2015 Free Diversity College Visits 1

More than 65 colleges offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. We list all that we can find by providing the program and application dates and links to applications. If we provide a * before the college name, the trip is free. If we provide a (D), trip is for first gen students. We also give you estimated GPA and test scores for each college. 

College Names In Blue Are Updated for 2015

*(D) Amherst CollegeScreen Shot 2014-06-11 at 5.08.24 AM
Amherst, Massachusetts

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

Program: Fall 2015 Diversity Open House weekends (DIVOH): September 26-28, 2015 and October 18-20, 2015

The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is Monday, August 17, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).


*(D) Babson College
Babson Park, Massachusetts (suburban Boston)

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 7.39.45 PMSmall private business oriented college, 3.5+ GPA, mid test scores


Deadline: October 15, 2015 (noon EST)


*(D) Barnard College

barnard bound

New York, New York

Small private all women’s college. Big city. Connected to Columbia. 3.7+GPA; mid to high test scores

Program Dates:

Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11, 2015 (BARNARD BOUND – for students admitted to the Barnard Bound program)
Monday, October 12, 2015  (OPEN HOUSE – All Barnard Bound participants will be automatically registered for our Open House.)

If your student is not selected to attend Barnard Bound, she may register for the Open House only on our Open House RSVP page, available at the end of August. 

Application Deadline and All Supporting Material: Friday, June 12th, 2015

For more info, visit- http://barnard.edu/node/6934

*(D) Bates College (Fall and Spring programs) bates

Lewiston, Maine

Small rural campus; liberal arts, 3.2+ GPA and higher. Optional test scores.

Prologue I runs October 11-13, 2015 and Prologue II runs November 8-10, 2015.

Application deadline for Prologue I: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Application deadline for Prologue II: Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Program: Preface to Bates. – May 3-5, 2015

Application deadline: Apply by March 31, 2015


Beloit College

St. Beloit, Wisconsin

Small suburban college; 3.0 and higher GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: 2015 Summer Days:  June 26, July 17, July 31,and August 7. Admitted Student Open House in the Spring that offers fly-ins

2015 Summer Visit Days
Take a campus tour with a student guide. Meet our faculty. Learn about the college’s academic programs, financial aid, and scholarships. Enjoy lunch in our dining hall.

Click on a date below to register:
Friday, June 26
Friday, July 17
Friday, July 31
Friday, August 7

If our visit program dates are not convenient for you and you would rather schedule an individual visit on a different date, please contact us directly by calling the Admissions Office at 800-9BELOIT (923-5648) at least one week prior to your planned visit. Or, if you prefer, you may complete an online visit request form.

We welcome all guests to take part in all that Beloit has to offer: have lunch in the dining hall, attend an athletic event, see an acclaimed performance in Neese Theater, or take advantage of the various events occurring across campus.

*(D) Bowdoin Collegebowdoin

Brunswick, ME

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

Program: Explore Bowdoin 2015; September 17-20, 2015 and October 22-25, 2015

Application Deadline: August 21 and September 25, respectively.

*(D) Brandeis University 

Waltham, Massachusetts


Medium private college, 25 minutes from Boston. 3.4+ GPA and higher. Mid test scores

Program: SEED-Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity, November 1- 3, 2015

 Application deadlines: Application opens August 1. Applications due September 8, 2015


*(D) Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA (Suburban PA)brwy mawr

Small, all women’s college

Program Date: Fall Travel Scholars: October 24- October 26, 2015 (for both juniors and seniors)

Application Deadline: September 30, 2015


*(D) Bucknell College

Lewisburg, PennsylvaniaScreen Shot 2015-05-17 at 8.38.59 AM

Small suburban private college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle to high test scores.

Program: Journey to Bucknell, November 8-10, 2015

Application Deadline: September 25, 2015 (Counselors must nominate)


*(D) Carleton College 

explore carleton

Northfield, Minnesota

Small suburban private college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle to high test scores.

Program: 2015 Taste of Carleton, October 29-November 31, 2015

Deadlines: September 3, 2015



*(D) Carnegie Mellon University 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Medium college, great sciences & arts, medium city, 3.3+ GPA, mid to high test scores (3.3 GPA and combined 1800 on SAT or 27 on ACT to qualify for travel aid)

cmutepperbw4Program: Celebration of Diversity Weekend- October 31-November 2, 2015 and January 23-25, 2016



January program. Open to students who have applied for admission to Carnegie Mellon. 
Registration will be available in September.

