Madison G and Laniya J, two best friends and seniors from Muchin College Prep, attended Noble’s annual HBCU College Fair on October 20—amped and ready to go. Prepared with a slew of insightful questions, they were two of the first students in and the last ones out.
They wandered the booths of the ten historically Black colleges and universities that showed up to the fair, held in the new Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center in the Pullman neighborhood.
Madison spent most of her time figuring out which schools offered the exact path she wanted to take—majoring in psychology while on a pre-med track. She loves learning about the brain but also wants to be able to get into the medical field as a pediatrician.
“I’m keeping in mind that I’ve made a list of things that I’m looking for specifically in schools. So, no matter how much I like a school, if they’re missing something on my list that is very important, then I cannot go to that school. I’m dedicated to that list,” Madison said.
Laniya inquired about pre-law programs as an aspiring corporate lawyer. Both she and Madison also asked tons of questions about student activities and campus life as they bounced around the booths.
The HBCU College Fair was just the latest in Noble’s many opportunities to meet college recruiters and help students get a leg-up in the college application process. Over 200 students from 14 different Noble campuses mingled among the booths, chatting with recruiters. More well-known HBCUs like Howard University and Spelman College came, as well as lesser-known ones like Hampton University in Hampton, VA, and Paul Quinn College in Dallas, TX. This fair marked the third year Noble has held an HBCU College Fair—which has become an essential part of Noble’s strategy to prepare our students for college.
“My hope for continuing the HBCU College Fair is to give our Black-identifying students as much exposure to these colleges and universities as possible because they end up being really, really strong fits—based on our research,” Rachael Rosen, the pre-college & career program manager at Noble Schools, said.
Rosen noted that Illinois doesn’t have any HBCUs, so it can be hard to get representatives in front of Noble students who might be interested in attending an HBCU. The College team at Noble designed this fair as a way for students to not only get more familiar with HBCUs and the programs they offer but also to get their names and faces known by recruiters at these colleges.
Many students attending the fair appreciated the chance to talk to HBCU recruiters, students, and alumni directly. Some even walked away feeling like they had found their college match.
“I visited HU (Howard University), and I think it’s probably the one I’m gonna try to go to—hopefully,” Antwan H, a senior from Butler College Prep, said, “They talked about their med school program—which is included in their bachelor’s program—so I’ll be able to have my bachelor’s and medical degree in neural biology within six years.”
Marcellus W, a senior at Gary Comer College Prep, said he was excited about the fair because HBCUs have always been at the top of his list of schools he wants to go to.
“I’m really excited that Noble Schools hosted this fair so I can put myself out there so schools know who I am,” Marcellus said.
Paul Quinn College particularly sparked his interest because of its sports journalism opportunities.
“If I were to apply for that school, I immediately could get scholarships, and I could work for the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Wings, and the Dallas Cowboys,” Marcellus said.