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
Type: private not-for-profit university in northwest Washington, DC
Size: 9,689 undergraduate and professional students
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
Acceptance Rate (%): 36
ACADEMIC PROFILE OF ENROLLED STUDENTS
Mean HS Grade Point Average (unweighted): 3.60
SAT AND ACT TEST SCORES
Average SAT Composite: 1210
Average ACT Composite: 25
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
Room and Board: $14,180
Financial Aid and Scholarships: https://www2.howard.edu/student-financial-services
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).
Virtual Tour: Learn more here: https://www2.howard.edu/contact/visit
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.