School Profile

Howard University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Washington, DC

$28,450

Avg tuition

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About Howard University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

HBCU: YesHistorically Black Colleges and Universities are accredited schools established prior to 1965 whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans. Explore our HBCU resource hub to learn more.

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Howard University is a medium-sized private university located on an urban campus in Washington, District of Columbia. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,964, and admissions are highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 35%. The university offers 52 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 64%, and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Tuition and fees for students are $28,450.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

35% of students were accepted during the 2021-2022 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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91% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2020 and returned in Fall 2021.

Graduation Rate Insight

64% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2015. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school transcript Required

High school rank Considered (not required)

Letter of recommendation Required

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Required

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Considered (not required)

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Implied no

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 21-26

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1080-1290

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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12k

Students enrolled

82%

Online student enrollment

13:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

Black

67%

Unknown

11%

Hispanic

6%

Two or more races

4%

Non-U.S. Citizen

4%

Asian

4%

White

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

1%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

71%

Socio-economic diversity

43% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

2

Total Online Enrollment

9,904

Student Location Breakout

Percent of Programs Online

99% On-campus

1% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's X Bold Not offered

Graduate Certificate X Bold Not offered

Master's Check Bold 2% online

Doctorate Check Bold 3% online

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $28,450 $28,450
Graduate $33,860 $33,860

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,360
On-campus room and board $14,678
On-campus other expenses $3,260
Off-campus (not with family) room and board Currently unavailable
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses Currently unavailable
Off-campus (with family) other expenses Currently unavailable

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $47,748 $47,748
Off-campus without family $29,810 $29,810
Off-campus with family $29,810 $29,810

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

43%

State Grant Aid

2%

Institution Grant Aid

99%

Pell Grant

43%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,397
State Grant Aid $1,094
Institution Grant Aid $20,010
Pell Grant Aid $5,061

Financial Outlook

$25k

Average student debt after graduation

$40k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

Varsity Athletic Teams

NCAA Division I-FCS

of the overall student body is a member of an athletic team.

Participation

Men Women
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track Field Outdoor
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees given for the 2021-2022 academic year.

1

Architecture And Related Services

BA

MA

DOC

2

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies

BA

MA

DOC

3

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies

BA

MA

DOC

4

Biological And Biomedical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

5

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services

BA

MA

DOC