Howard University: Narrative Description

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2400 Sixth St., NW
Washington, DC 20059-0002
Tel: (202)806-6100
Free: 800-HOWARD-U
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1867. Setting: 256-acre urban campus. Endowment: $371.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $37 million. Total enrollment: 10,623. Faculty: 1,576 (1,126 full-time, 450 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 8,860 applied, 47% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 9 class presidents, 8 valedictorians, 30 student government officers. Full-time: 6,730 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 382 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 61 other countries, 90% from out-of-district, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Hispanic, 84% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 17% 25 or older, 57% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 9 members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; over 21 colleges and universities including Duke University; University of California, Berkeley; Smith College; Vassar College; Williams College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/24 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $17,515 includes full-time tuition ($10,840), mandatory fees ($805), and college room and board ($5870). College room only: $3558. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $452 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $805 per year.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 2% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Howard University Student Association, Undergraduate Student Assembly, Campus Pals. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Black Arts Festival, Residence Hall Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security lighting. 9,000 college housing spaces available; 3,999 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Founders Library plus 8 others with 2.5 million books, 3.5 million microform titles, 12,795 serials, 40,872 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 6,343 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See American University.

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