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. 

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 from October 20-22, providing an opportunity for prospective students to connect with fellow accomplished high school seniors, as well as faculty, staff, and current students at Brandeis. 

Space is limited for this unique, fully funded experience. Students must be nominated. Interested students who think they meet the criteria and are seriously interested in Brandeis should talk with their counselor. 

Case Western Reserve University is currently accepting student applications for our Diversity Overnight program on Nov. 13 and 14. Applications are due by Oct. 3. 

Diversity Overnight is designed for smart and curious high school seniors from diverse backgrounds, to give them an in-depth look at the opportunities available to our students. The program is currently available for students in high schools in the United States. Submit an application for this event today. 

An opportunity for seniors from historically underrepresented communities in higher education (first-generation American, first-generation to college, low income, rural, of Black, Indigenous, or Latinx backgrounds, etc.) to come together as a cohort and get an inside look into CMC.

This year we are returning to an in-person, fly-in program. If selected, students will travel to campus on Sunday, October 9 and depart on Tuesday, October 11. During their time on campus, they will have the opportunity to attend classes, explore our eleven research institutes, attend a presentation at the Athenaeum, connect with current students and professors, and enjoy the perks of the Southern California sun! All transportation costs, housing accommodations, and meals during the program will be covered by CMC. Additionally, program participants will receive a fee waiver for their first-year application.

The Preview application is available through August 22, 2022. In addition to the online application, applicants will be asked to submit 2 short essay responses (150-250 words), 1 video response (2 minutes max.), and an unofficial copy of their high school transcript.

If you are interested CMC:

Apply to the Fall Preview Program:
Questions about the application? We are hosting Preview App Office Hours on Thursday, August 17 at 4:30 pm PT. No registration needed, just click to join:  

Colgate in Focus (CIF) offers prospective students the opportunity to engage with students, faculty, and staff on a range of topics for a deeper understanding of diversity in Colgate’s student experience.

Who should participate?
High school seniors who identify as low-income, first-generation, or other historically excluded backgrounds — who have overcome unique personal or structural challenges in their journey to pursue post-secondary education — are encouraged to participate.
On Campus: October 2–3 and October 23–24, 2022

Students can register on the Colgate in Focus webpage (linked above).

DENISON UNIVERSITY: Dialogue with Denison
Dialogue with Denison is a selective program that will allow interested students to learn more about Denison in general, as well as our multicultural student life.

Dialogue with Denison fly-in program will be held November 6-7, 2022.

Students will participate in the following:

*Engage in conversations led by Denison students about current issues and topics related to diversity and inclusion.
*Visit classes and learn about our academic programs.
*Explore multicultural student life and organizational spaces.
*Hear from multicultural alumni as they discuss their experiences and life after Denison.
*Build connections with Denison students and fellow high school students from across the country.

Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply directly to the program via our application link ( Applications are due Thursday, September 15, and decisions will be released in early October. Note the application requires the submission of the student’s unofficial high school transcript.

For additional information — including FAQs, a sample schedule, and eligibility — please visit the Dialogue with Denison webpage.

Haverford's fall open house program for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education. The application deadline is this Monday, August 29. This year, we will be offering our program in-person from October 30 - November 1. We can only accommodate a limited number of students and will be requiring all visiting students to be vaccinated. Need-based travel support will be available.

HAL gives students the opportunity to learn about diversity and inclusion on campus, meet staff and faculty, engage with current Haverford students, complete an admissions interview, and immerse themselves in deep conversation about the Haverford experience. 

MACALESTER COLLEGE: Fall Multicultural Fly-in Program
Participants stay in a Macalester residence hall, tour our campus, attend classes, learn about multicultural life at Mac, and explore Minneapolis and St. Paul. Airfare, meals and housing will be covered.

Before then, we invite any of your students to attend our free Workshop Wednesdays. Led by Macalester's admissions counselors who read thousands of applications, these virtual one-hour sessions are easy ways to simplify a college search. Topics include writing a college essay, navigating financial aid, and filling out the Common App. Share the registration link with students who are considering college and might appreciate the motivation and guidance. 

Students must be nominated. Interested students who think they meet the criteria and are seriously interested in Macalester College should talk with their counselor. Nominations will be accepted starting August 1st. 

An overnight visit experience for high-achieving high school seniors. The program has a focus on promoting diversity and provides high school seniors with an inside look at Miami through a variety of campus experiences where they'll engage with current students, faculty, and staff.  We invite students from historically underrepresented populations, as well as students who have a commitment to diversity, to apply. We welcome various diverse identities — racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender, and socioeconomic.

During the Bridges Program, students can:

Visit Miami's campus to get a sense of what it would be like to be a student here.
Engage with students and professors in a Miami classroom.
Eat in our award-winning dining halls and stay overnight in a residence hall.

Application Deadline: Sept. 26, 2022

OBERLIN COLLEGE: Multicultural Visit Program

As the first college in the country to adopt a policy to admit students regardless of race, Oberlin College has a deep commitment to access and inclusion. That’s why we offer the Multicultural Visit Program. This all-expenses-paid trip to campus allows students to experience the vibrancy and diversity of a top liberal arts college that challenges convention, embraces difference, and encourages originality.

High school seniors selected for the program will be hosted overnight by a current Oberlin student and will attend classes, visit with professors, and get a firsthand view of campus life. MVP will be offered twice this fall: October 27-29 and November 10-12. The priority application deadline for both programs is September 25th.

SMITH COLLEGE: Women of Distinction
We are thrilled to be adding a second Women of Distinction program which will take place November 11-13! Our application is now live and students have until Friday, September 23, 2022, to submit.  Women of Distinction is an all-expenses-paid fly-in program for rising high school seniors that highlights opportunities at Smith for African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American students, as well as for all first generation college students. 


A 3-day, in-person, overnight event for prospective BIPOC and/or first-generation high school seniors. Students will have the opportunity to explore academic offerings, immerse themselves into campus life, and participate in a college application workshop.

PreviewTU is hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission in partnership with the Carolyn Barber-Pierre Center for Intercultural Life and the Center for Academic Equity. 

If selected, students will join us from October 15th - 17th in New Orleans. As well, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will reimburse a portion of travel expenses for students to visit our campus. 

TUFTS UNIVERSITY: Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience
Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts (4.8 miles outside of Boston, if you're curious) is offering both in-person and virtual versions of our signature fly-in program: the Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience. Any rising senior attending high school in the US is able to apply; it's free to apply and to attend Voices. 

Voices welcomes students into the Tufts community to share with them what the college experience looks like and what diversity at Tufts looks like. Voices will take place in October, and any student who chooses to apply to Voices will have their application fee to Tufts waived (if they choose to apply for first-year admission). The deadline to apply to Voices is July 18.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE: Windows on Williams (WOW)
The WOW fly-in program provides more than 200 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. Currently, WOW participants will be required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster, if eligible, in order to visit campus. We will notify WOW participants should campus Covid-19 policies change. Please encourage your students to apply using this link by either of our two deadlines: July 1 or August 1, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
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