Howard University

Howard University

Howard University was established on March 2, 1867 and is a private nonsectarian university situated in Washington, D.C. HBCU has more than 3,000 staff and serves over 7,000 undergraduates.

The university is positioned on 258 acres of land, and offers degrees and programs in various fields of studies. HBCU has played a vital role in American History on several occasions.

Howard University's teams are nicknamed Bison, and the official colors of the university are blue, white and red. Its athletic teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Eminent alumni of the university are Ossie Davis, actor; Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate; and Supreme court Justice Richard Smallwood.

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Howard University
2400 Sixth St NW
Washington , DC 20059-0001
General Phone: (202) 806-6100

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Howard Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management326business management, accounting, finance, international business, marketing studies, insurance, fashion merchandising, business and related services
Liberal Arts269African studies, African-American studies, women's studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Medicine266dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, public health courses
Media246communication studies, media studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, communication and journalism
Therapy and Counseling225psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders services, physical therapy
Science168biology, biochemistry, anatomy, microbiology, bacteriology, zoology, genetics, physiology, pharmacology, ...
Law165law, banking and finance, legal professions
Family and Social Work101consumer economics, child development, public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine87registered nursing
Engineering81chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy77nutrition sciences, parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, health and fitness, occupational therapy
Medical Support and Technology76dental hygienist, radiation therapist, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy51philosophy, theology, ministry, theological and ministerial studies
Education and Teaching47educational administration, educational supervision, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, physical education teaching, ...
Drama and Performing Arts36dance, drama, theatre arts management
Medical Administration24health care administration, clinical assistant, health and medical administrative
Security and Law Enforcement24criminal justice and safety
Art Studies21art studies
Computer Science and Engineering21information science, systems analyst, computer security
Architecture and Planning17architecture
Hospitality11hospitality management
Photography and Commercial Art8film studies
Design4fashion design, interior design

Number of programs and degrees for Howard in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,40068
Master's degree38460
Doctor's degree10632
Post-master's certificate1812
First-professional degree4345
First-professional certificate191
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years323

Howard Student Body

Howard is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Howard had a total enrollment of 10,125 students (9,621 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 32%
Women 68%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 65%
Graduate 18%
First Professional 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 1%
Black 87%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 27%
20-21 29%
22-24 19%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York12%
New Jersey7%
North Carolina3%
(International Students)2%
Washington, DC1%

Howard Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 75 %

Howard Room and Board (2007)

Howard offers campus housing for 4,216 of its 9,621 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Washington, District of Columbia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other District of Columbia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Howard Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470670
SAT Math460680
SAT Writing430680
ACT Verbal1830
ACT Math1829
ACT Composite1929

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT35%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Howard Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 14,685
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,685
Room and board $ 7,436
Room charge $ 4,576
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,860
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,900

Financial Aid:
Howard participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 144800)

Howard Faculty

Howard has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year102$95,57348$94,554
Associate professorcalendar year73$73,27659$73,095
Assistant professorcalendar year62$69,47250$66,987
Instructorcalendar year39$21,28646$28,281
Lecturercalendar year19$21,62114$37,156
No academic rankcalendar year18$15,4699$51,084
All faculty totalcalendar year313$66,851226$64,077

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year55$97,2558$85,339
Associate professoracademic year66$65,88039$51,215
Assistant professoracademic year35$64,59937$48,168
Instructoracademic year15$34,28110$35,387
Lectureracademic year73$24,45072$23,661
No academic rankacademic year11$21,9011*
All faculty totalacademic year255$56,855167$39,150

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Howard Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Baseball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Track Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3395128

Howard Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Consumer Economics
Public Administration
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Physician Assistant

Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Genetics, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology, General
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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