Howard University

Since 1867 Howard University has maintained a tradition of academic excellence and superior education. Howard is a private, historically black comprehensive research institution. Through its 13 academic schools, Howard offers degrees in numerous fields of study. Popular majors include Biology, Journalism, Psychology, Radio, Television and Digital Communication. Howard is the founding place of five of the historically black fraternities and sororities: Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta and Alpha Kappa Alpha. Howard University is dedicated to producing leaders of America and the global community. Through teaching, research and service, the Howard faculty is steadfast in the development of distinguished and historically aware students.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-Of-State: $10,085.50

Size: 10,500+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 97%

Percentage of Men: 33%

Percentage of Women: 67%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 10:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate 

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences; Business; Communications; Dentistry; Divinity; Education; Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; Graduate School; Law; Medicine; Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; Pharmacy; Social Work 

Housing: On-campus housing provided. Off-campus housing is available through referral.


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: Association of Black Journalists, film organizations, National Society of Black Engineers, Women in Medicine, Pre-Dental Society

Famous Black Grads: Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Thurgood Marshall, Taraji P. Henson, Toni Morrison

City Life: Nation’s Capital, monuments (MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial), museums (National Museum of African American History and Culture), The White House, concerts and shows, outdoor festivals, movie/television/music video shoots, dining, shopping