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Reviews 2660 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The options for off campus housing are available if people are willing to travel a little and research.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on Howard's campus, but people must always be aware that Howard is located in DC and must be aware of their surroundings at all time just like they would in their cities.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is really big at Howard because most of the divine nine was founded here. You don't have to be apart of Greek life on campus though and you don't feel pressured either.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Howard's financial aid isn't the most helpful but if you work hard enough you will get the help you need.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Keep in mind the size of the university, and the frustrations with financial aid make sense. The staff is pretty small and they don't have time to double check for errors. If you see something wrong, bring it to their attention (going into the office) and they will take care of you. If it's a question you don't know if the financial aid office should answer, or if it is something regarding a scholarship award or payment, ask the student accounts office first because they almost never have a line. The staff in both offices is friendly and helpful.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm happy with my university. Even though it has some downfalls, the quality of the education and the relationships I have formed with my peers and professors outweighs all of the bad things. There are a lot of courses to choose from and you can explore almost any field at Howard. There are so many events and talks to go to on campus and grow as an intellectual, and then so much more out there in the city. Professors each have their own style and you can choose from them. You have so much opportunity to grow at Howard and there's nothing to stop you from trying new things.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: We have a great career center. They have workshops all the time, and even have representatives from companies and organization come in recruiting and answering questions from possible applicants. There is an online database of jobs, there is a huge alumni network too. There are employers recruiting all the time, and there are so many opportunities.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There is no university code for attendance- it is based on the professor. Either the professor has a system where x amount of absences decreases your final grade by 10 points (or good attendance increases it), or the professor doesn't take attendance and it's your responsibility. If you have an issue that impacts your attendance, everyone is good about dealing with it.

Drinking: howard is technically a "dry campus" but students drink all the time. If people (RAs, admins, professors, police) see it, they will take it away, but it is easy to hide so it's easy to get away with. Drugs aren't as open but it happens.

Visitation rules are ridiculous. In most of the dorms, only Howard students can visit, and even then, it is during specific hours.

4 College Junior

Majors: Everything was the same as any other college- the chairs of the departments are very active and respond to you quickly, in my experience. Confidence and ambition says alot. Love what you want to do.

4 College Junior

Majors: Psychology: I like my program. There are so many electives to choose from and there is actually space in the program to do it. The workload varies depending on the class and the professor, but it is usually reasonable and doesn't include work that won't improve your skills.

English: The professors are very invested in their students. There is a lot of reading and essays, but there is a lot of discussion and the professors will help you if you ask. The department informs students of all opportunities they know about, which is useful. The bulk of the program includes core classes and there are many electives cited on the website, but only a select few offered each semester.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Picking housing is easy, it's all online and self-explanatory. Just sometimes the residence life people have a lack of communication with rsvp points and providing housing details. I would say the dorms all have their pros and cons, it depends on what you're looking for and value the most. The cost is high, but expected for on campus housing. Everything is close to campus and easy to get to.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is what's expected out of cafeteria dining, it isn't restaurant quality but they have some good days. The dining halls have regular hours- there's nothing open on campus after 10pm, which is unfortunate. The value is average, the variety is decent but it gets boring after a year. Definitely use the dining dollars in a variety of places and the bison bucks are participating restaurants in the area.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are many parties and events since is DC and there is always something going on. The stuff is far enough away from campus that it would interrupt anything else going on, but close enough that it is easy to get to.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Students are very involved and supportive during big sports events like the homecoming football game, etc. but generally the campus is quiet. The gym for athletes, which is in a specific dorm, is good quality as far as I've heard. The gym for students has horrible hours (which they have been changing recently, so it may improve) and some of the equipment is broken. The weight lifting room is hot and cramped. The cardio room is in great condition- machines work, there is a/c, and the hours are reasonable. In the dorms, there are small gyms (a single room), which in my experience the cardio equipment works but not the weight machines.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have the blue light system to call the campus police, all over campus and even at the dorm and train station, which are down the street. They have free engraving services for our valuables, the security at dorms is generally good- students have to scan their id to get in and there is also someone at the desk to see who comes in and out. There is 24/7 transportation to and from campus dorms and buildings and you can call the police and have someone talk to you if you are walking around alone. It's good.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most of the professors are very knowledgable and we have a lot who are experts in their field and have written books, articles, particpated on panels, and been on radio programs or interviewed on television. Professors teach at Howard becuase they love the school and the students; each one has a passion for what they do.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a double major in psychology and english. Psychology: my advisor is great, but unfortunately the best psych professors teach only one undergrad class a semester and it's hard to get into them. The workload is fine; you have a lot of options within the program because there are so many different electives. English: The professors are all great and many of them will push you out of your comfort zone, which will enable you to grow more. There is a lot of reading and they have high expectations for you to complete the work and there is no room to b.s your professors. The professors tell you about internship and scholarship opportunities all the time, which is great.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The houses are average but off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had a good experience at Howard so far.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors genuinely do care. I often see people downplay HBCU's and say that the curriculum isn't as challenging as a PWI but I can honestly say that I have taken some really difficult courses here and have in turn learned a lot. I appreciate how much the professors push their students.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being in COAS is like a mixing pot. It seems/ is like half the university is in COAS. Not to downplay it but I'm trying to get out of it.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It feels good to be around such good looking people. Everyone is at Howard for a reason and there is a chance that you will find someone who has common goals/ interests as you.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many opportunities at Howard. Take advantage of the experience and you won't regret your time spent there.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: When you graduate from Howard people know and praise you for you attendance and completion there. Do what you gotta do, stay focused, but most importantly GROW!

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is always room for improvement.


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Kali Stewart
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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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