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  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 out of 84 people found this review useful. 1 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student who loves to get involved, students who like an urban environment, and in particular those students interested in Architecture, Engineering and the Computer Sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those who are planning to apply to Howard, make sure to not only focus on having a great GPA but get involved in extra-curricular activities, as Howard has a very active student body. Incoming freshman should make sure to stay on top of their registration process. Howard requires a lot of medical information from incoming freshman, and I know a few students who didn't get to stay longer than a month because they didn't take their registration process seriously.

    Bang for the buck

    Due to the fact that Howard is privately owned, it relies a great deal on donations from past alumni, and due to the economy of the U.S. at the moment, the costs for all colleges have risen, however HBCU's have been hit particularly hard. Howard is no different, and while there is no experience like the one found at HU, it is quite expensive. The current facilities such as the ones found in the Architecture building are undergoing a much needed overhaul, however that process takes time, and it is an inconvenience to the students at the moment. The teachers I have had so far are amazing however, and really care about my success, which is the most important thing to me.

    Am enjoying being here

    I already feel as though I have made life long friends here, people whom I really connect with and can relate to. Coming from a high school well known for its ethnic diversity, I was a bit worried that by going to an HBCU I wouldn't get that same environment, however Howard is diverse in many ways as well. A majority of the students are African American, however there are many students from around the globe, and I found the best thing was that everybody is diverse in thought, and through their experiences.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more in the past year at Howard than I can honestly put into words. I have learned so much about Architecture my first year that I can confidently draft floor plans and elevations of a structure, and make a decent model of it, whereas at the beginning of the year I had no idea what a drafting board was. I feel as though I am also learning what it truly means to be an adult, and to be independent.

  • 12/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 out of 62 people found this review useful. 2 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is open to many new opportunities and unforgettable experiences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party too hard during your first semester. I know several people who will not be able to complete their education at Howard because they were the ones getting ready every Thursday/Friday/Saturday night for the club instead of studying. Also be aware of your surroundings. Travel in large groups during the night and use the shuttles as much as possible so you won't have to worry about walking back to the dorms all the way from the metro. When you're about to buy books for classes, ask upperclassmen and look around campus for flyers of people selling their books for cheaper than the bookstore prices. Join clubs and community service organizations to build up your experience for those future internships and jobs. Stay focused on your grades. It is, after all, the reason why you'll be here in the first place so why not sit down with a friend and study!! Use your professors' office hours and sit in the front of the class. Use study groups for help before big tests and finals. There are so many libraries that you can go for quiet time and research. Lastly, have fun. The next 4 years will change your life forever. Howard has birthed thousands of successful people and the legacy will continue with you if you put forth the effort.

    Bang for the buck

    While Howard offers a great education from a top HBCU, your bank account WILL decrease in size. For me, I have two scholarships and a loan that are taking care of my first year of freshman year and my parents are still struggling financially. During senior year, APPLY FOR AS MANY SCHOLARSHIPS AS POSSIBLE! Do not depend on Howard giving you any money if you are not one of the top students in your high school. Also, try to get parent or student loans which can help ease your financial woes during your years of schooling. Remember, you won't have to pay for them until you're out of school. Aside from those payments, your personal finances need to be taken into consideration. I can say that during my first four months, I spent $1,000 (something I'm not too proud of) and I didn't even make any huge purchases compared to my friends. Don't go crazy and go to clubs every weekend for $20-$40 (which is the normal price for most clubs) and think twice about buying that pal pack during freshman orientation. If you plan on buying groceries, settle for the generic brands and buy in bulk. My #1 rule was don't spend my money on unnecessary food like take out and dining out. Memorize those cafeteria hours and use that meal plan that your parents spent so much money on. Also, think about splitting the cost of cleaning supplies with your roommate. Try to apply for work-study or find a job near campus that you can work at part-time if your schedule allows. DC is an expensive place to live on or off campus so learn to deal with what have until you have some sort of money flow from home or your job.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE the environment of Howard! There are so many different people here and I've found every person I've met to be intriguing. In my dorm, there are lots of socials that students can participate in and that will help you to meet lots of people. For instance, during the beginning of the year, my RA put together a girls night where we played games and had lots of treats to eat while getting to know each other. The residence hall council knows how to keep us interested by always decorating the lobby during Homecoming and Christmas and also throw many sessions about important issues such as recycling and campus safety. Aside from the social life, Howard has LOTS of opportunities that are open to everyone. There are so many activities to join that you may find yourself in many organizations and clubs within your first two months. I absolutely couldn't imagine going to any other school!

    Am learning a lot

    Since I'm in the School of Business the curriculum proved to be challenging. I took 15 credit hours for my first semester freshman year and I could handle it. There are hundreds of classes to take and what's better is that you can choose what classes you want and which teacher which is a choice that I didn't have in high school. I've learned the most in my Business Orientation class about credit and how to invest money at an earlier age. During the first semester, the School of B students are put into teams where we are given different projects and presentations that we have to present to the class. These groups helped me learn how to work with others and how to formulate certain business ideas and how to market new products. Now that my first semester is over, I'm excited to see how much Howard will teach me in the coming years.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    25 out of 37 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, passionate and determined students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard is the ultimate school to learn and obtain a degree. It is also a good experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 out of 22 people found this review useful. 4 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students, Howard is honestly for everybody

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips to keep in mind is to stay focus. Do your best not to burn bridges because this is college and you never know who that person will be in a couple years. Work hard so you can play hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone know college is a investment. But with Howard if you invest properly it is easy to see how your investment grows. The numerous connections you make, the countless people who approach you trying to offer you a job and the networking skills you gain just by relaxing on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Howard a whole lot. The experiences are fun for every type of student. If u enjoy parties on weekends there are numerous parties that occur every weekend. But if your a student who likes to stay in and read, we have many libraries open to all students and residents. Plus we are in the heart of DC so there is always something happening.

    Am learning a lot

    Congratulation to all graduating high school seniors and I am pleased to tell you about Howard. I am a school of Business student and as a freshman you learn a lot. Taking classes like Business Orientation where you actually where suits to class and learn about the business world. We get visitors from all over America, Howard Alumni's and CEO from many different companies. All students have Freshmen Seminar classes does not matter what major and you will recieve experiences that you wont get anywhere else.

  • 07/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 19 people found this review useful. 5 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in groups late at night. Go to class all the time to get the full learning experience. The professors are very open in conversation about how to better your quality of education.

  • 01/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 16 people found this review useful. 6 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is great for any type of student but all students should be ambitious, as such i am forced to write such a general response.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, should be wary of the status of all their documentation. Copies of everything are a necessity. Besides that, students should come prepared with a goal and ambition. They must be open minded and remember to be tolerant.

    Bang for the buck

    At about $10,000 per semester, Howard is definitely a rare deal. Not only am i getting my money's worth education wise, i also get to use new facilities and participate in events, such as Howard University's homecoming that draw people form all over the world. Even with the low prices, Howard is still able to provide more than half the students with scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard University is in the middle of Washington D.C. If the Washington monument, the Abraham Lincoln memorial, to name a few, aren't enough, Washington D.C.'s metro will take you to a bounty of places including, Chinatown, Georgetown, and a whole lot of other equally interesting places. Within Howard University, a wide variety of events take place: movie nights, theater productions, dance performances, organized parties, and even all the internship promotions are fun. When its time to crack down and study there are a variety of places to do so; every dorm has lounges, there are three library's on campus fully equipped, and many computer labs. So i f someone were to ask me whether or not i was enjoying my self at Howard University, i would say, yes.

    Am learning a lot

    At Howard University i am learning more than i ever imagined i could. As a chemical engineering student i grow more and more confident in my abilities. I have learned so much in a wide variety of subjects which range from English to taekwondo. Besides academics i am also learning how to be an adult in today's society. I came into Howard University without much and i know i will be leaving with so much more.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 7 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Howard is a great school for people who are go-getters. Howard can sometimes be an intimidating place, and it takes a person with a strong work ethic and determination to make it here at Howard. Here, nothing is ever handed to you, so Howard requires that you stay on top of your responsibilities at all times. If you're proactive, goal-oriented, and a person of African-descent that's interested in furthering your education amongst a talented group of people who share your same drive, HOWARD IS FOR YOU!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! If you're interested in scholarships, apply early. Howard gives out money until all funds have been exhausted. If you're on the rocks about whether you want to attend Howard or not, come for a visit. I stayed at Howard for a weekend during my senior year of high school. That experience, seeing what Howard was really like, sealed the deal for me. If you've already decided that Howard is the place for you, make sure you come here with an open mind. There are people from ALL walks of life: different states, countries, religions. Learn to be accepting.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is not cheap, and sometimes I feel that students pay too much for some of the simple problems that we have, such as lack of air conditioning in some of the dorms and buildings. But, relative to all of the other opportunities at Howard, those are trivial things. Howard offers a wonderful education in addition to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Even though I'm on scholarship, I feel as if students' monies are worth the experience at Howard.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am having a blast at Howard. Here, we work hard, but also play hard. There's so much to do in DC and on campus. There are literally parties every weekend (even though I don't recommend partying every weekend). There are also so many plays, concerts, panel discussions, and get-togethers on campus that are available to students. At Howard, I am NEVER bored. The opportunities you receive from being a student at Howard are also limitless. Howard has connections with some of the nation and world's most prominent companies, corporations, etc. Just this semester, a group that I am a part of on campus was able to travel to Jamaica at the invitation of the US Embassy there. So come to Howard. Between homecoming, ResFest, internships, organizations, you'll enjoy yourself at Howard.

