2016 College Fly-In Programs

2016 College Fly-In Programs | JLV College Counseling Blog

Oberlin College
Location: Oberlin, Ohio
Program Name: Multicultural Visit Program (MVP)
Program Date: October 27-29, 2016; November 17-19, 2016; December 1-3, 2016
Application Closing Date: October 6, 2016 for October program, October 27, 2016 for November program; November 10, 2016 for December program
Description: MVP is a selective, all-expenses paid visit program for high-achieving high school seniors. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as well as students from families with limited financial resources and first generation college students.

Occidental College
Location: Los Angeles, California
Program Name: Multicultural Visit Program
Program Date: November 10-12, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 26, 2016
Description: Occidental College welcomes traditionally underrepresented students to campus to discover firsthand what makes Oxy distinct. If invited to attend, Oxy will cover the full cost of attendance for the program including meals, housing, and air transportation. Typically, students are nominated for the program by their high school counselor or a community partnership program.

Pitzer College
Location: Claremont, California
Program Name: Diversity Program
Program Date: October 27-29, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 12, 2016
Description: Program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States. The program is all-expenses paid.

Pomona College
Location: Claremont, California
Program Name: Fall Weekends
Program Date: September 17-20, 2016; October 8-11, 2016
Application Closing Date: August 14, 2016 for September program; September 5, 2016 for October program
Description: Program is for students from diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses. Travel grants are available for students who need help paying for the cost of the trip.

Reed College
Location: Portland, Oregon
Program Name: Discover Reed Fly-In Program
Program Date: October 9-11, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 6, 2016
Description: Reed invites highly qualified high school seniors from around the U.S. to campus for exploration of Reed and the City of Portland. Applicant must be from a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic background (African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American, Middle-Eastern American, and Pacific Islander). All travel is arranged and paid for by the college (including flights to and from Portland).

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Location: Troy, New York
Program Name: Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer (STAR Program)
Program Date: October 27-29, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 23, 2016
Description: Academically talented, underrepresented minorities and young women are invited to apply for the STAR Program. Rensselaer will provide transportation for students from the New York metro area on a chartered bus and limited travel assistance is available for students for whom the trip to Rensselaer would present a financial hardship.

Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas
Program Name: Seeking Opportunities at Rice (SOAR)
Program Date: September 24-26, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 5, 2016
Description: SOAR is a great opportunity to gain insight into Rice by staying overnight on campus with current undergraduates, attending classes, meeting with professors and alumni, and experiencing campus life at Rice. This is an invitation-only program for prospective students, so students should contact Rice for details.

Scripps College
Location: Claremont, California
Program Name: Discover Scripps
Program Dates: October 9-10, 2016; November 13-14, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 7, 2016
Description: Discover Scripps is an opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds to explore the Scripps College campus. If selected for the program, the College will cover the costs of meals, overnight accommodations, and materials. Travel grants will be provided for students who live more than 150 miles from campus and have limited funds.

Smith College
Location: Northampton, Massachusetts
Program Name: Women of Distinction
Program Date: October 14-16, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 14, 2016 (application opens August 1, 2016)
Description: Program is for high school seniors and highlights the opportunities at Smith for African-American, Asian American, Latina, and Native American students. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals, and accommodations for all selected participants.

Swarthmore College
Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Discover Swarthmore 2016
Program Date: September 15-17, 2016; October 20-22, 2016
Application Closing Date: July 31, 2016
Description: All interested high school seniors are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore, though preference will be given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from low-income backgrounds. Program is all-expenses-paid.

Trinity College
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Program Name: Preview Weekend
Program Date: November 13-14, 2016
Application Closing Date: Application will be available in early September 2016
Description: Preview Weekend is an overnight program designed to give seniors in high school an opportunity to explore both the academic and social aspects of the Trinity community, with a focus on the experiences of our students of color. If selected, financial assistance for transportation, housing, and meals will be available.

Tufts University
Location: Medford, Massachusetts
Program Name: Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences
Program Date: Engineering Experience: October 20-21, 2016; Arts & Sciences Experience: October 27-28, 2016
Application Closing Date: October 6, 2016 for Engineering program; October 12, 2016 for Arts & Sciences program
Description: Program is an overnight program designed to expose high school seniors to the vast diversity that exist in the Tufts community. Travel assistance is available for students for whom the trip would present a financial hardship.

