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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,883
   Women 4,641 (67.4%)
   Men 2,242 (32.6%)
Graduate Students 3,119
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 550 average
490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 555 average
500-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $39,524
  Tuition and Fees $24,908
  Room and Board $10,416
Average Percent of Need Met 63%
Average Freshman Award $14,968
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,094
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
Washington Population 632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 56% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Bison
Sororities 5% 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 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