    Am learning a lot

    I remember someone saying that when you graduate from Howard, you should be a master of three things: your major field of study, African-American Studies, and service. That rings absolutely true. I am learning so much from my major professors. Most are very helpful during their office hours and during class hours. Not only am I learning in my major, but I am also learning a ton about Blacks in America and worldwide. My alma mater teaches us our history from our OWN perspectives. Service to the community is also key. Howard's committment to the surrounding community and abroad is HUGE. Through volunteering, I have learned so much about my responsibilities and duties to the uplift of my community and race.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 8 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Howard has its own police force, who actually maintain licensed jurisdictions in the DC area. Campus safety, and the DC area in general, is steadily improving each year and is very safe understanding that you should use the safety services offered. There are shuttles that take you to every dorm that run all day, and when the shuttles end (12am weekday, 3am weekends) There is a campus security escort that will pick you up from any Howard location and take you safely to your dorm. Blue-Light Security stations spread through the campus in a deliberate design to allow any officer to pin point your direction during emergencies. As in any urban campus, you must be aware of your surroundings, practice common sense, and try not to be out needlessly late at night (especially school days anyways...8am classes ! Ah!). And if your are, make sure you travel in groups. Metro: one of the most safe, clean, and convenient metro rail systems I believe in the nation. Even little kids ride the metro to school.

    Greek Life

    5 of the 9 Divine Nine Fraternities and Sororities where founded at Howard University. Including the Beta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. There are also enough academic, service, and social Greek organizations to fill a wall. That being said, never be afraid to ask any one in any fraternities about their organization, they will be happy to inform you.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have participated as VP of my class, member of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity (Phi-D-E), Tae Kwon Do club, Spanish Club, Health Professions Society...etc. All to say, there is a club for ANYTHING you like to do. Join them. Meet people. Be SURE to join your city clubs, lots of fun. If you're from IL- join Chicago Club, or Michigan- Detroit Club, Texas Club, Cali Club etc. Campaign season is the real deal. People have campaign teams, make flyers, posters, have speak outs. Its Capital Hill in the making. Some people do alot, other just talked to people and tell them why they want the position or not. Political type person or not, every one has a spot. (Didn't mean for that to rhyme:)

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, political, artistic, social, quiet, progressive, passive, expressive, shy, self-motivators, spiritual, scientific, active, 'home-bodies', travelers, passionate... For those with modern active attributes, this university will compliment you. For those with passive attributes, this university will teach you the necessity to pave your own path. These are my opinions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Howard Chant! You'll learn it if you come. ;) H-U, *** ***!! The Howard Hand! A dignitary sign of respect towards fellow Bison. Home Coming! I'm sure you have heard of it, listened to it rapped about it songs, dreamed about it. It is what they say it is. Haha, make sure you save a little $$, as it can be slightly pricey. Res-Fest competitions--all freshman get involved: Extremely fun, friendly, and sometimes not so friendly competitions between the dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    College is, what you make it. Make it worth it...for you. Utilize ALL resources. Why not? You paid for it......

    What to do for fun

    Work hard, play hard, pray harder. So is my motto. And so we act. Howard Students know how to study hard during the week, that we deserve to let off some steam on the weekend, balance is the key. Just make sure you keep the scale towards academics. Getting involved on campus makes your experience 10X more enjoyable and meaningful. I play guitar on the yard with friends, go to poetry ciphers, party (some of the best), museums, concerts, people watch (not in a creepy way tho lol), pick up ball games (basket ball and soccer)..etc.

    Food and Dining

    For the picky eaters, there are an array of options: from chipotle style burritos and bowls, to burgers/fries/hot dogs, to the home cooked classics line, to made-to-order subs, salad, to made-to-order pastas right in front of you, to pizza, sushi, pannini's.... you get the idea.

    Dorm Life

    You will love your freshman year dorm life experience! And you will hate it sometimes. You cant have one without the other. But once your freshman year is over, you look back and say, wow, I am glad I met these people and formed these bonds. Dorm life is a brotherhood and a sister hood in the freshman dorms, you are accountable for your brother/sister and you will find that you are proud of it and rep it to the fullest. RES-FEST Competition is the highlight of your experience! Definitely get involved, DREEEEEEW HALLL!!! YOUUUU KNOOOW!!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes vary in difficulty level. Every school has a rigorous major, and its up to you to take courses that will continue to challenge you. Don't go for the FREE-BEES! Staying challenged will keep the intelligent motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know thy self. Haha, you will be exposed to every race and life style of color and must choose the person that you want to be before you arrive. ALWAYS keep a copy of EVERYTHING important--HU will teach you to take control of your own life in the midst of mistakes from others. Express your self, HU is a fashion show to some; but what it really is, is a free environment to learn how to express yourself professionally and with personality.

    In three sentences

    I micro-niche within a beautifully unique DC community. This University pushes you, disappoints you, then drives you forward to take control of your own destiny. One of the only HBCU experiences that exposes you to all walks of life and cultures with such self-expressive enlightenment.

  • 12/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 9 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any and all types of students, that's what makes Howard so great, its full of such a diverse group of students all working towards achieving similar goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard University is the place to be! If you are interested in attending an HBCU this is it. HU was the first HBCU and continues to be the best!

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of learning, the various campus events, and socials are all worth the money one may be putting forth to stay at Howard.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've met so many interesting people from all over the world. Students come from everywhere in the US, Africa and the Caribbean creating a very interesting atmosphere. Howard University is a melting pot of very diverse cultures, which has allowed me to broaden my horizons and open my mind to new ideas, foods, slang, and dress.

    Am learning a lot

    Attending Howard University is an experience like no other. Not only am I learning a lot about my particular field of study, but I am also learning a lot about myself and my history. Attending an HBCU is a one of a kind experience I would never trade. A popular phrase here at the Mecca is If you can make it at Howard you can make it anywhere If this isn't the truth then I don't know what is!!

  • 02/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 10 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for any type of student. The community caters to those who are book-worms, and those who are the lives of the party. Which is why I love Howard, there is a mixture of types of students, and everyone mingles with each other so you never feel like the odd one out. Howard is for everyone, even those who may not be Black.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get sucked into the allure of Howard University social life. You will go on academic probation, and be kicked out for a semester. It's really not worth it. Of course, enjoy yourself, but don't get caught up. Howard provides many different forms of extra-curricular activities, so get involved! Don't come into Howard thinking that you're going to skate by that easily, some of the professors really have a no nonsense attitude and it won't work. Be sure to have all of your documents on hand at all time. Get copies of everything, and keep them in a folder. Howard will test your patience, but you must be prepared to provide facts when they do. Get your administrative and financial affairs in order prior to coming, it will make Freshman Week that much more enjoyable. Enjoy everything Howard has to offer and make friends. Rub shoulders with people you know nothing about, and watch how much you learn about different cultures. Last, but not least, BE YOURSELF. I advise prospective students to be confident in who you are and not to be easily conformed to anyone else's way of life. Live your own life.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Howard isn't the most expensive college, you do find that its financial aid lacks. I graduated in the top 25 of my class, with a 3.6 Grade Point Average, and didn't receive a scholarship. It's hard to receive institutional based scholarships once you're already in the system. Housing is overpriced for the lack of quality, and Residence Life is so complex that it makes you just want to live off campus. But if you look at it just for those factors, the bang for the buck is low, but if you calculate your total experience, its relatively inexpensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Howard, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. But with any institution, there are downsides. The Administration Building could be a lot more organized, the staff could be friendlier, but that's just one factor in my rating. I enjoy being at Howard because of the people. There are so many people from different regions of the world, different walks of life, different economic standing and you see them all come together. When the weather is nice, it's very common to see people on the Yard doing homework, hanging with friends, see people playing music and dancing, or even some Frisbees being tossed. Howard is enculturated with so many people and cultures. It's truly a joy to be around so many different people. You would think because it's an HBCU that we all come from similar backgrounds, but we don't, and that's refreshing.