Union College
Location: Schenectady, New York
Program Name: Getting to Know Union Weekend
Program Date: October 9-10, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 22, 2016 for students from the Northeast; September 16 for students outside of the Northeast
Description: Union College will be hosting two overnight college preview program for high-achieving students from diverSE backgrounds, who might otherwise be unable to visit Union’s campus. Union College covers the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation and meals.

University of St. Thomas
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Program Name: Fly-in Program
Program Date: Varies
Application Closing Date: Rolling
Description: High school seniors who live in a state that is non-contiguous to Minnesota and have been admitted to the University of St. Thomas are eligible. Students can receive reimbursement for up to half the cost of round-trip airfare up to a maximum of $200

University of Vermont
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Program Name: Discovering UVM
Program Date: October 23-25, 2016; November 6-8, 2016
Application Closing Date: October 7, 2016 for October program; October 21, 2016 for November program.
Description: Program is geared towards high school seniors from underrepresented groups. Discovering UVM participants will receive free room and board for the program. Applicants may also apply for a travel grant to help with the cost of traveling to UVM.

Vassar College
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Program Name: Vassar View
Program Date: October 9-11, 2016
Application Closing Date: September 9, 2016
Description: Vassar View is designed to provide prospective students from diverse backgrounds an introduction into the academic and social experiences at Vassar College. Participants are provided with on-campus accommodations, meals, and transportation. Limited travel assistance is available.

Wellesley College
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Program Name: Discover Wellesley
Program Date: October 16-17, 2016
Application Closing Date: June 30, 2016 (priority deadline); August 31, 2016 (final deadline)
Description: Wellesley will provide travel grants to cover the cost of transportation, meals, and housing for a limited group of rising high school senior girls, graduating in the Class of 2017, who wish to visit campus. Wellesley encourages applicants who are from underrepresented cultural backgrounds such as African-American, Asian American, Latina American, and Native American; first-generation students; and/or students from other underrepresented communities and regions.

Wesleyan University
Location: Middletown, Connecticut
Program Name: Fall Open House
Program Date: October 9-10, 2016; November 10-11, 2016
Application Closing Date: August 15, 2016 for October program; October 12, 2016 for November program
Description: Program is for high school seniors. While the Open House Program is open to all, the number of students awarded travel grants is limited.

Whitman College
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Program Name: Visit Scholarship Program
Program Date: Contact Visit Scholarship Program Coordinator for information
Description: Scholarship is awarded to approximately 85 high school seniors from underrepresented socioeconomic, racial and cultural backgrounds. All-expenses paid visit to Whitman during fall or spring semesters.

Williams College
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Program Name: Windows on Williams (WOW)
Program Date: September 22-24, 2016; October 13-15, 2016
Application Closing Date: August 1, 2016
Description: Program is for high school seniors and preference will be given to high-achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams. Williams covers all program expenses for WOW, including all travel to and from campus, meals, and overnight accommodations in a dorm with a current student.

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5 Comments on “2016 College Fly-In Programs

  1. Great list here. Do you have a list of fly-in programs for high school counselors?

    • Hello! I don’t have a list for counselors… yet. But, I am hoping to work on it very soon. For now, I recommend checking out the -ACAC affiliates. Many have summer college tour programs. It looks like the affiliate for your area (Southern ACAC) just had their summer tour (http://www.sacac.org/professional-development/sweet-tea-tours/), but most of the affiliates have summer tours every summer. In addition, the other affiliates invite counselors from out of the area to attend their programs as well.

      I am hoping to put this list together by the end of the summer. Once it is available, I will email you.

  2. What is considered “demonstrated financial need”? Does that mean you have to qualify for federal aid?

    • Hi Jennifer. You do not necessarily have to qualify for federal aid to demonstrate financial need. Instead, colleges will ask you fill out the FAFSA (and sometimes the CSS Profile – not all colleges require it) and then your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be determined. EFC will be the same at all colleges, but your Need will be different because Need is determined based on Cost of Attendance (COA) – EFC. While, for example, if you have a high EFC you might not have financial need at a low-cost public institution, you can still demonstrate need at a higher priced private institution. Does that make sense? If you have specific questions about need, it is okay to check with the college to ask your questions since they might have a little more insight into how exactly they award financial aid – hint, colleges have different formulas when awarding financial aid. Even if a college has the same COA, the amount of financial aid they award might be different.

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