B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    D-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C-
Howard University is ...
Private not-for-profit, HBCU
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
49%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
990-1220
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$20,429/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,182/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,781/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,584/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,820/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,065/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.187 responses
37%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.189 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.189 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,412Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 119 responses
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  • Very fun but goal oriented
    29%
  • "Work hard, play hard" mentality
    27%
  • All of the above
    14%
  • Average student that enjoys a good "turn up"/party
    9%
  • All the above, never average.. turn up w/ a 3.97
    8%
  • On their grind
    7%
  • Very enlightened individual
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.262 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.317 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 123 responses
Report
  • Great experience
    25%
  • Couldn't imagine being anywhere else
    17%
  • Different
    11%
  • Howard is definitely interesting. ;)
    8%
  • Interesting
    7%
  • Wonderful experience but not worth the debt
    7%
  • I wouldn't change it for anything
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
48%
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 visited Howard University with my High School in October of 2017. Our visit was during homecoming weekend. When I arrived on campus I fell in love! The campus environment was very welcoming, the students and administration were very helpful. Howard is located in the D.C. area, so there everything was near by. The specific colleges within Howard are excellent. The school of Business overs hundreds of interning opportunities to its students. Also, during my visit I attended the greek step show. It was Phenomenal! Howard University has the divine nine. The participating groups performances were fantastic. My visit has compelled me to want to to attend this 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.
Socially Howard is great but so far in my experience besides that, I have lots of problems. Financial aid is slow. SO slow that the school year can start and students will not have the packages they need to pay their balance so that they can register for classes without getting dropped. Housing is inadequate and in many places unsafe. There are lots of places on campus that don't have sufficient temperature control. You would think with how much money tuition is there would be fewer problems that will directly impact the students. Although admittedly Howard's tuition is not the part that really might get you. Because the gag is there are so many different things to pay for that are not encompassed in the base tuition that the number that should really be considered is the even more outrageous total cost of attendance which is mostly fees. The wifi is deplorable for the simple fact that good 75%-80% of the time you can't even use it. The food is gross. This is only my first semester.