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Reviews 2624 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Senior

Majors: I'm a Chemistry major for pre pharmacy and these prerequisites are no joke. I had one internship, that I found for myself, but I'm pretty sure being associated with Howard did help, and it was decent pay and exposed me to the things I liked and disliked about my field of study's job prospects.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've had an amazing time. met friends I'll keep until the end of time and became very independent while living here. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Gorgeous and handsome student body if I do say so myself. If you are a girl don't expect to find a 'bae' anytime in your freshman and sophomore year because most are looking to hookup. However, there always those few that find each other freshman week and last until graduation.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Scholarships: Best scholarships by far are the freshman scholarships. I've never struggled for money since receiving and maintaining mine. Make sure your GPA is sky high though if you're looking for aid in your later years.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are many things to do around town.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are that heavy an influence here at Howard, but for the big games everyone comes because we have a lot of school spirit and want to support against or rivals.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love, love, love the off campus food near by. I always go to this one African restaurant on Georgia Ave or the Greek place near the thrift store. There's so many options if someone is willing to walk or take a short bus ride. And always ask if they have some sort of student discount because they might surprise you.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Very pricey , but worth it if someone is looking for more freedom or to relocate. I'd personally suggest just staying on campus, but that's just me.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe when I travel in groups. As a young woman in D.C. I'd never walk the streets along at night for anything because all students are indoors and the locals are kind of odd at times.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's alright, definitely take every warning seriously because you don't want to be the one to ruin visitation for your whole dorm.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: At Howard, I think the saying, "You get what you pay for" is completely true. I stayed in the Quad freshman year and it's the cheapest freshman female dorm there was in terms of options and I had no microwave, no AC, and communal bathrooms. The Annex is also a dorm freshman girls can live in and it's about $500-1000 more expensive and they have there own bathrooms, ACs, and kitchens on every floor. Since living in the Quad, which was an awesome social experience by the way, I've always invested in the RSVP service for housing and requested exactly the dorm I wanted with all the services and amenities I wanted. Anyone complaining about the dormitories is too cheap to invest in a more decent living space. And most of Howard's housing is ridiculously cheaper than some other nicer schools with up to date facilities. Wifi service sucks in pretty much all dorms tho.


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5 College Senior

Academics: I feel like Howard's curriculum is ever changing to be honest, so a student has to be on a constant look out for graduation requirements if they aren't buddied up with their advisor. Professors are decent and registration can be a hassle because BisonWeb is always on something. HU18 and later will experience an much different time here at Howard with academics because many of the old and less desirable teachers are leaving for more fresh faced and new professors. Overall, academics offered are very well rounded in my opinion.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Chemistry is tough, but nothing someone with a good work ethic can't handle.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Definitely check ratemyprofessors.com before signing up for classes, and register early! I've never had a horrible professor because I always pick them from suggestions by other people or by good ratings on that website. I've heard about some people having some pretty horrific experiences with professors, especially in the math department. I personally took all my math classes during the summers as transfer credits that don't effect my GPA. Overall, I've had a good experience with professors here!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: You need to be actively seeking opportunities and if your grades are sufficient you will find them. Alumni are constantly recruiting from here.

5 College Senior

Diversity: People assume HBCUs aren't diverse. I'd honestly like to say the student body is extremely diverse in terms of interest, sexual orientation, nationality and religion.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many options that are exciting for an incoming freshman, you get tired of it as the years pass by, but it's still very convenient to have a meal plan if you live on campus

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge deal and probates are highly attended. Greeks are also well respected on campus because of the history behind many of the organizations

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Always a party, especially with the greeks and party promoter groups. The nightlife is one of the best I think a college kid can experience because D.C. is a lively city!

4 College Senior

Majors: The process of getting into my major was relatively easy. I applied as a Chemistry major for pre-pharmacy and got in with my acceptance. Even when I briefly changed my major to Chemical Engineer for a semester it was an easy transition because of my advisers and academic standing. Howard is going through a lot of changes which is good and annoying at the same time, so I had to keep on a look out on the required pre-pharm classes because they were being updated yearly. Major tip: Befriend your advisor because they can be either the biggest help or hindrance in the terms of graduating with your degree!

5 College Senior

Majors: Currently in the Chemistry department and loving it! Workload is typical for a science major with a lot of opportunities for internships if one is in good academic standing and actively searching.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The social scene is amazing, the campus life is great but the facilities are sub par.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The traditions and campus activities are amazing. They are the things you really look forward to and are happy to be apart of.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guy to girl ratio is very annoying in classes but when you are just out on the yard you cant really tell there is a big difference.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities could be redone and the teams need to be taken more seriously


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Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
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Students are more than satisfied with the quality of education that they are receiving at Howard. Students seem to have no trouble meshing with their peers, as well as the faculty. In fact, the only qualm that students seem to have is experiencing the difficulties of dealing with HU administration. The bureaucracy and red tape involved with getting anything done at the administrative level is nothing short of nerve racking, and the race to ensure that your financial aid is administered on time and paperwork properly entered into the system is probably more effective for rapid weight loss than any weight loss program currently being advertised. But even with all the little frustrations that come with dealing with the administration, there is a firm consensus among the students that there is no better place for them to be than where they are now. From the quality of the relationships they have formed to the quality of the education that they are receiving, as well as the numerous opportunities made available to them, HU students are pretty darn happy. Overall, Howard provides the ideal atmosphere for anyone who's interested in politics or pursuing a career that's in any way relevant to the process of developing public policy.

Howard is often referred to as the mecca, or the center of every Historically Black College or University in the nation, and the unified pride that the students have in its history and what it represents is very real and very substantial. While there's no denying that there is room for improvement on many levels, the important thing is that Howard University is expanding on the good and improving on the not-so-good-constantly striving to become better with each passing year. More importantly, most students feel like they can be a valuable, contributing part of this process.

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