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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C-
Howard is an above-average private university located in Washington, D.C. As a historically black college, Howard has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,991 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Howard acceptance rate is 32%. Popular majors include Biology, Public Relations, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 62% of students, Howard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,800.
2400 Sixth St NW
Washington, DC 20059
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Howard University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Howard Admissions

Acceptance Rate
32%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1140-1280
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$19,196/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,005/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.187 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.211 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.211 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    86%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,991Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
252
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 140 responses
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  • "Work hard, play hard" mentality
    30%
  • Very fun but goal oriented
    27%
  • All of the above
    14%
  • All the above, never average.. turn up w/ a 3.97
    9%
  • Average student that enjoys a good "turn up"/party
    8%
  • On their grind
    7%
  • Very enlightened individual
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.284 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.339 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 145 responses
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  • Great experience
    26%
  • Couldn't imagine being anywhere else
    20%
  • Different
    10%
  • Howard is definitely interesting. ;)
    8%
  • Interesting
    6%
  • I wouldn't change it for anything
    6%
  • Wonderful experience but not worth the debt
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.123 responses
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My experience at Howard University was overall great. I was a student-athlete, so I didn't get the full experience of just being a student but I still had a lot of fun. The party life was great my freshman year and the professors I had were very relatable. I mainly hung around my track teammates and would spend a good chunk of my time at practice, getting treatment, or traveling for meets. This would be tough to balance with school at times, but I was able to maintain a stellar GPA during my matriculation. Some weekends, I would go to parties, kickbacks, or just explore DC. Homecoming was always the best time of the year; I'll definitely come back as am alum! Most of all, my favorite part about Howard was the camaraderie and diversity. I was surrounded by bright, ambitious people who looked just like me. I was inspired by students here because their aspirations and goals in life were high, just like mine. I made so many connections and friendships that I know will last a lifetime.
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The atmosphere is GREAT! The enriching culture is unmatched. It is wonderful to be surrounded with intelligent minorities like myself, both peers and professors. The only down fall is the administration and some non teaching faculty (i.e: financial aid, registar, etc). The sometimes seem like they do not care or know what they are doing, which can hinder a student's experience at Howard (especially academically).
Howard wasn’t my first choice, at all! But now that I am here and I am experiencing it. I’m glad that I decided to go here. Howard not only surpassed my expectations but also gave me a new insight into hbcu’s. Yes there’s certain areas Howard’s administration could approve on but for the amount of student here Howard is doing a pretty decent job. I am proud to be apart of this institute and can’t wait to be an alum. Class of 2023