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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 6,090 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Howard acceptance rate is 41%. Popular majors include Biology, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Communications. Graduating 63% of students, Howard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,800.
About Howard University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Address
2400 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
Website

Howard University Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1090-1290
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$21,061/ 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
$20,427/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
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.208 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.208 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,090Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
264
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 138 responses
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  • "Work hard, play hard" mentality
    30%
  • Very fun but goal oriented
    27%
  • All of the above
    12%
  • 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.281 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.336 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 142 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
63%
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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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
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Attending Howard University has been a blessing. The atmosphere is incredible. You would be impressed by the excellence that is displayed all throughout campus. But what really makes Howard stay out is its outstanding drive for its students to be great being themselves. There are so many who have started their own school organizations or have just brought change through the city and nationwide. I've become so much more involved with political, environmental, and personal issues that I would usually just pass over. However, there are a few areas that Howard needs improvement, such as, freshman housing, admission/financial availability, and their disbursement of money. The experience would be even better if students weren't so stressed out due to the poor university to student relationship. Let's not talk down on them too much. I'm happy I choose to attend Howard University.
What I love about Howard University is that it is an HBCU whose student body is dedicated to their educational and academic success. The motto is "Excellent in truth and service" for a reason because that's truly what the students here embody. Mostly everyone who attends this university made this their first choice. With the student body being predominantly Black, that's also a reason most of the students are here to be able to connect with someone who relates to them because a lot of students didn't have that opportunities in high school. Howard, however, does have its faults when it comes to taking their time to process information, and so on. However, it is based in its community. Through outreach, networking, and forming alliances with one another to stay connected and make this a better experience with one another, that makes an even better college experience.