Howard University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$26,464
6% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$23,233
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.02%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
38.6%
24,325 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
10,859
92.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
64%
939 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 (113 degrees awarded), General Political Science & Government (89 degrees), and Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication (68 degrees).

In 2020, 1,708 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Howard University. 65.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (1,275 degrees), 15.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (81 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Howard University is $26,464, which is $−2,165 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Howard University is $26,464, which is $−2,165 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,233.

In 2020, 91% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 61% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$26,464
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Howard University was $26,464. The cost of tuition at Howard University is $−2,165 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$23,233
2020 Value
8.42%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Howard University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,233. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Howard University grew by 8.42%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,365
Room and Board
$1,900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Howard University was of $14,365 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,900. The cost of room and board increased by 3.38% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 26.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

91%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
61%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

91% of undergraduate students at Howard University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 11% with respect to 2019, when 82% 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.
6.02%
2018 Default Rate
137
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Howard University was 6.02%, which represents 137 out of the 2276 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Howard University received 24,325 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 15.8% annual growth. Out of those 24,325 applicants, 9,398 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 38.6% acceptance rate.

There were 10,859 students enrolled at Howard University in 2020, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Howard University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

38.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
9,398
Accepted Out of 24,325

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Howard University was 38.6% (9,398 admissions from 24,325 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 36.1%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 15.8%, while admissions grew by 24%.

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SAT Scores

78%
Submission Percentage
1,837
Scores Submitted

78% of enrolled first-time students at Howard University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Howard University has a total enrollment of 10,859 students. The full-time enrollment at Howard University is 10,050 students and the part-time enrollment is 809. This means that 92.5% of students enrolled at Howard University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Howard University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 67.9% Black or African American, 6.61% Hispanic or Latino, 3.84% Asian, 3.75% Two or More Races, 1.97% White, 1.22% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.258% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Howard University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (49.6%), followed by Black or African American Male (17.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.99%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (46.2%), followed by Black or African American Male (23.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.74%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Howard University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,859 students. The full-time enrollment at Howard University is 10,050 and the part-time enrollment is 809. This means that 92.5% of students enrolled at Howard University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%
2020 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 90%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), 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
    7,373
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    718
  3. Asian
    417

The enrolled student population at Howard University is 67.9% Black or African American, 6.61% Hispanic or Latino, 3.84% Asian, 3.75% Two or More Races, 1.97% White, 1.22% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.258% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 544 more women than men received degrees from Howard University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Howard University is black or african american (1,275 degrees awarded). There were 15.7 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (81 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Howard University is General Biological Sciences (113 degrees awarded), followed by General Political Science & Government (89 degrees) and Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication (68 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 (124 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (25 degrees), and Communications (130 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 (396,790 people), Other managers (231,435 people), Postsecondary teachers (137,489 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (136,431 people), and Secondary school teachers (100,778 people).

The most specialized majors at Howard University are Legal (124 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (25 degrees), Communications (130 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (76 degrees), and Biology (134 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Howard University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Actuaries, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Howard University are Legal (124 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (25 degrees), Communications (130 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (76 degrees), and Biology (134 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 (509,156 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (405,674 people), Elementary & secondary schools (364,296 people), Offices of physicians (217,644 people), and Computer Systems Design (157,440 people).

The most specialized majors at Howard University are Legal (124 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (25 degrees), Communications (130 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (76 degrees), and Biology (134 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. 113 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 89 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 68 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Howard University was General Biological Sciences with 113 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

582
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,126
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 582 degrees were awarded to men at Howard University, which is 0.517 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,126).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 52 degrees were awarded to men at Howard University in Medicine, which is 0.945 times less than the 55 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 93 degrees were awarded to women at Howard University in General Biological Sciences, which is 3.44 times more than the 27 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%
100% Completion Time
62%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 46% of students graduating from Howard University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 62% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 64% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

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

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Howard University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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
    1,275 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    81 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    68 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Howard University is black or african american (1,275 degrees awarded). There were 15.7 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (81 degrees).

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    863 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    412 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    58 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Howard University is black or african american female (863 degrees awarded). There were 2.09 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (412 degrees).

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Operations

Howard University has an endowment valued at nearly $712M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $27.8M (3.91%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Howard University had a total salary expenditure of $841M. Howard University employs 228 Associate professors, 190 Professors, and 166 Assistant professors. Most academics at Howard University are Male Professors (122), Male Associate professors(121), and Female Associate professors (107).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Howard University are: Management, with 321 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 275 employees, and Service with 112 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$712M
2020 Endowment
2.83%
growth from 2019

Howard University has an endowment valued at about $712M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Howard University grew 2.83% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $411M 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. $61.5M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Howard University received $61.5M 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

$370M
2020 Salaries
3.63%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Howard University paid a median of $370M in salaries, which represents 44% of their overall expenditure ($841M) and a 3.63% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.81% growth from 2018 and a 2.91% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$66.9M
Instructional Salaries
737
Number of Employees

In 2020, Howard University paid a total of $66.9M to 737 employees working as instructors, which represents 18.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
228 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
321 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Howard University were Associate professor with 228 employees; Professor with 190 employees; and Professor with 166 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Howard University were Management with 321 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 275 employees; and Service with 112 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Howard University was Male Professor with 122 employees, Male Associate professor with 121 employees, and Female Associate professor with 107 employees.

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

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