    Am learning a lot

    Howard has some of the most talented professors. Now that I'm a sophomore, I have come into contact with many intelligent professors with experience in many different disciplines. There are a wide range of backgrounds represented at Howard, and the learning environments, although dated, are amazing. Howard could definitely be a lot more technological with our learning experience, but there are moments when you don't recognize the lack. I have learned at lot at Howard, a lot about different things. It's amazing.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 11 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to network, and an environment that is very fashion-oriented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have very very very good grades and standardized test scores because the chances of you getting a scholarship are slim to none. Please oh please have plenty of outside scholarships because it's almost $40,000 for incoming freshman and believe me you do not want to take out a $20,000 loan. Make sure that you make no expectations of this place or the people, you'll get dissapointed in that way. Make sure you're on top of all of your records, keep every document you'll most likely have to encounter the wayward administration. Get everything done before the due date!

    Bang for the buck

    That truly depends on which division you're in. You have School of B, School of C, and COAS. Now School of B & C have an abundance of money because their fields are very specific so there's a lot of money coming in from sponsors. COAS is so broad ranging from Fine Arts, political science, to Pre Pharmacy...that's a lot of majors. They don't have a lot of money for scholarships and a lot of ambitious students can't stay at the school because of financial reasons. And the A Building....they will take you. There was a girl here who paid all of her tuition and due to disorganization and lack of updates they waited until 2 weeks before school to tell her she couldn't come because they had lost records of her payments. It's a very expensive school and tuition rates rise each year and there is no effort for developing a good administration. OK academia, iffy population, HORRIBLE administration=not the best place to submerge yourself in. I think Howard banks off it's legacy of who went here before.

    Am enjoying being here

    I had heard so many good reviews about the student population. I felt that coming here I would come in to touch with artists, and people with abstract minds, or just people that had simple common sense. BUT, it's a big beauty pageant/fashion show. It's so much emphasis on what someone has on their body rather then what someone has going on in their mind. After two weeks of being here I concluded that Howard is another private high school in which everyone has pretty clothes, and bougie attitudes. Women outnumber men here, so there are a lot of young ladies throwing themselves at the guys, and the young men eat it up. Arrogant, that's what I would describe a lot of people. But if you look hard enough, and don't allow yourself to get caught up in the {IN}crowd, #trendsetters, and TNB clicks you might find yourself a solid group of friends.

    Am learning a lot

    In my selection process in choosing colleges and universities I had heard a lot of negative things about HBCU's entirely. However, when I mentioned Howard University I would constantly be reminded that it is the Mecca of Black Learning and Academia I can't fully support that notion. I am a first semester Freshman so my classes aren't too overwhelming (English, Japanese, Intro to African American Studies) and surprisingly I'm not overwhelmed. What is disappointing, especially in Intro to Afro American Studies is that the class is a breeze. I just feel as I am not being challenged enough. Although I am not enrolled in a Mathematics course, I've heard that they're are a lot of foreign professors that students can't quite learn from because of their inability to speak clear English and their refusal to give thorough lectures. I understand that College is pretty much a Do it Yourself attitude, but I didn't pay 30+ thousand dollars to completely teach myself. CHALLENGE ME, ENLIGHTEN ME! I'm not getting that as much as I would like.

  • 12/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Howard University has a wonderful business school, as well as medical school. I think it would be great for student's interested in those careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some helpful tips would be to make sure you get to know the dean of your school and any other people in power. They will be able to help you financially and write you great reccomendations. Make sure that you know your advisor and speak with them throughout they year, not just when it's time to register. Don't party until you get your work done, there will always be parties, but there may not be another opportunity for your grade. Get to know your professors as well, a lot of times if you have a relationship with your professor, they may be more willing to help you.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is a private institution and is very costly. I don't feel as if you're getting your moneys worth due to the quality of the dorms, and lack of technology. However, a lot of the professors are distinguished and do a lot of work in research. You're more so paying for the name and prestige of the University, rather than the knowledge you acquire being here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard University is my dream school. There is no other school that, in my opinion, compares. You are afforded so many wonderful opportunities here. It's amazing to be around so many young black people doing positive things. It is a very competitive school, and motivates you to always grind. Though there is a lot of partying, students know when to get their work done. It's a fun environment.

    Am learning a lot

    My freshman year I didn't learn nearly as much as my sophomore year. This year, I learned about things inside and outside of the classroom. The professors challenge you and force you to think outside the box. Although, you do learn a lot of book smarts, Howard University teaches you street smarts. You learn the importance of networking, and the power of who u know, not what you know. You learn persistence and endurance, and the power of the community.

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 13 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be involved with clubs and orgs., students interested in Greek life. Students who are majoring in the top four: Business, Communications, Medicine, and Law.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT TRANSFER HERE. I came into Howard as a transfer student and I wouldn't recommend it at all. Most likely most if any of your credits will not transfer. They will tell you that they cannot transfer simply because you didn't take those classes at Howard so therefore the classes you took at your other school is not the same. If you were to transfer the best and only time that I would is freshman year anything after is basically a waste of money because you will LOSE your credits. I have also learned being here that customer service is not a part of anyone's job here so be prepared to deal with attitudes and people who are unhelpful. With that being said say prayer before entering the A building (the administrative building). Before applying to this school do your research and read all reviews. Reviews are like warnings and what to prepare for before coming here. When I toured the school and spoke to a student about Howard, and when they told me that they wouldn't send their dog to Howard I thought it couldn't be that bad, but I definitely understand now.

    Bang for the buck

    For Howard to cost the 40,000+ that it does, honestly an in-state school would do just as well. This school relies mainly on it's name for being the Howard that it was many many years ago but it is in no way that way today. Nothing is up to date, most buildings are old and run down. Some of the dorms don't have air conditioning such as the freshman dorms, that should be taken into consideration when applying.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part, Howard has a lot of clubs and organizations, and a very active Greek life. There's always something to do here.

    Am learning a lot

    This is my second year at Howard and I can say that learning highly depends on the teacher. I have had some classes where I learned a lot like my anthropology class that I took with Mrs. Jackson, (but anthropology is a program that is now cut) and my illustration class that I had where I learned a lot. But as you will learn some teachers here enjoy teaching and some are just here for the paycheck and it becomes very evident which of the two you have once you have class.

  • 01/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you are entering the school of business, be prepared to work hard and work on a team composed of about 15-25 students. You have to know how to work on a team because that is what you will be doing for your whole freshman year. Also, if you think you are going to come to Howard to party and have fun 24/7, think again because Howard is big on seeing their students strive for excellence.

    Bang for the buck

    I am in the school of business so I can only speak about my experience in the school of business. I think that I am getting all I can get for my money. I have learned many things within the school of business, met professionals from big corporations, been exposed to many job opportunities, learned how to build my resume and interviewing skills and working on a team of composed of 15 students to complete projects.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard to me is a good school, I have expanded my network within one semester and I have met professionals from different corporations. The social aspect of the school is great, there is always an event taking place on campus and I am continuously meeting new people everyday. Although I do not live on campus I do enjoy being at Howard.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only completed one semester at Howard so far and throughout my courses I have learned a generous amount of things. Although most of the classes are just for review I have learned the most in my business orientation class. I have learned about being a professional, business etiquette, and how to dress when you are attending certain business functions.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 15 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police are on call 24 hours. you can also get an app in your phone for emergencies just in case you might need them they can track your where abouts.

    Clubs and Activities

    definitely join your state club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have a freshman week where all incoming freshman have planned activities during that specific week. homecoming week is the most exciting. a lot of famous celebrities are on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    do expect to pay for every party or any other social event at howard. everyone here is what some would say to be hustlers. they're all trying to pay for their way through college. your best bet is to be-friend the people who mostly hold the social events that way you won't have to pay for anything.

    What to do for fun

    for fun most first time college students attend a lot of social events. funny thing is howard university will provide you transportation to attend.

    Food and Dining

    there is a mcdonalds and a pot belly's on campus. the cafe food isn't bad you just might get tired of eating it after awhile. there is also a lot of mini restaurants in the punchout where you can get food from. there not bad either.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is full of experiences. especially your freshman year. women if you're just now coming in your best bet is to stay at the bethune annex dormitory. i can't speak for the men because i'm not one.

