Updated on May 23, 2024
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Howard University is classified as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Located in the District of Columbia, Howard University has a student population of around 9,400 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. This private, not-for-profit university is well-known in the United States and was founded in 1867.

HU awards degrees ranging from bachelors to doctoral degrees (the doctoral degrees are for research/scholarship and professional practice). It also awards master’s degrees and certificates ranging from two to less than four years’ duration, including postbaccalaureate and post-master’s certificates.

Overview of Howard University

Howard offers campus housing, which will put you near the middle of campus if you choose to attend. D.C. is a large city, with streets and roads that loop in and around each other, making traffic a real issue for those who are thinking about living off campus. In addition, rents are high, so it’s more economically feasible to live on campus, not to mention that you’ll be closer to events and friends that you make during your tie at school this way. Learning your way around campus won’t be difficult; the campus is laid out in a grid pattern, so you’ll easily be able to find buildings and streets.

Living in the District of Columbia, you’ll be able to visit and tour buildings that house our government: the National Archives, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and many other places of interest.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 10:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1867

Student Enrollment

Total Students9,399


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,893
Female 4,633

Graduate Student

Male 833
Female 2,040

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Male 6,072
Female 14,934


Male 2,064
Female 5,526

Acceptance Rate36%

Male 34%
Female 37%

Enrollment 1,891

Male 475
Female 1,416
Application Fee $45
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Howard University, as with other universities, may roll all costs and charges into one total, called the sticker price, that it provides to prospective students. For the 2019-2020 school year, this was $45,971. This includes tuition, books, supplies, room, board, and other charges and fees. However, with the variety of options for financial aid, you may not need to cover all these charges each year.

The cost that remains for the student after financial aid is applied is called the average net price, which as of the 2018-2019 year, was $21,428. Since eligibility for financial aid is at least partially decided by family income, it is also tracked that way. This net price by income beaks down the cost into a variety of levels. Here are just a couple. Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 paid around $39,858. Families earning more than $110,001 paid around $44,624. As you can see, financial aid can make a real difference.

Beginning students qualified for financial aid at a rate of 99% at HU in recent years. Slightly fewer (98%) received grants or scholarships averaging $23,223 and the same percentage received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $20,632.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $21,428
Average Total Aid $23,223
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $14,365

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $27,206
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $27,206
  • Books and Supplies - $1,900
  • Room & Board - $14,365
  • Other - $2,500


If you’re considering attending Howard University, you need to be aware of three statistics that are important. First, the retention rate measures the percentage of first-time students who return to the campus for their second year of school. At HU, this is 86%.

Then there are the 4-year and 6-year graduation rates, with the 4-year rate being 52% and the 6-year rate being 65%. These may seem a bit low, but these rates ignore transfers who may go on to graduate at another institution, and 65% is on par with many other public universities.

If you need to change one or more classes due to a time conflict, you may be able to get into an online section of the class in order to add flexibility to your schedule. HE does not offer evening classes, but it’s good to know there are some options.

Perhaps you’re going into school with a major already in mind, or maybe you have no idea what you want to do. Here are the top programs offered by the school: communication, journalism and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; social sciences; biological and biomedical sciences; and parks, recreation, leisure, fitness and kinesiology.

Student Population Total

Student Population 9,399

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 199 Total Graduates / 15%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 100 Graduates
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 96 Graduates
Journalism 2 Graduates
Radio and Television 1 Graduates
All Business Majors 190 Total Graduates / 14%
Marketing, Other 41 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 40 Graduates
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 27 Graduates
Finance, General 26 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 170 Total Graduates / 13%
Political Science and Government, General 106 Graduates
Economics, General 38 Graduates
Sociology 26 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 160 Total Graduates / 12%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 160 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 103 Total Graduates / 8%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 74 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 18 Graduates
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 11 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 39%

Outcome & Salary

Students attending school may want to have the college experience, but they also want to graduate and earn a good living. While there’s no way to look into the future and see what your career will be like after you graduate, we can look at how previous graduates have done in order to get a feel for how effectual your degree will be from a certain school. Graduates from Howard University earn early career salaries averaging $59,000 and their mid-career salaries are closer to $108,900.

The average 4-year cost of education is $85,712, which can help us find some more illuminating statistics. Graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $733,630 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,822,630. If you subtract the cost of education from these two figures, you’ll find the return on investment (ROI). Their 10-year projected ROI is $647,918 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,736,918.

High school graduates may decide to go straight to a job. Their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income, $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $59,000
College Grads Average Salary $73,363
College Grads Mid Career Salary $108,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $733,630
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,822,630
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $85,712
10 Year Projected ROI $647,918
20 Year Projected ROI $1,736,918
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National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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