Black College Institute


竟博 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.

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?Cultural,?Recreational, 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


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.

Questions? Contact bci@竟博