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What to Know About Diversity Fly-In Programs

Last updated September 12, 2022

Did you know that some colleges and universities across the country offer programs that give students an opportunity to travel to and tour them for a few days - all for free? These programs are called diversity fly-in programs. They aim to make the college touring process more accessible for low-income and first-generation students. Here’s what you need to know about these programs and where to find them!

What to Know About Diversity Fly-In Programs

What are they?

Diversity fly-in programs make space for high-achieving, low-income, and first-generation high school seniors to explore their college options. These programs offer both prospective and admitted students all-expenses-paid tours of their campuses to get a feel for the college experience. These programs typically occur in September and October of one's senior year.

What’s their purpose?

These programs offer many things to students - a taste of the college experience, a chance to ask questions, and a deeper understanding of what they do and don’t want from the college they do end up attending.

They strive to even the playing field for low-income and first-generation students. By making college tours more accessible to all and demystifying the college experience for traditionally underrepresented students, higher education can continue to become a more equal place.

Who can apply?

All students qualify, but low-income students typically take priority when selection happens.

Where can I find more information?

To find a program and learn what they offer and how to apply, check out the lists offered on these sites:

Any questions about diversity fly-in programs or about getting to college? Text #Hello to 33-55-77!

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