Many institutions engage in active diversity outreach focused on identifying students from diverse backgrounds based on such criteria as race, gender, and socioeconomic background. Such institutions may host diversity weekends, days, fly-ins, and sleepovers as a means of introducing their institution to students and families from such backgrounds with some institutions underwriting travel expenses (See the Williams College WOW Program) and providing complementary room and board. Our son was so impressed with the Amherst College Diversity Weekend that he applied Early Decision, was accepted, and in 2013 received his BA in English. Many of our cohort students have received all-expenses paid opportunities to visit such colleges as Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Bowdoin, Hamilton, University of Richmond, and Washington & Lee. After applying for admission for their diversity weekend visits, many of our students have been offered admission and lucrative financial aid awards.

Note: Diversity Weekend opportunities are academically competitive with an acceptance rate that is lower than the admissions rate to the institution. Competitive candidates are typically top students, who submit well written essays, which are responsive to the writing prompts, or who receive stellar nominations from college advisors, teachers, or high school guidance counselors.


  • Gaining exposure to top colleges.
  • Identifying diversity outreach programs, frequently referred to as, ‘Diversity Weekends,’ ‘Fly-Ins,’ or ‘Diversity Open Houses,’ matched to your profile.
  • Creating a high quality application for Diversity Outreach opportunities.

Estimated time to complete: Undetermined.

Guiding Questions

  • What Diversity Weekend opportunities that may be of interest?
  • Which Diversity Weekend programs match my academic and demographic profile?