Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

#162 National Colleges

36.08% Admission Rate
Moderately Selective

6,461 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Historically Black College and University

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Howard University (Howard or simply HU) is a private federally chartered historically black research university in Washington, D.C., US. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity" and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tracing its history to 1867, from its outset Howard has been nonsectarian and open to people of all sexes and races. It offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in more than 120 programs, more than any other HBCU in the nation.

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Washington, District of Columbia

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 14.6%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 14.0%
Social Sciences 12.5%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 11.8%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 7.6%
Health Professions And Related Programs 6.8%
Psychology 5.8%
Engineering 5.1%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4.3%
Visual And Performing Arts 4.0%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 2.7%
Physical Sciences 2.3%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.6%
Education 1.0%
Architecture And Related Services 1.0%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.9%
History 0.8%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.8%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.8%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 0.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.6%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.4%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1205 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 630 590 550
Verbal 650 615 580

ACT Scores

25 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 26 23 20
English 28 25 22