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Howard University is committed to 'producing leaders for the global community that are dedicated to discovering solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world'. Located in Washington, D.C. two miles from the US Capitol, there are opportunities for students to learn inside and outside of the classroom.

Key Facts


  • #89 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2019
  • #127 in Business Programs
  • #132 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1867

School type

  • Private, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 6,354

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 3,038

Student-faculty ratio

  • 8:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 41% (US News); 49% (LQ) 

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1290/ ACT 25 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.0 – 3.5

International student population

  • 7.1%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $51,500 

Popular majors

  • Physical Sciences, Communication, Journalism and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $26,757 / $13,895


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, College of Dentistry, School of Divinity, School of Education, College of Engineering and Architecture, Graduate School, School of Law, College of Medicine, College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, School of Social Work.

  • With 13 schools and colleges, Howard University houses 130 areas of study
  • Sports fans can cheer on 19 Division 1 athletic teams
  • Over 200 registered student organizations, from Bison Volunteer Alliance to the Block Chain Lab, something for everyone to be involved in
  • The university has its own television station and radio station — with more than 3 million household viewers, Howard University Television is the only university-licensed public TV station in the metropolitan Washington area, and their commercial radio station is the first and only station in the area to broadcast high-definition radio   
  • Famous alumni include Sean Combs (P. Diddy), American rapper, singer, record executive, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur; Thurgood Marshall, American lawyer who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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