Are you interested in attending a top-tier college or university? If so, consider participating in a fly-in program! Fly-ins involve a school flying potential students to campus for tours and events. They aim to recruit a diverse student body, and oftentimes, schools will pay for the plane flight, meals, and overnight expenses. Participating in a fly-in is an excellent way to not only demonstrate interest, but also experience all that a campus has to offer.
Fly-in programs are competitive— students must apply, and prove that they are academically-qualified to attend. The application process is almost like its own “mini college application.” Admissions representatives use this opportunity to meet students in-person, observing how they work and participate in a high academic profile group setting; it is an extended interview, and can be used as a deciding factor for admissions.
Fly-ins are an exciting opportunity for students to explore and experience new surroundings; students gain perspective on what being away from family for an extended period of time is like, as well as what being around like-minded, similar high academic profile students from around the world entails. In addition, it can be a reassuring experience for families, who may be hesitant to let their children attend college outside of Texas.
For additional details on fly-in programs, visit College Greenlight: College Fly-In and Diversity Programs.
College/University Program Name Application Due Date Program Dates Albion College Fly-in Reimbursement Program Rolling July 2019 – December 2019 Amherst College Diversity Open Houses CLOSED September 28th-30th; October 19th-21st Babson College Multicultural Overnight Experience Sunday, October 27th – Monday October 28th Available in late July Barnard College Barnard Bound June 4th, 2019 at 5 PM EST October 6th-8th Bates College Prologue to Bates September 1, 2019 Sunday October 13 - Tuesday October 15, 2019 Bentley University Falcon Diversity Overnight October 14th, 2019 November 10th – 11th, 2019 Bowdoin College Explore Bowdoin Explore Bowdoin 1: Friday, August 17th at 5pm EDT
Explore Bowdoin 2: Friday, September 27th at 5pm EDT
EB1: September 19th-22nd; EB2: November 7th-10th, 2019 Brandeis University Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity (SEED) August 30, 2019 October 24th-26th, 2019 Bryant University Fly-in Reimbursement Program Rolling Rolling Bryn Mawr College Travel Scholars July 19th, 2019 Thursday, Sept. 26th – Sunday, Sept. 29th Bucknell University Journey to Bucknell Priority deadline July 31st Thursday, Sept. 19th – Saturday, Sept. 21st CalTech Up Close: Fly-in Program Friday, August 16th October 17th – 19th Calvin College Entrada Scholars Program March 1st, 2019 July 14th-August 8th, 2019 Calvin College Fridays at Calvin (Travel Vouchers) 2019 Rolling (as dates are available) Select Fridays in October, November, February, March, and April Carleton College Taste of Carleton Fly-in Program Opens May 2019 October 10th-12th, 2019 Carnegie Mellon University Celebration of Diversity Weekend registration open now for the first weekend. Second weekend applications go up "late summer". Third weekend applicaitons are sent to students after they're admitted. No info on deadlines Nov. 2-4, 2019 (interested high schoolers), Jan. 25-27, 2020 (high school seniors who have applied), or April 4-6, 2020 (high school seniors who have been admitted) Case Western Reserve University Diversity Overnight Priority deadline Aug 15. first weekend deadline Sept 1, second weekend deadline Oct 1 Oct 13-14 or Nov 10-11 Colgate University Colgate In Focus: A Diversity Open House September 5, 2019 October 6th-8th, 2019 College of St. Benedict and St. John's University National Travel Assistance Program Rolling Throughout the Year College of the Atlantic Fall Fly-In July 15th, 2019 October 3rd-6th, 2019 College of the Holy Cross College of the Holy Cross Perspectives Program 2019 TBA 2019 TBA (Expected in November 2019) Colorado College Experience Colorado College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program September 29, 2019 October 26th-28th, 2019 Columbia University in the City of New York Columbia Engineering Experience 2019 TBA (Available early August) October 7-9, 2018 Connecticut College Explore Weekend 2019 TBA Veterans Day Weekend (November 10-12) Dartmouth College Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program May 1st, 2019 July 15th-17th, 2019 Dartmouth College Dartmouth Bound: Native American Community Program July 1st, 2019 October 13th-16th, 2019 Davidson College Access Davidson Program Priority August 26th, deadline September 16th Nov. 3-5 Denison University Dialogue with Denison Tuesday, October 1, 2019 November 2-4, 2019 Dickinson College Discover Diversity at Dickinson 2019 TBA 2019 TBA Emory University Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit Program August 16th October 10th-12th, 2019 Franklin & Marshall College Collegiate Leadership Summit Nomination deadline: Monday, September 9.
