The programs are often called various things at various colleges: (INSERT SCHOOL NAME) College Diversity Day, Leadership Weekend, Future Achiever’s, Overnight Program, Multi-Cultural Weekend, Explore Weekend, Discovery Weekend etc…
The list of names goes on and on.
This concept of college diversity & fly-in programs was first introduced to us by a friend of the show – Ms. Tamara Jones (you can listen to her episode here). She found out about them when researching different schools for her daughter. They took advantage of this opportunity to visit a school, stay for the weekend to get more of an up close and personal feel for the campus to see if it was a good fit. AND IT WAS!
The College Greenlight blog publishes a list of the programs each year. I am sure it is not an all-inclusive list because new ones are always added. Also in the comments section of that blogpost, several people mention additional schools.
The other interesting fact is that they will often reimburse you for visiting the school (especially if you are accepted as a student). All you have to do is ASK.
After reviewing the list of college diversity programs, something was glaringly obvious. These schools are mainly PRIVATE ELITE/IVY COLLEGES. That tells me that they have created these programs to deal with their “lack of diversity” on their campuses and attract high achieving multicultural students who may not have them on their radar.
If you think that your local state University would have this type of program – THINK AGAIN. Your state University probably does not have a diversity problem. They probably attract a wide variety of students. You be the judge and let us know what you think.
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