    Academic Rigor

    on a scale of 1 to 5 i would say that howard university's academic rigor is a 7. they will push you, but it's only because they want the best for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students that will be attending howard university in the near future make sure that your professors educate you on all your subjects to the highest extent, so that your future will be rewarding.

    In three sentences

    howard university is an amazing school filled with ambitious students. this university helps better prepare their students for succession in today's society. every graduate from howard university will be gladly to express to you how they received a intensive education that led to them being prosperous in their career field.

  • 08/30/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 16 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want a promising future and promising career.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY 75% of the time if not more. PARTY 25% of the time.

    Bang for the buck

    Seems expensive but if you choose the right major success will pay it back.

    Will enjoy being here

    I believe so, campus social life and University setting seems enjoyable so yea.

    Will learn a lot

    I truly believe that Howard has a lot to offer hypothetically speaking, From what I've researched about this University its potentially a very good school. Acceptance doesn't promise you good grades, your study habits and how seriously you take this opportunity does. Take advantage of Howard.

  • 03/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students, determined students, and social students. Intelligent and unique individuals as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of all of your paper work. Make copies of everything. Be prepared to wake up early in the morning to stand in financial aid and student account lines. Be open and social at all times, even on your bad days, you never know what opportunities will present themselves. Explore the campus before you have classes, and explore DC. Always ask, even if its for help, advice, information, no matter what ask! someone will have an answer for you. Always keep your individuality , be you, and find what works for you .

    Bang for the buck

    When you attend Howard, you are paying for the name. Besides everything else, the Howard University name will get you a lot of places. It opens doors for you and there is always someone in a high position that will respect the name Howard University and consider you more carefully. The professors at Howard are older, most of the staff is older, but is worth it. You have to want whatever you are attending Howard for really bad to survive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Howard socially, but administration will test your endurance and your will. I would advise not to come in to Howard as an undecided major. The counselor that you are assigned to has so much other things and people to deal with that undecided majors are pushed to the bottom of the list most times. You have to be persistent with everything at Howard. EVERYTHING. It is better to come in with a major in mind, even if you are not sure if you want to stick with that major. Being an undecided major at Howard is hard work, so if that is what you want be prepared. Socially, Howard is wonderful, it is easy to network, to meet people with similar interest and goals, as well as people from all over the world.

    Am learning a lot

    This University will teach you how to survive on your own. I am a freshman at Howard and I am learning to survive on my own in this society. If there is one thing that Howard will teach you besides academically, will be to watch out for yourself and to stay on top of everything. Socially I am still learning that you have to be willing to go out on a limb to network, to meet people, to get yourself out there for opportunities. The professors will not baby you and that is one of the hardest lessons that I am still learning . In high school your teachers cut you slack, but here they will not, they will help you if you reach out and ask for their help but besides that you are virtually on your own. Howard is definitely a learning experience.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Security is taken very seriously on campus! You need a your ID card to get into just about everywhere! There are sessions for self defense and the campus police number is in every students' phone. There are emergency blue light posts all over campus in case of an incident and campus police don't hesitate to pick you up and take you back to campus if you don't feel safe enough to walk. Incident reports are sent to your email to make you aware of crime in the area. I've never felt so safe and secure!

    Greek Life

    Our Greek sororities and fraternities, known as the Divine Nine, have a bond that can be seen even by those just visiting. You can see them volunteering and singing on the Yard in a way that touches all that sees them. The parties are note worthy as well!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a plethora of amazing clubs and student organizations to choose from! Diversity is everywhere on campus and everyone is so unified. Unity like family, integrity of a leader and purpose that makes a change are the three elements you'll find in every club, whether its culture clubs or academic clubs or anything at all!

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to have plenty of social opportunities, this is the school for you! Academic-wise, this is no school for slackers but if you're the type that loves to experience cool, fun and new things when you put the books down then you're destined to be a Howard Bison!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The yard is the hub of social activity as is the Valley where there's often a party or water balloon fight. But no event is bigger than Homecoming. From the celebrities and amazing performances to the parades and vendors, it will always be the event, year after year, you'll never forget!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a pricey place but the long term benefits are amazing! From proposals in the middle of the yard on campus to the one on one attention provided for those tricky subjects, you get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    There's always events going on, from protest rallies and visits to the White House (plenty of historical sites) to dance parties and spa parties to BBQs and club sponsored activities. There's always something to do on and off campus. And everything's within reasonable distance!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafe is good with a wide selection but just like any other place, if you're stuck eating the same foods over and over again you get bored and sick of it. But it sparks your creativity and courage to try new things and invent new ways to eat your favorite foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be rowdy but one of the best experiences. You meet so many new people from all over. They have just as much interest in knowing you as you do them. There's always a good time to be had so people hardly ever want to go home! Roommates often become friends, but watch out for the crazies!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult but you have some of the most caring teachers anywhere. They really care about whether you learn or not, more than your average professor. They expand the way you think and really let the knowledge change and grow you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy unnecessary things! There's always free events going on where you can get free stuff. I have tee shirts and knickknacks to last me a lifetime! These events are also great ways to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Howard has excellent academics and is the MECCA of all HBCUs. At Howard, students have a voice, a say in what goes on. Organizations at Howard build character and connections for a lifetime.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 19 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have Campus Escorts as well as Campus Police on duty 24/7

    Greek Life

    Its where most of the divine 9 began, so greek life is pretty crazy and intense

    Clubs and Activities

    Way too many to name. Theres a club for pretty much any and everything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Students who love to live life to its fullest, socially and academically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First Friday party in the punchout Soul Food Thursdays Yardfest for Homecoming (headlining this year is 2chainz) Resfest spring competition between dorms

    What to do for fun

    Hangout on the yard, Pageants, Great Theatre, Shopping in China Town or near the Metro Center (only one stop away), Or you can just get together with some friends in a nearby dorm. You can also join a club, theres one for everything from Natural Hair to business.

    Food and Dining

    I'm actually from the south so nothing can really please me but home cooked meals by my mom or aunt but Howard has a pretty decent menu. Theres the caf that has breakfast brunch lunch and dinner buffets. My favorite time to go is breakfast where yo can get a fresh made omelet with ingredients of your choice. The same goes for pasta during lunch and dinner. There are also other options like The Restaurant which is a little more expensive and the punchout that has a sub shop, a wingery, Chinese food, and pizza and pasta.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is Pretty cool. Its not pure luxury but its average. Every year there is a competition called Resfest where all of the dorms compete in dance, stroll, and step for trophies and an oppurtunity to perform in the next years homecoming step show.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my classes are really great and theres something in all of them that i can use in the future. Most of the proffesors are working professionals in the fields in which they are teaching and have alot of connections to internships as well as jobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to balance. Howard students are really big on parties and events but also really strong in their classes. If you want the full Howard experience, get rid of procrastination and learn to do things early so that when that party comes around or that interest meeting, you wont have to worry about your school work. Handle the important things first and stay focused on your long term goal. Know yourself and give yourself standards. Also Build and maintain good relationships with everyone, you never know who can help you in the future.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a challenge. It teaches you how to survive in the real world as an adult. More than anything you feel apart of a legacy of great people who have and still are affecting this world in some kind of way.

  • 11/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Focused free-spirited Nerd intellectuals... HOWARD IS GREAT FOR ALMOST EVERYONE...

    Tips for prospective students

    SCHOLARSHIPS LEARN TO BUDGET EARLY SCHOLARSHIPS BUY GENERIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOCUS SCHOLARSHIPS

    Bang for the buck

    OH SO EXPENSIVE!! scholarships where are you?!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am definitely having a great time! The parties are fun, I found people that I can relate and befriend. I like the nice parts of DC, a very interesting city but nothing like New York City. My professors are also very interesting with their teaching styles and experiences.

    Am learning a lot

    From the moment I stepped foot on this campus I have learned so0o0o much . I feel that I have grown and benefitted from this learning experience that I could not have had in a CUNY school. Apart from academics, I'm learning how to be independent, responsible, self-reliant, and aware. I'm basically learning how to fend for my self; survival skills. I knew that I would gain this from being away at school but didn't it would happen so early in my freshmen year of College. Here at Howard I am exposed to different types of people from all walks of life. I am so glad I can take what I learn from them back home.

  • 11/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 21 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is great for African American students majoring in business or communications.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I would give prospective students is to apply early decision and apply for as many scholarships as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    The opportunities and experiences will more than counteract the cost of attending Howard University.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy attending Howard University! Just based on the opportunities the school's legacy offers Howard University is the school to attend. The atmosphere of the school is very energized. The urban location is another plus to the school.

