Howard University 1

2014 Quick Stats
2400 Sixth Street NW

Washington, DC 20059

Phone: (202) 806-6100
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
Feb. 15
application deadline

More Information


U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. National Universities

More About U.S. News Rankings


Howard University is a private institution that was founded in 1867. It has an urban setting and the campus size is 258 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Howard University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 142. Its tuition and fees are $22,683 (2012-13).

At Howard University, a historically black college in the heart of Washington, D.C., all students complete a universitywide core curriculum. Required courses include English composition and Afro-American studies. Students then have dozens of majors to choose from, including Afro-American studies, French and music therapy. Outside of class, Howard students may choose to get involved in one of the school's many fraternities and sororities, academic and professional organizations or social clubs, among other student groups. The university has its own stop on the city's public transportation system, the Metro, and students are also permitted to bring cars to school. (Freshmen, however, are not eligible for campus parking.) The school offers a range of male, female and coed housing, both on and off campus, though no student is required to apply for university housing.

Howard University has many graduate programs as well, including a School of Business, a School of Law, a College of Medicine and a College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. Notable alumni of Howard University include former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Howard University's mission is unique. It is a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community.
Howard's faculty members represent a microcosm of the world population of scholars. They comprise the world's most concentrated number of black scholars and a rapidly increasing number of scholars from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America. Howard's students come from all over the nation and more than 100 countries. The resulting campus and classroom atmosphere is a fascinating blend of cultures, customs, and languages said to be unequalled on any other college campus in the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Howard University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 31. The application fee at Howard University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 53.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 53.9% 4
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 31

More About Applying

Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.3 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Information not available

More About Academic Life

Student Life

Howard University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment N/A
Student gender distribution N/A
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

More About Student Life

Campus Info & Services

Howard University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Howard University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Howard University, 15 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Howard University.

Students who have cars on campus 15%
Health insurance offered Yes

More About Campus Info & Services

Paying for School

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $22,683 (2012-13)
Room and board $10,424 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

More About Paying for School

* Overview details based on 2012 data

College Rankings

Best National Universities - Narrow your search with the U.S. News rankings of National Universities, schools that offer bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. programs.

More College Rankings & Lists
Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, Regional Colleges, Best Values, more

U.S. News College Compass - My Fit

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Sign Up Now

Calculating this school's fit to see if it meets your personal preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

College Search

Advanced Search

Students Also Applied To

Hampton, VA

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Now Hiring

Now Hiring Powered by After College



See more jobs »

Top College Resources

Looking at colleges? Find out what you need to know.

Studying in the United States
Finding the Right School
Paying for College
Applying to College

Follow U.S. News Education