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Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2686 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: While preventative measures should always be taken by students to ensure their own safety, administrators could do a better job of ensuring safety for the entire campus.

3 College Junior

Diversity: While the school is a historically black university, the amount of diversity on campus is somewhat phenomenal. There are people from all over the world.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Nightlife: Since it is DC, there is typically always something to do at night, whether it be bars, parties, or just spending time exploring the city. The monuments are actually gorgeous at night.

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3 College Junior

Academics: The academics on campus are somewhat in the air. You can find many students who are incredibly dedicated to their studies, and go on to do extra programs and the like. Finding a good professor for a certain class, however, isn't always easy.

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3 College Junior

Academics: While the campus facilitates a sense of community among students of the same or similar majors, there isn't generally much guidance from the administration on the steps to take to ensure graduation on time. Workloads are doable, but as a biology major, you typically have to put in countless hours of studying.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics, both in teams and in facilities, are oftentimes put on the backburner. They aren't a huge part of campus life, and the facilities are sub-par.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: While campus dining is limited, it is generally okay as far as taste is concerned.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many of the off-campus housing options are nicer than campus dorms, but the availability of apartments and the process of acquiring off-campus housing is oftentimes very stressful.

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2 College Junior

Facilities: The university is old, and while it is sometimes to hold on to the legacy of the university, many of the facilities can be updated/renovated.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Our campus can be strict, but oftentimes in areas that don't matter much, like visitation.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I thoroughly appreciate the number of available locations where students can find food. It is DC, and with that comes a great diversity of both ethnic and local possibilities for the area.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Many of the guys and girls on campus seem to focus on appearances more than actual substance, it is a very fashion-oriented campus. Within the right circles, however, students can definitely find relief from the daily focus of keeping up a particular look.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life on Howard's campus is a large factor in how students spend their time while at the university. That being said, unfortunately, many of the Greek organizations don't do enough for the community in terms of service, educating, or leading by example.

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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.

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Kali Stewart
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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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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