On January 28th, the National College Resources Foundation held the 24th annual Black College Expo, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 200 colleges and universities were at the event. 40 HBCUs including FAMU were in attendance.
President Dr. Larry Robinson, Student Body President Zachary Bell, Vice President Makira Burns, and other student leaders were all in attendance to represent FAMU in the event.
“Attending the Black College Expo was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Vice President Makira Burns. “I have been on many recruitment trips as Vice President, but this one really stood out to me. Over 20,000 people were in attendance, and you can just imagine the energy in the building. It was something I have never experienced.”
The Black College Expo is targeted toward high school juniors, seniors, and college transfer students that are looking to attend a university. Students are encouraged to bring transcripts and test scores so information can be looked at on-site.
The event featured representatives who gave out information, educational resources, scholarship opportunities, seminars and the opportunity for admission on the spot.
The Black College Expo also featured opportunities to win cash prizes and included a step show called Dance Off.
The event is created by the National College Resources Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving underrepresented students by providing them with free resources and services to connect them to college. The Black College Expo is just one of the resources that the NCRF has to help students.
“You are surrounded by so much black excellence at the Black College Expo,” says Makira Burns. “This event is special because of the amount of people here, especially Black people who are rooting for you and excited to help you with the next chapter in your life as a high schooler. It is important for us student leaders to attend events like this to help future students start their college career.”