(*D) Colby Collegecolby

Waterville, ME

Small rural college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: 2015 Experience Colby Visit Program –October 18-20, 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015 by 5 p.m. EST

Info: http://www.colby.edu/admission/visit/ec/

Application Link: https://admissions.colby.edu/register/?id=e744733f-bf5f-4cce-b35d-e7f4fc71681d

*(D) Colgate University 

colgateHamilton, New York

Small liberal arts college. Upper state New York. 3.2+ GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: 2015 Colgate: In Person, October 1-2, 2015

Deadline: September 9, 2015


(*D) College of Charleston 

Charleston, SC

Medium public, medium city. 3.0+ GPA. Mid test scores.charleston

Program: M.O.V.E., the Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience DATES:

  • September 25 
  • October 9
  • October 30
  • November 6 (exclusive to males)

http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/moveovernight.php for more info and MOVE application.

*(D) College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University 

St. Joseph and  Collegeville, Minnesota

Small, Catholic college. Recruits heavily from So Cal. 2.6+ GPA. Low to middle tests scores.

sjuairviewProgram: National Fly-in Weekend Program:

Registration for our 2015 – 2016 fly-in weekends will be available by September 1, 2015.

Deadline: Two weeks before weekend.

Applications will be released September 1


*(D) College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MAholy cross

Mid-sized, Catholic college, 3.0+, Middle test scores

Program: Perspectives:  November 7-9, 2015

Application Deadline: October 5, 2015


*(D) 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 1: Tigers on a Quest: October 3 – 5, 2015

Application Deadline: *CBO Counselor nomination only: June 1 – August 15, 2015

Program 2: Flyin’ Tigers: October 31 – November 2, 2015

Application Deadline: August 1 – September 23, 2015


*(D) Columbia Universityce2

New York, NY

Ivy League, top scores, top grades

Program: Columbia Engineering Experience: October 11 – 13, 2015. 

Deadline:  Wednesday, September 9, 2015


 *(D) Connecticut College 

New London, Connecticut

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 6.40.52 AMSmall liberal arts. East coast. Near NY and Boston. 3.0+ GPA; middle test scores.

Program:  Explorer Weekend- November 14-16, 2015

Deadline: October 12, 2015

Website: http://www.conncoll.edu/explore-weekend/

Undocumented students may apply.

*(D) Dartmouth

 Hanover, NH

Rural IVY League. 3.7+ GPA. High test scores.

Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program, July 26-39, 2015. Applications due April 13, 2015


Dartmouth Bound: STEM Exploration, SEPTEMBER 11-14, 2015 (Deadline, Not Yet Available for 2015)


Dartmouth Bound: Native American Community. Oct.11-14, 2015 (Deadline, Not Yet Available for 2015)



*(D) Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Suburban, private college. 3.5+GPA; medium to high test scores.davidson

Program: Multicultural Visitation Day. November 1-3, 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015


*(D) Dickinson Collegedickinson

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Small liberal arts college, test optional, 3.0+ grades. 

Program: Discover Diversity at Dickinson, November 13-14, 2015

Application Deadline: October 2, 2015


Limited travel assistance available.

*(D) Emory University

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 5.44.21 PMMedium college, mid to high test scores, 3.5+ grades

Program: Emory’s Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit Program, October 15-17, 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. ET.


*(D) Franklin and Marshall College 

Lancaster, PA

Suburban small liberal arts, great business. 3.0+ GPA; test optional.

Program: Collegiate Leadership Summit 
*Fall Session 1: Sunday, September 27th to Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Counselor Nomination Deadline: Fall Session 1 program is Monday, September 7th, 2015.

* Fall Session 2: Sunday, November 8th to Tuesday, November 10th.
The nomination deadline for the Fall Session 2 program is Monday, October 12th, 2015.

Students must be nominated to apply and participate:  https://apply.fandm.edu/register/cls-summit

Requires: A minimum GPA of 3.3 in rigorous classes. Must be of a background underrepresented in higher education. Must have demonstrated leadership in his or her school or community


(*D) Grinnell College 

Grinnell, Iowa

Small liberal arts; 3.0+ GPA; middle test scores.grinnell

Program: 2015 Diversity Preview Program, October 11-12, 2015.

Deadline for application: September 16, 2015


*(D) Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

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

Diversity Overnight Program:  Diversity Overnight Program: September 20-22, 2015 and October 25-27, 2015


Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline is August 5, 2015

Website: https://my.hamilton.edu/admission/diversityovernight/do-program-page

Application: http://www.hamilton.edu/admission/diversityovernight

*(D) Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Small science and engineering, 3.5+ GPA, high test scores

harveymuddProgram: Fall Future Achievers in Science and Technology Program (FAST): OCTOBER 8-10, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT

Website: https://www.hmc.edu/admission/fast/fall-fast-program-seniors/

Application: https://connect.hmc.edu/register/fallfast2015app

Program: Spring FAST Program (Juniors)

