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Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University, founded in 1867, is a private, comprehensive, historically black university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Dentistry; Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; Medicine; and Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; through the Schools of Business, Communications, Divinity, Education, Law and Social Work; and through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Howard has an international faculty representing over 65 countries and a student body from 104 countries. This makes for personal growth and academic excellence. The university has the largest collection of materials dealing with people of color of any university in the world. It also has available close by the resources of many important government agencies and the Congress of the United States. Its main campus is located in central Washington, DC.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students6,883
   Women4,641 (67.4%)
   Men2,242 (32.6%)
Graduate Students3,119


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate49% of 15,163 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.33
SAT Math550 average
490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading555 average
500-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing550 average
500-600 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$39,524
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met63%
Average Freshman Award$14,968
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes


Washington Population632,323
Nearest Metropolitan AreaWashington, DC
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 56% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities5% of women participate
Fraternities 3% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
95.3% Black/African-American
0.5% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
1.9% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students5.2% from 41 countries
First-Year Students Returning89.4%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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High 4.00 5.00 790 740 33
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• Howard's legal research for the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. the Board of Education, led to the end of segregation in schools.

• Howard offers over 120 clubs, including the National Society of Black Engineers and Ladies of the Quad Social Club.

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