEW WEEKEND, an overnight program designed to give seniors in high school an opportunity to explore both the academic and social aspects of the Trinity community. Focusing on the first-generation, international, and student of color experience, visiting students will observe classes, meet with faculty and students, attend campus events, and interview with a member of the Admissions staff.


Tufts University: Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: October 17-18 (Engineering) and October 24-25 (Arts & Sciences)

Application Deadline: October 1 (Engineering) and October 8 (Arts & Sciences)

Description: The Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, are overnight programs designed to expose high school seniors to the vast diversity that exists in our community. One program is for students interested in the School of Engineering and the other is for students interested in the School of Arts & Sciences. Participants have the opportunity to experience academic and social life by staying in a residential dorm with an undergraduate student, attending lectures from professors, eating in the dining halls, and watching a student-led showcase by several on-campus performance groups. Travel assistance is available for students for whom the trip would present a financial hardship.


Union College: Getting to Know Union Weekend

State: New York

Program Dates: October 13th-14th

Application Deadline: September 22nd

Description: Union College will be hosting an overnight college preview program for high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds. This program is designed to allow students to learn more about our academic offerings; give them an authentic view of what life can be like at Union; and provide opportunities to engage with current students, faculty and administrators. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families, the College will cover the entire cost of the trip, including transportation and meals.


University of Richmond: Multicultural Overnight Visitation Experience

State: Virginia

Program Dates: Sunday, October 20th

Application Period: 2019 TBA

Description: MOVE is a program for students of color and others in their senior year in high school who are especially interested in diversity and multicultural experiences. MOVE is designed to introduce you and your family to Richmond through a variety of perspectives on student life. Faculty, staff, and student panelists, along with multicultural affairs professionals and Richmond alumni, will share their experiences.


University of Rochester: Multicultural Visitation Program

State: New York

Program Dates: Sunday, November 10–Tuesday, November 12

Application Period: Sunday, October 6

Description: University of Rochester’s Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP) brings together high school seniors from diverse backgrounds and allows them to experience Rochester on a more personal level.


Ursinus College: Prologue to Ursinus

State: Pennsylvania

Program Dates: Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19

Application Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2019

Description: Prologue to Ursinus is available to all prospective students, but the Prologue selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally under-represented groups, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latino American, Native American, and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students. To support socio-economic diversity, the selection committee will also prioritize students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background. The above-mentioned are priorities, but are not meant to imply any exclusivity regarding the program or selection process. Should you have an interest in attending, we encourage you to apply no matter your demographic or economic background.


Utica College Fly-In Program

State: New York

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: For students who live more than 5 hours driving distance from Utica, they will reimburse half of your ticket price up to $150. If you choose to enroll at Utica, they will reimburse the other half, up to $300 total.


Washington and Lee University: Diversity & Inclusion Visit Experience

State: Virginia

Program Dates: September 22-24 or October 20-22

Application Deadlines: August 8 or September 6

Description: The Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE) is a selective, two-day all-expense paid program for rising high school seniors with a focus on personal engagement with faculty members and current students, life in a residential campus community (including staying in first-year residence halls), and a primer on W&L’s admission and financial aid process.


Wellesley College: Discover Wellesley Travel Grant

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: October 6th-7th

Application Deadlines: June 30 (priority) August 15 (deadline)

Description: Wellesley will provide travel grants to cover the cost of transportation, meals, and housing for a limited group of rising high school senior girls, graduating in the Class of 2019, who wish to visit campus for Discover Wellesley Weekend on: Sunday, October 14, and Monday, October 15, 2018. Please note that we’re unable to award travel grants for visits outside of these dates.


Wesleyan University: Fall Open House Transportation Assistance Program

State: Connecticut

Program Dates: October 13th-14th or November 10th-11th

Application Deadlines: June 28 (priority) September 6 (deadline), or June 28 (priority) October 8 (deadline)

Description: The Wesleyan University Office of Admission funds the Transportation Assistance Program (TAP), which provides an all-expenses-paid visit to campus (including transportation, accommodations and meals) for a select number of high school seniors interested in participating in one of our annual Open House Programs.


Williams College: Windows on Williams

State: Massachusetts

Program Dates: September 19th-21st, 2019; September 26th-28th, 2019

Application Deadlines: July 1st, 2019; August 1st, 2019

Description: Windows on Williams (WOW) gives high school seniors the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days at Williams College. Participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid.

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