College Fly-In Programs

Many colleges offer fly-in programs that will cover some or all of your travel expenses. Some programs are specifically for students of color, first generation, and/or low-income students, while others are open to all students.

Below is a current list of fly-in programs. Participating in any of the fly-in programs can be competitive and students must apply to be considered. Therefore, just like applying for admission or for a scholarship, students should take their time with the application process and pay attention to directions and deadlines.

Note: Bookmark this page and check back throughout the year as other colleges will be added to the list as details are finalized by the colleges.

List Updated July 17, 2017

Amherst College
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Program Name: Diversity Open Houses
Program Date: September 23-25, 2017; October 14-16, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 14, 2017
Description: The DIVOH selection committee will select up to 100 students to attend the event and will cover 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train). DIVOH is available to all prospective students, but the DIVOH selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups, first generation students, and students from families with limited financial resources. Students who are invited to attend will also be given an application fee waiver, and some fee waivers will be given to students who applied but did not receive an invitation.

Babson College
Location: Babson Park, Massachusetts
Program Name: Multicultural Overnight Experience
Program Date: November 22-23, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 1, 2017
Description: 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. Travel scholarships may be available for students who need assistance getting to campus.
Added to list: June 28, 2017

Bates College
Location: Lewiston, Maine
Program Name: Prologue to Bates
Program Date: October 8-10, 2017; November 12-14, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 1, 2017 for October program; October 13 for November program
Description: Program is an open to first-generation college students, low-income and/or historically underrepresented in higher education. Students can apply for a travel scholarship.

Bowdoin College
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Program Name: Explore Bowdoin
Program Date: September 21-24, 2017; October 29-3,1 2017
Application Closing Date: August 18, 2017 for September program; September 22, 2017 for October program
Description: Bowdoin will cover the cost of the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation and meals. Program is open to high school students who will graduate in 2018 and priority will be given to those who demonstrate financial need and/or students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Brandeis University
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Program Name: SEED: Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity
Program Date: October 19-21, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 15, 2017
Description: Program will celebrate multiculturalism and social justice. Students will stay on campus for specialized academic programming and community building. Scholarships are available to cover your transportation costs to and from Brandeis. All meals and accommodations will be provided.

Bucknell University
Location: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Journey to Bucknell
Program Date: October 29-31, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 29, 2017
Description: Program is designed to expose high-achieving, traditionally underrepresented high school seniors to Bucknell University. Students who are chosen to attend the program will receive travel expenses and all meals while on campus. Students must be enrolled in an academically rigorous program of study with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.3 and must have taken the ACT, PSAT or SAT.

Carleton College
Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Program Name: Taste of Carleton
Program Date: October 26-28, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 1, 2017
Description: Taste of Carleton brings approximately 60 students to campus with all expenses paid. The program is open to all prospective high school seniors, but the selection committee will prioritize students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Celebration of Diversity Weekend
Program Date: November 11-13, 2017; January 20-22, 2018
Application Closing Date: Registration will be available mid-August
Description: Celebration of Diversity Weekends are opportunities to experience the diverse community, academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of both the campus and Pittsburgh. Travel assistance may be available for students with financial need who have at least a 3.3 GPA on a unweighted 4.0 scale and a combined SAT score of 1270 or ACT score of 27.

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