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HBCU College & Career Fair

Saturday, September 21, 2024
Pre Registration Opens in July  | College & Career Fair - 9 - 12pm

Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund, Inc. in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools will co-sponsor a college fair featuring recruiters from over 25 HBCU's and local colleges and universities. Come prepared to speak with representatives about admissions, financial aid (including the City Colleges of Chicago Star Scholarship), testing, majors, and more! This is a great opportunity to start your college search!


Be sure to bring your transcripts as some schools will be offering on-site admissions.

2024 Participating School list coming soon. 

2023 Participating Institutions

Alabama A&M University

Alabama State University

Alcorn State

Bethune-Cookman University

Central State University

City Colleges of Chicago

Clark-Atlanta University

Dillard University

Fisk University

Florida A&M University

Florida Memorial University (new), Grambling University

Hampton University

Harris-Stowe State University, Howard University

Huston-Tillotson University

Jackson State University

Lane College

Langston University

Lincoln University

Livingstone College

Miles College

Mississippi Valley State University

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

Norfolk State University

North Carolina Central University

Paul Quinn College

Prairieview A&M University

Rust College

Saint Augustine’s

Shaw University

Southern University  

Spelman College

Stillman College 

Talladega College

Tennessee State

Texas Southern

Tuskegee University  

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Virginia Union

Wilberforce University

Xavier University



AKAs for Voter Registration


Beyond College

Closet Diva

Chicago Park District

Education Youth Outreach Development

HBCU Campaign Fund

2022 Participating Institutions

Alabama A&M

Alabama State University

Alcorn State University National Alumni Central State University

Chicago State University

Fisk University

Grambling State University

Harris - Stowe

Howard University

Miles College

Mississippi Valley State University Morgan State University

Morehouse College

Norfolk State University

Paul Quinn

Prairieview A&M University

Shaw University

Southern University @ Baton Rouge Spelman College

Stillman College

Talladega College

Texas Southern University

Tuskegee University

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Virginia Union University

Wilberforce University

Support Organizations:

Education Youth

Closet Diva Youth Education

HBCU Campaign Alliance

AKA Voter Registration

Financial Empowerment Summit

Tips for Financial Success


BMO Harris Bank and the Chicago Football Classic are pleased to present the 2023 H.B.C.U. College Fair and Empowerment Summit.


Students and parents will experience a college expo featuring a financial planning seminar provided by BMO Harris Bank.


It’s never too early or too late to invest in one of life’s most important decisions – college. That’s why saving for college tuition and preparing for student life expenses are critical steps in reaching and achieving educational goals. Financial experts and college advisors will guide you through the basics of saving for college and explore options to help you choose the right plan for you and your family.


The Chicago Football Classic Empowerment Summit is open to students attending Chicago-area schools.


Learn more information about preparing for your financial future at

College Fair Attendant Checklist


How to Prepare for the College Fair:

  • Register for the college fair above

  • Obtain and make 25 copies of your current High School or College transcripts

  • Update and make 25 copies of your current resume

  • Review the list of participating colleges and determined your top 10 schools you want to speak with


What to do the day of the Fair

  • Locate the schools you want to interview.

  • Spend time meeting with the college recruiters you have not considered.  Do not rule out any colleges! 

  •  Bring resumes and portfolios to submit to college recruiters. You want to stand out!

  • Show recruiters that you are a prepared college-bound student: bring printouts of labels made with your contact information (i.e. name, address, email, and phone number). 


Questions to ask College Recruiters at the College Fair:

  • Admissions:

  • What are the admission requirements and application deadline?

  • What qualities are they looking for in a prospective student?

  • Are admission interviews conducted? Are interviews required?

  • How can you arrange a campus visit? When will they hold an Open House?

  • How long is the wait for an answer once you have submitted an application for admission?

  • Financial Aid:

  • How much is tuition average cost that students pay per year for room, board, and textbooks?

  • When is the financial aid deadline?

  • What work-study and scholarship opportunities do they offer?

  • Classroom:

  • What is the average class size and how accessible are professors outside the classroom?

  • When must you decide on a major?

  • Do you need a computer and what student services are offered (tutoring, career counseling, etc)?

  • Housing:

  • What type of housing is available?

  • Are freshmen required to live on campus their first year and are how roommates selected?

  • Student Life:

  • What kind of groups, organizations, and/or Greek life does their campus offer?

  • What types of activities are available to students who remain on campus during the weekend?

  • Are any programs offered to help students adjust to college life?

  • What types of meal plans are available?

  • Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?

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