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Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Howard University

Why I Chose Howard University

There is a more than 150 year tradition of HBCU training the next generation of leaders in every field imaginable. It was for this reason that I applied to Howard University. It was the first time in my adult life where it didn’t seem odd to be Black and at an academic setting where I wasn’t a minority. The standards are high because our culture demands it so. You can spread your wings and fly at an HBCU. One of the highlights of my careers was returning to Howard University and teaching for two years. Just a month ago, one of my students emailed me to thank me for a letter of recommendation. She will be attending Medical School this fall.

The energy is unmatched. The band. The traditions. The students all make an HBCU experience. I loved every moment of it and I remain connected to my classmates even today. If you are serious about attending an HBCU, I would get to know a student who currently attends. Learn about the faculty in each department. Find out who you’d want to mentor you. This is important because many young people are attracted to HBCUs for its social elements, but forget about Black Excellence. I attended as a transfer right after finishing CCBC. It was important for me to know who was on faculty before I applied.

Abdul Ali, M.F.A | Honors Program Coordinator

Humanities for All | Mellon Scholars

Howard University ‘08

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Transfer Information

Institution Description

  • Type: private not-for-profit university in northwest Washington, DC

  • Size: 9,689 undergraduate and professional students

  • National Recognition:

    • According to US News and World Report, Howard is ranked #2 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    • Howard University is the leading producer of African American students entering medical schools in the U.S.

    • The No. 1 producer of African Americans earning degrees in communications and journalism by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

    • The School of Law is the No. 2 law degree producer for African American by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Transfer Admission

  • Admission Profile

    • Applications: 21009

    • Acceptances: 7561

    • Acceptance Rate (%): 36


    • Mean HS Grade Point Average (unweighted): 3.60


    • Average SAT Composite: 1210

    • Average ACT Composite: 25

  • Admission Requirements1

    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

    • Minimum of 15 transferable credits

    • A grade of “C” or better in college-level Math and English

  • Admission Process: Common Application, Personal Statement, Office College Transcripts, One Letter of Recommendation

  • Deadlines: Spring: October 31st , Fall Application Deadline: April 30th

  • Fees: $45 application fee


  • Estimated Cost of Attendance 2020-2021

    • Tuition: $26,464

    • Fees: $2,276

    • Room and Board: $14,180

    • Total: $42,920

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

  • Types of Aid Available: Federal, State, Institutional aid available

  • Transfer Specific Scholarships: No


  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1

  • Programs: Students pursue studies in more than 130 areas within the University’s 13 schools and colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Communications, Dentistry, Divinity, Education, Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences, Graduate School, Law, Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Social Work. The University offers Master’s Doctoral Professional Joint-Degree and Undergraduate programs.

  • Limited Admission Programs-have to apply separately or requires an audition

  • Honor Programs are by Academic Department

    • Cathy Hughes School of Communications Annenberg Honors Program

    • College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

    • School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program

    • School of Education Honors Program


  • Degree Completion: 69% for non-first-time, full-time, degree/certificate seeking undergraduates after 6 years (2009-2010 cohort).

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Social Media

  • Facebook: @HowardU

  • Twitter: @HowardU

  • Instagram: @howard1867


1 College of Engineering & Architecture requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 and students must have earned a grade of C or better in Calculus I. College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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