Fly me to the moon
Or to the college of my choice (Let me play among the stars)
Let me see what term is like (Let me see what spring is like)
Have them hear my voice (On Jupiter and Mars)
In other words, pay my fare (hold my hand)
In other words, baby, recruit me (kiss me)
Oh, Frank Sinatra, I hope that my readers had your voice in their head as they read/hummed along to the above lyrics. Yes, I’ve changed the words around a bit, but you’d sing it best!
Today I want to let you, my dear readers, know about college fly-in programs. Now, there are various ways to visit colleges without leaving the comforts of your own home. You can, of course, explore a college’s website, but there are also a number of other very cool resources out there. For instance, have you heard of YouVisit? Through this site, you can go on virtual tours or enjoy virtual reality content of thousands of different college campuses and towns! Definitely check it out, as it can be a really helpful tool in narrowing down your college list.
Once your list of potential schools starts approaching a realistic number, it makes a lot of sense to actually go and visit the campuses of those colleges and universities that you’re interested in applying to – see here for more about the benefits of a campus tour! This is where college fly-in programs can prove to be a tremendous resource. A college fly-in program is exactly what it sounds like – a college or university will pay your transportation and accommodation costs so that you can come and visit for a few days.
Some colleges and universities that have fly-in programs:
Amherst College; Barnard College; Bates College; Bowdoin College; Bucknell University; Carleton College; Colby College; Colgate University; Colorado College; Connecticut College; Dartmouth College; Davidson College; Franklin & Marshall College; Grinnell College; Hamilton College; Harvey Mudd College; Haverford College; Hope College; Johns Hopkins University; Kalamazoo College; Lewis & Clark; Middlebury College; Oberlin College; Pitzer College; Pomona College; Reed College; Smith College; Swarthmore College; Trinity College; Tufts University; University of Rochester; Wesleyan University; Whitman College; Williams College
And good news – this list is by no means comprehensive. If you’re curious to know about whether a college/university that you’re interested in has a fly-in program, simply google, “Name of college, fly-in program” and see what comes up! Also, keep in mind that you must be selected to participate in a fly-in program, and different colleges have different selection criteria and different application deadlines. In terms of selection, colleges may be looking to diversify their student body, to recruit first generation students, or to provide opportunities for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The deadlines also vary greatly, so be sure to do your research and get your application in on time. Taking part in a fly-in program is a great way to visit a college.