District of Columbia

Howard University

Washington, DC
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1867
  • Enrollment: 12,886
  • Mascot: Bison
  • Colors: Blue, White, and Red
  • Motto: Veritas et Utilitas – Truth and Service
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Howard University, located in the heart of Washington, DC, is a prestigious institution with a storied history that began in 1867. Founded just after the Civil War, it was established with a mission to provide quality education to African-Americans, a mission it has upheld and expanded upon over the years. Howard has played a significant role in American history, particularly in the advancement of civil rights and the education of African American professionals.

As a 4-year private university, Howard University boasts a diverse and dynamic student body of approximately 12,886 students. The university offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, including certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, as well as Post Baccalaureate and Post-master's certificates. Among its popular majors are Communications, Biology, Political Science, and Psychology, reflecting the university's commitment to both the liberal arts and sciences.

In the realm of athletics, Howard University competes in the NCAA Division I as part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The university's athletic teams, known as the Bison, proudly wear the school colors of blue, white, and red. Howard's motto, "Veritas et Utilitas" – Truth and Service, encapsulates its dedication to academic excellence and service to the community. Howard University continues to be a beacon of knowledge, leadership, and cultural heritage, making significant contributions to society and shaping future generations.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (202) 806-2755 
  • Admissions email: admission@howard.edu

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  • Financial Aid: (855) 490-2875
  • Financial Aid email: finaid@howard.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Communications
  • Biology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

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NCAA Division I - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Team Name: Bison

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer (Northeast Conference)
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Golf (Northeast Conference)
  • Swimming & Diving (Northeast Conference)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Soccer (Northeast Conference)
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Golf (Northeast Conference)
  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse (Northeast Conference)
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming & Diving (Northeast Conference)

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