Howard University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Founders Library at Howard University
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Howard University admits just under half of those who apply each year. Still, students with decent test scores and solid "B" averages have a fairly good chance of being admitted. To apply, students can submit the Common Application and will also need to send in scores from the SAT or ACT, a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and an optional resume. For more information about applying, including important requirements and deadlines, be sure to visit the school's website, or get in touch with a member of the admissions team at Howard.

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Admissions Data (2016):

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. (check out other D.C. colleges).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. Popular sports include basketball, football, soccer, tennis, track and field, and cross country.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,966 (5,899 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 33% Male / 67% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $24,908
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,280
  • Other Expenses: $1,800
  • Total Cost: $41,488

Howard University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74%
    • Loans: 56%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,404
    • Loans: $7,846

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 15%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field, Bowling, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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