2017 College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino Students

Meet with college representatives and attend workshops designed to help you navigate the college application process. 

12:30-3:35 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pre-Fair Sessions begin at 11 a.m. (see details below)

Fordham University (Rose Hill Campus), Bronx, NY

All students and families are welcome!

High School seniors are eligible to win a $1,000 college scholarship!*

Download a flyer to promote the College Access Fair: English | Español

Click here to register for the 2017 College Access Fair

About the College Access Fair

The 10th annual College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Latino/Hispanic students and their families is a wonderful opportunity for students and parents/guardians to meet and talk with dozens of independent college and university admission and financial aid representatives (see below for a complete list). A series of workshops will also be offered; details on those workshops are below. At the “Ask the Financial Aid Expert” stations, students and families can talk one-on-one with financial aid experts about specific questions about paying for college (English or Spanish sessions available).

This event is sponsored by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and is made possible with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Fordham University and CICU member colleges and universities. 


Pre-Fair Workshops

11:00-12:30   One2One Session for African-American/Black young men -- Q&A on college, careers and more
(Note: separate registration for this small group session is required; click here to register for this session)

11:15-12:30   Planning and Paying for College — a panel of experts will address the college application process, admissions options and deadlines, and the basics of financial aid programs and packaging.


College Fair

12:30-2:45    Featuring dozens of private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York (see below for a full list of participating institutions).

12:30-2:45    Ask the Financial Aid Experts — individual meetings available in English or Spanish to ask your questions about financial aid for college.



12:45-1:35    How to Pay for College (in English)

                     Cómo Pagar la Universidad (en Español)

1:45-2:35      Prep for College Success (for students)

                     Preparing for the College Process (for parents)

2:45-3:35      What You Should Look For in a College and What Colleges Look For in Students

                      Undocumented Students and the College Process

Workshop details

One2One for African-American/Black Male Young Men (separate registration required) (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Students will learn more about preparing for college, selecting a college, campus life, academic success and career opportunities. Come join us for an informative Q&A with black professionals. Seating is limited. Click here to register. 
Note: The One2One session is for African-American/Black male students only. The session will begin promptly at 11 a.m., it is imperative that you arrive on time.

Planning and Paying for College (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): A panel of experts will address the college application process, admissions options and deadlines and the basics of financial aid programs and packaging. This session is open to all College Access Fair attendees including parents and guardians. Seating for this workshop is limited, so please arrive early.

How to Pay for College (12:45-1:35 p.m.) – An overview of the financial aid processes and forms (FAFSA) and a timeline for completion. Also discussion of scholarships and other aid for African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino students. 

Cómo pagar la universidad (12:45-1:35 p.m.) – Durante esta sesión aprenderás qué es asistencia financiera y cómo te puede ayudar a pagar tu universidad, además de cómo y cuándo solicitarla. También habrá una discusión sobre becas y demás ayuda para estudiantes afroamericanos e hispanos/latinos.

Prep for College Success (1:45-2:35 p.m.) – A discussion for students on how to prepare for and succeed in college, along with services, tips and programs that successful students use.

Preparing Parents for the College Process (1:45-2:35 p.m.) – A session for parents with an overview of a parent’s/guardian's role in the college process. How to prepare financially and emotionally for your child’s college education.

What You Should Look For in a College and What Colleges Look For in Students (2:45-3:35 p.m.) – A discussion of the college application process, college admission requirements, and what colleges look for when reviewing students’ applications. A discussion of strategies for college choice and how to determine which college is the “best fit.”

Undocumented Students and the College Process (2:45-3:35 p.m.) – A discussion about higher education for undocumented students.

Click here to register for the 2017 College Access Fair

Participating Colleges and Universities and community-based organizations (as of Oct. 4, 2017

Adelphi University

Alfred University

Barnard College

Boricua College

Canisius College

Cazenovia College

Clarkson University

Colgate University

College of Mount Saint Vincent

The College of New Rochelle

The College of Saint Rose

Concordia College of New York

Cornell University

Daemen College

Fordham University

Hamilton College

Hartwick College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hofstra University - NOAH Program

Ithaca College

King's College, The

Le Moyne College

Long Island University

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College

Marist College

Marymount Manhattan College

Mercy College

Metropolitan College of NY

Molloy College

Mount Saint Mary College

New School, The

New York Medical College Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

New York University

Niagara University


Pace University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Sage Colleges, The

Siena College

Skidmore College

Skidmore College

St. Francis College

St. John Fisher College

St. John's University

St. Joseph's College

St. Lawrence University

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Syracuse University

Touro College

University of Rochester

Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

Wagner College

Wells College


New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

NYC DOE Division of English Language Learners and Student Support

The College Board

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHPE-NY)

College Goal New York

Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists, www.nysci.org

National Hispanic Institute

*Scholarship details: Students must register to be entered in the drawing. Scholarship funds can only be used to fund attendance at a CICU member private, not-for-profit college or university.