    Am learning a lot

    At Howard University, I am indeed learning a lot. I am currently an interior design freshman and already I have been taught skills in regards to my major and have been taught skills that will help me survive in the industry. My education started the first day I stepped foot on campus.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 22 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For all types of students! As long as you're ambitious enough to succeed at Howard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind with you're friends are or who you run into because you're bound to meet someone that knows someone that you know.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like Howard students should get what they pay for; there is no air conditioning in the freshman double female dorms but most triples have it. Depending on where you stay it's optional to get a meal plan, but freshmen are required to get one. The tuition at Howard is very expensive, but the experience there is well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Because there are a lot of universities located in DC, you're bound to go to at least one Georgetown U. or George Washington U. party, when there are no parties on Howard's campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I go to my dream school - the Mecca, Howard University! It's located in our nation' capital which I love. I love the historic feel about this city. The White House, the Monument; everything about it. I truely love my school and I'm glad I chose to go here. There is always something to d on and off campus. The business program is really great because they offer a lot of interns to business major students. My class, as well as every class, is so well connected and so close that you're bound to meet someone who knows someone who knows someone lol. I would not go anywhere else.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 23 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is a great school for the type of students who love to compete, dress up and have fun. You will love Howard if you have great people person skills and like to be involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about coming to Howard University think long and hard. Make sure your grades are EXCELLENT, have a 3.57 G.P.A. and at least a 27 on your ACT, to get a scholarship. You will want a scholarship so start searching now.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is a very expensive school. Many students wonder what all of that tuition money is being used for. The buildings need A LOT of renovation, some dorms do not have A/C. Many people believe we are paying the extra money because of the legacy Howard University holds.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Howard University ! The people here are so genuine and friendly. At Howard you are never in need, whether you are borrowing a textbook, microwave or need someone to party with. There is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    At Howard University I am constantly learning beyond textbooks. Although Howard has great professors who take their time out to work with you, you learn more from the environment. Howard's environment is VERY political, there are always elections for something going on. Howard also, pushes you to be more that what you think you can be.

  • 12/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    To prospective students looking to come to the Mecca be prepared to deal with the Administration Building and Financial Aid. Before you even think about applying for this school make sure you have scholarships lined up.prepared to fight for a scholarship or take out LOANS. Other than the financial aspect of the school , which you shouldn't let scare you away, social wise you will LOVE Howard. So many prominent people come to visit the school around the year and you could walk in class one day and hear that Al Sharpton or John Legend are on campus.It's a lot of ups and downs but being at the Mecca is what you make of it and you have to be prepared to work hard because it is highly competitive.

  • 02/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Socialites; athletes; multitaskers; entrepreneurs; interested in politics, entertainment, business; want to go to the best and the first HBCU in the country

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself; many people come and try to become a Howard girl or man when they are not. Being in college you will change enough don't overdo it. Always be aware of your surroundings; this is an open campus in a city. There is nothing like Howard in the springtime!

    Bang for the buck

    I gave this category a 3 because many of Howard's buildings and dorms are older and in need of some repairs. Also the technology that is present on the campus needs some upgrading. However, this is being worked on and hopefully will be upgraded in due time. As far as the money you are paying for tuition and board I would definitely say be sure to invest in any and all FREE money (i.e. scholarships, grants, etc) if you are choosing to attend here. Yes, you may be the best in your class but Howard is full of valedictorians, National Merit scholars, varsity athletes, prom kings & queens, and community volunteers. Thus, the pool of the available scholarships becomes extremely competitive and will sometimes leave out those who qualify but are not quite as competitive. So again be sure to apply for as many scholarships you qualify for and always have a back up plan in case you have to pay out of pocket. Also, it is extremely expensive to live in any city including Washington, D.C. so do set limits for yourself especially during Homecoming because although it's nice to enjoy that one week remember there will be many more chances for you to enjoy yourself.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard University is known for their campus life from organizations, parties, and athletic games. Also, there are so many different people here from all over you're bound to bond with someone that could potentially be your best friend for life. However, although there's always and I mean always something going on prioritize your time for class because it will affect your grades drastically. There have been plenty of people who have had to leave after their freshman year for a semester or even a whole year because they just couldn't get their grades together. There are people who can do it but those are very few and far between. So always remember if you're going to party hard also remember to study just as hard.

    Am learning a lot

    As a sophomore the class load is considerably greater than when I was a freshman. One, as a freshman many of your classes are trying to accustom you to the lifestyle and work ethic associated with college. However, do take these introductory classes seriously because they are the building blocks to your success in the future. Other than that be careful when choosing your teachers for classes. Sometimes the most difficult teachers are the best teachers and the teachers who are the worst well they are just the worst. Either way always make the best of your situation because they are giving you a grade at the end of the semester.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    African-American students...but if you have a genuine interest in learning about how to better the African-American community, I'd say Howard is the way to go. We love ourselves and our culture here and are working to better it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a friend in administration!! Howard is all about WHO you know, not WHAT you know.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay for the name....so you can say, I'm a Howard Alumni.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard has everything...parties, plays, museums, academics...everything.

    Am learning a lot

    You literally learn something new EVERYDAY.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All kinds, but especially: Outgoing, ambitious, focused, determined, persistent

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing EARLY. Howard has plans for new dorms, but they probably won't be built for quite some time still. Also, make sure you are on top of deadlines, financial aid, registration, etc. The administration can become very confusing and frustrating. Keep calling, keep emailing, visit until you have all your affairs in order. Work HARD and stay on your toes. You don't have to be particularly talented or smart to succeed but if you're lazy or easily discouraged, Howard is NOT the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Like I said before, the facilities aren't the best. However, Howard works to maintain what they have and they are slowly becoming more and more technologically advanced.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people at Howard are amazing. The students are friendly and the teachers are extremely helpful. The dorms may not be the best and neighborhood is slowly being gentrified but the sense of community among the campus is irreplaceable. It's especially apparent when you meet and alumnus. A Bison loves helping a fellow Bison!

    Am learning a lot

    I am really enjoying the architecture program at Howard. Every class in the program has a relevance and eventually connect to the core class, Design studio. And after 3 years learning about architecture, I think the most valuable thing I've learned is how much more I have to learn.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 28 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The Howard experience is for every prospective student, who is willing to learn and grow in an environment that exudes greatness.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage students to keep track of documents sent to the school. They should stay on top of the financial office. Also, students should take advantage of every learning experience such as study abroad programs offered at Howard University.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that the information one learns and attains at Howard University surpasses the cost for attendance.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard University is my home away from home. When I imagined a college for myself, I wanted a school that could offer me an education, a positive atmosphere, and people that care. I love Howard University.

    Am learning a lot

    Every aspect of campus-life at Howard University has been a learning experience for me whether academic or social. Everything Howard University offers gives the student the opportunity to learn, think, and understand.

  • 10/17/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 29 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student is welcome here, you just have to be focused and determined.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to do as must as possible online so that nothing gets lost, don't slack off, anytime! Especially not your senior year. Get involved in your school, they look for that!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Although this university is on the expensive side, they have a lot of scholarships to be given out. Also, when applying for scholarships, the offices don't just look at the grades, the GPA, and the standardized test scores. You truly have to be a well-rounded student to get the things you're looking for.

    Will enjoy being here

    The students here are very enthusiastic about their university and will represent it proudly. They always have some sort of event going on.

    Will learn a lot

    I have just recently visited this institution and I am excited about applying later on this school year. They have excellent programs in almost every subject imaginable.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 30 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    howard's campus is in the heart of d.c., which is not a good neighborhood at all. the campus is open, which means it is not shut off and anyone can come on campus at anytime.

    Greek Life

    howard is where greek life started. the organizations are filled with pride and are always displaying their talents.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many social groups and clubs to be involved in. these include clubs for almost every state, belief, interest and sports. our sporting events are extremely fun due to the large amount of school spirit howard students have.

    Great for these types of students

    howard is great for cultured people and people who money is not an issue for. please understand: if money is an issue in any way, howard is not the place for you and you will have a constant stress on your shoulders.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    howard is an h.b.c.u., which means there are a wide variety of traditions that honor black people. these include singing the negro national anthem at sporting events and the greek life chanting and dancing any chance they get.

    Bang for the buck

    the cost of howard university is huge, but it seems as if the school is always asking for more money. nothing is free, and what you pay for, is bad service from staff, mediocre food, and housing with constant issues.

    What to do for fun

    honestly, there is not much to do for fun at howard unless you have money to spend. most college students struggle with finances. and there are not a lot of free events or things to do at howard. if you have the means to venture out in dc, there are common city past-times such as movie theaters and shopping. parties are usually at clubs, which can cost over $20.

