People have been headin’ out west for hundreds of years for any number of reasons, but you can also head out that way for your education! The Western region of the US includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


CalTech Up Close: Fly-in Program

State: California

Program Dates: October 18th-20th, 2018

Application Deadline: Monday, August 27th, 2018

Description: Caltech Up Close is a 3-day, 2-night, all-expenses paid program taking place October 18-20, 2018 on Caltech’s campus in Pasadena, California. Caltech Up Close is open to all U.S. Citizens/Dual Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Undocumented/DACA students graduating from a U.S. high school in 2019. High school seniors from a historically underrepresented background with an interest in math, science, and/or engineering are encouraged to apply.


College of Idaho

State: Idaho

Program Dates: Throughout the Year

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: A campus visit is the best way to get to know The College of Idaho, and our fly-in reimbursement program makes it easy. C of I will pay half of a plane ticket, up to $150. If you enroll, you’ll be reimbursed for the other half of your plane ticket, up to $150.


Colorado College, Experience Colorado College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program

State: Colorado

Program Dates: October 27th-29th

Application Period: April 20th to September 21st, 2018

Description: These free programs are designed to provide you an inside look into both the intellectual and student life at Colorado College. Applicants must self-identify as a student of color, be eligible for a Pell Grant, or qualify for free/reduced lunch.


Harvey Mudd College: Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST)

State: California

Program Dates: September 20th-22nd; November 8th-10th

Application Deadline: August 23rd, 2018

Description: This program provides high-achieving, college-bound high school seniors with an opportunity to travel to campus, stay in our residence halls, visit classes, learn about on-going research, complete an admission interview, and much more. The FAST program is FREE (including overnight accommodations, meals, and transportation to campus).

The FAST program is intended for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM – women, underrepresented minorities, students from low income or rural backgrounds, students with disabilities, students who are first-generation to college.


Pomona College: Perspectives on Pomona (POP!)

State: California

Program Dates: September 22nd-25th; September 29th to October 2nd, 2018

Application Deadline: August 5th, 2018

Description: The Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) fall fly-in program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to experience the Pomona College campus. During POP! prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, speak with faculty and explore the Pomona College community. Although space is limited due to the small size of our engaged community, we are dedicated to providing this opportunity to those whom the program will most benefit.


Reed College

State: Oregon

Program Dates: October TBD

Program Deadlines: September 7th, 2018

Description: Reed invites a highly qualified group of high school seniors from around the US to campus for a three-day, two-night exploration of Reed and the City of Portland. Students stay in residence halls with current students and participate in Discover Reed, a program of classroom visits and student-professor engagement opportunities. Reed also arranges trips to explore highlights of Portland. All travel is arranged and paid for by the college (including flights to and from Portland).


University of Denver: Pioneer Prep

State: Colorado

Program Dates: July 11th-13th; July 18th-20th, 2018

Application Deadline: May 14th, 2018

Description:  The Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute is part of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. These three-day programs are designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who are looking ahead to their college experience and want an early look at higher education. At Pioneer Prep, you’ll learn about college access and career planning. In addition, you’ll be able to engage with speakers, activities and fellow scholars to enhance and further develop your cultural identity.


Whitman College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program

State: Washington

Program Dates: TBD Fall 2019

Application Period: TBD Spring 2019

Description: Because we value the diverse perspectives multicultural students bring to our college, we offer scholarships to these students to cover their costs for traveling to Whitman for a campus visit. We hope this will encourage these students to visit, apply, and enroll at Whitman.


Whitworth University Visit Travel Grant

State: Washington

Program Dates: Rolling

Application Period: Rolling

Description: We know that the best possible way to learn whether Whitworth is a good college fit for you is to visit campus. We also know that travel isn’t cheap and some families may need financial assistance to make a campus visit possible. We have funds available to provide travel grants for students traveling more than 350 miles to campus who meet all of the following criteria: are admitted to enroll as a freshman or transfer student for the coming fall/spring, are registered to attend an overnight campus visit at Whitworth, and would not be able to visit campus without financial assistance.


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