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Howard University - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Library at Howard University

Library at Howard University

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Howard University Description:

Howard University's rich history began shortly after the Civil War when the First Congregational Society of Washington established a university for the education of African Americans. To this day, Howard remains a national leader in fulfilling that mission. The 256-acre main campus is located in the northwest of Washington, D.C. The university has an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and its strengths in the liberal arts earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the Howard Bison compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with other historically black colleges.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,002 (6,688 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 33% Male / 67% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $22,683
  • Books: $3,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,460
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $41,643

Howard University Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,148
    • Loans: $8,509

Scholarships for Howard (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Political Science, Psychology, Radio and Television,

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 40%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Howard University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.howard.edu

"The mission of Howard University as a comprehensive, research-oriented, predominantly African-American university is to provide an educational experience of exceptional quality at reasonable cost to students of high academic potential. Particular emphasis is placed upon providing educational opportunities for African- American men and women and for other historically disenfranchised groups. Furthermore, Howard University is dedicated to attracting, sustaining, and developing a cadre of faculty who, through their teaching and research, are committed to producing distinguished and compassionate graduates who seek solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world."

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