College Fly-in Opportunities

Some colleges offer students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education the opportunity to participate in free, special programming to learn more about their institution. Underrepresented populations can include students of color, students from low income backgrounds, first generation college-bound students, LGBTQ students and students from rural communities. Students (typically seniors) who are seriously considering one of the colleges below and who fall into an underrepresented category should click on any active links below or connect with their counselor for more information. 

Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors.  Students in our Explore Bowdoin program will meet with current students, gain support and confidence in the college admissions process, and experience the coast of Maine. Attendees will also have an admissions interview and meet individually with our student aid counselors while on campus.

Bowdoin handles all of the logistics and covers the cost of the program, including transportation to/from campus, lodging, and meals for the duration of the student's trip. 

Explore Bowdoin 1: September 7-9, 2023
Explore Bowdoin 2: October 19-21, 2023

Deadline to apply: August 9

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY: Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity (SEED)
SEED provides a space for students to explore and engage in topics of diversity and intersectional dialogue, attend faculty lectures and information sessions and participate in a mock admissions case study. The event will take place on Brandeis's campus providing an opportunity for prospective students to connect with fellow accomplished high school seniors, as well as faculty, staff, and current students at Brandeis. 

Stay tuned! Information about SEED for Fall 2023 will be available in Summer 2023

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE: Dartmouth Bound Program
The Dartmouth Bound Program will take place on campus in Hanover, NH from July 16-19, 2023. The College will cover travel expenses, housing, and meals for all participants. The program is designed to provide rising seniors currently living and attending a high school in the U.S., from low-income and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds with:
  • An in-depth introduction to the enduring value of a liberal arts education through Dartmouth’s curriculum and faculty
  • An opportunity to stay in Dartmouth’s residence halls and connect with current student mentors
  • Engaging workshops led by Dartmouth’s admissions and financial aid officers
  • A series of panels led by current Dartmouth students to prepare rising seniors for college life

Miami University is proud to present the Bridges Program, which was founded 40 years ago by Black students who wanted a Miami degree to be more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds and to ensure that their experiences here would be rewarding. The Bridges Program is an engaging experience that provides an inside look at Miami University to prospective students. This program invites high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations, as well as students who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity, to engage with our current students, faculty, and staff. The program attracts students who represent various diverse identities — racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic.

Applications are now open for Women of Distinction, our overnight, fully funded fly-in program. Intended for high school seniors, this annual event will highlight opportunities offered by Smith College for African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and first generation college students. Housing, meals, and transportation to and from campus are included. We are offering two rounds of Women of Distinction: 

October 13 - 14: Application deadline is June 30
November 10 - 11: Application deadline is September 15 
Students will indicate on their application which program they are applying to.
(Both dates provide the same offerings.)

Participants will have the chance to connect with current Smith students, faculty, and other community members. Additional programming will include a series of panels and workshops on academics and student life. 

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE: Discover Swarthmore
While the Fall 2023 program dates have not yet been finalized, we typically offer two Discover Swarthmore programs, in mid-September and late October, to give students maximum flexibility. Last fall, our on-campus programs took place during the last weekends of September and October.

During our review, the selection committee prioritizes applications from students who are:

*Underrepresented students in higher education (Black, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern and North African, Native Hawaiian, and Native and Indigenous American)
*First generation in their family to attend college
*Low-income students (Pell-eligible, free/reduced lunch, etc.), and students who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus
*Rural and small town students
*Undocumented and DACA-eligible students

Students must be nominated. Only students seriously interested in Swarthmore should talk with their counselor. 

TUFTS UNIVERSITY: Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience
Voices, our signature fly-in program, is designed to provide seniors who attend high school in the US with firsthand exposure to diversity and community at Tufts University. The Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience is designed to give high school seniors a firsthand sense of “life on the Hill” through mock classes, conversations and panels with current students, and opportunities to connect with our eight identity-based resource centers. We plan to host Voices in-person this fall.

There is no cost to participate in Voices, and all students who apply to Voices will have their admission application fee waived if they choose to apply for admission to Tufts University. 

Students must be nominated. Only students seriously interested in Tufts should talk with their counselor. 


WashU Preview is designed to connect diverse students (such as underrepresented students of color, first-generation to college students, and students from limited-income backgrounds) with our collaborative, innovative, and passionate community. Our fly-in program will be an in-person, two-night experience we are offering on two dates.
        Invited students will be able to choose their preferred date when possible.
                • Session 1 – Wednesday, July 26 – Friday, July 28, 2023
                • Session 2 – Sunday, July 30 – Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Students are encouraged to complete the Getting to Know You form by Friday, June 2, 2023, at 11:59 pm CT to be considered.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE: Windows on Williams
The WOW application is now available for rising seniors. The WOW fly-in program provides about 150 high-achieving seniors an all-expenses-paid opportunity to visit campus and experience the Williams community. WOW is a selective program open to rising seniors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn't otherwise afford to visit 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.  Two deadlines: July 1 or August 1, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

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