    Food and Dining

    the food served in the two cafeteria is bearable. nothing can compare to home, but there is always something that students can find enjoyable. the hours of operation of the only dining places on campus are very limited and inconvenient.

    Dorm Life

    housing is a huge pain. howard has more students then they can accommodate. therefore housing is not guaranteed. the dorms have many issues including frequent electrical outages, false fire alarms, and the lack of hot water.

    Academic Rigor

    this varies depending on individual majors. there is always a way to get help when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    i beg you all to apply for so many scholarships. howard is an extremely expensive school, and the staff could care less about their students if money is an issue. howard will not be an enjoyable experience if there is money that needs to be paid.

    In three sentences

    howard has many negatives but is a great experience. i rate howard university on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the best, a 7. a lot of the bad things about howard outweigh the good.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 31 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    To me personally I feel safe. I've never felt out of place or in any harm. There are campus police just about everywhere, you usually see them rolling around on a moped. If not then there are blue emergency buttons throughout the campus. Plus you could always just have campus police on speed dial if need be.

    Greek Life

    It's amazing! I enjoy seeing the Greeks come out on the yard and do their thing. Even though I am not apart of any Greek society they always hold events that are open to the school, so if Greek isn't your thing don't feel pressured you still can enjoy yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs, sports and activities. There is always something to do. Whether at Burr (our gym), one Greene (football field) , in the Valley, in the Cafe, or just hanging out on the yard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not necessarily unusual, but whenever the school song comes on we stand and rock back and forth. Also when a certain song that the band plays it gets everyone out of their seats! As for locations, nothing unusual, people tend to always meet up on the yard. Its basically the dead center of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    HOWARD, is an expensive school, and the prices keep soaring. If you're going to attend it is a lot of hard work. If you can obtain a scholarship great! Use it to the bone, and ask questions, a ton of them. Get to know your professors, its worth it:)

    What to do for fun

    Museums, Monuments, Chinatown, are just to name a few. A simple walk and you can have your own adventure. On campus there are always activities being broadcast-ed, especially with our sports. Athletes like to get their student involved with whatever event they may be hosting.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe, eh..I've had better. But it's a lot to choose from, it all depends on what your want to eat. There's always a pizza line, pasta, Mexican, sandwich, grill, and fruit/salad bar. Also we have whats called The Punch-Out where there's a few other restaurants to choose from. Other than that, we're in DC, so you could also just find a wonderful place to eat down Georgia Ave.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorms to reside in, usually freshmen girls/guys have their own buildings. There are also co-ed dorms. Once settled you eventually feel like home, and it can get very competitive when we have activities like ResFest. only out of fun though:)

    Academic Rigor

    Courses vary (of course), some more challenging than others. It all depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make copies of EVERYTHING. At big schools it gets easy for administrators to lose paper work. (not that, that is okay) But having a back up on your own is always helpful.

    In three sentences

    Loaded with plenty of opportunities. It is a great place to meet people from all over the country! At times it may get hectic, but there is always someone around who can help.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    It is one of the most prominent HBCU's in the country and the students there are definitely one of a kind.go bisons

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is high crime in the area. I suggest not walking alone at night. I do not mean to scare you, just prepare you. Always walk with 2+ people if you can. Because Howard is a open campus its is susceptible to the people that live in the area to come on to the campus and surrounding buildings. You have to be careful, but that's with any college campus. We do have the blue light system, and those blue lights are literally at every turn and corner. We have campus police in designated stations so there is forms of protection, however I'd advised to remain cautious at night.

    Greek Life

    Howard University is a non-hazing learning institution. LOL! There is a lot to be said about greek life at Howard. Like I said, Howard is a process...you will understand when you get here. Trust!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot of campus activities and clubs. there is always an opportunity to get involved. Even within your major there is opportunities to get involved and be apart of something. There is always a way to volunteer, join a club, do a play, be a part of team. I think you have to actively force yourself NOT be a part of something at Howard.

    Great for these types of students

    -Driven -Smart -Doesn't need sleep -Determined -Dedicated -Passionate -Focused

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not really unusual but they are Howard's: -Climb the clock tower -RESFEST -Summer Water fight -Winter snowball fight -The E building -hanging on the bleachers a week or so before graduation -All white party -A whole bunch of fashion shows (I'm sure there are more)

    Bang for the buck

    Howard can be a great school AND it can give you a HUGE headache. It all depends. If your financial situation is taken care of, and you can register for all of your classes, Howard can be smooth sailing, however its expensive and there are many obstacles that can occur that can make your college experience a process....oh yes, Howard is a process. Howard will definitely teach you to do what you gotta do. to make it happen, to work smarter not harder. Unless you have a full ride, are cool with every teacher on campus, with a pot of gold in yo' pocket, you will find ourself going through at least one process. However, I do think the experiences, the memories that you make, and the lessons that you learn, can definitely be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Its Howard. There is ALWAYS something fun to do. An event, game, show, something is always going on. If you are of age, there are a lot of clubs/lounges on Ust. and house parties all over. Your freshman week you'll get introduced to a lot of the party promoters and what have you. You will figure it out once you get there where the hot spots are, and its even better when you discover your own. Even chilling in the dorms can be an adventure. You will always find something.

    Food and Dining

    Again way to expensive for what its worth. The freshmen have mandatory meal plans so you are stuck with the cafe food, however its not that bad. There are a lot of options, and if all else fails there is HOChI (Howard China), Dandy's (Chinese Food), Pizza, and Chipotle. I would get dinning dollars/bison bucks, so you can eat in the punch out when you get tired of the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Its better when you are a freshman (go to Cook or Annex or Meridian) or a senior (East Towers). Dorm life is to expensive for what it's worth and Unfortunately its mandatory for freshman so I suggest you join the dorm step team/dance team, something ResFest related, it will help with making friends, which is so important when you have at least 2 people to a room. It can give you great room-mates, or at least provide you with people's who's room you can hide out in. If anything else it will keep you busy if you do not like your roommates. ResFest is the highlight of dorm life and is overrated after your 2nd year.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is as hard as you make it. The classes can be extremely difficult or very simple. It all depends on how hard you are willing to work. Use rate my professor. com, and ask around about professors. It makes a world of difference in the class if you have the right teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself, the rest will follow! Get involved, whatever you can get your hands on that you are good at, do it! Volunteer, join a team or club, anything. Just get involved. GO TO CLASS! Howard has a lot of distractions, you can not let the glamour and fun take you way from your main focus! Do not get caught up in the graduating on time, there is no such thing. If an opportunity presents itself for you to study abroad or do a co-op, DO IT! Even if it means adding a semester or 2. (however make sure you have the funds to cover all of your time) Go to everything 10-30 minutes early. No matter the event or class you will benefit greatly from being early (including the cafe line) Get all of your financial aid/registration started as early as possible. If FASA opens on January 1st @ 12:00am, be there to fill it out by January 1st 12:01am. Do NOT wait until the week something is due because issues always arise and you will want time to attend to it. Stay on top of financial aid office, they are not very organized at times, and they have a lot of students to handle. Unfortunately its not all about you. Go to teachers office hours, and go often!! It benefits greatly if the teacher knows who you are and sees that you are making an effort, plus its added learning time. Don't spend you whole time planing your life, that you for get to live You miss 100% of the shoots you don't take. Take risks!

    In three sentences

    Definitely a learning experience. Wonderful opportunities especially in the field of business. Allows you to TRULY express yourself.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Keep in mind that the school is in the city and like any city there is crime from people of ALL walks of life. Make sure your safe and always with someone. Even when on campus. The biggest mistake people make is not following campus safety guidelines which are created to ensure YOUR protection. Also keep in mind that as a student at Howard University you are a VISITOR in someone else's neighborhood so act accordingly. Most incidents that have occurred were preventable. If driving, do not leave expensive items out in the open. Do not leave your things unattended in the library or anywhere else on campus, people do steal. Lock your dorm room door and lock up things you would not want taken. I repeat, PEOPLE DO STEAL.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities on campus. If you have an interest, there is probably an organization for it. Clubs and organizations are a great way to get to know people, and provides great networking opportunities. Keep in mind that you can always start your own organizations as well!

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is a place full of social, focused and ambitious students. It is definitely the place for you if you are confident, driven and ready to make a difference. Howard allows you to dream big and make what you want for yourself happen. It's not a place for someone who expects things to be handed to them. You have to work for what you want. If your willing to put in the work, Howard is definitely the place for you.

