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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I have definitely seen worse then what is at Howard.

2 College Senior

Campus Quality: Out of date. Past historical preservation.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The student life campus is well funded. Most facilities have up to date technology. The libraries are great study places, especially during finals.

2 College Junior

Campus Quality: 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.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: 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.


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At Howard, the best existing facilities are probably the libraries, the cafeterias, the student center, the science labs and departments, the athletic department, and the business school. This is due mostly to the fact that these buildings and facilities are either fairly new in comparison to some of the other buildings that were built as early as 1867, have been renovated, or had new components added as of late. Generally, all the facilities on campus are well-maintained, and much of campus receives high praise from students. However, there are some classrooms in some of the more sparsely populated departments—like English and history—that are in less-than-ideal condition. Even though no one can say whether this is because of an oversight on the part of the administration or a matter of priorities, the fact still remains that there is a definite disparity between the condition of some departments over others at Howard. There is an abundance and variety of dining facilities on and around the campus. Also, there are a few charming campus cafeterias, as well as several independent food vendors sprinkled around in strategic spots, as well as the national and international restaurant options that you would expect to find in any major city.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
258 acres
Student Centers
Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Founders Library
  • The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
  • The Undergraduate Library (UGL)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Blackburn
  • The Punch Out
  • The Yard
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Yes, in the Armour J. Blackburn Center, lower level
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Café á La Cart in the HU Service Center
  • Coffee Cart in the College of Medicine
  • Evolutions Coffee Cart in the School of Business
  • Jazzman's Cafe in the HU Administrative Building
  • Starbucks in the Howard University Bookstore
  • The Law School Café
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Cramton Auditorium
  • The Ira Aldridge Theater
School Slang
  • The 'A' building: The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Administration Building. Listen for a tone of fondness with a tinge of dread in the voices of students when they talk about this place.
  • The Annex: The Mary McLeod Bethune Annex dorm designated for upperclassmen
  • Chocolate City: How many out-of-towners refer to D.C.
  • The Quad: The Harriet Tubman Quadrangle, consisting of five freshman dorms—Baldwin, Crandall, Frazier, Truth, and Wheatley.
  • The Schools of B, C: The Schools of Business and Communications respectively
  • Sticky: Marijuana
  • The Valley: The lawn connecting the physics, chemistry, and biology buildings; a great hang-out spot when the weather's nice
  • The Yard: What other schools call the Quad
  • Alternative Spring Break (ASB): Each year during spring break, students have the option to travel to a pre-determined location to help with the restoration of that area. Past locations include New Orleans, Chicago, and Detroit.
  • Bison Ball: The Bison Ball is a yearly event hosted by the Howard University Student Association for the purpose of honoring the accomplishments of individual students and student organizations on campus. It's a really big event, and even people who aren't getting awards flock to it.
  • Fine Arts Walk of Fame: In recognition of the role that fine arts play in society, the Fine Arts Walk of Fame features bronze stars, each with an outstanding alumnus' name along with a circle showing what area of the fine arts they excelled in. It's a great way to officially recognize and retain the memory of alumni who have made great contributions in their field for students who come after them.
  • Homecoming: If Howard is known for nothing else, it's known for the grandiose homecomings. Homecoming is always a themed event that spans one week. Each year people from all over the nation flock to Howard University's campus to experience the homecoming festivities. The two biggest events, however, is the fashion show and the step show. Homecoming is well worth the wait each year.
  • Howard Players: The Players have been a prominent part of the Department of Theatre Arts since 1919. When they were first established, they specialized in the production of plays on Negro life written by students and others, and they have continued the legacy of showcasing the extraordinary writing talents of students in the department; producing such theater giants as Ossie Davis and Debbie Allen.
  • ResFest: Each year during the spring semester the Office of Residence Life puts on an entire week of various events. Students from each dorm are encouraged to participate in various activities such as: flag football, stroll and step team, debate team, and dodge ball among other activities. The winner of the step competition then performs in the fall semester at the step show for homecoming.
  • Spring Black Arts Festival: Organized by the Undergraduate Student Assembly, this yearly, week-long event features movies, dance, poetry, a fashion show, and other celebrations of the arts. There's a different theme every year, and it's an exciting event to be a part of.
  • The Yard: Students are reminded every day of all the great leaders and individuals who have walked this same yard by the names and initials carved into trees and bricks.
Favorite Things To Do
Students generally find their own fun, whether it is hanging on the "booty wall" out side of the quad and mingling with your class or the relaxing on the yard. Often new movies will be shown at Cramton Auditorium, free of charge to Howard Students as long as they present their student ID cards. There are also sporting events held on campus, ranging from intramural basketball to soccer matches in Greene Stadium. Additionally, there are instances when well-known authors come to the bookstore to do book signings or hold symposiums.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Hilltop
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
In 2008, the biology building underwent renovations that included a new greenhouse.

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 87 responses

  • 20% Homecoming
  • 16% Freshman Week
  • 14% The Yard
  • 12% First Friday
  • 11% ResFest
  • 7% Alternative Spring Break (ASB)
  • 5% Graduation
  • 4% Bison Ball
  • 3% Spring Black Arts Festival
  • 3% Springfest
  • 2% Howard Players
  • 1% Fine Arts Walk of Fame
  • 0% Old Homecoming
  • 0% Old Freshman Week
  • 0% Probates
  • 0% Parties
  • 0% Black & Boujee
  • 0% Greek Events
  • 0% The Valley

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 170 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 20% Sit on the yard (in the spring of course)
  • 18% Campus/Organization Events
  • 11% Punchout
  • 10% Basketball games
  • 8% Socialize in Blackburn
  • 8% Snowball fights (during the winter)
  • 6% Football games
  • 5% Party
  • 5% Seeing the DC life
  • 3% Study in LKD
  • 3% Going to the Musuems
  • 1% Attend pageants
  • 0% Chill in the Valley

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 89 responses

  • 30% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 18% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 172 responses

  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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