Program Date: March 30, 2105



(*D) Haverford College 

Haverford, PA (Suburban Philadelphia

Small liberal arts, 3.6+ GPA, middle to high test scores

Multicultural Scholars Experience Program: October 25-27, 2015

Application Deadline: September 14, 2015


Contact admission@haverford.edu

*(D) Johns Hopkins University 

Baltimore, MD

homewoodAMedium, urban campus. 3.3+GPA and middle to high test scores

Program: H.O.M.E. (Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience), September 24-26, 2015

Application deadline: August 3, 2015 (Materials will accepted until August 17, 2015)

Information: https://admissions.jhu.edu/register/HOME/

Application: https://apply.jhu.edu/homewood/application/

*(D) Kalamazoo College 

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Small liberal arts. 2.7+ GPA, low to middle test scoreskalamazoo

Program: 2014 Multicultural Fly-In Program, November 6-7, 2015

ApplicationDeadline: Rolling


*(D) Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Small liberal arts; Midwest, suburban. 3.2+ GPA; medium test scores

kenyonPrograms:  Cultural Connections: Cultural Connections I: Overnight Program -November 3-5, 2015 (for seniors) and Cultural Connections II: Overnight Program- November 7-9, 2015

Deadlines: Rolling. Apply now. You must also apply for separate Travel Grant.


 *(D) Lehigh University 

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Small to medium campus, suburban, near Philadelphia, 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Diversity Achievers Program, October 25,-26, 2015

Application opens September 17, 2015


*(D) Lewis & Clark College 

Portland, Oregon

Small liberal arts; 3.0+ GPA; optional test scoreslewis

Program: L.E.A.D. program, November 9-11, 2015

Application Deadline: September 20, 2015


*(D) Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (App Available Mid-June)

Cambridge, MA
mitdiversityMid-sized urban college, 3.8+ GPA, high test scores

Program: WISE: Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering: September 20-22, 2015 and again October 18-20, 2015

Application Deadlines: Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


*(D) Miami University (Ohio) 

Oxford, OH

Small Midwest college; 2.9+ GPA; medium test scores

Program: Bridges at Miami University, Session I: October 25-26, 2015; Session II: November 1-2, 2015; Session III: November 8-9, 2015; Session IV: November 15-16, 2015

Application Deadline: September 21, 2015


*(D) Middlebury College

disco_middMiddlebury, Vermont

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

Program: Discover Middlebury, October 18-20, 2015

Application Deadline: Friday August 14, 2015.


*(D) Missouri University of Science and Technology 

Rollo, Missourimst

Public university, large, medium grades and scores

Program: ¡Sí Se Puede!: Date:  October 29 – November 1, 2015

Deadline to Apply:  October 3, 2015: Capacity 25

Hispanic & Latino students. Bus service from St. Louis.


*(D) Mt. Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts, All Women’s College

Small all women’s; consortium, 3.0+ GPA; test optional

Program: Focus on Diversity. November 8-9, 2015middle

Nomination Form For Counselors: Friday, May 22, 2015




*(D) Oberlin College and Conservatory 

Oberlin, Ohio

Small liberal arts and conservatory. 3.3+ GPA; medium to high test scores

Program: Access Oberlin and Other Fly-In Programs

Program DateApplication Deadline
November 8-10, 2015Monday, October 20
November 12-14, 2015Monday, October 27
December 3-5, 2015Monday, November 10

access oberlin



(*D) Occidental College

Los Angeles

Small suburban LA college; 3.2+ GPA, medium test scoresoccidental mv

Program:  Multicultural Visit Program:  Fall MVP: October 18-20, 2015

Application Deadline: September 5, 2015


*(D) Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Small liberal arts, progressive. 3.2+ GPA; test optional for GPA higher than 3.6 and top 5% of class

Program: Diversity Program.October 29 – 31, 2015.pitzer

Application Deadline: September 18, 2015 



* (D) Pomona College

Claremont, CA pomona

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

Program:  Fall Diversity Weekend, September 26-29, 2015 and October 10-13, 2015

Deadlines: August 14 and September 4, 2015 (respectively)


Application Opens June 1: https://admissions.pomona.edu/register/fall-weekend-application

*(D) Reed College 

Portland, Oregon


Program: Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience (ROME),November 5-7, 2015

Deadline: Saturday, September 19, 2015

  • Eligibility requirements: Citizen or permanent resident, HS minority student, 2 short essays, SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, HS transcript.
  • Supplemental info can be sent via:

http://www.reed.edu/apply/mrec/details.html or contact them at 1-800-547-4750 or email them at applyrome@reed.edu

*(D) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 

Troy, NY

Mid-size science oriented. 3.3 Average GPA, medium test scoresrpi class

Program: STAR (Science, Technology, Arts @ Rensselaer):October 15-17, 2015 

Application Deadline: September 25th.

