See what students say:


Noted for “outstanding achievements as an institution as well as the accomplishments of a great majority of its alumni,” Howard University takes great pride in preparing students “to compete on a local and global level.” With “inspiring faculty and a perspective that cannot be found anywhere else,” the school “breeds pride and excellence” and is a “formidable force in producing African American intellectuals.” As one appreciative student puts it, “Howard University is more than a place to get an education; it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that not only strengthens your mind, but also your spirit and pride in who you are as a person and who you have the potential to become.” Other undergrads add, “I wanted the experience of attending a Historically Black College,” and more specifically, “the sense of being a part of such a tremendous legacy.” Students here believe that a Howard education is wonderful preparation for life in today’s competitive employment environment. “Howard pushes you and teaches patience.” Professors are admired for being able to “bridge the gap between the real world and the textbook,” are “supportive and helpful,” have “a genuine interest in their subject,” and make sure “course material is appropriate.” Discussions are encouraged, which “helps to solidify understanding.... I am able to have a voice in the class and share my opinion.” Networking opportunities are abundant, and job placement upon graduation is high.

Student Body

At Howard University, there is at least one commonality everyone can agree on: these “very goal-oriented and driven” students are busy. “At any given time a student at Howard can be found taking a full course load, working, and interning.” Extracurricular activities and community service are also on the plate of many Howard undergraduates. Students are often described as “friendly, outgoing, stylish, and fashionable.” The campus radiates “a culture of achievement and encouragement” that syncs up well with student goals: “A Howardite is very career-oriented and knows what he or she wants to do after graduation.” Students here are also “very socially conscious.” Geographic diversity is prevalent, and “Howard students are educated to think on a global scale.” As a result, “students are very accepting of each other and their backgrounds” and make for an “ever-changing, comprehensive, innovative, and supportive community.” Meaningful conversation is prevalent, with many “discussions surrounding social and political issues.” As one undergrad sees it, “Howard represents the best of the educated and progressive African American community.”

Campus Life

A common theme heard throughout Howard University is how “students are very tight-knit and supportive of one another.” You can see that across the whole school, from “lively” dorms to how school events are a “major part of the social calendar,” and the way in which students are encouraged “to be involved in campus organizations and student government.” While there are many Greeks on campus, “the main focus of our Greek life is community service. Any social event or gathering that is hosted by the Greeks normally has most or all of the proceeds going to a charity or community service project.” There are also “student-run organizations that work in the community,” providing “opportunities to be a part of something bigger than you.” Students obviously love taking advantage of all of the opportunities the Washington, D.C. area provides. The Metro is a popular form of transportation, with the station “very easily accessible from the main Howard University campus.” Many locations are Metro-accessible, but you must be cognizant of operating hours.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

2400 6th St NW Suite 111
Washington, DC 20059

(800) 822-6363

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Founders Library
Rankin Chapel
Ira Aldridge Theatre
Burr Gymnasium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Smithsonian Institute
National Mall and Monuments
Library of Congress
Arlington National Cemetery

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
(800) 822-6363

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

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Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Washington National Airport is approximately 8 miles from campus. Taxis and subways are available for the trip from the airport to campus. For public transportation information, as well as for Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses, call the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (202-637-7000) on arrival.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95 S. and continue until it becomes the Capital Beltway E. Exit to the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy. South. At the intersection with U.S. Rte. 50, head west (toward the center of Washington). This becomes New York Ave. Turn right (north) on 6th St. until you reach the University. From I-95 N., exit to I-395 N. (Shirley Memorial Hwy.) and cross the Potomac River. Exit to U.S. Rte. 1/50 N., which becomes 6th St. Leave Rte. 1/50 and stay on 6th St. until you reach the University.

Local Accommodations
Selections in Washington include the Courtyard Washington Northwest at 1900 Connecticut Avenue (at $159 and up per night). If you choose, you may stay in Georgetown where the facilities are more expensive and where there is more to see and the store are more diverse.


Applicants: 29,396
Acceptance Rate: 35%
Average HS GPA: 3.66



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