Black College Institute

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Black College Institute is a summer, residential, academic leadership program at the Virginia Tech main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The participants are talented, high-achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and rising seniors.

Black College Institute 2019 Week 1 class

View the BCI 2019 Juniors Session Brochure

View the BCI 2019 Session 2 Brochure

Alphonso Garrett

Applications for the 2019 summer programs are now closed. Check back in January, 2020 for next year's applications.

Click here to apply.

Kayla St Clair

Applications for the 2019 summer programs are now closed. Check back in January, 2020 for next year's applications.

Click here to apply.

Benefits of attending BCI

  • Student engagement with various academic disciplines through hand-ons 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 team building activities in our CulturalRecreational, and Squires Student Centers.
  • All programs are FREE of cost to students! Students must arranged their own transportation to and from the programs.

Black College Institute will offer  two 5-day sessions for seniors and one 3-day session for juniors during the summer of 2019:

BCI group activity

Seniors Session 1

June 16 - June 21

Seniors Session 2

June 23 - June 28

Juniors Session

June 30 - July 3

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

Black College Institute is co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity.

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