Howard University
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington D.C., 20059
Admission: Tel (202) 806-2900
FAX: (202) 806-4466

2,342 men/3,831 women
211 men/313 women
Graduate School:
1,562 men/2,019 women

Number who applied:
Number accepted:
Number enrolled:
Average SAT scores:
V 527 M 493
Average ACT score:
Average GPA:
3.0 weighted
2.8 unweighted
Freshman retention rate:

Room and Board:
Fees, books, misc.:
$2,285 approx.

Freshmen receiving aid:
Average financial aid package:

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Howard University
2400 Sixth Street
Washington D.C., 20059

College Description
Howard University, founded in 1867, is a coeducational private institution of higher learning located in northwest Washington, DC. Since its founding, the University has grown from a single-frame building to a 241-acre campus whose buildings and equipment are valued at more than $820 million. The University's campuses include a 22-acre West Campus for the School of Law, a 22-acre site in northeast Washington for the School of Divinity, and a 108-acre research facility in Beltsville, Maryland. In Fall 1996, the University enrolled 10,248 students, of whom approximately 13 percent are from Washington, DC; 74 percent from other states; 11 percent are international students representing 104 countries and U.S. possessions; and 5 percent are international students who are permanent U.S. residents. Situated on one of the highest elevations in the District of Columbia, overlooking downtown Washington, the main campus is within minutes of the White House, the Capitol, and all the cultural and historic institutions in the city. Many of the University's academic programs are designed not only to make use of these institutions, but also to serve the needs of the immediate community as well as the entire Washington metropolitan area.

Academic Life
Requirements for a bachelor's degree vary among the University's schools and colleges. Core courses are required for each major. The University awards credit for successful scores on Advanced Placement tests as well as credit for the International Baccalaureate program and offers cooperative education programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and in the schools of Business and Communications. Howard University offers Honors Programs for students with exceptional ability. Sophomores and juniors can take advantage of domestic and international exchange programs. Howard University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and its programs in specialized fields are accredited by appropriate professional agencies.

Campus Life
Student organizations include religious groups, special interest clubs, honor societies, sororities, fraternities, the band, the chorus, a string ensemble, weekly and annual student publications, a debate team, and service clubs. Student government has many levels and branches and is concerned with all aspects of student life. Students hold voting memberships on the Board of Trustees. Styles and locations of University housing vary, ranging from standard double rooms to shared apartments with full kitchens. Early housing applicants, once admitted to the University, are given priority for spaces new students favor most. Entering freshmen are required to live in University housing for their first two years as long as space is available. The residential life experience contributes to the educational and personal development of students. Certain residence halls are part of the combined room and board plan; residents of other halls may opt to purchase a meal plan. Residence halls sponsor lively and diverse activities and all students regardless of where they live are encouraged to become involved in community service as part of their college experience.

Facilities and Resources
The University's physical plant consists of more than 90 buildings, including a theater and four dormitories (residence halls) for women, one for men, and five coed dormitories. Each major discipline has separate classroom and laboratory facilities. The University Libraries house almost 1.9 million bound volumes, 26,000 current serial subscriptions, 3.5 million microfilms, a media center, a microfilm preparation center, and the Moorland-Springarn Research Center, which has the largest collection of black literature in the United States. The University also operates a commercial radio station (WHUR-FM) on a 24-hour basis. The radio station and a public TV station (WHMM-TV) serve as laboratories for the School of Communications.

Athletics/Sports/ Coaches Directory
Varsity athletics include men's basketball, football, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, soccer; women's basketball, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball; and men's and women's swimming and tennis. The intramural program includes all these sports.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
The University makes every effort to help qualified students through scholarships, loans, grants, and part-time employment. The amount of aid awarded is determined by the availability of funds, the extent of the student's need, and his or her academic performance. The University offers five scholarship levels (Howard University Freshman Scholarships) based solely on academic performance. Scholarships for high school students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities are also available as are scholarships for gifted and talented students who may not have performed well academically in high school. Most financial aid awards are for the academic year and are divided equally between the two semesters. All undergraduate students seeking financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be obtained from the University's Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. The University's filing deadline is February 15.

Admission Requirements / Application
All applicants must be graduates of accredited high schools and must present acceptable high school records and SAT I or ACT scores. Students who have studied a foreign language for two years and intend to continue study of that language should also take the SAT II Subject Test in that language. Applicants seeking admission to the Department of Music must audition in person or send a tape, those seeking admission to the Department of Art must submit a portfolio, and drama applicants must submit two letters of reference and a resume. The Office of Enrollment Management/Admission will notify applicants of any additional requirements upon receipt of an application.

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