Howard University “Escape to Mecca” College Tour

The Howard University Escape to Mecca Spring Break College Tour is back for 2016!

Now in its 13th year, the Escape to Mecca (E2M) Program is the longest standing and successful tour hosted in partnership between Chicago Peoples Union of Howard University and Chicago Public Schools. Together, we have exposed over 500 juniors and seniors to the “Mecca of African-American Education,” resulting in nearly a fourth of those students enrolling at Howard and over 80% enrolling in college overall!  This program is lauded by The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and serves as a model for the White House “Near-Peer Campus Challenge” launched nation-wide!

The Howard University annual Escape to Mecca (E2M) Tour Program is a college experience designed to expose talented high school students from Chicago Public Schools to the greatness of the Mecca of African American education, Howard University by immersing participants in the educational, cultural, and social environment of the campus and D. C. area. All student participants will:

  • Live in the dormitory and dine in the cafeteria with a CPU student host
  • Attend classes, and meet with various school faculty
  • Engage in campus social events.
  • Visit the national sites, monuments, and landmarks.
  • Visit additional colleges [tentative visit planned for Morgan State University]

Prospective seniors accepted to Howard have first priority seating and will also get to:

  • Network with your incoming classmates
  • Meet with various school administrators
  • Schedule meetings with departments and arrange for potential auditions (if needed)
  • Use your time to take care of business for enrollment
  • Potentially receive a discount for on-site payment of enrollment and housing deposits




We are pleased to offer this college immersion program to Howard University at an affordable price of $150!


The cost for Escape to Mecca is $150 including a $60 non-refundable deposit and requires a minimum booking of 40-seats in order to proceed!


Chicago Public Schools students only
Juniors and Seniors
Review tour application packet for more details on eligibility requirements

Tour Date

April 6- 10, 2016


Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, MD [Tentative]

Please read below and thoroughly review the attached application packet for more details!

Application/Information Packet
The 13th Annual Howard University “Escape to Mecca” College Tour application is due electronically on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Deadline for Charter Students ONLY – 6pm Tuesday, March 8th.

Click or copy the link below to access the electronic application in CPS Academic Works and apply online today!

Download the “Official Mecca Tour Guidelines Packet” for guidance on application completion! 

2016 Application Guidelines Packet – FOR CPS STUDENTS

2016 Application Packet – FOR CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS

Escape to Mecca 2016 – Flyer


Purifoy, Gloria
Escape to Mecca Tour Coordinator
(773) 841-4817

Howard, Michele
Escape to Mecca Tour Co-Coordinator
(773) 860-4685

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