College Fly in and diversity programs - A Complete List

Every student may not be able to afford to visit each college on his/her list. If you are one among those students, then you might want to know more about the College Fly-In Program. Read this article to know more about these programs and the colleges offering these programs. 

Updated by Sreelekha R K on 15th September 2020

Campus Visit- A major role while deciding on which college to join. It is a cool way to know the college campus and the environment. 

It is better to know the college atmosphere before joining the college so that you will not have to suffer later if you don't like the campus. But not every student can afford to visit each college on his/her list. If you are one among those students, then you might want to know more about the College Fly-In Program.

Some institutions offer fly-in or multicultural or diverse programs to high-school seniors:

  • Whose income is low

  • For first-generation

Continue reading this article to know more about these programs and the colleges offering these programs. 

What Is a College Fly-In Program?

College fly-in programs are considered to be a very competitive program that allows students to visit college. These programs generally take place during the fall or spring prime campus visit time. 

One of the main perks of this program is that it can significantly reduce the financial burden of the college process. Make sure to take good advantage of this important resource if you qualify.

Few important points to know about the College Fly-In Program are as follows. 

  • These are the programs where colleges or top-tier institutions cover the entire cost of flying a student to their campus and a one- to three-night stay. 

  • This is generally for students who might not be able to visit the campus or feel the campus mainly due to cost. 

  • In this program, the college covers costs including transportation, room, or they might even offer to repay you for some of the expenses associated with the campus visit.

  • Most colleges just fly in accepted students, but some offer the opportunity to students who are considered. 

  • In order to apply for this program or college, you will have to write an essay, letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors, marks card or transcript, and most importantly ACT or SAT scores.

Fly-In Programs: A Complete List

More than 70 colleges offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. Below is a list of colleges and universities that offer some form of a fly-in program.

Albion College

Amherst College

Babson College

Barnard College

Bates College

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Bryant University

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Calvin College

Carleton College

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Colby College

Colgate University

College of Idaho

College of the Atlantic

College of the Holy Cross

College of St. Benedict

St. John’s University

Colorado College

Connecticut College

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Emory University

Franklin & Marshall College

George Washington University

Gordon College

Grinnell College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamilton College

Haverford College

Illinois Wesleyan University

Johns Hopkins University

Kalamazoo College

Kenyon College

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

Luther College

Miami University

Middlebury College

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Oberlin College

Pomona College

Reed College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Simpson College

Smith College

St. Olaf College

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

The University of St. Thomas

Swarthmore College

Trinity College

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College

University of Denver

University of Evansville

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

Ursinus College

Utica College

Washington and Lee University

Wartburg College

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Whitman College

Whitworth University

Williams College

Tips on Preparing for Fly-In Programs

There are several tips you can take to make sure that you are making the right decision and make the most of this opportunity.

  • It is important to research the colleges thoroughly before attending the program. Some of the things might feel interesting or you might even get attracted to one of the school’s campuses. It will help you to sort out which colleges to apply. Make a list of colleges you are willing to join and preserve it. It may come in handy while choosing the college at the end of the day. 

  • Once you are done with listing colleges you are willing to join, make sure you contact the schools, collect details regarding the program, and then apply for the program. Since you already have a list of colleges you are interested in, you can make use of the table given below to decide which institute to join. Mention the institute name in order and then start contacting and gathering the details.

Name of the Institution

Do they offer Fly-in and Diversity Programs?

General deadline to apply.

     
     
     

 

  • When you are on campus, walk around the campus and try to understand the culture followed in the institution or the events that take place in the college. And, it is important to understand and like the college atmosphere because, if by any chance you like the college and want to pursue education there, you should be knowing about the campus environment and the culture followed there.

  • Start a conversation with any of the college staff and students as they will give you a brief idea or even opinion on what to do and what not to do on the campus. Students- who else can know the college better than a student. Talk to students who are studying at the campus and gather information on everything. Also, try to make connections with your fellow attendees too. They will help you know that you are not the only one who is highly terrified of the college admission process. 

  • It is better to make a list of questions you want to ask regarding the college or anything related to education and programs. With mere excitement and confusion, you might forget to clarify the doubts you have. Thus, make sure you have a list of questions and the places you want to visit within the campus. When your host offers to take you out somewhere, you might get a chance to see those specific spots or learn about things you did not get the chance to ask about at dinner.