Organizers say this event is an important step in preserving the HBCU community.
The ninth annual HBCU festival expects more than 2,500 students -- a far cry from the 125 young people who first attended in 2003.
Founder Vance Davis hopes an event like this one will draw more students to historically black schools.
"We don't want our schools to die. A lot of our schools have closed down. We're trying to help to support those struggling schools especially," Davis says.
Kerrell Maxwell, who at a past HBCU Festival was accepted by several schools on the spot, says the culture and tradition a historically black school provides is incredible. She currently attends Bowie State.
"It really did feel like home and thats one thing that the HBCU does offer you is really a home away from home," Maxwell says.
Fifty-five schools will be present at Saturday's festival.