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4 College Junior

Diversity: Though Howard is an HBCU, there are people from all walks of life and from all around the world and country who come to study here.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity and acceptance of different cultures is one of the best parts about the school.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Although its an HBCU it is still very diverse, i have been exposed to more diversity here then my high school which contained all types of people. You learn that just because your black doesn't mean you have one ethnic background, there are so many Caribbean backgrounds and African backgrounds as we'll as non black races.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: It's an HBCU but there are several other minorities on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Howard being an HBCU makes most think that there are only African American "black" people on campus. As most would be surprised we are such a diverse school. There's are so many people of different backgrounds. Besides background there are many different types of religious and political beliefs but we still manage to work together as one. No one is discriminated against.

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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
93%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
0%
International
3%
Native American
2%
White
1%
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 39 responses

  • 97% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% 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 126 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 145 responses

  • 17% Progressive/very liberal
  • 42% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 148 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 124 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 40 responses

  • 62% No
  • 12% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 22% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 2% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% Republican
  • 62% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 39 responses

  • 87% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 10% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 3% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 52% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 54% 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.
  • 5% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 2% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 39 responses

  • 28% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 26% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 31% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 15% 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 126 responses

  • 71% Very accepting.
  • 25% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.

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