Howard University


Howard University is one of the private institutions in the country. It is also known as an authorized research university. The university enrolls both undergraduate students and post graduates. So far, it has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,147, not include the post graduates.

Howard University was established in the year of 1867. The campus is located in an urban area in northeast Washington. The school has undergone many changes after World War I and a couple of new buildings were built after the war.

The university offers a wide range of diplomas in different study programs, including Bachelor’s, Master’s, Post-master’s certificate and Doctorate degree. The majority of its students are enrolled as undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.

The mission of the Howard University is:

Howard University’s mission is unique. It is a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community.


Many of the Howard schools and colleges are accredited by different scientific research centers. For example, the School of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. At the same time, the university itself is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


The Howard University comprises six colleges and seven schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • John H. Johnson School of Communications
  • College of Dentistry
  • School of Divinity
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Work
  • Middle School of Mathematics and Science
  • School of Law

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Biology
  2. Journalism
  3. Psychology
  4. Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
  5. Political Science and Government

According to the records made by U.S News Rankings, Howard University is ranked 115th among domestic national universities.

This university is known as one of the two historically black colleges defined as Research College. The university not only offers cooperative education programs, but also offers pre-professional programs.


Applicants for the university are required to possess high school diplomas. General Educational Development (GED) is equally effective. It also requires applicants to take standardized tests like SAT or ACT. At the same time, it is also recommended that applicants attend the general college-preparatory program. Among all non-academic factors, applicant’s personal qualities are considered to be very important.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 19,741. Students spend USD 1,216 for life expanses on average and USD 15,341 for accommodation.

The university provides students with a variety of scholarships, including freshmen scholarships, Trustee Scholarships, ROTC Scholarships, Frederick Douglass Scholars Program and Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Scholars Program. Qualified applicants can apply for all the scholarships.

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