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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?

958 Undergraduate Awards
$31,499 Avg Cost After Aid
39% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Howard.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Howard bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $49,200 a year. That's about 21% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Howard student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Other Parks & Recreation Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Other Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Area Studies Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Most Popular Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#199 Most Popular General Biology 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
#1 Best Other Communication Disorders Sciences & Services Schools College Factual
#60 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#69 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Schools College Factual
#89 Best Elementary Education Schools College Factual
#127 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#142 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools College Factual

Where Is Howard University?

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Contact details for Howard are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into Howard?

You can apply to Howard online at: https://www2.howard.edu/admission/undergraduate/adm-process

Admission Requirements for Howard

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not 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?

39% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Howard University is 39%. 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 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 39%, and the acceptance rate for women is 38%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% 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 580 and 640. Math scores were between 550 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Howard University  ( 580 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Howard University  ( 550 to 620 )
200
800
Howard received ACT scores from 37% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Howard University  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Howard University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Howard University  ( 22 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Howard University?

$31,499 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
7.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Howard is $31,499. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Howard, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,082 a year. That adds up to $28,328 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Howard is 7.2%. 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

7,497 Full-Time Undergraduates
72% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,857 undergraduate students at Howard, with 7,497 being full-time and 360 being part-time.

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There are also 3,002 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,497 full-time undergraduates at Howard, 28% are male and 72% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 247
Black or African American 5,045
Hispanic or Latino 510
White 61
International Students 305
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,329

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

109 Took All Classes Online
3,565 Took At Least One Class Online
84.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 3,565 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Howard

The following table shows how Howard is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Communication & Journalism (Other) #7 #7

Online Growth Rankings of Howard

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Howard University was 84.2%. This is the #469 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Howard regardless of major.

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
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #13
Business Administration & Management #237
Business, Management & Marketing #316
Health Professions #350

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
Law 0 0 0 0 124 124
General Biology 0 113 0 0 7 120
Medicine 0 0 0 0 107 107
Political Science & Government 0 89 0 3 6 98
Public Relations & Advertising 0 68 0 0 0 68
Health & Physical Education 0 67 0 0 0 67
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 66 66
Social Work 0 0 0 60 5 65
Business Administration & Management 0 16 3 40 0 59
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 55 0 0 0 55
General Psychology 0 41 0 2 11 54
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 51 51
Computer Science 0 36 2 4 4 46
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 28 17 45
Finance & Financial Management 0 42 0 2 0 44
Marketing 0 41 0 0 0 41
Nursing 0 32 1 1 0 34
Economics 0 20 0 3 6 29
Mechanical Engineering 0 23 0 1 1 25
International Business 0 22 0 0 0 22
Chemical Engineering 0 19 0 3 0 22
Management Information Systems 0 21 0 0 0 21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 11 10 21
Sociology 0 14 0 3 4 21
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 20 0 20
Nutrition Science 0 10 0 3 6 19
Arts & Media Management 0 18 0 0 0 18
Educational Administration 0 0 9 4 4 17
Ethnic Studies 0 14 3 0 0 17
General English Literature 0 13 0 1 2 16
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 16 0 0 0 16
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 11 5 16
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 15 0 0 15
Fine & Studio Arts 0 11 0 4 0 15
Accounting 0 7 0 7 0 14
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 14 0 0 0 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 14 0 0 0 14
Civil Engineering 0 11 0 1 0 12
Mathematics 0 6 0 0 6 12
Chemistry 0 10 0 2 0 12
Health Sciences & Services 0 10 0 0 0 10
History 0 6 0 2 2 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 10 0 10
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 8 0 1 0 9
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computer Engineering 0 8 0 0 0 8
Area Studies 0 0 0 1 7 8
Dental Support Services 8 0 0 0 0 8
Music 0 5 0 3 0 8
General Architecture 0 7 0 0 0 7
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 7 7
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 7 7
Public Health 0 0 0 7 0 7
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 7 0 0 0 7
Physics 0 4 0 0 3 7
Electrical Engineering 0 3 0 0 2 5
Human Development & Family Studies 0 5 0 0 0 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 5 0 0 0 5
Romance Languages 0 4 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 4 0 0 0 4
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 2 3
Genetics 0 0 0 0 2 2
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 2 2
Special Education 0 0 0 2 0 2
Allied Health Professions 0 2 0 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8 950 33 241 476 1,708

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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