Howard University is a
living symbol of the determination of a people to free themselves of
oppression and enjoy the fruits of life, liberty, happiness, and prosperity
as responsible citizens in an equal society. Since its founding in 1867, Howard has awarded more than 100,000
diplomas in the professions, the arts, the sciences, and the humanities.
Howard has produced, and
continues to produce, a high percentage of the nation’s black professionals
in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, nursing,
architecture, religion, law, music, social work, and education. Dedicated
to the task of educating its students for a socially intelligent and
morally responsible life, Howard University, as a matter of history
and tradition, has a unique responsibility for the education of capable
black students who have been disadvantaged by racial discrimination.
The University has the
additional responsibility for the continuous comprehensive study of
disadvantaged persons in American society in order to contribute to
the prevention, amelioration, and elimination of problems related to
race and color, as well as social, economic, and political circumstances.
As the only truly comprehensive university with a predominantly black
constituency, Howard is one of the major engineers of change in our
society. Through its traditional and cutting-edge academic programs,
the University seeks to improve the circumstances of all people in the
search for peace and justice
Howard exhibits to the world a culture that defies deprivation. It trains
men and women to use the law to seek social justice and the preservation
of human liberty. In each of its
schools and colleges,
Howard University seeks to develop the new knowledge that will produce
technically competent and morally committed individuals.
The main campus of Howard has grown from a single-frame building to
more than 89 acres, including the six-story, 500-bed Howard University
1974, the University has expanded to include a 22-acre West Campus on
which the School
of Law is located,
a 22-acre School
of Divinity campus
and another three-fifths of an acre facility in northeast Washington,
and a 108-acre tract of land in Beltsville,
The University’s libraries contain
more than 1.8 million volumes, including the Channing Pollock Collection.
Another significant library resource is the Moorland-Spingarn
which has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive black
The University radio station, WHUR-FM, serves the Washington area and is
a broadcast training laboratory for students.
The University television station, WHUT-TV, Channel 32, has been in operation
since November 17, 1980. The station serves the needs of students and
the wider community.
The Howard University Press was formally organized in 1972. By 1974,
the Press had published its first six books. Since that time, the Press
has published books in a variety of disciplines, including history,
humanities, and education.
The University competes in several varsity sports, including basketball,
football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, both indoor
and outdoor track, volleyball, and wrestling. Howard is regarded as
one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.
Current enrollment approximates 11,000 students who come from virtually
every state, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. The University
traditionally has had the largest gathering of black scholars in the