Program is for under-represented students and minorities. Picks up from NYC. Limited other travel assistance available.


*(D) Scripps College 

Claremont, California, All Women’s Collegescripps

All women’s small, consortium, 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Program: Multicultural Outreach: Discover Scripps October 11-12, 2015 and Sunday, November 8 to Monday, November 9, 2015

Application Deadline to submit online application is September 14, 2015

Application: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/admission/discoverscripps

*(D) Sewanee: The University of the South

Sewanee, TNsewanee

Small liberal arts college, 3.3 GPA, moderate test scores

Program: Discover Sewanee Nov. 8-19, 2015

Application Deadline: October 2, 2015 (By invitation only)


*(D) Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

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

smithProgram: Women of Distinction: October 16-18, 2015

Applications are due September 16, 2015



*(D) Swarthmore College 

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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

Program: Discover Swarthmore 2015: September 17-19, 2015 and October 29-31, 2015

Applications Deadline: August 10, 2015 for students to apply (Nomination deadline for July 31, 2015 for counselors to nominate students)

Website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-and-aid/discover-swarthmore.xml

Application for Students: https://apex.swarthmore.edu/prod/apex/f?p=194:2:14800845992688

*(D) Trinity College 

Hartford, Connecticut

Small liberal arts, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Preview Weekend: November 8-9, 2015

Application deadline: Application Due Monday, October 12, 2015


*(D) Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

Medium, private college, 5 minutes from Boston. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scorestufts

Program: Voices of Tufts:


OCTOBER 22-23, 2015


OCTOBER 29-30, 2015

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM EST on October 13, 2015 http://admissions.tufts.edu/voices

*(D) University of Chicago

u chicagoChicago, IL

Mid-sized private college, 3.7+ GPA, high test scores

Program: Discover UChicago; OCTOBER 8 – 10, 2015

Application Deadline: August 15, 2015


(D) University of Richmond 


Richmond, VA

Small private college, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: MOVE (Multicultural Overnight Visitation Experience) Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015 (Also include Preview Day, November 9, 2015)

Deadline: To register, please call the Office of Admission at (800) 700-1662 or (804) 289-8640.


*(D) University of Rochester 

Rochester, NY

Medium college, medium city, upper state NY, 3.3+ test scores, medium test scores

Program: Multicultural Visitation Program, November 14-16, 2015

Application: October 9, 2015


*(D) University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Medium public, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

uvmProgram: Discovering UVM 2015: October 18-20, October 25-27, and November 1-3, 2015


Application deadline:

  • October 3 for October 18
  • October 17y for October 25
  • October 17 for November 1

Program: http://www.uvm.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visiting/?Page=discover.html

Application: https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/73271/lang-en?sid=73271&lang=en

 (D) Virginia Commonwealth University 

Richmond, VA

Medium, public college. 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

Program:  Primeros Pasos, November 21, 2015

Deadline: November 13, 2015


*(D) Union College

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 1.08.57 AMSchenectady, NY 12308

Small-medium private college, 3.0+. test optional

Program: Getting to Know Union, Program Dates: October 11-12 and November 8-9



October 11-12 ProgramNovember 8-9 Program
Students from the northeast9/2310/14
Students outside of the northeast9/1610/7


*(D) Wesleyan College

Middletown, Connecticutwesleyan

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

Program: Open House Travel Program: October 11-12 and November 10-11, 2015

Deadlines: September 18 and October 21, respectively


http://wesleyan.edu/admission/visiting_campus/open_house_info/index.html for more info.

*(D) Wellesley College

 Wellesley, MA

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

Discover Wellesley for FREE-October 18-19, 2015

Priority Deadline: June 30, 2015

Final Deadline: August 31, 2015


*(D) Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

 Small liberal arts, rural, 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scoreswow

Program:  Windows on Williams (WOW)- September 24-26, 2015 and October 15-17, 2015

Application Deadlines:  Application Is Available. SUBMIT ASAP


*(D) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 8.54.13 AMWorcester, Massachusetts

Mid-sized private technical 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Discover: The Diversity Experience Overnight. November 10-11, 2015

Application Deadline: October 23, 2015


(D) Yale University

New Haven, CT

Mid-sized Ivy League college, 4.0+ GPA, very high GPA, highly selective

Program: Multicultural Open House: October, 17, 2015



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  • Estela

    Thank you for the valuable information, rjoseph!
    I am a Parent Engagement Specialist at a public high school in Los Angeles. I often meet with parents/guardians to discuss this unknown process with them. As a low income parent of a Vassar graduate I love to share my own son’s college experience with them. I will be sure to share this information with them as well. Thank you!