The Black College Expo, an event that features more than 50 of the 104 historically black colleges and universities in the United States, will travel to six cities from September to March of each year. The National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) created the Expo to provide students of color with access to college admissions representatives from some of the most prominent HBCUs in the country. Over the course of the past 18 years, the NCRF has helped secure over $300 million in scholarships and grants for underprivileged students and provided more than 400,000 students with the opportunity to attend college.
Why Should I Attend The Black College Expo?
- If You Are The First In Your Family To Attend College: The Expo was designed to provide guidance and financial assistance to minority students from underserved and underrepresented communities. According to the NCRF, “over 90% are the low to moderate [income] families, most of whom do not know how to navigate the college admission process. Black College Expo demystifies the college and career planning process.”
- If You Want Practical Advice About College Applications, Financial Aid, & Future Career Paths: The Expo offers seminars during the event to help high school students learn more about college and potential careers.
- f You Are Looking For Scholarship Opportunities: The NCRF College Expo scholarship essay contest is open to high school juniors and seniors every year.
- If You Want To Talk To Admissions Representatives: There will be college admissions representatives from dozens of HBCUs who are looking for smart, dedicated students to attend their schools! Many of these colleges and universities are willing to accept applicants on the spot if they meet their requirements for admission.
How Can I Prepare?
- Bring your SAT/ACT score reports with you to submit your applications to admissions representatives at the event; you could get your application fees waived and get accepted into your dream school on the spot! Many schools also offer on the spot college scholarships to qualified applicants.
- If you are interested in joining a college marching band, you should bring your instrument to the Expo and be prepared to audition!
- If you are a college student who is looking for a job or an internship, the Expo will host a job fair that will help you connect to potential employers! Bring your resume and be prepared to interview for your favorite positions.
Expo dates and locations
New York, NY Black College Expo
Location: Medgar Evers College
Date: September 29, 2018
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Houston, TX Black College Expo
Location: NRG Center
Date: Sat, October 27, 2018
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Atlanta, GA Black College Expo
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre
Date: March 9, 2019
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Los Angeles, CA Black College Expo
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Date: February 2, 2019
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Oakland, CA Black College Expo
Location: Eastside Club in the Oracle Stadium
Date: February 9, 2019
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DC/Maryland Black College Expo
Location: Bowie State University
Date: March 16, 2019
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How Much Does It Cost?
The Expo can help you find the perfect college, scholarship, or career. You can purchase a ticket for $8; you can receive a discount if you purchase your tickets as a group of 15 or more attendees. Sign up on the NCR Foundation website to reserve your spot!
Source: National College Resources Foundation