Students Say

Noted for “outstanding achievements as an institution as well as the accomplishments of a great majority of its alumni,” Howard University takes great pride in preparing students “to compete on a local and global level.” With “inspiring faculty and a perspective that cannot be found anywhere else,” the school “breeds pride and excellence” and is a “formidable force in producing African American intellectuals.”

Overview

Applicants
11,599
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 600
SAT Math
490 - 590
SAT Writing
490 - 600
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Noted for “outstanding achievements as an institution as well as the accomplishments of a great majority of its alumni,” Howard University takes great pride in preparing students “to compete on a local and global level.” With “inspiring faculty and a perspective that cannot be found anywhere else,” the school “breeds pride and excellence” and is a “formidable force in producing African American intellectuals.” “Howard University is more than a place to get an education, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that not only strengthens your mind, but also your spirit and pride in who you are as a person and who you have the potential to become,” says an appreciative student. Other undergrads add, “I wanted the experience of attending a Historically Black College,” with a rich tradition and history. “Once you become a Bison” you experience “the sense of being a part of such a tremendous legacy.” Students here believe that a Howard education is wonderful preparation for life in today’s competitive employment environment. “Howard pushes you and teaches patience.” Professors are admired for being able to “bridge the gap between the real world and the textbook;” “It is up to you to apply information outside of class through internships and supplementary experiences.” They are “supportive and helpful,” have “a genuine interest in their subject,” and they make sure “course material is appropriate.” Discussions are encouraged, which “helps to solidify understanding…I am able to have a voice in the class and share my opinion.” Networking opportunities are abundant, and job placement upon graduation is high.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
1,520
with Terminal Degree
1,207

1,179
Minority
832
Men
688
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Vernon Jordon Esq.
Prominent Attorney and Presidential Confidant

Douglas Dinkins
Former Mayor of New York

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche
Nobel laureate, Pioneer Scholar Modern Colonialism

Thurgood Marshall
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Gov. Douglas Wilder
First African-American Governor of Virginia

Andrew Young
Former Ambassador to the United Nations

Mrs. Phylicia Rashad
Acclaimed Actress

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
66
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Feb 16

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,288

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,763

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,323

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,027

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,018

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$22,737
Required Fees
$1,233
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$3,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,914
Transportation for Commuters
$2,916

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

At Howard University, there is at least one commonality everyone can agree on: Students are busy. “At any given time a student at Howard can be found taking a full course load, working, and interning.” Extracurricular activities and community service are also on the plate of many Howard undergraduates. Students are often described as “friendly, outgoing, stylish, and fashionable.” The campus exudes “a culture of achievement and encouragement;” “most students are very goal-oriented and driven.” “A Howardite is very career-oriented and knows what he or she wants to do after graduation.” Students here are also “very socially conscious.” Geographic diversity is prevalent, and “Howard students are educated to think on a global scale.” “Students are very accepting of each other and their backgrounds;” “We are an ever-changing, comprehensive, innovative, and supportive community.” Meaningful conversation is prevalent, with many “discussions surrounding social and political issues.” “Howard represents the best of the educated and progressive African American community.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,974
Out of State
95%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
86

Demographics

67% female
33% male
95% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

A common theme heard throughout Howard University is how “students are very tight-knit and supportive of one another.” “Dormitories are lively,” and “life is fast-paced.” School events are normally a “major part of the social calendar,” and there is great encouragement for students “to be involved in campus organizations and student government.” While there are many Greeks on campus, “the main focus of our Greek Life is community service. Any social event or gathering that is hosted by the Greeks normally has most of all of the proceeds going to a charity or community service project.” There are also “student-run organizations that work in the community,” providing “opportunities to be a part of something bigger than you.” Students obviously love taking advantage of all of the opportunities the Washington, D.C., area provides. The Metro is a popular form of transportation, with the station “very easily accessible from the main Howard University campus.” Many locations are Metro-accessible, but you must be cognizant of operating hours.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
56%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
64
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
155
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
3

3% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bison)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bison)
13 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Boxing
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
10

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
42

Average Number of PC's per Lab
48

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Microsoft; Apple; Dell; IBM; HP; Xerox

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Linda Sanders-Hawkins
Director of Admissions

Address
EM/Admission
2400 6th St NW Suite 111
Washington, DC 20059

Phone
(800) 822-6363

Email
lsanders-hawkins@Howard.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Founders Library
Rankin Chapel
Punchout
Ira Aldridge Theatre
Burr Gymnasium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Smithsonian Institute
National Mall and Monuments
Library of Congress
Arlington National Cemetery
Smithsonian

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
(800) 822-6363

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
scheduled

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
campustour@howard.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Washington National Airport is approximately 8 miles from campus. Taxis and subways are available for the trip from the airport to campus. For public transportation information, as well as for Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses, call the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (202-637-7000) on arrival.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95 S. and continue until it becomes the Capital Beltway E. Exit to the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy. South. At the intersection with U.S. Rte. 50, head west (toward the center of Washington). This becomes New York Ave. Turn right (north) on 6th St. until you reach the University. From I-95 N., exit to I-395 N. (Shirley Memorial Hwy.) and cross the Potomac River. Exit to U.S. Rte. 1/50 N., which becomes 6th St. Leave Rte. 1/50 and stay on 6th St. until you reach the University.

Local Accommodations
Selections in Washington include the Courtyard Washington Northwest at 1900 Connecticut Avenue (at $159 and up per night). If you choose, you may stay in Georgetown where the facilities are more expensive and where there is more to see and the store are more diverse.
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Key Stats

11,599
Applicants
6,974
Size
57%
Acceptance Rate
1080
SAT Scores

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