Virtual College Fair

Parents and Students,

There are three virtual college fairs coming you due to current circumstances. Please see the links below for two of them. One may cost 5.00 to enter, but the other is free. The third virtual tour require that you download the HBCU HUB app to access.

Stay safe and be blessed!

T. Goldsmith
GEAR UP Birmingham Project Director

Black College Expo LIVE

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Virtual HBCU College Tour 

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When you’re on a college campus, my advice is to slow down and ask a lot of questions. Ideally, you’ll want to talk with more than just the admission staff. Stop a few students during your stay and ask them what they like and don’t like about their school. If you can talk to a professor or two, even better. 

Here are questions that I’d recommend that you ask: 


—What admission accommodations will your institution offer? 

—Will there be a delay in admission decisions? 

—Will Decision Day be pushed back? 

—Will my Freshman year start on time? 

—What admission accommodations will your institution offer? 

—Describe your institutional plans for virtual instruction? 

—How will institutional resources such as tutoring and the career center be made available to students? 

—How can a virtual visit of your campus sway my decision to attend your college? 

—How will COVID-19 impact the freshman year experience? 


—How much time do students typically spend on homework? 

—How much writing and reading are expected? 

—What is the average class size of introductory classes? 

—How widely used are teaching assistants on your campus? 

—What is the average class size of upper-division courses? 

Academic Perks 

—What opportunities are there for undergraduate research? 

—How many students participate in undergraduate research? 

—Is there a culminating senior year experience? 

—Do you have an honors college? 

—Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience? 

Financial Aid 

—What is your average financial aid package? 

—What is the typical breakdown of loans versus grants? 

—What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet? 

—What is the average merit award? 

—What percentage of students receive college grants? 

—What is the average college debt that students leave with? 

—What work-study opportunities are there? 

Graduation Track Record 

—What is your four-year graduation rate? 

—What is your five-year graduation rate? 

—What does it take to graduate in four years? 

—What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year? 

Academic Support 

—What type of tutoring program do you have? 

—How do you provide academic advice to students? 

—Do you have a writing center and how do I access it? 

—What kind of learning disability resources do you have? 

Outside Opportunities 

—How many students at the college get internships? 

—What percentage of students study abroad? 

—What type of career services do you have? 

Student Life 

—What kind of dorm choices are there? 

—What percentage of students live on campus? 

—How long are dorm accommodations guaranteed? 

—How many students live on campus? 

—Do most students go home on the weekend? 

—What percentage of the study body belongs to a sorority or fraternity? 

—What activities are offered to students? 

—What clubs do you have on campus? 


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