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Reviews 2673 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Even though Howard is an HBCU, I still feel that we have a very diverse student body. We have students from China, Middle Eastern nations, African nations, the Caribbean and more. We celebrate our diversity through clubs and orgs like African Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, C.A.S.C.A.D.E. (LGBT club), and many different religious orgs.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Howard has renovated Burr Gymnasium but I'm still not quite sure that the facilities match up to the facilities at other HBCUs and PWIs.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Overall, I love Howard University and I couldn't imagine my undergraduate experience at any other school in the nation. The History, Legacy, and Spirit of Howard University is something so valuable to each and every Howard student. So many greats have been molded and shaped here that Howard's influence on civil rights and on the progress of America in General is undeniable. Howard really does make you "mentally invincible" and ready to handle any challenge that this life gives. We are leaders for America and the Global Community.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The reason I got my position at one of the largest corporations in the US and Canada was from my experience from ?Howard University. This position was given to be before I even graduated. That says a lot to the perception of the public when it comes to the capabilities of Howard University grads and even current students. We have many career fairs and job/internship opportunities on campus throughout the year.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different types of dining options near campus. Soul food, halal, vegetarian, organic/natural, Chinese, Jamaican, sandwich/subs, pizza, and Fast Food options are all within a three block radius of campus. The pricing is pretty average and students receive a discount when they have Bison Bucks at certain spots. The U Street corridor is a great place to start.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: Howard University is the founding institution for seven of the Divine Nine Black Greek Lettered Organizations. So, pledging an Alpha Chapter is not easy. The frats and sorors are academically talented as well as socially. They do party of course, like all students, but are also very involved with community service. First Fridays on campus is when all the different organization wear their colors and come out to the Yard to interact with each other proudly and interact with other non greek students. And make sure not to miss the stepshow during Homecoming. Greek Life at Howard is the best.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Howard has created a website specifically for Off-Campus Housing. There are many official and unofficial Off-Campus housing available for students including the Towers at University Town Center (UTC).

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Best Freshman Dorms: Quad for the females, Drew for the males. Best dorm on campus: Cook Hall

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Howard's campus is one of the few campuses in the DC area that has a pretty strict visitation policy still in use. Also, Howard just recently made a new policy that Sophomores will have to live on campus in addition to the Freshmen.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Student life overall is great. I love being a Howard University student and honestly couldn't see myself wanting to attend any other college or university for my undergrad experience. But that being said, nothing is perfect. So, yes, student life at Howard has it's pros and cons. The Pros: The historical buildings on campus are beautiful. Founders Library, Douglass Hall, Carnegie Hall, Thirkield Hall, and the Tubman Quadrangle all give that same historic feel to the landscape of the campus. And when it comes to campus events, most people know that Howard University has the best HBCU Homecoming, period. We also have other annual events like Resfest and Springfest that HU students love. The Cons: Yes, the buildings I named above give off that historical feel to the campus, but Howard could at least renovate the inside of those buildings to make them up to par with the times.

5 College Senior

Academics: I have learned so much while attending Howard. The academic experience is one of the major highlights of my personal experience as a Howard student. Most of the professors are exceptional educators in whatever area they have expertise in. The professors also tend to be pretty understanding and flexible when needed. There are a plethora of different types of majors, minors, and classes in general for a student to enroll in. The registration process is the average online process, along with a new online class override process that still needs to be tweaked.

2 College Senior

Academics: Well, the reason I gave his rating for my major is because they are currently phasing out my major, Anthropology, from the list of possible majors at Howard.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Washington, DC is the capital of this nation. So, of course you will always find lots to do in or near Howard University's campus. You have so many major national monuments, museums, great restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping in walking distance or just a few Metro stops away. Yes, DC has crime, but so does any other major US city. As long as you are aware of your surroundings and smart about how and who you travel with around the city, you should be just fine.

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.

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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.

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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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