Howard University

Howard University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Howard University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Howard University was awarded 97 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other communication disorders sciences and services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Howard as #819 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Howard is also ranked #5 out of 9 schools in District of Columbia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Howard?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Howard University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 41%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Howard submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Howard University  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Howard University  ( 540 to 640 )
Howard received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Howard University  ( 22 to 28 )

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Howard University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Howard is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Howard University is 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Howard University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 86% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Howard University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Howard the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 40%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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Howard University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,526 undergraduates at Howard with 6,269 being full-time and 257 being part-time.

How Much Does Howard University Cost?

The overall average net price of Howard is $41,289. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Howard

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$37,757 $39,858 $42,870 $44,482 $44,624

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Howard, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Howard, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,910 a year. That adds up to $27,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Howard is 7.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Howard Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Howard with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $49,200 in their early years. That's great news for Howard students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Howard University make the most money.

Location of Howard University

Howard University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. Washington is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Howard are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2400 Sixth St Nw, Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-806-6100

Howard University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 94 majors graduated from Howard University. Of these students, 914 received undergraduate degrees and 702 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 113 $23,100
Political Science & Government 89 $31,900
Public Relations & Advertising 68 NA
Health & Physical Education 67 $26,100
Communication & Journalism (Other) 55 NA
Finance & Financial Management 42 $57,000
Marketing 41 $43,900
General Psychology 41 $30,500
Nursing 32 $65,600
Mechanical Engineering 23 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Howard University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Howard

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 1,069 students took at least one online class at Howard University. This is an increase from the 1,059 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,069 22
2017-2018 1,059 29
2016-2017 698 21
2015-2016 802 77
2013-2014 168 44

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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