I’m First

For students who don’t have a family history of higher education, college is your opportunity to become who you want to be!

I’m First‘s Opportunity Knocks newsletter features campus programs and opportunities for first-generation college students. This second special edition edition highlights Open House, Fly-in and Visit opportunities at 18 of our College Partners.

Visit I’m First to join our community and discover your college opportunity!


George Washington University
Washington, DC
Your GW: An Open House Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion,
October 23-24; November 13 – 14
Application information coming soon!
At the “Your GW” Open House Program in the fall, students and their parents have the opportunity to meet professors, administrators and current students; learn about admission, financial aid and merit-based scholarship processes and tour campus. Students will spend the night with a current student and attend classes. Travel grant scholarships are available. Read more

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
Discover Grinnell,
November 2-3
Apply by October 29
Every fall, Grinnell hosts two Discover Grinnell programs for high school students that allow you to spend the day exploring Grinnell’s academic and student life. High School Seniors also have the chance to spend the night on campus. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot early. Read more

Holy Cross College
Notre Dame, IN
Shadow Days,
October 3, 13; November 7, 21
We invite you to “try us on” for a day during one of our unique Shadow Day visits. See for yourself if Holy Cross College is the right fit for you! During your visit, you will attend class with a current student, tour campus, meet faculty and staff, enjoy lunch in our dining room, and much more! There are also information sessions regarding financial aid and application processes for your parents. Read more

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
Fall Open House,
October 13, November 8
Visit Illinois Wesleyan and find out why we are considered one of the nation’s top universities. During our Open House, you will have the opportunity to learn about our exceptional academic programs and faculty, get a taste of the vibrant campus life that our students experience through campus programming and the 150+ active student groups, and see our beautiful 80-acre campus and facilities. Read more

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI
Multicultural Fly-in Program,
November 7-8
Apply by October 10
If you are a high school senior of multicultural background or you are a student with a strong interest in Diversity and Inclusion, we invite you to spend a couple days on our campus learning more about our dynamic campus community. Kalamazoo College is an increasingly diverse liberal arts college with a focus on challenging academics and experiential education. Space is limited. Read more

Lafayette College
Easton, PA
Our Beloved Community,
November 15
Apply by October 15
Lafayette College invites you to apply for the 3nd Annual Our Beloved Community Symposium on Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Our Beloved Community is named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a society that embraces each of its members, not merely putting aside but rather understanding and celebrating their differences. We seek a limited number of students nationwide to join the Lafayette community in this celebratory event that will feature interactive discussions on a variety of social justice topics. Read more

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Focus on Diversity,
November 2-3
Apply by October 27
Yearly, Mount Holyoke College sponsors Focus on Diversity, a program that allows students who are particularly interested in and committed to issues of diversity— to visit Mount Holyoke, experience the college’s tight-knit and dynamic student body, and dialogue about these issues. Focus on Diversity occurs in the fall for prospective students, while the Experience Diversity program takes place in the spring for accepted students and their families. Both programs have fly-in and bus-in travel arrangements for students. Read more

Ohio University
Athens, OH
OHIO Discovery Day,
October 4, November 15, December 6
This fall open-house program is the perfect one-day opportunity for families to discover the promise of Ohio University. The program includes an OHIO overview, academic department information sessions, a resource fair, and guided walking tours of our beautiful, historic campus. Read more

Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
Explore Oxy,
October 3; November 7
Explore Oxy fall preview days have something for all interests and schedules. Whether you arrive in the morning or afternoon, you can tour campus, learn about the admission process, and hear about our academic programs from current students and professors. Read more

Pitzer College
Claremont, CA
Diversity Fly-in Program,
October 23 – 25
Apply by September 18
As part of our commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, Pitzer College hosts two fall diversity preview program in early November. This program is designed specifically for students from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the continental United States. The Diversity Program is an all-inclusive, all-expense-paid program for which round-trip transportation (air, train, bus, gas/mileage reimbursement) will be covered. Attendees will be hosted by current students in the residence halls and will dine on campus throughout the three-day weekend. Read more

Reed College
Portland, OR
Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience (ROME),
November 6 – 8
Apply by September 25
Each year, the Reed Admission Office offers domestic high school seniors from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds (Asian American, Latino/a American, African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) an opportunity to apply for a fly-in program called Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience. In 2014, the program will take place November 6-8. Read more

Smith College
Northampton, MA
Women of Distinction,
October 17-19
Apply by September 17
The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities at Smith for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in the three-day program live in campus houses, experience academic life and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process. There is a required application, and students are chosen on the basis of academic and personal qualities. All expenses are covered by Smith. Read more

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
Multicultural Visit Program,
November 9-10
Apply by October 3
University of Rochester’s Multicultural Visitation Program brings together high school seniors from diverse backgrounds and allows them to experience Rochester on a more personal level. Admission to MVP is a competitive process that will consider your academic and personal qualities. Travel assistance is available; be sure to apply on time. Highlights include living and dining on campus, staying in a residence hall with a student host, participating in discussions with current students about the college experience and learning about the many opportunities available for undergraduates. Read more

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
Discover Wellesley Weekend,
October 19-20
Register by October 13
Visitors spend time with current students, attend classes, and get an insider’s view of campus and community. Please contact admission@wellesley.edu for more information. Read more

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
Fall Open House Programs: Transportation Assistance Program,
October 12-13; November 10-11
Apply by September 26 & October 24
To encourage first-generation, low-income and other underrepresented students to enroll at Wesleyan, the university arranges and subsidizes transportation for these students to attend fall open houses and the admitted student weekend, WesFest. Wesleyan admissions officers also offer workshops throughout the country to provide outreach and college preparation programs. Read more

Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA
Visit Scholarship Program,
November 9-11
Apply by September 30
Whitman College seeks to bring students whose backgrounds and experiences offer varying perspectives on living and learning in a multicultural world to our campus. Approximately 85 high school seniors from underrepresented socioeconomic, racial and cultural backgrounds are invited to an expense-paid visit to Whitman during the fall or spring semesters. Visiting students will stay with an overnight host in a residence hall, eat in our dining halls, visit up to two classes, and meet with an admission officer, coaches, faculty, staff and student leaders upon request. Read more

Williams College
Williamstown, MA
Windows on Williams,
September 25-27, October 16 – 18
Rolling Admission
Every fall, through Windows on Williams (WOW), the College offers 150 low-income, first-generation or traditionally underrepresented high school seniors a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to campus. Participants are able to attend classes, meet professors and current students, and experience life as a Williams student first-hand. A select number of students unable to attend a WOW program may be eligible for a free spring fly-in program for all accepted students, Previews. To inquire about the program, please email WOW@williams.edu. Read more

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
Discover: The Diversity
Experience @ WPI,
November 10-11
Apply by October 27
Discover: The Diversity Experience @ WPI is a special overnight program for African Americans, Latino and Native American students as well as students interested in diversity to spend the night on campus and experience the vast diversity that exists on the WPI campus. Students will have the opportunity to eat in the dining halls, connect with current students, participate in a myriad of social activities, explore the vast academic options, and much more. This year’s program will be held on November 10-11. Travel scholarships are available to those who qualify. Read more