HBCU College Tours: Black College Alumni Launch Higher Education Initiative

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HBCU Lifestyle and Stepping In The Right Direction have partnered on a higher education initiative to provide students with a glimpse of Black College life through HBCU Campus Tours.

HBCU Lifestyle and Stepping in the Right Direction have partnered to help students pursue a higher education. The students pictured are starting their Black College Tour at the "Mecca" Howard University in Washington, DC.

HBCU Lifestyle and Stepping in the Right Direction have partnered to help students pursue a higher education. The students above are starting their Black College Tour at the "Mecca" Howard University.

They're going to get a true, Black College experience, because they're with a group, with an organization, with someone that attended a Black College

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HBCU Lifestyle and Stepping in the Right Direction have partnered to launch HBCU College Tours, a series of all-inclusive trips that give minority students the opportunity to pursue a higher education and visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Students can choose from a wide range of college tours, from homecoming trips to spring break adventures. As they travel and explore new campuses, students from all over the country and this year students coming from as far as Germany and Barbados, have the opportunity to speak with undergraduates and ambassadors, professors, athletic and band directors, admissions officials and financial aid representatives. With a dedicated team of HBCU alumni, Divine Nine members, and educators, STRD HBCU Campus Tours provide students with an inside look into the history, spirit, and culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

"They are going to get an authentic, Black College experience, because they are with a group, with an organization, with someone that attended a Black College,” said Nicole Ford, director of Stepping in the Right Direction and graduate of Bethune-Cookman University. "The students can apply on the spot if they are high school seniors or transfer ready community college students. They can experience meeting professors, meeting deans, and meeting admissions. They can, truly, experience, at least in a week, a little clip of what the Black College lifestyle is because it is a lifestyle."

"I am excited to be partnering with Nicole Ford on this HBCU College Tour Initiative,” said Garrick Gibson, co-founder of HBCU Lifestyle and graduate of Florida A&M University. “On our website, we provide the information students and parents need to learn about HBCUs and make informed choices. Now we have the opportunity to expose students to the Black College experience that they have been reading about in person. It does not get any better than that.”

HBCU Lifestyle and Stepping in the Right Direction intend to lead one million high school students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities through their higher education initiative. Each tour includes round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfast and snacks, professional tour advisors, pre-departure orientation, college tour workbooks, as well as a tour T-shirt, backpack and more.

UPCOMING HBCU CAMPUS TOURS:

Homecoming Tour, October 24 – 30, 2016
Tour stops:

  • Spelman College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Tuskegee University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Edward Waters College
  • Bethune-Cookman University

Spring Break Tour (A1), March 27-April 1, 2017
Tour stops:

  • Spelman College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Tuskegee University
  • Alabama A&M University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Fisk University
  • Oakwood College

Spring Break Tour (A), April 3 – 8, 2017
Tour stops:

  • Spelman College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Tuskegee University
  • Alabama A&M University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Fisk University
  • Oakwood College

Spring Break Tour (B), April 10-15, 2017
Tour stops:

  • Spelman College
  • Morehouse College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Jackson State University
  • Grambling State University
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • LeMoyne-Owen College

Spring Break Tour (C), April 17-22, 2017
Tour stops:

  • Spelman College
  • Morehouse College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Jackson State University
  • Grambling State University
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • LeMoyne-Owen College

For more information or to secure a tour package, please visit our website at:
http://hbculifestyle.com/tours

About HBCU Lifestyle
Since 2011, HBCU Lifestyle has connected black students with the people, places, and resources that define their college experience. From admissions information to Greek life, HBCU Lifestyle brings the latest news to black college students, alumni, and supporters across the country.

About Stepping in the Right Direction
Since 2007, Stepping in the Right Direction has given middle school, high school, and community college students the opportunity to visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities and helped them purse a higher education. Stepping in the Right Direction currently offers more than ten college tours throughout the year to students all over the Country and this year had students from Germany and Barbados, in addition to their Annual Black College Fair at the Long Beach Convention Center and Black College Reunion.

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