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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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,956/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,584/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,156/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,300/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,437/ year

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.203 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.203 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 133 responses
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  • "Work hard, play hard" mentality
    30%
  • 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.276 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.331 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 137 responses
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  • Great experience
    26%
  • Couldn't imagine being anywhere else
    18%
  • Different
    10%
  • Howard is definitely interesting. ;)
    8%
  • Interesting
    7%
  • I wouldn't change it for anything
    7%
  • 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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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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Based off of my experience just like everything in life I believe things comes with its ups and downs. Howard university has opened my eyes to new aspects of life that I never really considered. This insight from my experiences have help me to grow into the person I am today. Having to endure my personal trials and tribulations and ultimately moving in victory. Knowing that I am capable of more as I discover more in myself. Yes Howard’s has many amenities and features that is pleasing and offer many aesthetics for our image. However, after venturing through the past several years I see that it’s more beyond the surface which makes this school that much more amazing. Through all of my complaining I honestly couldn’t see my self anywhere else.
Howard culture is unmatched! However, your success here really depends on how well you can navigate the administration and poor professors.