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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  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 5,575 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Howard acceptance rate is 30%. Popular majors include Biology, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Communications. Graduating 61% of students, Howard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,600.
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
30%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1040-1240
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$22,712/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,272/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,928/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,888/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,759/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,612/ year
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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.201 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.201 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,575Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 131 responses
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  • "Work hard, play hard" mentality
    29%
  • Very fun but goal oriented
    28%
  • All of the above
    13%
  • All the above, never average.. turn up w/ a 3.97
    8%
  • 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.274 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.329 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 135 responses
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  • Great experience
    27%
  • Couldn't imagine being anywhere else
    18%
  • Different
    10%
  • Howard is definitely interesting. ;)
    8%
  • Interesting
    7%
  • Wonderful experience but not worth the debt
    6%
  • I wouldn't change it for anything
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
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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I am a freshman at Howard University. I love it so much. It has already taught me so much not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom as well.I love the surrounding DC environment because it offers diversity and fun. I love my on campus dorm and it is close to my classes. Howard University is a place you come to grow and gain knowledge on who you are and find who you want to be. I would recommend this school to everyone and anyone if I could! It is like a big family. The networking oppurtunities are endless. I love the culture because it is very rich and diverse. I am always meeting new people from so many places around the world. I have had good experiences thus far with all of my professors. I can tell they really want me to succeed and be the best that I can. Often, my parents ask me if I made the right decision. I am absolutely sure that I did and I could not be happier to have chosen to attend Howard University.
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I love Howard! My first year at this university was full of challenges academically and socially, which have helped me to grow into a stronger person. I've made many friends at Howard and I see them lasting a lifetime. They say that this is a party school, but Howard is what you make it. You can go to parties every weekend, or you may never go to any!

While there are those students who never go to class, there are also students who take academics very seriously and have high GPAs. Howard is full of versatile and talented students.

A common complaint is that there is a large proportion of female students. I would not let this deter me from attending HU because the women here are AWESOME. You CAN find a bison guy.

I give my school 4 stars instead of 5 because there are areas that can be improved such as, a more transparent administration, better facilities, and handling sexual assault reports better.
Financial aid and residence life are the worst departments at Howard, but they are undergoing dramatic transformations in light of recent scandals. Outside of that, it is the BEST HBCU and a place that will make you the best black professional!