Conference Sponsorship and Expo

Increase your visibility among college access and success professionals at COE’s Annual Conference!


Learn, Engage, And Celebrate!

COE’s Annual Conference is a gathering of college access and success leaders, educators, and the broader education equity community dedicated to shaping the future of college access and success! Our convening is a national event designed to ignite conversations, inspire innovation, and provide attendees with the latest insights and evidence-based best practices for college access and success.

Your investment in COE’s Annual Conference is an investment in America’s future. Your support allows COE to advocate for college access and success programs and draw attention to the challenges of first-generation and low-income students, students with disabilities, adult learners, and veterans attempting to prepare for, succeed in, and graduate from colleges nationwide.

We will work with you to design an experience that helps you meet your sponsorship goals and create a mutually beneficial event for our attendees and your company! For more information about sponsorships, please contact [email protected].

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the event by the numbers

Partner with us for a high return on your college access and success investment.
Member Colleges and Agencies
Over 1,000 member colleges and agencies with TRIO programs send leaders to this annual convening.
Federal TRIO Programs Represented
Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.
College Access and Success Professionals
TRIO leaders network and learn the latest information on advancing educational equity and outcomes for underserved students.
Each year, an average of 60 percent of conference attendees are at the decision-maker level at their program or institution.
Conference Workshops
Over 100 professional development sessions available on a range of topics critical to student success.


Share Tools & Services To Advance College Access & Success

The Expo Hall is available to all attendees throughout the conference to connect with tools and services to assist them as college access and success professionals. Market your educational products and services to over 1,500 college access and success professionals at the conference and post-event. For more information, contact [email protected].


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Connect With Leaders Working To Advance Educational Equity

COE works with you to customize a sponsorship package to meet your organization’s goals and interests. We are dedicated to delivering an experience that will optimize your engagement. For more information, contact [email protected].

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Educational Opportunity Awards Dinner

Celebrate First-Generation Achievement!

COE recognizes the National TRIO Achievers—TRIO alumni that made remarkable progress in their chosen profession. Federal TRIO programs boast over 6 million graduates from post-secondary institutions nationwide. Some past honorees and other TRIO alumni include U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, John Quinones of ABC, Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, and former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez. For more information, contact [email protected].

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Photo Gallery

See the wonderful memories made during #COEAC2023. If you decide to share on social media be sure use the official conference hashtag and tag us!



Highlights from D.C.

Isabel Wilkerson’s Powerful Address On America’s Caste System Opens The 2023 COE Annual Conference


The President And First Lady Of Palau Recognized With The 2023 TRIO Family Achievement Award From The Council For Opportunity In Education


2023 National TRIO Achiever Awards: Honoring The Journeys And Impact Of Distinguished Alumni


in their words

It’s still about building leaders, and COE has really continued to stay focused on their mission in terms of student engagement, student development, and helping students remove some of those financial barriers in order to be able to live the dream.
VP Philanthropy at Strada Education Network

in their words

Comcast is working with COE on an initiative called “Build Your Own Future with STEAM” that will change the demographics in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) careers. It raises awareness of the importance of STEAM careers and the steps that students—who have had no direction— need to take to get to those careers.
Trinity Thorpe-Lubneuski
Senior Director, Internet Essentials, at the Comcast Corporation

in their words

One thing COE does that’s most relevant to us is its annual report, Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States, [produced by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education]. The metrics measured in that report on a longitudinal basis are the very metrics that we use for most of our philanthropic grantmaking.
Dick George
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Ascendium Education Group, formerly the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation

in their words

It’s palpable how much this whole professional [TRIO] community cares and is looking out for low-income, first-generation students. If they weren’t there, so many people would not have been able to access that college dream and really make it a reality.
Jennifer Engle
Acting Director, U.S. Program Data, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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