Diversity

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

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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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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Even though Howard is an HBCU there is still diversity. I appreciate all of the different cultures that are present at Howard and I think the school does a great job of recognizing them all.

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.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity but I am not sure about the other stuff.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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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
96%
Asian
0%
Hispanic
0%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
0%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
Yes
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
98%
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
43%
Male Faculty
57%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 113 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 40% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 113 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 21% Not sure
  • 44% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 118 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 118 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 80% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 20% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 20% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 114 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.
  • 71% Very accepting.

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