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IPEDS ID: 131520
OPE ID: 00144800
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Howard University
2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001
General information:  (202) 806-6100
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Two but less than 4 years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  10,002 (6,883 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides 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.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Other Characteristics
Historically Black College or University
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty1,39116
Research and public service28716
Total graduate assistants-333
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$22,683$22,683$23,970$23,9700.0%
Books and supplies$2,810$3,000$3,000$3,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,274$13,460$13,646$13,6460.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$40,129$41,643$43,116$43,1160.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,30589%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,23684%$28,041,217$22,687
Federal grants73750%$3,467,762$4,705
Pell grants71549%$3,391,576$4,743
Other federal grants221%$76,186$3,463
State/local government grant or scholarships70848%$651,360$920
Institutional grants or scholarships1,14178%$23,922,095$20,966
Student loan aid1,30089%$8,341,130$6,416
Federal student loans1,30089%$7,280,000$5,600
Other student loans594%$1,061,130$17,985
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,46678%$93,869,486$17,173
Pell grants3,43749%$16,361,042$4,760
Federal student loans5,87084%$34,842,036$5,936
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$21,981$22,337$20,429
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$20,770$21,277$23,182
$30,001 – $48,000$25,579$25,538$25,781
$48,001 – $75,000$26,917$29,290$26,584
$75,001 – $110,000$23,546$25,940$27,820
$110,001 and more$19,597$16,042$21,065
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment10,002
Undergraduate enrollment6,883
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment292
Graduate enrollment3,119
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 93%
Part-time: 7%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 33%
Female: 67%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 90%
Hispanic/Latino: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 2%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 94%
25 and over: 6%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 4%
Out-of-state: 96%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 84%
Part-time: 16%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 92%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $45
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants15,1634,73610,427
Percent admitted49%49%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%23%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading500610
SAT Math490610
SAT Writing500600
ACT Composite2127
ACT English2128
ACT Math1926
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 89%
Part-time students: 58%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 81 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 61%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 61%
8-year: 63%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 51%
Female: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 59%
Hispanic/Latino: 100%
Non-resident alien: 83%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Category total23----
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies736--
African-American/Black Studies9----
Women's Studies----0
Category total1636-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General11600--
Cell Biology and Anatomy--0-0
Genetics, General-40-0
Microbiology, General003--
Pharmacology and Toxicology-0---
Physiology, General--1--
Category total11686-0
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-52d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other54----
Fashion Merchandising12----
Finance, General40----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General2----
International Business/Trade/Commerce19----
Marketing, Other47----
Category total21052d---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Broadcast Journalism00---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other46d02-3
Radio and Television74----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric0012-0
Category total239d014-3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance0---0
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst83--0
Information Science/Studies0---0
Category total83--0
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-3--0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-7---
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other-0---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-225--
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision-0---
Elementary Education and Teaching-8---
Music Teacher Education20---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0----
Reading Teacher Education-0--0
Secondary Education and Teaching02---
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education0----
Special Education and Teaching, General-4--0
Category total22625-0
Chemical Engineering201---
Civil Engineering, General151---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering1244--
Mechanical Engineering133---
Systems Engineering110---
Category total7194--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General1501--
Category total1501--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development241---
Consumer Economics00---
Category total241---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature1----
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0----
French Language and Literature00---
German Language and Literature0----
Modern Greek Language and Literature0----
Russian Language and Literature1----
Spanish Language and Literature60---
Category total80---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist11----
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist---7-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management310---
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist7--0-
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist0----
Occupational Therapy/Therapist024---
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design--1--
Physical Therapy/Therapist0018--
Physician Assistant25--0-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse4612--0
Category total12036256716
History, General1116--
Category total1116--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies37----
Category total37----
Legal Professions and Studies
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law-0---
Legal Professions and Studies, Other-0--0
Category total-0150-0
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General511--
Category total511--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies----0
Nutrition Sciences530--
Category total530-0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General962---
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies00---
Category total962---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total40---
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-03--
Chemistry, General2424--
Physics, General212--
Category total2639--
Counseling Psychology-03-0
Educational Psychology-12-0
Psychology, General951311--
Psychology, Other-112--
School Psychology-10-0
Category total952618-0
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-0---
Social Work-805-0
Category total-805-0
Social Sciences
Economics, General2852--
International Relations and Affairs----0
Political Science and Government, General96612--
Category total1491123-0
Theology and Religious Vocations
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other-0---
Category total-384--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General222---
Dance, General0----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General26----
Fashion/Apparel Design0----
Film/Cinema/Video Studies03---
Interior Design3----
Music, General122---
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management0----
Category total637---
Grand total1,343310528719
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 148
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 44
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $17,723
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $14,146
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 83%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined9272
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1921 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics1/1/1976 -  Accredited
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs12/7/1939 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1931 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)5/16/1953 -  Accredited
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)5/16/1969 -  Accredited
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics5/16/1969 -  Accredited
Pediatric Dentistry5/14/1971 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs1/1/1976 -  Accredited
Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree1/1/1976 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist4/14/1976 - 11/12/2014Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/7/1987 -  Accredited
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/29/2002 - 4/25/2012Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs7/1/1984 - 2/22/2014Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs3/1/1993 - 12/31/2006Resigned
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology(!)7/1/1940 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/29/2005 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/29/2005 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists12/1/1974 - 5/20/2013Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1942 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1976 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1944 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1987 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools4/20/1997 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs5/1/1983 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations2121
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations2121
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible67
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault7113
Motor vehicle theft1154
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible31
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault110
Motor vehicle theft001
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate6.0%7.8%11.6%
Number in default179225298
Number in repayment2,9552,8602,552
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)