FREE Fall Fly-In Programs

Fly-in programs provide underrepresented and diverse high school seniors with the opportunity to get a more in depth look at a college/ university through a FREE (housing and travel are typically covered) multi-day overnight visit.

Click on a college name to be brought to the program’s fly-in website. The fly-in website has additional details, contact information and a link to the application.

College/UniversityLocationApplication DeadlineProgram DatesProgram Description
Smith CollegeMassachusettsJune 14October 18 -20The 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.
Barnard CollegeNew YorkJune 17October 12 - 14Barnard Bound provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising young women who will be high school seniors in Fall 2019 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. During the program, students will have the opportunity to experience the cultural diversity of New York City and Morningside Heights, while getting a full perspective of life as a potential Barnard student.
Wesleyan UniversityConnecticutJune 28 (Priority Deadline) and September 6/October 8 (Regular Deadline)October 13 - 14 or November 10 -11The 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. During the visit, students will have the opportunity to visit classes, attend panel discussions, spend the night with a current student, speak with faculty, and explore the campus community.
Williams CollegeMassachusettsJuly 1 and August 1September 19-21 or September 26-28Windows on Williams (WOW) gives high school seniors the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days at Williams. WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid program. WOW is a selective program open to high school students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams.
Swarthmore CollegePennsylvaniaJuly 9September 19-21 or October 29-31An all-expenses-paid overnight fly-in program for high-achieving high school seniors (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/ DACA students living in the United States). Participants 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.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MassachusettsJuly 13September 15- 17 or September 29- October 1WISE (Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering) is a three-day experience for rising seniors to learn what it is like to be an MIT student. Participants will stay on campus with a current MIT undergraduate host and learn first-hand about academics and social life on campus. As a participant, you will attend classes, meet with faculty, experience hands-on lab-based activities, and get to know our campus community. Workshops will offer tips on the college admissions and financial aid application processes. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented and/or underserved backgrounds to apply, including Black, Latinx, and Native students, as well as students who come from low socioeconomic means, rural or predominantly minority high schools, or who might be the first in their family to attend college.
College of AtlanticMaineJuly 15October 3 - 6The Fall Fly-In is a competitive program for prospective COA Presidential Scholars. During the Fall Fly-In students visit classes, join in discussions with faculty and students, and participate in field trips in Acadia National Park and around Mount Desert Island. Experience meals in COA’s dining hall, including a special Saturday brunch with faculty, staff, and students and a dinner hosted by COA president Darron Collins.Tour campus, have an admission interview, and show off your talents in our Open Mic night! And finally, experience dorm life during your overnight stays with current COA students.
Babson CollegeMassachusettsJuly 15October 27 - 28Babson is committed to creating a “diverse, multicultural and inclusive community of highly talented students, faculty, and staff characterized by respect, understanding, and appreciation of the uniqueness and value of all people.” In the spirit of continually working towards this incredible mission, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will be hosting the Multicultural Overnight Experience, October 27–28, 2019. This program will provide students with the opportunity to experience life on campus including engaging with current students, faculty, and staff and learning more about residence halls, classes, and many other resources.
Pomona CollegeCaliforniaAugust 4September 21 - 24 or October 2 -5Pomona College's commitment to equity and inclusion is the driving force behind the Perspectives on Pomona (POP) fall fly-in program. We welcome applicants who come from diverse backgrounds, traditionally underrepresented in higher education (including low-income, first-generation, rural, and those from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups), to fully experience the Pomona College campus. This program is open to rising seniors attending high school in the United States. Undocumented and DACAmented students are encouraged to apply.
Washington and Lee UniversityVirginiaAugust 8 and September 6September 22 - 24 or October 20 - 22The Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE) is a selective, two-day all-expense paid program for rising high school seniors. The visit focuses 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.
Carleton CollegeMinnesotaAugust 11October 10 - 12The Taste of Carleton (TOC) fly-in program offers students a chance to get just that — a taste of Carleton College! This all-expenses-paid program brings 60 high school seniors to campus for three days and two nights. The selection committee will give priority to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We particularly encourage students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students to apply.
Amherst CollegeMassachusettsAugust 12 at 1pm ESTSeptember 28 - 30 or October 19 - 21As part of Amherst College's commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH) in the fall to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, classes, and residence halls. Up to 100 students are selected to attend each weekend. The Diversity Open Houses are available to all prospective students, but the DIVOH selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally under-represented groups, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latinx 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
Middlebury CollegeVermontAugust 12October 6 - 8Visit 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. Students in the U.S. with DACA status are welcome to apply. There is a selective application process to fill the approximately 75 spaces available, with priority given to strong students who might not otherwise have a chance to visit campus.
Scripps CollegeCaliforniaAugust 15October 6 - 7 or October 13 - 14Discover 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.
California Institute of TechnologyCaliforniaAugust 16 at 5pm PTOctober 17 - 19Caltech 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 2020. High school seniors from a historically underrepresented background with an interest in math, science, and/or engineering are encouraged to apply. Students will get to tour campus, visit with faculty and staff, spend two nights in one of the residence halls, connect with current students, explore labs and on-campus research facilities, tour the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and learn to navigate the Cal Tech application and financial aid process.
Bowdoin CollegeMaineAugust 16 and September 27September 19 -22 or November 7 -10Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors who come from diverse backgrounds. While on campus, you will experience many of the academic opportunities and social activities that Bowdoin students enjoy. Participants stay with current students in campus housing, attend classes, receive personal admissions interviews, and attend information sessions on admissions and student aid. You will see that academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and character are hallmarks of a Bowdoin education.
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaAugust 26 (Priority Deadline) and September 16November 3 -5Access Davidson is a selective program for high school seniors designed to provide an opportunity to visit campus for students from traditionally under-represented groups or those that may not have access to visit campus otherwise. Due to the brevity of the visit, only students living in the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible for consideration. Only students who have not been on an official visit may be selected for the program. If selected, you will arrive Sunday afternoon and stay on campus with a current Davidson student for two nights. You will attend classes and should plan to return home Tuesday afternoon.
Bates CollegeMaineSeptember 1October 13-15Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind our Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education.
Colorado CollegeColoradoSeptember 28October 26-28During the weekend you will spend time with CC students to get an inside look on the social life and academic experience at Colorado College. The program will also provide you with some general tools to aid you in the college admission process. The program is open to high school seniors (class of 2020), gap year students or transfer students currently residing in the United States. To apply for this program, you must meet at least one of the following criteria: Self-identify as a student of color, Eligible for the Pell Grant, Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch, are a DACA or undocumented student or Identify as a First-Generation Student. While students participate in Experience Colorado College there is a special parent/guardian program.
Tufts UniversityMassachusettsOctober 1 at 5pm EST (Engineering) and October 8 at 5pm EST (Arts and Sciences)October 17 -18 (Engineering) and October 24-25 (Arts and Sciences)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. 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

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