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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: HU is the home of so many people from so many places

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is truly breathtaking. There is representation from various countries and islands across the world. There will never be a time during your time at Howard that you can say you didn't meet someone from another country.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people are Black or African American, but many of the students have different backgrounds such as Trinidad and Africa and many other places. Its interesting.

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College Student

Diversity: Howard university is a historically black college. To rate a school that is based on the premise of underprivileged students of African decent gets rid of the diversity concept. Now this doesn't mean that I am not expecting every student there to be black, I am hoping to meet students who are of another ethnicity and decided to attend regardless of the tradition. Maybe prove a point that you don't have to be black to go here

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone can fit in if they are willing to.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
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Howard is not diverse in the traditional sense, simply due to the fact that it is a Historically Black University. But with that said, it is, in fact, "diverse." With students hailing from all parts of the nation, each student has a different outlook and perspective to bring to the classroom and dorm room. The university is a melting pot for not only the country but the world. With a wide array of international students, you are bound to meet people from West India to South Africa. The cultures and traditions of the varying areas bring in unique dialects, accents, and mannerisms, allowing for Howard students to teach other students as well. Many lessons gained from the Howard University are brought on by experiences. With every student you encounter, there is a new opportunity for a new lesson. Even with the different cultures, religions, and races, Howard students have one shared commonality, and that is that we are all Bison. We, as Howard University students, all face the same trials and tribulations. We have all stood in line at the A-Building, waited on the phone for financial aid, and suffered from mosquito bites on the Yard. No matter where you come from, once you enroll and walk up "The Hilltop" you have now become a Howard student, an official Bison. Once you are a Bison, you are placed in a legacy of students implementing change and working toward success. You are now a part of Howard University's ever-growing family.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 17%
25+: 25%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 62%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 16%
Unknown: 19%
Gay Pride
CASCADE is an organization designed to reach out and create a welcoming environment for LGBT students. They have proven to be very active in the past years, hosting events and monthly meetings.
Political Activity
Howard students are very politically involved. That is something that is not taken lightly. When campaign season comes around, the campus dynamic changes drastically. With speak-outs to election parties, everyone gets involved. You will know when it's time to cast your vote!
Economic Status
There are students from all economic backgrounds, adding to the diversity in its own special way. With the large amount of freshman merit-based scholarships, students from across the economic spectrum have an equal opportunity of attending Howard.
Most Common Religions
Howard is a non-denominational school and is open and accepting of all religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few minority clubs at Howard, mostly international clubs like the African Students Association, Caribbean Students Association, and the Haitian Student Association.
Did You Know?
Washington, D.C., has one of the largest Ethiopian and Caribbean communities in the nation.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 108 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 40% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 108 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 21% Not sure
  • 44% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 108 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 108 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 109 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.



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