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15th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) College Fair

February 17, 2023

This free in-person event at The Universities at Shady Grove will provide students in Grades 8–12 an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 50 HBCUs. Representatives will share information and answer questions from students and parents about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and much more. The event will also feature a college preparation workshop for middle school students and parents, a discussion on college life, FAFSA completion assistance, scholarship information and more. This event is co-sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Please click here for a video from Dr. Karen Crews, director of Student Well-Being and Achievement and Byron Jones, Montgomery County Chapter of the NAACP.

interviewAttention Seniors! Virtual On-The-Spot Admissions

Many HBCU representatives will hold virtual interviews with 12th grade students. During the interviews, students can potentially receive application fee waivers, scholarship awards and on-site admission. Qualified seniors will be able to interview with HBCU admissions representatives on February 13-17, 2023, from 8:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom. Seniors should meet with College & Career Information Coordinators (CCICs) to register for interviews. School Counselors and College & Career Information Coordinators will work with students to ensure they have the necessary digital documents for their virtual interviews and will help students prepare for their interview(s). Students can start by viewing how to prepare for common interview questions and what questions they should ask the HBCU representatives to help maximize their chances of acceptance.

Register Registration will open on January 9, 2023 for the HBCU Fair

All students and parents/guardians must register to attend. Students may earn 3 SSL hours for attending at least 2 workshop sessions during the fair and completing an SSL Google Form that will be provided to participants after the event.

Students and parents, use the blue registration button below:

Register Now!

For more information, please contact the College and Career Coordinator at your school or Dr. Karen Crews, Director, Student Well-Being and Achievement at or 240-740-3952.

ImportantMCPS Administrators & Staff: Volunteers Needed!

Please register to volunteer at our 15th annual HBCU Fair and help support our students! Volunteers are needed to help monitor the breakout rooms and virtual workshop sessions. If you are interested, please contact Hope McGuire at (for MCPS administrators and staff only):

Volunteers help ensure a successful experience for all! Thank you!

Want to know more about the HBCU fair? Bobby Gailes' interviewed Dr. Karen Crews, Director of Student Well-Being and Achievement, on WHUR 96.3 about the fair and events. Listen here.



Hear from HBCU Alumni


Meet Cliff Glover, an MCPS graduate who was accepted to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from an on-the-spot interview.


Listen to Carolyn Williams, a recent graduate of Howard University, talk about her experience at the University and her tips for successfully applying to college.


Meet Najma Thomas, an MCPS graduate who attended Spelman College. She provides valuable advice to help with the application process.


Brian and Cicily Randolph proudly discuss their experiences and fond memories of attending Bowie State University and Tuskegee University.


Listen to Hannah Randolph share her experience as a recent graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, including financial aid advice, the importance of communication, and the benefits of joining college organizations.


Why choose an HBCU College or University?

Hear what colleges are saying about the HBCU Fair

A welcome message from Patrick Stevenson, Asst. Director of Freshman Admissions at Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University Virtual Campus Tour
A welcome message from Ebone Dorman, Admissions Counselor at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Watch our NBC4 news coverage from 2019 and listen to student testimonials!