College Fly-In Programs

What are Fly-In Programs?

Given that campus visits are crucial to helping students make college decisions, many colleges and universities throughout the United States organize opportunities for prospective students to visit campus. Fly-in programs are overnight, weekend programs so prospective students can experience student life and engage with members of faculty and staff that make up the college. Almost all of the opportunities listed are expense-paid, while travel assistance can be requested for all others.


Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Small private university; part of consortium, 3.7+ GPA ; mid to high test scores

Program: Fall 2016 Diversity Open House weekends (DIVOH):

  • Saturday, September 23 – Monday, September 25
  • Saturday, October 14 – Monday, October 16

The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, August 14, 2017.


Bates College

Program URL: Prologue to Bates

Eligibility Requirements: Open to first-generation college students and/or students from diverse backgrounds

  • If you are a junior, the application and dates for Prologue 2017 will be available this spring.

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Rural college, private, liberal arts. 3.2+ GPA and higher. Optional test scores.Explore

Bowdoin I: September 21-24, 2017   Application Deadline: August 18, 2017 5 PM EST

Explore Bowdoin II: November 29-31, 2017  October 29-31, 2017  

Application Deadline: September 22, 2017 5 PM EST

Info and Link to Application:

Bryn Mawr College

Program URL: Travel Scholars

Eligibility Requirements: Open to high school seniors who reside in the United States

Application Deadline(s):

  • June 30, 2016

Program Dates:

  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Monday, October 3, 2016

Bucknell University

Bryn Mawr, PA (Suburban PA)brwy mawr

Small, all women’s college

Program Date: Fall Travel Scholars: October 1-3, 2016 (for both juniors and seniors)

Application Opens: May 1, 2017

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

Small liberal arts college, 3.0+, Optional test scores

Program: Fall Fly-In: September 12-October 15, 2017

Application Deadline: July 21, 2017


Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 6.40.52 AMSmall private college; one class at a time. 3.0+ GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: Tigers on a Quest: September 30 – October 2, 2017

Application Due: August 15, 2017

Fly-in and travel grant* for QuestBridge applicants (high school seniors only) to attend the Fall Open House at Colorado College

Apply for Tigers on a Quest!

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Program: Flyin’ Tigers: October 28-30, 2017

Application due: September 21, 2017

Application only fly-in program and travel grant* for high school seniors

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Small liberal arts, upper state NY, 3.2+ GPA; middle test scores

Diversity Overnight Program:  Diversity Overnight Program: SEPTEMBER 17-19 OR OCTOBER 29-31, 2017

Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline is August 4, 2017


Application Opens July 3:


Pomona College

Claremont, CA pomona

Small elite liberal arts college, 3.8+ GPA, SAT 2100, ACT 31

Program: Perspectives on Diversity September 30 – October 3, 2017 and October 7 – 10, 2017

Application deadline for both programs:: August 20, 2017 

The Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) fall fly-in program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to experience the Pomona College campus.

During POP prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, speak with faculty and explore the Pomona College community. Although space is limited due to the small size of our engaged community, we are dedicated to providing this opportunity to those

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

Small, all women’s, 3.3+ GPA, test optional

smithProgram: Women of Distinction: October 20-22, 2017

Application: Applications are available May 1 and due Friday, June 16, 2017.

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Small, suburban, near Philadelphia. Intensive. 3.5+ GPA, medium to high test scoresswarthmore

Program: Discover Swarthmore 2016: September 15-17, 2016 and October 20-21, 2016 (2017 dates not yet up)

External Nominations are due by June 24, 2017.

Students can apply themselves


Application for Students: Available in April

 Wesleyan College

Middletown, Connecticutwesleyan

Small liberal arts, east coast. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Columbus Day Open House October 8-9, 2017
Priority deadline – June 29
Regular deadline – September 4

Veterans Day Open House November 9-10, 2017
Regular deadline – October 13

Application opens May 2017 for more info.

 Wellesley College

 Wellesley, MA

welleAll women’s, near Boston, 3.5+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Discover Wellesley for FREE-October 15-16, 2017

Application Available: late May 2017

Priority Deadline: June 30

Final Deadline: August 15