As a new admissions counselor, I wanted my first blog post to be on something that was instrumental to me during my college application process: Diversity Fly-in Programs! Woo! Tufts has two fly-in programs, one for students interested in the School of Engineering and another for students interested in the School of Arts and Sciences. These programs are both known as, “Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences”. As a Voices alum, I want to share with you all the highlights of our amazing program as well as what I learned from all of my college fly-ins.
In the fall of my senior year, I remember walking into my college counselor’s office with a list of schools that I was interested in applying to, but would probably never get the opportunity to visit. My wonderful counselor saw my list and told me to research if any of these schools had fly-in programs. If they did, he told me that these programs would cover all expenses associated with visiting a school, including transportation, housing, and dining. His advice changed the fall of my senior year as I began flying out to different college campuses across the US.
Here is my advice for applying:
Spread the word. As great as fly-in programs are, you would be surprised at how many students are unaware of their existence. The majority of fly-in programs or “diversity overnight programs” are open to all students. For Voices, we advertise the program to students from diverse backgrounds and those interested in learning more about diversity on the Tufts campus. Since everyone is welcome to apply, you never know who you may impact with your advice.
Ok, so now you are admitted into the program. Here are ways to make the most out of your 2-3 days on campus: