howard university

Howard University (HU) is one of the most frequently searched universities in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

Howard is a private, federally chartered HBCU, located in Washington DC. 

The college was established in 1867, not long after the end of the American Civil War.

These days, Howard maintains an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students each semester

Howard offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. 

The acceptance rate for Howard is roughly 49%. The student faculty ratio is about 7 to 1.  

Howard ranks 2nd among HBCUs, according to U.S. News & World Report

Among the many notable HU graduates are the first Nigerian President Nnamdi Azikiwe, former mayor of Newark Ras Baraka, Grammy winning rapper Sean Combs, award winning actor Ossie Davis, former NYC mayor David Dinkins, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, to name only a few. 

Howard University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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howard University Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Howard University.

1. Where is Howard University?

The campus of Howard is located in Washington DC. Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus: 

Howard University

2400 6th Street NW

Washington DC


Here is the address of the Howard School of Law: 

Howard School of Law

2900 Van Ness Street NW

Washington DC


Above: An aerial view of the HU campus


2. What is the organizational structure of Howard University?

Howard is academically divided into the following schools: 

  1. School of Arts and Sciences 
  2. School of Business
  3. School of Communications 
  4. School of Dentistry 
  5. School of Divinity
  6. School of Education  
  7. School of Engineering and Architecture 
  8. School of Law
  9. School of Medicine 
  10. School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences 
  11. School of Pharmacy 
  12. School of Social Work 
  13. Graduate School  

3. What undergraduate studies are offered at Howard University?

Undergraduate course offerings at Howard cover a wide range of topics. Here is a list of the undergraduate majors (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree programs) available at Howard:

  • Accounting
  • Administration of Justice
  • African Studies 
  • Afro American Studies
  • Architecture 
  • Art 
  • Art History 
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Clinical Laboratory Science 
  • Communications 
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Elementary Education 
  • English
  • Finance  
  • French
  • Health, Human Performance, and Leisure Studies 
  • Health Management  
  • History
  • Human Development 
  • Information Systems  
  • International Business  
  • Mathematics
  • Management
  • Marketing 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Media, Journalism, and Film
  • Music
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Nursing   
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Radiation Therapy 
  • Sociology and Criminology 
  • Spanish  
  • Strategic, Legal, and Mass Communications 
  • Supply Chain Management  
  • Theater Arts

Above: Logos of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in America. 


4. What graduate programs are available at Howard University?

Graduate students at Howard can earn Masters degrees (Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Business, or Master of Education) in any of the following fields of study: 

  • African Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Art
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
  • Biology 
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Communications
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders 
  • Divinity
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • English  
  • Genetics
  • Film
  • History
  • Law 
  • Management 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Microbiology 
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology 
  • Physics and Astronomy 
  • Political Science
  • Psychology 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Sociology and Criminology 
  • Social Work  

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5. What programs are offered at the Howard University School of Law?

Howard offers J.D., Masters, and Doctoral degree programs in many areas of interest. Classes include both required courses and electives.

Here is a list of some popular curricular offerings at the Howard School of Law:  

  • Administrative Law 
  • Antitrust Law
  • Arbitration 
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy  
  • Business Law 
  • Civil Rights Law 
  • Conflict of Laws 
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Contracts 
  • Corporate Law 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Disability Law 
  • Dispute Resolution 
  • Education Law 
  • Employment Law 
  • Energy Law 
  • Entertainment Law 
  • Entrepreneurship  
  • Environmental Law
  • Ethics
  • Family Law 
  • Food Law 
  • Housing Law 
  • Human Rights Law 
  • Immigration Law 
  • Intellectual Property Law 
  • International Law
  • Law Practice Management 
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Spanish 
  • Legal Writing 
  • National Security Law 
  • Negotiation 
  • Patent Law 
  • Professional Responsibility 
  • Public Interest Law 
  • Regulated Money Management 
  • Sales Law
  • Securities Law 
  • Social Security Law 
  • Tax Law 
  • Torts 
  • Transactional Law 
  • Trial Advocacy 
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates 
  • Workforce Development 

Above: Students at the Howard School of Law. 


6. How much does it cost to attend Howard University?

According to the school website, the approximate cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses for Undergraduate admission (before financial aid) is approximately

  • $12,500 per semester, or
  • $1,045 per credit hour

The Graduate school tuition at Howard is about 

  • $15,700 per semester, or
  • $1,700 per credit hour

For the Howard School of Law, the tuition is roughly $16,000 per semester.  

These costs do not include room and board, or certain mandatory fees. 

Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, parking fees, technology fees, health fees, insurance fees, registration fees, and others. 

Financial aid is available to many students. Incoming freshmen must fill out the FAFSA form. Aid may come in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, or private donations. 

Above: The Bisons in action.


Above: Cheerleaders at HU.


7. What is the campus at Howard like?

The campus of Howard occupies about 300 urban acres in the convenient city setting of Washington DC.

Campus landmarks and attractions include the Founders Library, the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall, the Howard University Gallery of Art, and the Founders Library. 

Student housing is available, both on and off campus. 

The college is conveniently located only about 2 miles northeast of downtown DC. 

Also, the charming neighborhood of Georgetown is situated less than three miles southwest of the Howard campus. 

The school colors are red, white, and blue. The varsity athletes at Howard are called the Bison. They play for the NCAA Division 1 - Mid East Athletic Conference (MEAC).  

Intercollegiate sports for men and women at Howard include:  

  • Basketball
  • Bowling 
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse 
  • Soccer
  • Softball 
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Also available on campus are more than a few club and intramural sports, such as some of the ones listed above, as well as aerobics, badminton, baseball, flag football, and golf, among others.  

Apart form sports, Howard University also hosts hundreds of student groups and organizations, in a diverse range of interests. Among the on-campus student groups are a dance club, several musical groups, international clubs, art associations, cooking clubs, a campus radio station, a student newspaper, and many more. 

Among the long standing campus traditions at Howard are the Howard Homecoming, the Springfest, and the annual Bison Ball

Above: Downtown Washington DC (more specifically, Palmer Alley at CityCenter DC)


Above: Downtown Georgetown.


8. What are the distance learning options at Howard University?

Howard offers a versatile selection of topics for online learning. 

Degrees can be earned fully online in any of the following fields of interest:

  • Allied Health
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy

Here is a list of some of the distance learning classes currently available at Howard

  • Accounting
  • Astronomy
  • Broadcast Management 
  • Communication 
  • Data Analysis 
  • Divinity 
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • History 
  • Legal Studies
  • Marketing Strategy 
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Nursing 
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Leadership 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Philosophy
  • Political Geography 
  • Portuguese 
  • Programming 
  • Social Work 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Writing

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9. What is the contact information for Howard University?

To reach the main campus of Howard, or for general information, call 202-806-6100

To speak with someone in the Undergraduate Admissions office at Howard, call 202-806-2763. 

To reach the Graduate Admissions office at Howard, call 202-806-6800. 

To contact the Howard School of Law, call 202-806-8000. 

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