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Howard University was first chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1867 as a theological seminary for educating African American clergymen. Howard University was named in honor of General Oliver Otis Howard, a Civil War general in charge of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Through its 149-year history, HU played a significant role in advancing the Civil Rights Movement and ending racial segregation. Howard is a premier private, non-sectarian historically black institution classified for “high research activity.” Each year, HU enrolls around 10,200 students across its 13 academic schools. Howard University is located on a 500-acre urban campus in Washington, DC, just four miles from the White House.

According to the U.S. News, Howard University is the 135th best national university, 111th top college for veterans, and second best HBCU. In particular, HU has America’s 91st best business school, 107th top education school, and 106th best law school. Forbes ranked HU the 140th best research university nationally with a financial grade of B. Howard is consistently included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges” with the 20th “Best College Newspaper.” The Huffington Post recognized Howard University for having the country’s second best dressed students. Howard is also acclaimed for being the #1 producer of black PhD recipients in the United States.

Howard University Accreditation Details

Recently reaffirmed in 2015 for 10 years, Howard University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This regional accreditation is approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Furthermore, the School of Law meets the guidelines of the American Bar Association (ABA). The School of Business aligns with the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits the College of Engineering. The College of Health Sciences is granted approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Howard University Application Requirements

Getting into Howard University isn’t easy with the highly selective acceptance rate of 48 percent. First Time in College (FTIC) students must be graduating from a licensed secondary school, completing a homeschooled program, or earning the GED equivalent. Curriculum prerequisites are four years of English, three years of math, two years of social science, two years of lab science, and two years of foreign language. Admitted freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.29. Howard students achieve a mean SAT score of 1635 and ACT score of 23. Talent, leadership potential, objectives, and community service are also considered.

Hundreds of transfer students are accepted at HU annually from other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions. At least 15 transferrable credit hours are required. Incoming transfers should have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Passing college-level English and mathematics with a C or better is mandatory. International learners from non-English nations must score at least 550 (PBT) or 79 (iBT) on the TOEFL. Graduate applicants to master’s and PhD programs must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree with accreditation. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required, but some programs require a 3.5. GRE scores above the 50th percentile are acceptable.

Howard University has an Early Action deadline on November 1st and Regular Action deadline on February 15th, so apply by submitting:

• Common Application form
• $45 non-refundable fee
• Official academic transcripts
• Standardized test scores
• Two recommendation letters
• 500-word admissions essay
• Resume or CV (optional)
• Statement of financial resources

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates attending Howard will pay $11,370 per semester. Students must budget for the $125 technology fee, $471 matriculation fee, $100 globalization fee, and $15 endowment fee. Total undergraduate tuition is $12,086 each semester. Part-time undergrad learners are billed $980 per credit. Unless otherwise noted, graduate students enrolled full-time are charged $15,889 each semester for tuition and fees. Part-time grad learners must pay $1,700 per credit. The MBA costs $17,199 and the MSW costs $15,722 each year. Room and board is estimated to cost $10,740 annually.

Approximately 95 percent of beginning, full-time HU students earn financial aid. Nearly $82 million in institutional aid is granted. Awards like the Trustee Scholarship, ROTC Scholarship, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Scholarship, and Transfer Scholarship are abundant. Low-income students could receive the Federal Pell Grant or FSEOG Grant. DC residents should apply for the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) or Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP). Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces can qualify for tuition benefits under the GI Bill. Federal Work-Study (FWS) and the Howard University Student Employment Program (HUSEP) are available. There are also the Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, Health Professions, and Direct Grad PLUS loans.

Student Experience

Howard University is a premier HBCU offering rigorous academics for the advancement of America’s underrepresented populations. Students can select from bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in over 120 fields. Some unique undergraduate majors are African Studies, Clinical Laboratory Science, Fashion Design, Jazz Studies, Music Therapy, Nutritional Science, and Radiation Therapy. Undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 can be admitted to the Honors Program. The Ralph J. Bunche Center offers study abroad components spanning the globe from Africa to South America and the Middle East. There’s a student-faculty ratio of 10:1 and average retention rate of 82 percent.

Students can participate in cutting-edge research at 15 leading institutes, including the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science, Center for Drug Abuse Research, and Center for Urban Progress. Service learning and internships are abundant in the nation’s thriving capital. Howard has its own Metro stop to make sightseeing trips to Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, and U.S. Capitol easy. Around 59 percent of HU students live in the nine on-campus residence halls. Eclectic dining options are available from the Blackburn Cafe and Bethune Annex to The Punchout and Hilltop Burger Food Truck. Spiritual services are also offered in Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.

On Bison Link, there are currently over 240 student-run organizations to join. Whether they’re playing lacrosse, computing with Math Club, writing for “The Hilltop,” or giving back with Circle K International, HU students are actively engaged. Those interested in Greek life can pledge with nine fraternities and sororities. More than 100,000 alumni congregate annually to celebrate Homecoming Week. Every spring, on-campus students also compete for awards and bragging rights during Resfest Week. Students can cheer on their Bison in 19 sports for the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Howard University is perhaps best known for its baseball team, the three-time conference tournament champs.