Virginia Tech is looking for academically curious first generation rising juniors to participate in the Black College Institute (BCI), a 3-day residential pre-college program at the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech.

BCI will take place July 5th - 8th and is FREE OF CHARGE!

This program is for students who identify as African-American or Black and who have a vision for college attendance. Students will be immersed in university campus life, and experience a variety of college level seminars and experiential activities.

Participating students will:

-  Learn differences between the high school and college academic environment

-  Learn components of a balanced student life

-  Learn strategies and gain confidence in navigating the college application and financial aid processes

-  Learn and/or improve public speaking, presentation and interviewing skills

-  Meet and engage with role models, academic and community leaders to learn about their road to career successes

-  Participate in college, career and community resource fairs

The Black College Institute is an InclusiveVT initiative.  Inclusive VT is the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.  In an effort to advance diversity, InclusiveVT Project 2022 is a collaborative effort between the the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Undergraduate Admissions, Outreach and International Affairs, and the College Access Collaborative.

Application Deadline April 14th 

Click Here to Register 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates possess intellectual curiosity

  • Identify as African American or Black

  • First generation

  • Virginia resident

  • Rising Junior

  • Full-time student in a Virginia high school

Here is the tentative schedule. Final details TBD.


July 5

July 6

July 7

July 8


College sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship

College sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship






Example Themes

Art & the Digital World

Politics & the Media

Technology and Ethics

Citizenship and Social Justice

Example Topics


Public Speaking

Professional Etiquette

Financial Aid


Tentative BCI Day Schedule


Groups 1, 3

Groups 2, 4

09:00 am

Session A (includes10 min break)

Session B (includes10 min break)

10:00 am

Session B (includes10 min break)

Session A (includes10 min break)

11:00 am

Session C: professionalism activity

Session C: professionalism activity

11:00 pm

Lunch - Dietrick Dining

Lunch - Dietrick Dining

12:00 pm



02:00 pm

Mentorship activity

Mentorship activity

03:00 pm

Session D: Getting into College -  

speaker (10 min break)

Session E: Getting into College -seminar/practice (10 min break)

04:00 pm

Session E:  Getting into College -  seminar/practice (10 min break)

Session D:  Getting into College -

speaker (10 min break)

05:00 pm

Social Activity

Social Activity

06:00 pm

Dinner - Dietrick Dining

Dinner - Dietrick Dining

Yes. Here is the tentative schedule for BCI orientation. Final details TBD.





10:00 am

Students receive schedule, and temporary Hokie Passport.

Students move into residential halls (submit paperwork, receive residence hall keys)

11:45 am

Welcome address by university leadership, i.e. Provost, Vice Provost, President

12:00 pm

Student/families have lunch with faculty, staff, university leaders, volunteers

01:30 pm

Speaker/round table/ice-breakers

Round-table/panel session for parents

02:30 pm

Campus Tour for students

Campus Tour for parents and family

03:30 pm

Meet with peer counselors

Parent information fair, meet and greet with faculty and staff

06:00 pm


Receive information packets, say good-byes

07:30 pm

Social activity


10:00 pm

Lights out


West Ambler Johnston Hall: http://housing.vt.edu/experience/YourResidenceHall/HallListing/aj-w.html

Sheets, blanket, and pillow provided.


Transport from Roanoke airport to VT campus: http://smartwaybus.com/genrouteinfo.html

Something to take notes with: a laptop and/or notepad. (You will have Internet access on campus.)

As we are located on the cusp of the Appalachian mountains, summers can be slightly cooler than other parts of Virginia. But shorts and T-shirts should be just fine.