Frequently Asked Questions

The festival is an annual event for high school students to learn about the opportunities offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Students and their parents will be able to speak with representatives of approximately 80 HBCUs to understand what their institutions offer academically and socially. Some of these institutions will offer on-site admissions, waive application fees, and offer financial assistance. The festival also has seminars on subjects connected to applying to and attending college, including sources of financial assistance. Vendors and External Organizations (Fraternities, Sororities, and other Service Organizations) will be present on the festival floor, along with the colleges and universities.

The festival will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 2018 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (doors will open for pre-registered attendee check-in at 8:00 am and the opening ceremony begins at 8:30 am. Onsite registration begins at 9:30 am). See the full festival schedule.

The festival is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The address is 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Yes. The list of invited colleges and universities can be accessed using this link here. Confirmed participants are shown in bold.

It is highly recommended that you complete as many applications in advance for schools of interest to save time on the day of the festival.

Not all schools. It is up to the individual colleges to waive the application fee. Those that will waive the application fee during the college festival will be indicated on the list of confirmed colleges. You must contact the admissions office for each school of interest for the waiver code or to find out the process for requesting a waiver of the application fee.

Accredited 4 and 2-year HBCUs are invited. 80 schools are expected to attend or have representatives from the local Alumni Chapter.

No. Not all will offer on-site admission. Those that do offer on-site admission will be identified on the list of confirmed colleges.

Yes. Everyone entering the festival–students, parents, guardians, other family members, counselors, mentors, seminar presenters, approved vendors, community group representatives, and college/university recruiters MUST register. Pre-registration will expedite entry into the festival.

The festival is free for students and their families; college and university recruiters. There may be a charge for other groups which will be indicated on the registration site.

High school seniors and recent grads are the primary targets since they can benefit most immediately from connections made at the festival, but students in any grade can attend.

Food vendors will be operating within the Convention Center with food available for purchase. Additionally, several eating establishments are within walking distance of the Convention Center.

Yes. You can cancel an individual or group registration from the registration confirmation you initially received after registration.

The registration system we are using allows you to register up-to 30 attendees at a time. Please complete the optional Group fields.

The room block has filled, however hotels in the D.C. Convention Center area are below for your information.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW, Washington D.C., 20001


Hampton Inn Washington Downtown Convention Center, 901 6th Street, N.W., Washington D.C., 20001


Alfred Street Baptist Church
301 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Office Number: (703) 683-2222