Latino College Fair on Nov. 23 at Fordham University; $500 Scholarship Drawing for High School Seniors

News Date: 11/8/2013

Bronx, NY - The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) will host the sixth annual Latino College Fair and Workshop for prospective college students and their families on Saturday, November 23 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. at Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx. A special $500 scholarship drawing for high school seniors (Class of 2014)* will be held during the noon workshop. Although the event is especially tailored for Latinos, the free event is open to all who are interested in gathering information about undergraduate and graduate college admissions, receiving financial aid and finding out how to navigate the application process. More than 1,500 students and their families are registered to attend.  
Schedule of Events on Saturday, November 23, 2013, is as follows:
11:30 a.m. Registration opens at Fordham Prep High School (on the Fordham University campus)
Noon - 2:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks; Planning and Paying for College Workshop with Financial Aid Experts (Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available).
Remarks by: Father Joseph McShane, President, Fordham University; John Buckley, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment, Fordham University; Laura L. Anglin, President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).
During the Planning and Paying for College Workshop, Sergio Gonzalez, a Senior Account Executive on behalf of The Sallie Mae Fund, will provide an overview of admissions and financial aid followed by a Q&A session with financial aid experts: Heather McDonnell, Associate Dean of Financial Aid and Admissions, Sarah Lawrence College; Vanessa Barrios, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, St. Joseph’s College; Alejandro Lopez, Senior Financial Aid Counselor, and Gill Cruz, Financial Aid Counselor, from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.
*Note: The $500 Scholarship drawing, only for high school seniors (Class of 2014), will be held during the workshop. Parents may enter for their students but the student or parent must be present to win.
1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Financial Aid “Ask the Expert” tables in the Fordham University McGinley Center. English or Spanish speaking experts will be available: Juan Arguello, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services, Fordham University; Anne Pelak, Director of Financial Aid, The College of New Rochelle; Harvis Pichardo and Patricia Jimenez, Financial Aid Counselors from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.
2:00 – 3:45 p.m. College Fair in the Fordham University McGinley Center, 2nd floor,  featuring undergraduate and graduate admissions representatives from 65+ New York State private, not-for-profit colleges and universities. Financial aid experts also available for students’ and families’ questions.
Participating College and University Campuses (as of November 20, 2013):
Adelphi University, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Bard College, Barnard College, Boricua College, Bramson ORT College, Canisius College, Cazenovia College, Clarkson University, Colgate University, College of Mount Saint Vincent, The College of New Rochelle, The College of Saint Rose, Concordia College, Cornell University, The Culinary Institute of America, Dominican College, Elmira College, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Fordham University, Hamilton College, Helene Fuld College of Nursing, Houghton College, Institute of Design and Construction, Iona College, Ithaca College, Keuka College, Le Moyne College, Long Island University, Manhattan College, Manhattanville College, Marist College, Marymount Manhattan College, Memorial School of Nursing, Mercy College, Metropolitan College, Molloy College, Mount Saint Mary College, Nazareth College, The New School, New York Institute of Technology, Niagara University, Nyack College, Pace University, Paul Smith's College, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Sage Colleges, Sarah Lawrence College, Siena College, Skidmore College, St. Francis College, St. John Fisher College, St. John's University, St. Joseph's College, St. Lawrence University, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Syracuse University, Touro College, University of Rochester, Utica College, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and Wells College
Graduate Specific Programs: Adelphi University–Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing and Public Health, Bank Street Graduate School of Education, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University School of Nursing, Dominican College Graduate Programs, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Medical College Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, St. Joseph's College Graduate Programs, Touro Law Center
Hispanic students and higher education facts:
·       In New York State, the Hispanic population has grown from 2.2 million in 1990 to 3.6 million in 2012, a 62 percent increase. Some 18.2 percent of New Yorkers are Hispanic or Latino.
·       The percentage of Hispanic public elementary and secondary students is 22 percent, up from 16 percent in 1999, with 12 percent of college students of Hispanic origin.
·       New York’s Independent Sector currently enrolls 40 percent of the Hispanic students attending college full-or part-time at campuses offering bachelor and graduate degrees.
·       Fifty-percent of Hispanic students earn their bachelor and graduate degrees at an Independent college in New York State.
Hispanic Serving Institutions:
·       Colleges with at least a 25 percent enrollment of Hispanic students are federally designated as Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI). These colleges and universities are leading the way in closing the educational attainment gap for Latinos and expanding their access to advanced study and careers and sharing best practices in outreach, increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation.
·       New York State is home to 18 of these colleges, including seven CICU member campuses: Boricua College, Bramson ORT College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, LIU Brentwood, Mercy College, Nyack College, and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.
·       Another 26 campuses are emerging HSIs, that is, with Hispanic enrollment between 15–24 percent. This category includes 14 CICU member campuses: Cochran School of Nursing, Concordia College, Dominican College, Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing, Institute of Design and Construction, Iona College, LIU Riverhead, Manhattan College, Manhattanville College, Metropolitan College of New York, Pace University/ New York City, St. Thomas Aquinas College, St. Francis College, and St. John’s University.

Click here for the Matter of Fact chart about Hispanic Serving Institutions in New York State.

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MEDIA CONTACT AT LATINO FAIR: Terri Standish-Kuon (; 518-436-4781)

About the Event: This event is funded primarily through a federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) awarded to CICU by the New York State Higher Education Services Corp, the state agency designated to administer CACG. Additional support from CICU, Fordham University, The Sallie Mae Fund, the Daily News and CICU member colleges and universities. Since 2008, CICU has held five Latino College Fairs located at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and at Fordham University.

About CICU (; Since 1981, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)’s Outreach Programs has produced helpful publications for students, parents, and schools about CICU's 100+ member private colleges and universities, college admissions, and financial aid. Available free of charge, the latest series includes: Your College Search and Affording College/Como pagar la universidad. CICU outreach also includes the Sector's admissions and financial aid website,, which features free resources and profiles of New York's private colleges and universities and degree offerings throughout the state.