Application deadline: Friday, September 13.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 to Tuesday, October 29, 2019 George Washington University Your GW August 1st Saturday, September 21st to Monday, September 23rd Gordon College Fly-in to Gordon Application sent to admitted students November 11-12, March 21-23, or April 11-13 Grinnell College Discover Grinnell: Diversity Travel Opportunity 2019 TBA September 29-30 or November 3-4 Gustavus Adolphus College Fly-in Program Four weeks before Visit Date Rolling Hamilton College Diversity Overnight Program August 2 (priority), if spots still available then late applications may be accepted September 15-17 or October 27-29 Harvey Mudd College Future Achievers in Science and Technology (FAST) August 12 September 19-21 or October 27-29 Haverford College Have-A-Look September 15th, 2019 October 6th-8th, 2019 Illinois Wesleyan University Diversity and Inclusion Visit Program 2019 TBA 2019 TBA Johns Hopkins University Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience September 6 October 10 - 12 Kalamazoo College Intercultural Fly-In Program February 1st, 2019 April 10th-12th, 2019 Kenyon College Cultural Connections Visit Days 2019 TBA (Updated May 2019) October 26th-28th, 2019 (Tentative until May 2019) Lafayette College Our Beloved Community October 1 November 9 Lehigh University Diversity Achievers Program (DAP) 2019 TBA (Application available Summer 2019) between July and August 16th Lewis and Clark College Compass Scholars Weekend 2019 TBA 2019 TBA Luther College Fly-In Reimbursement Program Rolling Rolling Macalester College Fall Sampler and Multicultural Fly-In Program 2019 TBA (Applications open August 2019) November 7th - 9th, 2019 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering (WISE) July 13th, 2019 September 15-17, 2019 & September 29-October 1st, 2019 Miami University Bridges Program September 27th Session I:
October 27-28, Session II:
November 3-4, Session III:
November 10-11, Session IV:
Middlebury College Discover Middlebury August 12th, 2019 October 6th-8th, 2019 Missouri University of Science and Technology ¡Sí Se Puede! November 3rd, 2019 November 15th-17th, 2019 Mt. Holyoke College Focus on Diversity Program August 14, 2019 October 26-28, 2019 Northeastern University NU Experience Fall Fly-In Friday, September 6, 2019 October 11-12th, 2019 Oberlin College Multicultural Visit Program September 16 or October 21 October 10-12, or November 14-16 Pomona College Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) August 4th September 21–24, or October 5-8 Providence College Pathways to PC Early 2019 November 12 Reed College Multicultural Visit Programs 2019 app available mid August October TBD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Science, Technology, & Arts @ Rennselaer (STAR) September 24th October 25th-27th Rice University SOAR August 5, 2019 September 21-23, 2019 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Fly-in Airfare Assist Program Rolling Rolling Scripps College Discover Scripps Program 2019 TBA (Available in May) Sunday, October 6 to Monday, October 7;
Sunday, October 13 to Monday, October 14
Simpson College Fly-in Program Rolling Rolling Smith College Women of Distinction Program June 14th, 2019 October 18th-20th, 2019 St. Olaf College Fly-in Program 2019 TBA 2019 TBA Swarthmore College Discover Swarthmore July 9th, 2019 Program 1: September 19th-21st; Program 2: October 29th-31st The College of Idaho Fly-In Reimbursement Rolling Rolling Trinity College Preview Weekend Due in October November 3rd-4th Tufts University Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences October 1 (Engineering) and October 8 (Arts & Sciences) October 17-18 (Engineering) and October 24-25 (Arts & Sciences) Tulane University PreviewTU September 13, 2019 October 19-21, 2019 Tulane University BienvenueTU Invitation Only March 5-7, 2020 Union College Getting to Know Union Weekend September 22nd October 13th-14th University of Denver Pioneer Prep May 15th, 2019 July 24th-26th, 2019 University of Evansville Fly-in Policy Rolling Rolling University of Michigan - Ross School of Business All-Access Weekend June 7, 2019 September 19-21, 2019 University of Pennsylvania Penn Early Exploration Program Friday, August 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, October 13th - Tuesday, October 15th University of Richmond Multicultural Overnight Visitation Experience 2019 TBA Sunday, October 20th University of Rochester Multicultural Visitation Program Sunday, October 6 Sunday, November 10–Tuesday, November 12 University of St. Thomas Fly-In Program Rolling Rolling Ursinus College Prologue to Ursinus September 3rd November 8th-10th Utica College Fly-in Program Rolling Rolling Wartburg College Wartburg: Fly-In Program Rolling September through April Washington and Lee University Diversity & Inclusion Visit Experience DIVE I Deadline: August 8
DIVE II Deadline: September 6
DIVE I: September 22-24, 2019
DIVE II: October 20-22, 2019
Washington University in St. Louis WashU Preview August 17th, 2019 Monday, October 7 - Tuesday, October 8;
Thursday, November 7 - Friday, November 8
Wellesley College Discover Wellesley Travel Grant June 30 (priority) August 15 (deadline) October 6th-7th Wesleyan University Fall Open House Transportation Assistance Program June 28 (priority) September 6 (deadline), or June 28 (priority) October 8 (deadline) October 13th-14th or November 10th-11th Whitman College Fall Visit Scholarship Program September 30th, 2019 (Available in August) 2019 TBA (November) Whitworth University Visit Travel Grant Rolling Rolling Williams College Windows on Williams July 1st; August 1st, 2019 September 19th-21st; September 26th-28th, 2019