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Howard University Overview

Howard University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Washington, District of Columbia. The city atmosphere of Washington makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Howard University Known For?

1,359 Undergraduate Awards
$29,620 Avg Cost After Aid
41% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Howard since the student to facuty ratio is 8 to 1.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Howard.
  • In 2017-2018, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Howard makes roughly $49,200 a year. This is 21% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Howard University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Howard has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#115 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Howard.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Greek Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Dentistry Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Communication & Journalism (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Arts & Media Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Most Popular Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#101 Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Most Popular General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#137 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#191 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Howard has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#25 Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government College Factual
#26 Best Value Colleges for Finance & Financial Management College Factual
#37 Best Value Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#39 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#48 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#111 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Howard University?

Location of Howard University

Contact details for Howard are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2400 Sixth St Nw, Washington, DC 20059-0001
Phone: 202-806-6100
Website: www.howard.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/howarduniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HowardU

How Do I Get Into Howard?

You can apply to Howard online at: www2.howard.edu/admission

Admission Requirements for Howard

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Howard?

41% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Howard University is 41%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 28% of accepted students are men and 72% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 38%, and the acceptance rate for women is 43%.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Howard submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Howard University  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Howard University  ( 540 to 640 )
200
800
Howard received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Howard University  ( 22 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Howard University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Howard University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Howard University?

$29,620 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
8.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Howard is $29,620. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Howard, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,910 a year. That adds up to $27,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Howard is 8.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Howard University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,269 Full-Time Undergraduates
71% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,526 undergraduate students at Howard, with 6,269 being full-time and 257 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Howard

There are also 2,873 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,269 full-time undergraduates at Howard, 29% are male and 71% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Howard

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Howard University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Howard Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 4,541
Hispanic or Latino 399
White 62
International Students 299
Other Races/Ethnicities 902

Geographic Diversity

District of Columbia students aren't the only ones who study at Howard University. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 69 countries are represented at Howard. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica.

Online Learning at Howard University

29 Took All Classes Online
1,059 Took At Least One Class Online
11.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,059 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Howard has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in District of Columbia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Howard

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Howard University was 11.1%. This is the #1,256 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Howard regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Howard majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 5%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Howard ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Howard.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Legal Professions (Other) #4
Legal Professions #52
Business Administration & Management #408

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Howard University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Biology 0 160 0 1 5 166
Law 0 0 0 0 135 135
Medicine 0 0 0 0 109 109
Political Science & Government 0 106 0 3 0 109
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 100 0 0 0 100
Public Relations & Advertising 0 96 0 0 0 96
Dentistry 0 0 15 0 74 89
General Psychology 0 79 0 1 8 88
Health & Physical Education 0 85 0 0 0 85
Social Work 0 0 0 82 2 84
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 69 69
Business Administration & Management 0 27 0 37 0 64
Computer Information Systems 0 57 2 1 2 62
Economics 0 38 0 2 6 46
Nursing 0 43 0 0 0 43
Marketing 0 41 0 0 0 41
Management Information Systems 0 40 0 0 0 40
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 37 0 0 0 37
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 32 0 32
Finance & Financial Management 0 26 0 5 0 31
Sociology 0 26 0 1 1 28
Arts & Media Management 0 28 0 0 0 28
Chemistry 0 25 0 2 0 27
Accounting 0 21 0 5 0 26
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 8 18 26
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 8 0 26
Chemical Engineering 0 22 0 3 0 25
Mechanical Engineering 0 17 0 4 2 23
General English Literature 0 22 0 0 0 22
Electrical Engineering 0 11 0 5 4 20
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 20 20
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 19 0 0 0 19
Nutrition Science 0 6 0 5 7 18
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 18 0 0 0 18
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 13 0 4 0 17
History 0 11 0 4 2 17
Ethnic Studies 0 11 5 0 0 16
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 16 0 0 0 16
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 14 2 16
International Business 0 15 0 0 0 15
Civil Engineering 0 12 0 3 0 15
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 13 2 15
Health Sciences & Services 0 14 0 0 0 14
General Architecture 0 13 0 0 0 13
Mathematics 0 8 0 3 2 13
Music 0 8 0 5 0 13
Educational Administration 0 0 0 6 5 11
Romance Languages 0 11 0 0 0 11
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 10 10
Area Studies 0 0 0 3 7 10
Physics 0 6 0 3 1 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 10 0 10
Human Development & Family Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computer Engineering 0 7 0 0 0 7
Dental Support Services 6 0 0 0 0 6
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 0 0 6
Allied Health Professions 0 5 0 0 0 5
General Education 0 0 4 0 0 4
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 3 0 3
Journalism 0 2 0 0 0 2
Computer Systems Analysis 0 1 0 0 1 2
Special Education 0 0 0 2 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 1 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 1 1
Genetics 0 0 0 1 0 1
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 1 0 0 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 1 0 0 0 1
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 0 0 1 1
International Relations & National Security 0 0 1 0 0 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Insurance 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greek Language & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthropology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 1,353 27 280 496 2,162

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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