Howard University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$24,122
3% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$21,061
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
8.01%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
41.4%
16,815 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
9,392
92% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
63.4%
965 Graduates

About

Howard University is a higher education institution located in District of Columbia, DC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Howard University were General Biological Sciences (148 degrees awarded), General Health & Physical Education (137 degrees), and Other Communication, Journalism, & Related Programs (118 degrees).

In 2017, 2,191 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Howard University. 67% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were black or african american (1,860 degrees), 27 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (69 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Howard University is $24,122, which is $-2,378 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Howard University is $24,122, which is $-2,378 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,061.

In 2017, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,122
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Howard University was $24,122. The cost of tuition at Howard University is $-2,378 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$21,061
2017 Value
7.27%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Howard University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,061. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Howard University grew by 7.27%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,280
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Howard University was of $13,280 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board decreased by 2.68% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 50% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

69% of undergraduate students at Howard University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
8.01%
2016 Default Rate
218
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Howard University was 8.01%, which represents 218 out of the 2722 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Howard University received 16,815 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 7.74% annual decline. Out of those 16,815 applicants, 6,964 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 41.4% acceptance rate.

There were 9,392 students enrolled at Howard University in 2017, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Howard University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

41.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
6,964
Accepted Out of 16,815

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Howard University was 41.4% (6,964 admissions from 16,815 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 30%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -7.74%, while admissions grew by 27.4%.

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SAT Scores

65%
Submission Percentage
1,358
Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at Howard University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Howard University has a total enrollment of 9,392 students. The full-time enrollment at Howard University is 8,643 students and the part-time enrollment is 749. This means that 92% of students enrolled at Howard University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Howard University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 84.6% Black or African American, 2.91% Asian, 2.91% White, 1.28% Hispanic or Latino, 0.245% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.149% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Howard University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (64.2%), followed by Black or African American Male (25.3%) and White Female (0.854%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (47.4%), followed by Black or African American Male (26%) and Asian Female (4.23%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Howard University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,392 students. The full-time enrollment at Howard University is 8,643 and the part-time enrollment is 749. This means that 92% of students enrolled at Howard University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%
2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Howard University was 94%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Howard University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    7,948
  2. Asian
    273
  3. White
    273

The enrolled student population at Howard University is 84.6% Black or African American, 2.91% Asian, 2.91% White, 1.28% Hispanic or Latino, 0.245% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.149% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2017, 747 more women than men received degrees from Howard University. The majority of degree recipients at Howard University are black or african american (1,860 degrees awarded). There were 27 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (69 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Howard University is General Biological Sciences (148 degrees awarded), followed by General Health & Physical Education (137 degrees) and Other Communication, Journalism, & Related Programs (118 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Howard University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (137 degrees), and Communications (224 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Howard University are Physicians (390,093 people), Other managers (209,072 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (195,662 people), Postsecondary teachers (144,146 people), and Registered nurses (94,432 people).

The most specialized majors at Howard University are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (137 degrees), Communications (224 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (19 degrees), and Biology (156 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Howard University are Surgeons, Sales managers, Dentists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Howard University are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (137 degrees), Communications (224 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (19 degrees), and Biology (156 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Howard University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (532,391 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (391,331 people), Elementary & secondary schools (363,793 people), Offices of physicians (194,792 people), and Computer Systems Design (125,750 people).

The most specialized majors at Howard University are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (137 degrees), Communications (224 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (19 degrees), and Biology (156 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Howard University.
Most Common
  1. 148 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 137 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 118 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Howard University was General Biological Sciences with 148 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 722
  2. 1,469

In 2017, 722 degrees were awarded to men at Howard University, which is 0.491 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,469).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 51 degrees were awarded to men at Howard University in Medicine, which is 1 times approximately the same the 51 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 107 degrees were awarded to women at Howard University in General Biological Sciences, which is 2.61 times more than the 41 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

40%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 40% of students graduating from Howard University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Howard University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    1,860 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    69 degrees awarded
  3. White
    66 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Howard University is black or african american (1,860 degrees awarded). There were 27 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (69 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    1,282 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    578 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    45 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Howard University is black or african american female (1,282 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (578 degrees).

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Operations

Howard University has an endowment valued at nearly $647M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $119M (18.5%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Howard University had a total salary expenditure of $795M. Howard University employs 214 Associate professors, 202 Assistant professors, and 184 Professors. Most academics at Howard University are Male Professors (122), Male Associate professors(120), and Female Assistant professors (119).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Howard University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 273 employees, Management, with 254 employees, and Public service with 147 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$647M
2017 Endowment
12%
growth from 2016

Howard University has an endowment valued at about $647M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Howard University grew 12% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $360M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $53.8M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Howard University received $53.8M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$334M
2017 Salaries
4%
decline from 2016

In 2017, Howard University paid a median of $334M in salaries, which represents 42% of their overall expenditure ($795M) and a 4% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.76% decline from 2015 and a 5.34% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$64.6M
Instructional Salaries
752
Number of Employees

In 2017, Howard University paid a total of $64.6M to 752 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
214 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
273 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Howard University were Associate professor with 214 employees; Assistant professor with 202 employees; and Assistant professor with 184 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Howard University were Office and Administrative Support with 273 employees; Management with 254 employees; and Public service with 147 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Howard University was Male Professor with 122 employees, Male Associate professor with 120 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 119 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Howard University.

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