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The University  

Howard University, founded in 1867, is a coeducational private doctoral/research-extensive university located in the northwestern section of Washington, DC. Since its founding, Howard University has grown from a single-frame building to property and facilities including 258 acres with 115 buildings and equipment valued at more than $1.2 billion. In addition to the main campus on Georgia Avenue, the University has a 22-acre West Campus on which the School of Law is located, a 22-acre School of Divinity campus and support service facility in northeast Washington, a Continuing Education facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a 108-acre research facility in Beltsville, Maryland.

Howard University consists of twelve schools and colleges: the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Business, Communications, Divinity, Education, Law, and Social Work; and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Dentistry; Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; Medicine; and Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The University offers baccalaureate, master's, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Social Work, and Juris Doctor degrees. It also offers undergraduate, post-master’s, and post-first-professional certificates. Annual enrollment at Howard is approximately 11,000. About 9 percent of the students are from Washington, DC; 75 percent are from other states; 11 percent are international students representing ninety-one countries and U.S. possessions; and 5 percent are international students who are permanent U.S. residents.

Student organizations include religious groups; special interest clubs; honor societies; sororities; fraternities; bands; choruses; a string ensemble; student publications, including a daily newspaper, The Hilltop; a debating group; and service clubs. Varsity athletics include men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, and wrestling; women's basketball, bowling, cross-country, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball; and coed swimming and tennis. The intramural program includes all of these sports.

There are a variety of styles and locations of University housing, including two residence halls for women, two residence halls for men, and five coed residence halls. Accommodations range from standard double rooms to shared apartments with full kitchens. Freshmen are encouraged to reside on campus. The residential life experience contributes to the educational and personal development of students. Students living in the local area and certain other categories of students may request an exception to the residential requirement. Certain residence halls are part of the combined room and board plan; residents of other halls may opt to purchase a meal plan. There are lively and diverse activities sponsored in the residence halls, and hall residents are also encouraged to involve themselves in community service as part of their university experience. Each undergraduate residence hall has well-trained live-in staff members as well as front-desk monitors 24 hours a day. Residence counselors are aided by graduate assistants and resident assistants.


The Howard University campus is situated on one of the highest elevations in the District of Columbia, overlooking downtown Washington. The White House, the Capitol, and all the cultural and historic institutions of the city are within minutes of the campus. Many of the University's academic programs are designed to make use of these institutions and to serve the needs of the immediate community as well as the entire Washington metropolitan area.

Majors and Degrees  

The University offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration (nine options available)
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Systems and Computer Sciences.

The major areas of undergraduate study are:

Administration of Justice
African Studies
Afro-American Studies
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Clinical Laboratory Science
Communication Studies
Computer Engineering
Computer-Based Information Systems
Dental Hygiene
Electrical Engineering
Fashion Merchandising
Fine arts
Health Management Sciences
Hospitality Management
Human Development
Interior design

International business
Mechanical Engineering
Music Education
Nutritional Science
Occupational Therapy
Physical Education
Physician Assistant Studies
Political Science
Systems and Computer Science
Theater Arts
Visual Arts.

The University offers degrees in more than fifty-eight undergraduate areas and certificates in dental hygiene, health sciences, music therapy, primary-care physician assistant studies, and radiation therapy technology.

Academic Programs  

The requirements for a bachelor's degree vary among the University's schools and colleges. A core of courses is required for each major.

The University awards credit for successful scores on Advanced Placement tests as well as credit for the International Baccalaureate program.

The University offers cooperative education programs in the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; the School of Business; and the School of Communications. Departmental honors programs are also offered for students with exceptional ability. Special support services are provided through the Center for Academic Reinforcement. Domestic and international exchange programs are also available for sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors.

Howard University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and its programs in specialized fields are accredited by numerous professional agencies.

Academic Facilities  

There are separate classroom and laboratory facilities for each major discipline. The University Library System houses more than 2 million bound volumes, 14,000 current serial subscriptions, 3.4 million microforms, a media center, and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, which has one of the largest collections of black literature in the United States. The University also operates a radio station (WHUR-FM) and a TV station (WHUT-TV). These serve as laboratories for the School of Communications.

Financial Aid  

The University's financial aid program is designed to aid the maximum number of students. Every effort is made to assist students demonstrating merit and need through scholarships, loans, grants, and part-time employment. The amount of aid granted is determined by the availability of funds, the extent of the student's need, and his or her academic performance. Most financial aid awards are given for the academic year and are divided equally between the two semesters. Undergraduate students seeking financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be obtained from the University's Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. Applications must be filed by February 15.


The University's faculty consists of 329 full professors, 359 associate professors, 423 assistant professors, 156 instructors, 156 lecturers, and 145 adjunct professors, and 8 others, making a total of 1,576. The normal teaching load is 12 credit hours, but faculty members also spend time advising, doing research and committee work, and undertaking administrative duties.

Student Government  

Student government has many levels and branches and is concerned with all aspects of student life. Students hold voting memberships on the Howard University Board of Trustees.

Admission Requirements  

All applicants must be graduates of accredited high schools and must present acceptable high school records, SAT or ACT scores. Students who have studied a foreign language for 2 years and intend to continue study of that language should also take the SAT II Subject Test in that language. Applicants seeking admission to the Department of Music must audition in person or send a tape, those seeking admission to the Department of Art must submit a portfolio, and theater applicants must audition in person, submit two letters of reference, and a resume. Enrollment Management/Admission notifies applicants of any additional requirements upon receipt of an application.

Application and Information  

Guided tours of the campus are conducted, by appointment, Monday through Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. Students who wish to schedule a tour should contact the Office of Admission at the number below. Students may apply for early action or traditional action. Early action applicants must submit a complete application with supporting documents for admission by November 1 and are notified of an admission decision in mid-December. Traditional action students must submit a complete application by February 15 and are notified of an admission decision in mid-April. Students seeking admission for the spring semester should apply by November 1. A nonrefundable application fee of $45 is required of all applicants. Howard University does not waive the application fee. Students interested in on-campus housing must submit the enrollment form, $300 enrollment fee, housing application, and $50 housing application fee by May 1.

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