    What to do for fun

    The possibilities for fun on campus are endless. There is always something to do, especially because the school is located in DC. Freshman week is packed with fun activities. In the fall Howard Homecoming is an extremely exciting and fun time on campus and during the spring there is ResFest. Throughout the year UGSA (Undergraduate Student Association) puts on a lot of different events including dances and other things. There is a bowling alley in the basement of Blackburn. Dorms usually host different events like talent shows, open mic nights and speed dating. As for the city, it is full of clubs, museums and landmarks. Howard is not too far from the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall. There are plenty of shops and boutiques in Chinatown and Georgetown as well. There is also a mall in Pentagon City, which is accessible via the Metro.

    Food and Dining

    The food in Blackburn Cafeteria is hit or miss. They do offer options for vegetarians, but the food does get old after a while. However, the Annex cafeteria usually has decent food all the time. It is open to all residents of the Annex and Quad. Everyone else must use Dining Dollars to eat their. The Punchout and Sankofa are other options, but they require you to spend your Dining Dollars, the food is GREAT (especially Sankofa and WOW which is located in the Punchout.) As for off-campus eating: there is a Potbelly, which makes great sandwiches, a Subway and a frozen yogurt street. Down the street from campus is Howard China (better known as HoChi), which as the name implies is Chinese takeout. The food is not too hot but it is worth trying at least once. U Street is a quick walk from campus and also has an array of restaurants. Oohs and Aahs is a small soul food restaurant with amazing food. The famous Bens Chili Bowl also located on U St. Also check out Chinatown and Columbia Heights for other food places. DC is full of great restaurants!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Howard has its ups and downs. Some people hate it, some people love it. The dorms aren't the nicest but it is definitely an experience worth having once. Those who didn't stay in dorms freshman year definitely missed out on a BIG part of the Howard experience. Rooms aren't the biggest, but they definitely have ENOUGH space (organization and creativity can make good use of the limited space you have). The best dorms are definitely the Annex, Cook and Slowe. The freshman guy dorms (Drew and Carver) are a struggle. The Quad (freshman female dorm) is really fun; the best halls in there are Frazier, Truth and Crandall because they have A/C. Dorm living is freshman year is a bonding experience that you do not want to miss out on!

    Academic Rigor

    At Howard, your course work is only as hard as you make it. There are difficult professors, especially in the Math department. However, there are many resources on campus to help with all subject fields. There is Writing Center and Math Lab. You can also form study groups with people in your classes and don't be afraid to ask you professor for help. If you keep up with your course work and seek help when you need it, it shouldn't be hard to maintain a 3.0GPA or higher.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip is definitely to NETWORK! Get to know people, including your professors; you never know how they can help you later on. Stay active and get involved anyway you can. There are many seminars and events that can help you professionally and academically so make sure you attend them. Another huge tip, remember why you are there. You are in college to further your education and it can become really easy to get caught up in everything that does not relate to school work. Having fun should come second to academics. The moment you forget that you will start to slip behind. Lastly, the freshman 15 IS REAL! Try not to snack too much and order too much food late at night, because it WILL catch up to you.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is called the Mecca for a reason. It is home to so many great minds and amazing people from the African American community. No other HBCU can provide you with the top notch education that you find at Howard University.

  • 05/25/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who really want to be successful in life and want that great college experience on their way to the top

    Tips for prospective students

    Smart choice

    Will enjoy being here

    i know i and others would enjoy this school

    Will learn a lot

    i really think i would learn alot!

  • 12/08/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    HU is expendsive but I feel it is worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I enjoy the campus and I felt comfortable during both visits.

    Will learn a lot

    I feel that if I attend Howard University I will get a great education.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its great for students of any kind. Howard is probably stronger for student who are pursuing careers in law, divinity, engineering, fine arts, sciences, or business.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students that are planning to come should prepare themselves for reading a lot of information in their textbooks for classes. Also, take as many AP courses in high school so that you are ahead of class in order to get core classes out of the way.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is a private college, so you will end up paying more than going to a public in-state school. The education and their effort of keeping you in school longer than other college is great so that students can get their degree faster.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying being here in this atmosphere of all different people and to see what they can bring to the table. The events that are at this school are legendary being homecoming and its festivities.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning more than I thought I was, you really just have to pace yourself and try to get use to the level of pace that the professors are at. Some classes that I have taken in High school and I remember from high school, you will notice that there are more in-depth topics that were not explain in high school. So, I would say that Howard academics will challenge you at the start, but after a while you will retain more information.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    STUDENTS WHO LOVE DIVERSITY MINORITIES SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS WHO LOVE CHALLENGES AND HARD WORK DETERMINED AND DEDICATED STUDENTS

    Tips for prospective students

    FILL OUT ALL OF APPLICATIONS AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE DEADLINE. COMPLETELY FILL OUT YOUR FAFSA FORM BY THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY INSTEAD OF FEBRUARY 1ST

    Bang for the buck

    HOWARD IS VERY EXPENSIVE, AS ARE A MAJORITY OF HBCU'S; MAYBE EVEN MORE SO BECAUSE THIS IS A PRIVATE INSTITUTION. WITH ALL SAID HOWARD IS MOST DEFINITELY WORK EVERY PENNY. OF COURSE THERE ARE SOME OUTSTANDING ASPECTS THERE ARE ALSO SOME BAD, AS EVERY SCHOOL HAS FLAWS.

    Will learn a lot

    MOST DEFINITELY. IF YOU WANT A PLACE TO CHALLENGE YOU HOWARD IS THE PLACE.

  • 06/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for any student who is involved in their community, studious, and cultured. Howard is considered the Mecca and is the perfect place for students who want the very best out of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I were to give any tips it would be to not get caught up in all the great activities that Howard has to offer and let it hinder your focus on school work and grades. I would also suggest finding all the scholarships that you can in order to help pay for Howard as it tends to get expensive. You also have to keep copies of all financial aid and administrative paper work because the Administrative A Building is notorious for messing up financial aid.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Howard is private and therefore a bit on the expensive side, I still feel as if I am getting a quality education that could not be duplicated anywhere else. Howard has a very good value considering the quality of education you are paying for and I really do feel as if I'm receiving the best.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have really enjoyed my first year at Howard. There is always something to do around campus and around the city. I have gotten extra enjoyment from being in the marching and concert bands at Howard. This has lead me to finding amazing friendships that I feel will last for a very long time.

    Am learning a lot

    I have grown and learned so much at Howard University not just in the classroom but also about myself and the outside world. The classroom sizes are intimate and the professors truly care about you getting the most out of your education at Howard. I can also say that I've learned a lot outside of the classroom also just by being in the nation's capitol and being presented with many enriching opportunities.

  • 06/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for students who can stay focused on their own and, are willing to put in the work to be successful!

    Tips for prospective students

    When getting to Howard reputation is KEY! Keep your head in the books and only bring them out during weekends or when you have free time. Do not burn any bridges because Howard is full of intelligent black young men and women who could possibly bring you a step up in the future. Also, NETWORK as much as you can because the amount of opportunities that pop up on Howard's campus is endless.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is EXPENSIVE! I believe that some of the money that can go towards things that need fixing such as the fact the most of the freshman dorms have no air conditioning and are extremely old are going to frivolous places. But, I will say that I have learned a lot from this school and enjoyed myself none the less.

    Am enjoying being here

    Howard is a really fun school if you are active but, if you choose to stay to yourself throughout your four years of college you will not get the REAL Howard experience!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a psychology major and I have had some great psych teachers! I enjoy sitting in those lectures because that is what interests me. As far as my other teachers, they have enlightened me a lot as well except for many of the math teachers who are often hard to understand if you do not already have a strong mathematical background.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    love this place but registering is a pain in the butt

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious , driven , motivated , energetic & outgoing students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be driven and ambitious. Don't look back or fall behind .

    Bang for the buck

    The university is located in DC so everything is also more expensive. Also, it being a private school factors in to the tuition because most of the money comes from Alumni and Donations. But it is worth it because of the education and the life of attending a HBCU.

    Will enjoy being here

    Being in the heart of DC is what makes me want to go to Howard ! From reading other reviews and what other students had to say about the HU experience , i feel like if i was to attend Howard i would absolutely love it .

    Will learn a lot

    Seems like a very prestigious university with very focused and driven students. Also, that every school there is good.

  • 07/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for any student who is willing to go the extra mile to get their degree. As well as those who are very sociable, you meet so many new people. Although Howard is a historically black college/university, i believe that anyone who is willing to learn and meet people along the way is great for this school .

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for aspiring Howard students is to go in with a focus and remain focus. With so many events going on on campus it maybe a little distracting, so remember why you are there!

