College Fly-In and Diversity Programs: A Complete List
Campus visits are a great way to learn about a college’s culture and determine whether it’s the right fit for you. Unfortunately, not every student can afford to visit every college on their list. If you’re unable to visit colleges for any reason, you should make sure to thoroughly review them online.
However, for high-achieving, underrepresented students, there is an alternative. Some colleges offer fly-in or multicultural programs to high-school seniors who are low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color. Read on to learn about these programs and how to make the most of them.
What Is a College Fly-In Program?
College fly-in programs are highly competitive college visitation programs for underrepresented students. Institutions fly students in to stay at their campuses for two or three days, allowing students who might not get a chance to visit otherwise to get a feel for the college and campus.
In most cases, the college covers costs including transportation, room, and board or offer to reimburse you for some of your expenses associated with visiting their campus.
Most colleges just fly in admitted students, but some offer the opportunity to prospective students. Examples include:
Keep in mind that these programs are very competitive. To apply, you usually need to submit an application, essay, letter of recommendation, transcription with junior-year grades, and ACT/SAT scores.
Learn more about these programs in How Fly-In Programs Can Revolutionize Your College Search Process.
Fly-In Programs: A Complete List
Below is a list of colleges and universities that offer some form of a fly-in program.
- Albion College
- Amherst College
- Babson College
- Barnard College
- Bates College
- Bowdoin College
- Brandeis University
- Bryant University
- Bryn Mawr College
- Bucknell University
- Calvin College
- Carleton College
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Colby College
- Colgate University
- The College of Idaho
- College of the Atlantic
- College of the Holy Cross
- College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
- Colorado College
- Connecticut College
- Dartmouth College
- Davidson College
- Emory University
- Franklin & Marshall College
- George Washington University
- Gordon College
- Grinnell College
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Hamilton College
- Haverford College
- Illinois Wesleyan University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Kalamazoo College
- Kenyon College
- Lafayette College
- Lehigh University
- Luther College
- Miami University
- Middlebury College
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Oberlin College
- Pomona College
- Reed College
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Rice University
- Simpson College
- Smith College
- St. Olaf College
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- University of St. Thomas
- Swarthmore College
- Trinity College
- Tufts University
- Tulane University
- Union College
- University of Denver
- University of Evansville
- University of Richmond
- University of Rochester
- Ursinus College
- Utica College
- Washington and Lee University
- Wartburg College
- Wellesley College
- Wesleyan University
- Whitman College
- Whitworth University
- Williams College
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Preparing for and Making the Most of Fly-In Programs
There are several steps you should take to ensure that you’re making the most of this opportunity.
Do your homework.
It’s important to research the colleges thoroughly before attending the program. You want to make sure you’re truly interested in attending and understand what the college offers. Plus, you should figure out what activities, courses, and other aspects of the school you want to investigate further.
Read Your Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Colleges to learn how to do so effectively.
Look up what costs are covered.
In general, the college will cover transportation, room, and board for your stay. Most colleges are unlikely to cover your parents’ transportation and costs if they want to come with you, though there are some exceptions, such as Vanderbilt.
Plan your visit.
Research which classes you want to observe and make appointments to talk to admissions counselors and financial aid officers before you leave. When you’re on campus, walk around and get a sense of the culture and atmosphere. Attend events and talk to students about their experiences. You want to get a sense of your fit with the college and make sure you can see yourself there.
Other Resources for First-Gen and Diversity Applicants
Fly-in programs can significantly ease the financial burden of the college process. If you qualify, make sure to take advantage of this important resource.
For more assistance, check out these additional resources for first-generation and diversity applicants. They can help you apply and pay for your education. Also check out scholarships for first-generation college students.
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