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.

Website: www.howard.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,883
Undergraduate
Students
(67.4%) 4,641 Women
(32.6%) 2,242 Men
3,119
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
49% of 15,163 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
February 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.33
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$40,651
Tuition and Fees
$26,756
Room and Board
$13,895
Average Percent of Need Met
63%
Average Freshman Award
$14,968
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,181
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,149
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
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Campus Life

Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
56% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bison
Sororities
5% of women participate
Fraternities
3% of men participate
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Students

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 Students
5.2% from 41 countries
First-Year Students Returning
89.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is not required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History    
Academic Electives 4  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Essay component required
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2400 Sixth Street, NW
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC 20059-0002
Phone
(202) 806-2755
Fax
 
E-mail
admission@howard.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 15
Application Fee
$45
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for some freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
49% of 15,163 applicants were admitted
Women
49% of 10,427 applicants were admitted
Men
49% of 4,736 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,968 (26%) of 7,436 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,335 (26%) of 5,115 admitted students enrolled
Men
633 (27%) of 2,321 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.33
3.75 and Above
16%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
24%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
18%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
9%
Score of 24 - 29
39%
Score of 18 - 23
51%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 24%
Top quarter: 52%
Top half: 83%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$40,651
Tuition and Fees
$26,756
Room and Board
$13,895
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Final deadline May 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001448
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,445 (90.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,294 (89.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,243 (96.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
77 (6.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
63%
Average Award
$14,968
Need-Based Gift
Received by 796 (64.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,793
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 839 (67.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,605
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 537 (43.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
153 (9.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $28,263

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
5,440 (87.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
4,942 (90.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
4,784 (96.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
324 (6.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$14,601
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,107 (64.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,264
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,537 (73.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,534
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,994 (41.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
486 (7.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $27,095

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
79%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,181
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Married Students, Members of Minorities, Previous College Experience, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art Therapy/Therapist
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama Therapy
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Economics
  • Journalism
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music, General
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Radio and Television
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Physical sciences, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,149
Part-Time Faculty
371
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
59%
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 41% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 36% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
6343
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Public Administration, Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Social Work, Master of Computer Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Music Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • French
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Law
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Spanish

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Juris Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Dental Surgery

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Dentistry
  • Educational Psychology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Law
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Oral and Dental Sciences
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Social Work

Location and Setting


Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington
Campus Size
256 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.8 average low in January, 84.7 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
56% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
44%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
security lighting

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bison
School Colors
Navy blue, red, and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x x x
Bowling x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Lacrosse x x    
Soccer x x x x
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Bowling    
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Lacrosse    
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, howard university student association, undergraduate student assembly, campus pals, international student organization, entrepreneurial society, howard university
Sororities
5% of women participate
Fraternities
3% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,883
Women
4,641 (67.4%)
Men
2,242 (32.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,412
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 Students.
5.2% from 41 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
3,119

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
89.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
55.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
60.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Average Starting Salary
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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