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%
SAT Range
990-1220
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Howard University

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
36%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.188 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.188 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 118 responses
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  • Very fun but goal oriented
    30%
  • "Work hard, play hard" mentality
    26%
  • 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.261 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.316 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 122 responses
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  • Great experience
    25%
  • Couldn't imagine being anywhere else
    16%
  • 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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Howard University Reviews

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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.
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Going to be honest and cut through the BS. If you're looking for a party school with good looking and fashionable people and lots of events this school might be for you. If you're actually looking to get your education and not play any games, AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Every person here has a story of how the Administration tried to screw them out of financial aid, classes, etc. I'm convinced at this point the administration does not care about the students well being (looking for that paycheck). The buildings are run down and in disrepair, the internet never works and when it does it so slow it makes you want to gouge your own eyes out. The only reason I even gave this 2 stars is because the students save it. The culture is amazing, unfortunately the actual school itself has become so god awful it survives on name and federal funding only. If any of these seem like a no-go to you, then you probably will have a love-hate relationship with this school like most.
Oops, I was writing with every detail I could, but didn't realize only 1000 characters are allowed!!
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, I was not enrolled in class, (the semester hasn't started yet) so I can not properly rate the academics or professors. (Also sports aren't for me, so I can't rate the athletics department fairly either.)

From my short stay, I can say that Howard is an...interesting school.
They move you in extremely early, but that's so you can get used to walking around the large campus and meet new friends. Take advantage of it, it's a free three weeks with no classes!!

Freshman stay in dorms with one or two other students (mostly two)
The dorms are really nice, probably the nicest dorms I've ever seen.

The food was pretty good, and in my opinion, worth the long lines.

One thing I have to critique is the management. Mostly every office closes at 3pm. They should at least extended the hours for students.