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Applications are now closed

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the Black College Institute 2022 program.


Virtual BCI 2022 (for juniors)

The BCI program for rising juniors will be held virtually during the first week of BCI this year. We are working with campus partners to offer a growing list of virtual options and videos, so watch this page for Virtual BCI 2022 updates!


SSL Applications are now closed

SSLs can check back later for more information regarding their role at this year's BCI


What is Black College Institute?

The Black College Institute is an academic summer enrichment program by Virginia Tech. It hosts talented, high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors. For 2022, the in-person program will be held over a 5-day period and the virtual program (juniors) will be held over 4 days.

While this program is designed to attract underrepresented and/or first-generation students, we welcome the participation of any student who has a potential interest in Virginia Tech. Our program activities are planned using a multicultural perspective though we place special emphasis on the African-American identity.


Interested in Black College Institute?

Here's what you need to know

When is Black College Institute?

Save the dates for BCI 2022. There will be more information to come.

  • Session 1 for juniors: June 12-15 (virtual)
  • Session 2 for seniors: June 19-23 (in-person)
  • Session 3 for seniors: June 26-30 (in-person)

For more information about the Black College Institute, email

Benefits of attending BCI

  • Student engagement with various academic disciplines through hands-on learning and workshops within the context of the African-American cultural experience.
  • College life experience of residential living, campus dining, collaborative projects in university classrooms and engagement with Virginia Tech’s faculty, staff, and students.
  • Daily workshops on (1) navigating and completing the college application process and (2) applying for scholarships and financial aid.
  • Students embrace Virginia Tech’s motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by completing a service learning project with university and local partnerships.
  • Explore Virginia Tech’s departments and organizations to build lasting connections and learn about local resources available to them.
  • Engage in fun virtual team building and activities.
  • All programs are FREE of cost to students!
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Black College Institute 2019 Promo

Summer 2019 - The Black College Institute is an academic summer enrichment program by Virginia Tech. It hosts talented, high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors.

BCI group activity

View last year's senior session brochure.

View last year's senior session brochure.

View last year's junior session brochure.


Student-Staff Leadership

Are you interested in being a student staff leader for BCI?


Kayla St Clair

Student Staff Leader applications for the 2022 summer programs are currently closed but click here for information about applying to be an SSL.


Questions and more

Black College Institute is co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity. For inquiries or for more information, contact us at


2019 Black College Institute

View a selection of photos from past BCI programs.

Alphonso Garrett

Student applications for the 2020 summer programs are now open! Click here for information about applying to attend BCI.

Please note that transportation to Virginia Tech will not be provided and students should not drive personal vehicles to campus. Parents or designated representatives will be provided parking passes for student drop-off and pick-up upon arrival on campus.

Additional Resources

Below are the list of recommended items to bring with you:

  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Closed toed shoes or sneakers - some of the spaces we will be entering require shoes with closed toes.
  • Rain gear - we will be outside for one program - rain or shine.
  • Mud wear - we will be outside for one program and some of the spaces are muddy so please bring appropriate footwear.
  • Business attire - 2 sets
  • Also, here is a guide on business casual attire from our Career and Professional Development department.
  • Casual clothing - 5 sets
  • Exercise clothing - we will go to the Recreation Center at least one evening.
  • Swimsuit is optional for one of the activities available
  • Snacks - please refrain from bringing snacks with any type of nuts.
  • Any necessary medications
  • Wash cloth and towel
  • Toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb/brush, shower-cap, hair products, shower shoes, sunscreen
  • Phone chargers - please do not bring laptops/ipads/tablets or other expensive items
  • Baseball hat or cap

We will provide the following:

  • Water Bottle
  • Sheets, pillowcase, pillow and blanket