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4 College Senior

Academics: I think there is no education like that gained from an HBCU, particularly for ethnic minorities. The atmosphere alone is accepting and many professors look like the students that the teach. This allows for students to feel more connected to their professors and to the information that is being taught to them, again from someone who looks like them. This is important to promote education to show that people that may be seen as minorities in the major society can be successful.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I cam here for a college education, and that is what I am getting.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are great when you're in classes that you enjoy with professors that excite, inspire, and show you that they care.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Academics are hard at Howard. Balancing academics and extracurricular activities is a challenge for most students.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: It depends on the department and the teacher. Most departments are good so the professors and learning is exceptional but the math department is horrible

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Howard is unique in the sense that most of your education comes from outside the classroom, but there are classes that are beneficial to the real world, such as Networking 101. Actual academic courses do not tend to be more than the average student can bear with proper time management and study skills. To be a successful student at Howard, time management is a must. Most students are involved with activities outside of their classes, and to maintain a stable GPA, you must develop a strong study plan. Another must is relationship development. Most teachers here want you to get the best GPA you can, but with that you have to go to class and make yourself known. Many of the professors are quite understanding and approachable, so fostering a relationship with them is not hard. You have to remember that no one is going to help the student who only shows up on the first day and test days. Hailing from across the globe, many of your professors will reflect their various cultural backgrounds within their teaching styles. There will be teachers who expect nothing less than excellence from you and will not settle for anything less because you are a Howard University scholar first and foremost. Almost all of your classes will be relatively small and easy for your teachers to realize who does and does not come to class. Lecture classes such as psychology, sociology, and science will often seat up to 100 students in a class. Overall, it is fair to say that Howard offers education that starts in the classroom and expands far beyond the campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
637
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
187
Total FT Faculty
1,021
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$78,845
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
22%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
105
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, & Computer Science
  • College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Law: 3%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • African American studies
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Science (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed majors
Best Places to Study
  • Founders Library
  • The Health and Science Library
  • Undergraduate Library (UGA) lower levels
Tips to Succeed
  • Always make copies of everything.
  • Cultivate consistent study habits. For instance, complete the assigned readings before you come to class because when your professor says you're responsible for the information, you had better believe they're not kidding.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Make sure your professor knows who you are.
  • Never take professors' understanding and accommodating attitude for granted.
  • Plan a schedule you can comfortably work with.
  • Take advantage of your professor's office hours.
  • Visit your adviser regularly.
  • Your experience with a class will be different from your friends. Your success is contingent on you.
Did You Know?
  • Howard University was ranked second among the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • In addition to academic reinforcement programs set up by the University, some professors have Peer-Led Team Learning programs set up to help students who have trouble keeping their grades up.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 184 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 120 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 119 responses

  • 35% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 18% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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