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Rachel Mann
Communications Specialist

Howard University Welcomes the Class of 2017

More than 1,500 freshmen make up Howard’s sesquicentennial class -- marking the University’s 150th anniversary.


WASHINGTON (August 23, 2013) -- The Class of 2017 arrived on campus for Move-in Day on Saturday, Aug. 17, kicking off the fall semester at Howard University. The class is more than 1,500 strong.

This class will hold a special place in history, as its members will graduate during the university’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. The class has a big contingent of scholarship students, including 700 recipients of Howard’s flagship freshman scholarships.

The freshmen come from 44 states and nearly two dozen countries. The youngest is a 14-year-old student from Gambia – one of Howard’s Capstone Scholars who receives full tuition, fees and room and board for four years.

The average SAT score for the class is 1100. The average SAT score for flagship scholarship recipients is 1221; these students have an average GPA of 3.5. The average SAT score for all U.S. test-takers who self-identify as African American is 855.

The atmosphere on campus during Move-in Day was festive. Music filled the air; Howard banners were unfurled, and student leaders roamed the campus, offering to lend a hand wherever they saw a need. An army of classmates, faculty and staff ushered the freshmen to their new homes in the residence halls and welcomed them into the Howard University family.

Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau officially welcomed the students to campus at the traditional pinning ceremony in Greene Stadium. The first chapel service of the academic year was held in Cramton Auditorium the following Sunday.

While Howard continues its tradition of attracting students with superior academic profiles, the need for financial assistance for these students is strong. About 54 percent of the incoming class is Pell Grant-eligible, with more than half having no expected family contribution for college expenses. Howard continues to seek support for the Bridging the Gap Student Aid Campaign.

Move-in Day kicked off Orientation Week, a time when freshmen were introduced to Howard’s special legacy, including the university’s core tradition of service. This year, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, freshmen participated in the inaugural Howard Day of Service. On Aug. 23, hundreds of students assisted with community service projects in the Washington region that focus on education, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, poverty, voter registration, non-violence, and environmental services.

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