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HBCU Exploratory Program

We believe a holistic approach to college & career readiness is key to preparing our nation's future leaders. Researchers have long noted opportunities in our college & career pipeline, so in 2019, HBCU First launched the nation's only national HBCU Exploratory Program.

What is the HBCU Exploratory Program?
A college & career readiness program leveraging the inherent opportunities and challenges of Black youth. We focus on skills related to exploration, planning, and decision-making.

What is the goal of the HBCU Exploratory Program?
To increase college success and career access for Black youth.

The HBCU Exploratory Program helps college-bound students to:
• prepare mentally and socially for college and beyond
• choose a college & career path that's right for them
• develop a college & career playbook for success

The HBCU Exploratory Program serves college-bound students who:
• are seeking help identifying what's the "right" school and career
• have limited knowledge of what Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) offer
• are unable to visit Black college campuses due to location and cost

Upcoming Workshop

Sticky Notes

The 4 Key Dimensions of the HBCU Exploratory Program are:
  • College & Career Readiness Workshops

    College & Career Readiness Workshops
    College-bound students learn about self-knowledge, the HBCU experience, college & career choice, applying for college, and paying for college.
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  • National HBCU Mentoring Program

    Near-Peer HBCU Mentoring
    Promising high school students are matched with a current HBCU student and receive one-on-one support in navigating their college & career journey.

  • Black College & Cultural Tours

    Black College & Cultural Tours
    Junior and senior high school students travel across the country to experience college campuses and explore the roots of their cultural identity.
    Upcoming Tour

  • Company Visits

    Company Visits
    Select groups of students visit corporate offices and are introduced to an industry, the hosting organization, and management roles.

Learn how you can help promising students lead the future.