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 17th – 19th

Application Deadline: Friday, August 16th

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: Rolling

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 26th-28th, 2019

Application Deadline: September 29, 2019

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 19-21 or October 27-29

Application Deadline: August 12

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.


Lewis & Clark Campus Scholars Weekend

State: Oregon

Program Dates: 2019 TBA 

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA

Description: Seniors in high school who are interested in learning more about Lewis & Clark College. Travel to campus to meet current students and faculty, participate in leadership development activities, sit in on classes, spend two nights in a residence hall, try the food, interview with a member of the admissions staff, visit Portland, and experience life at Lewis & Clark College firsthand. Preference will be given to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds including students of color and/or first generation prospective college students.


Discover Scripps

State: California

Program Dates:

  • Sunday, October 6 to Monday, October 7
  • Sunday, October 13 to Monday, October 14

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 14 2019

Description: Discover Scripps is an opportunity for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to explore the Scripps College campus over two days. Prospective students will engage with the on-campus community, spend the night in a residence hall, sit in on intensive classroom discussions, explore our co-curricular activities, get to know professors, staff, and current students, tour our beautiful campus, and discover all of the resources available for historically underrepresented students. If you are selected for a program, the College will cover the costs of meals, overnight accommodations, and materials. For students who live at least 150 miles from campus, Scripps will cover round-trip airfare to Ontario airport and transportation between Ontario and the Scripps campus.


Pomona College: Perspectives on Pomona (POP!)

State: California

Program Dates: September 21–24, or October 5-8

Application Deadline: August 4th

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: 2019 TBA

Program Deadlines: App available mid-August

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 24th-26th, 2019

Application Deadline: May 15th, 2019

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: 2019 TBA (Expected: November)

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2019 (Available in August)

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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