College Diversity Fly In Programs: Part I
What is a Diversity Fly In Program?
A diversity fly in program is a chance for students of diverse backgrounds to spend time on campus and learning about social make up of a given school. For students who feel that their unique circumstances are not always represented in mainstream culture, a fly in program is the opportunity to gauge how a school engages with questions of diversity on campus. Simply put, students who consider their experiences to be atypical might have reservations about joining a new community if they feel that they may be alone in their social experience. A diversity fly in program helps schools to communicate and engage with students from diverse backgrounds.
What Qualifies as Diversity?
Each school puts forth its own definition, but typically diversity will fall into categories of race, economic class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, able status, and more.
How To Apply to Diversity Fly In Programs
Take a look at the list below to learn more about the schools that offer these programs and the unique deadline and application information.
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Program Title: Diversity Open Houses
2019 Program Dates: Weekend 1: Sat Sept 28 - Mon Sept 30. Weekend 2: Sat Oct 19 - Mon Oct 21
Deadline to Apply: Aug 12, 2019
Description from Website: As part of Amherst College's commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts two weekend Diversity Open Houses (DIVOH) in the fall to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, classes, and residence halls.
Location: Babson Park, Massachusetts
Program Title: Multicultural Overnight Experience ;
2019 Program Dates: Sun Oct 27 2019 - Mon Oct 28 2019
Deadline to Apply: Rolling, with notifications starting in September
Description from Website: “This 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.”
HOW TO APPLY TO BABSON COLLEGE PROGRAM: https://connect.babson.edu/apply/?sr=aa455f08-58ba-4185-9ef3-e4b96080d062
Location: New York, New York
Program Title: Barnard Bound
2019 Program Dates: Saturday, October 12, 2019 until Monday, October 14, 2019
Deadline to Apply: PASSED
Description from Website: Barnard Bound provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising young women who will be high school seniors in Fall 2019 and self-identify as students of color (which we define as individuals from Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latina, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, bi- and multi-racial backgrounds), especially those students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit. Due to limited funding, Barnard Bound is only open to students currently residing within the continential U.S.
Location: Lewiston, Maine
Program Title: Prologue to Bates
2019 Program Dates: Sunday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 15
Deadline to Apply: September 1, 2019
Description from Website: Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind our Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education.
HOW TO APPLY TO BATES COLLEGE PROGRAM: https://apply.bates.edu/register/?id=9565a699-dcfb-46af-8395-70e56393b7a7&_ga=2.147802036.2008520582.1566491350-1140932785.1566491350
Location: La Mirada, California
Program Title: Biola Bound
2019 Program Dates: To Be Announced
Application Deadline: Registration will open Fall 2019
Description from Website: Biola Bound is a four-day visit event designed specifically for prospective students who live outside of Southern California. To be eligible, you must be a high school junior, senior, or transfer student living out-of-state or in California zip codes 94000–96199.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR BIOLA PROGRAM: https://www.biola.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit/events/biola-bound
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Program Title: Explore Bowdoin
2019 Program Dates: Explore Bowdoin I is Sept. 19-22; Explore Bowdoin II is Nov. 7-10
Application Deadline: August 16 for September program; September 27 for November program
Description from Website: Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors who come from diverse backgrounds, and who otherwise may not be able to visit.
HOW TO APPLY TO BOWDOIN COLLEGE PROGRAM: https://admissions.bowdoin.edu/register/explore2019
Location: Waltham, MA
Program Title: SEED
2019 Program Dates: October 24-26
Application Deadline: August 30
Description from Website:Founded on the principles of pluralism and inclusion, Brandeis University is a place where exceptional young minds from diverse backgrounds come together to form a unique and vibrant campus community. Our Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity (SEED) program will celebrate multiculturalism and social justice at our dynamic university. SEED attendees will stay on campus October 24-26 for specialized academic programming and community building.
HOW TO APPLY TO BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY PROGRAM: https://admissions.brandeis.edu/register/seed2019
Bryn Mawr College
Location: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Program Title: Travel Scholars
2019 Program Dates: Thursday, September 26 - Sunday, September 29
Application Deadline Rolling
Description from Website: Bryn Mawr is committed to identifying and enrolling students who represent a diversity of cultural, educational, and geographic experiences. The Travel Scholar and Road Scholar Programs are designed to support high school seniors who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, and First-Generation students. Compelling candidates have demonstrated interest in women’s education and will exhibit the core characteristics of a Bryn Mawr student: a driven and passionate learner; one who is inspired by and celebrates differences; and who seeks to transform themselves, their community, and the world.
HOW TO APPLY TO BRYN MAWR COLLEGE PROGRAM: Application will update in September 2019
Location: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Program Title: Journey to Bucknell
2019 Program Dates: September 19–21, 2019
Application Deadline July 31, 2019
Description from Website: The program is designed to introduce high-achieving, traditionally underrepresented (including African American, Asian American, biracial/multiracial, Latino/a, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) high school seniors to Bucknell.
HOW TO APPLY TO BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY PROGRAM: https://admissions.bucknell.edu/register/2019JourneyApplication
Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Program Title: Taste of Carleton
2019 Program Dates: October 10 – October 12
Application Deadline: September 1, 2019
Description from Website: The selection committee will give priority to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We particularly encourage students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students to apply.
