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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 developed and launched the nation's first & only HBCU Exploratory Program.

What is the HBCU Exploratory Program?
A college & career readiness program that leverages the inherent opportunities and challenges of Black American students.

The HBCU Exploratory Program helps students:
• prepare mentally 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 high school students who:
• may not be familiar with what Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) offer
• are unable to visit Black college campuses due to location and cost
• and/or are seeking help identifying what's the "right" school for them

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Sticky Notes

The 3 Key Dimensions of the HBCU Exploratory Program are:
• College & career readiness workshops
• Black college & cultural tours
• Company visits

  • College & Career Readiness Workshops
    College & Career Readiness Workshops
    College-bound students learn about self-knowledge, the HBCU experience, college & career choice, and financial aid. Learn More
  • 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.
  • 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 college-bound students lead the future.