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. 

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE: Discover Swarthmore 
An all-expenses-paid visit to one of the best liberal arts and engineering colleges in the country. Prospective students get a taste of the college experience by meeting current students and professors, eating in our dining hall, and spending a few nights in our residence halls with student hosts. They also gain valuable information about college admissions and financial aid from our staff of experts.

During their review, the Discover Swarthmore 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. Interested students who think they meet the criteria and are seriously interested in Swarthmore should talk with their counselor.

TUFTS UNIVERSITY: Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience
Designed to give high school seniors a first-hand sense of student life through mock classes, conversations and panels with current students, socials and community building events, and opportunities to connect with our eight identity-based resource centers. Voices will take place in October 2022. We are still finalizing the dates and modalities, but we are hopeful to have some in-person programming. There is no cost to participate in Voices, and all students who apply to Voices will have the application fee waived if they choose to apply for admission to Tufts.

While Voices has traditionally attracted participants from underrepresented backgrounds – including but not limited to students of color, first generation college-bound students, LGBTQIA+ students, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students from rural communities – any student interested in learning about diversity on the Tufts campus is welcome to apply. 

Students must be nominated. Interested students who think they meet the criteria and are seriously interested in Tufts should talk with their counselor.

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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