HOW TO APPLY TO CARLETON COLLEGE PROGRAM: https://www.admissions.carleton.edu/register/TOCapp
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Program Title: Celebration of Diversity Weekend
2019 Program Dates: November 2 - 4, 2019 - Open to all prospective high school seniors interested in applying to Carnegie Mellon; January 25 - 27, 2020 - Open to high school seniors who've applied for admission to Carnegie Mellon; April 4 - 6, 2020 - Open to high school seniors who've been accepted to Carnegie Mellon
Application Deadline: Contact for information
Description from Website: Celebration of Diversity Weekend is an opportunity to experience the diverse community, academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of both the campus and Pittsburgh. On Saturday evening, you’ll be matched with a current student who will be your Overnight Ambassador during your stay.
HOW TO APPLY TO CARNEGIE MELLON PROGRAM: https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/celebration-of-diversity-weekend
Case Western Reserve University
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Program Title: Diversity Overnight
2019 Program Dates: Oct. 13-14 | Nov. 10-11
Application Deadline: September 1; October 1
Description from Website: Diversity Overnight is designed for smart and curious high school seniors from diverse backgrounds. We want to give you an in-depth look at the opportunities available to Case Western Reserve University students. CWRU will cover transportation costs and assist with arrangements.
HOW TO APPLY TO CASE WESTERN PROGRAM: https://go.case.edu/register/diversityovernight
Location: Hamilton, New York
Program Title: Colgate in Focus: A Diversity Open House
2019 Program Dates: October 6-8, 2019
Application Deadline: September 5, 2019
Description from Website: Colgate in Focus provides students with a greater understanding of the Colgate experience. The program includes opportunities to meet current students, faculty, and staff, attend a class, tour the campus, and stay overnight in a residence hall, all while participating in activities that highlight the diversity of Colgate's student organizations.
HOW TO APPLY TO COLGATE UNIVERSITY PROGRAM: https://connect.colgate.edu/apply/?sr=57bba422-b1f4-4e99-85f4-82a3995822e8
Colgate of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University
Location: Hamilton, New York St. Joseph, Minnesota
Program Title: National Fly-in Weekend Program
2019 Program Dates: Contact for information
Application Deadline: Contact for information
Description from Website: The National Fly-in Weekend program is designed to give accepted students from outside of Minnesota a true taste of what life is like in our community. Your three-day customized experience could include eating in our dining halls, attending our classes, meeting with a coach or taking a private music lesson. The possibilities are endless!
College of the Holy Cross
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Program Title: Perspectives
2019 Program Dates: TBA
Application Deadline: Application will update in September
Description from Website: Perspectives is an overnight, weekend program for seniors from diverse backgrounds. This program is designed for culturally aware students who are intellectually curious and are potentially interested in exploring higher education at a Jesuit, liberal arts college. The Perspectives program provides a chance to explore the diverse environment Holy Cross has to offer, spend two nights in a residence hall with a current student, and explore the academic and social environment on campus.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Program Title: Experience Colorado College
2019 Program Dates: October 26 - 28, 2019
Application Deadline: September 29, 2019
Description from Website: ECC is a visit program unlike any other. We know your college decision doesn’t just include you, which is why we fly you and a guest out to campus. Why be ordinary? Learn differently, one block at a time, and get ready to experience the gateway to the southwest. #americathebeautiful #pikespeak #gardenofthegods
HOW TO APPLY TO COLORADO COLLEGE PROGRAM: https://ccbasecamp.coloradocollege.edu/register/ECC
Location: New York, New York
Program Title: Columbia Engineering Experience
2019 Program Dates: October 13-15, 2019
Application Deadline: September 5, 2019
Description from Website: Each fall, Columbia Engineering offers a selective, three-day overnight program designed for high school seniors who are interested in our unique engineering education. This year's program will be held on October 13-15, 2019.
HOW TO APPLY TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PROGRAM: https://apply.college.columbia.edu/apply/
Location: New London, Connecticut
Program Title: Explore Weekend
2019 Program Dates: Nov. 9-11, 2019
Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
Description from Website: That is why we host Explore, a special program each fall for high school seniors of underrepresented backgrounds, as well as those committed to diversity and social justice. Explore offers a sneak peek at the challenging liberal arts environment of Connecticut College and a chance to learn about campus resources for students of color. Explore participants experience life on campus through the lens of our multicultural community
HOW TO APPLY TO CONNECTICUT UNIVERSITY PROGRAM: https://admission.conncoll.edu/register/explore2019?_ga=2.5002867.1772647154.1567011953-1569747478.1567011953
Location: Davidson, North Carolina
Program Title: Access Davidson Program
2019 Program Dates: Nov. 3-5, 2019
Application Deadline: The priority deadline for application submission is August 26; the final deadline is September 16
Description from Website: Access Davidson is a selective program for high school seniors designed to provide an opportunity to visit campus for students from traditionally under-represented groups or those that may not have access to visit campus otherwise. Due to the brevity of the visit, only students living in the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible for consideration. Only students who have not been on an official visit may be selected for the program.
HOW TO APPLY TO DAVIDSON PROGRAM: https://admission.davidson.edu/register/accessdavidson