    Bang for the buck

    Now I'm not saying that Howard has the cheapest education in the world, because Lord knows it does not. But I will say that Howard provides education and a great college experience that does make every penny you spend on college, worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love my HBCU! The people, the sites, the events, the classroom, the whole enchilada!

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning more than I can imagine! Even the simplest lectures become important. Howard does not offer learning solely in the classroom, but outside the class room as well. from group learning to independent learning, i have experienced it all in my first year. One of the greatest things about being educated at Howard is, even if you do not want to, you always seem to want to go beyond what is going on in the classroom and research things for yourself.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded students

    Bang for the buck

    Get as many scholarships as you can! Its up there just a little but I think you will get your money's worth

    Will enjoy being here

    When I toured the campus I enjoyed the environment. The campus was calm and peaceful.

    Will learn a lot

    They have the technology for you to learn with.

  • 08/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, social, braniacs, PATIENT YET PERSISTENT the last one is a big one. Howard is for all kinds of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be about your business Know your limits(studying, partying, etc) Remember what you are there for

    Bang for the buck

    Its definitely expensive so I cannot stress how important doing well in high school is. If you do great, I scholarship will be waiting for you. However, if you forget what you came there for during any year there, it will be taken away. And for those that didn't do so well in high school do not give up hope. There are many trustee scholarships and respective school scholarships for those that strive to improve.

    Am enjoying being here

    Feels like home. Once you get involved and find your niche, you'll miss being here.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much already. Not only from a academic perspective, but from a worldly perspective as well. There is an unlimited amount of knowledge at Howard University and the opportunities are plentiful.

  • 10/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 286

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    Great for these types of students

    All types. The student population is really diverse.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep copies of everything. Stay on top of all your paperwork. Turn things in as early as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is what you make of it. Be sure to pick all of the right professors.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy the city. It's apart of the Howard experience. D.C. is a beautiful city; it's really diverse. There is always something to do on campus.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is expensive but it will be all worth it in the long run . The school embraces professionalism, and living and intellectual life.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Howard University . The school spirit here is amazing . The school has incredible history . Heroic people like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are people who have impacted the school. There is many groups, associations to join as a student at Howard.

    Am learning a lot

    As a now completed first semester student at Howard University I can honestly say i have learned a lot from being here. In the short months in D.C i've already been influenced by the historical capital. In Howard University I've been well exposed to relevant African American culture that I never learned about in previous educational institution. Teachers there are very intellectual and teach the class in the way that we are left never to forget what we've learned.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are always on campus, and there at the first call. We have blue buttons all over campus, so f you push it the campus police can come to that exact location.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have soooo many clubs and activities to join. I would first suggest joining your state club. Also please get involved in ResFest (a competition between dorms) it's the most fun thing you could ever experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is a great place for students who want to succeed in life. There are so many opportunities for students here to get a leg up towards there career. We have two career fairs, and companies are on campus on a weekly basis. Howard is great for the outgoing person, or the shy person trying to meet more people.

    What to do for fun

    Howard is METRO accessible (train and bus) so there are an ample amount of places to visit. I often go to Chinatown, to shop or have lunch. There is a huge mall, and many Smithsonian museums to visit for free.

    Food and Dining

    We have a cafe in Blackburn, a cafe in the Annex, and the Punchout in Blackburn. The cafe food isn't bad, but honestly you can get tired of it quick. The cafe in the annex is the same, but I prefer it over the cafe sometimes. The punchout is where we have like 'fast food' restaurants, here you can use your dining dollars or cash to pay. Other than in Howard, there are plenty of restaurants to dine at around the city.

    Dorm Life

    I will speak about the freshman dorms, because I am a freshman. We have two female dorms, Annex and QUAD, and two male dorms, Carver and DREW. The Annex is a suite type building, where each suite has it's own bathroom. It's fairly modern, but the girls are stereotyped as un-social. And since there's a cafe in the Annex, the girls don't have to come out. The QUAD on the other hand (where I live) is very social ! the full name, The Harriet Tubman Quadrangle, consists of 5 halls (Wheatley, Frazier, Baldwin, Truth, and Crandall). Truth and crandall have triples, while the others have double and a few singles. Each hall has a lounge, and also community bathrooms on each floor, which aren't that bad! Overall the Quad is a great place to live. Carver is an off campus, but walk-able distance, and DREW is an on campus dorm. Both hold freshman males, but Carver is all Singles.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard can be a very challenging university, but it can really matter on a few things, your courses, your professors, and your work ethic. Courses; every course is different. Freshman year your will be taking your base courses (math, English, language) so these courses can be fairly easy. By the end of sophomore year, and starting junior year you will be in your major classes, s they will start to be fairly difficult. Professors; every professor is different! You have some laid back professors, and some stern professors. I would recommend checking ratemyprofessors.com while making your schedule. Work Ethic; Everyone's work ethic is different! Your need to figure out your work ethic first semester. This means when you'll be able to party, study, and sleep. College is about prioritizing. So no matter how hard your professor may be, with enough studying you can pass the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first tip for prospective students would be to do your research! Know everything about the school, campus life, financial aid, etc, so you won't become hit with anything too unexpected. You're first semester will lay the foundation for how you will carry out the remainder of your semester. So in simpler words, start with a high GPA so it will be easier to keep it high versus starting with a low GPA. Make sure you know how to prioritize, and manage your time. Howard can be an easy distraction, but just make sure you're able to control what's able to distract you. Besides getting great grades, my biggest tip would be to have fun! Howard is a great school where you may meet some of your best friends, so take every outing opportunity you can.

    In three sentences

    Howard is great university that provides the lead way for many opportunities. A university that gives students an ample amount of ways to network. And last but not least, a university that teaches in every aspect, whether in the classroom or on the yard, thus producing well rounded individuals.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs! They accept everyone and you're a member as long as you pay your dues. But you should also attend the meetings. Why pay for something then not do it? There are also some orgs that have membership requirements but it's easy to find out the requirements.

    Great for these types of students

    HU is great for outgoing students or students that are active in the community. I think it's also a good school for students that like to do or try a lot of different things because there's an abundance of things to do.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, of course. But for those of us that don't like to party much, there are many orgs on campus that you can join that have their own fun. Some orgs set up events for the public to attend so you could go to things such as game nights, movie nights, or cookouts. The dorms that have space for it hold Dorm Socials which are like dorm parties. On warmer days students can be found playing on the yard and there may even be the occasional water fight. In the winter if there's snow there will be snowball fights which are vicious and fun if you dare to join. HU is in the middle of the U.S. capital so there's always plenty to do off campus such as museums, movies, monuments (a lot of 'm's haha), and just exploring in the city.

    Food and Dining

    When you stay in certain dorms you are required to have a meal plan. There are different types of meal plans and (I believe) they all come with dining dollars. Dining dollars are used to purchase things at on-campus stores. There are two cafes: in the Bethune Annex (all-girl dorm) and in the basement of the Blackburn Student Center. There is also the punchout which has a few restaurants where you can buy food with cash or dining dollars. The food in the cafes are ohkay. It's buffet style so there are many things to choose from. There's Soul Food Thursday where they serve stuff like yams and mac 'n' cheese and etc. There are cafe nights where an organization has a DJ play music and people dance. They're fun but it gets kind of loud.

    Dorm Life

    There are different types of dorms: all-girl, all-boy, co-ed, honors, mainly-athlete, and upperclassman. During freshman year you'll most likely be in a single-sexed dorm. It's good for making friends and you'll have plenty of oppourtunities to make friends of the opposite sex too. A thing to look foward to in the dorm is ResFest. Resfest is an event that has various dorm-against-dorm competitive activities. Being apart of ResFest brings tons of fun into freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be difficult (this is college what did you expect) and sometimes the teachers make easy classes difficult because they expect the best. Ratemyprofessor.com will soon become your best friend when choosing classes. Remember that you're there to learn, don't slack off, and join study groups. You'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to go to every party! Sometimes it's better to miss that one party to study than to fail a class. There will be plenty other chances to have fun at HU. Make sure to participate in things. Mix 'n' mingle! Networking is a good way to keep informed and to make life-long friends. Take advantage of every oppoutunity possible.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an academically challenging party school. The students know when to have fun and when to be serious. Everyone is pushed to their full potential.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard is an open campus so there are situations every now and then in the community. Just like on any campus do not make foolish decisions and go out at three in the morning by yourself, you are a walking target. Just be logical and travel in groups and there will more than likely not be an issue.

    Greek Life

    Howard is the home of many of the greek organizations so the greek life is active on campus but never overwhelming.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs from state clubs, to student government. There is no reason for you not to be involved because with all of the organizations and opportunities, you will always find something and someone to relate to.

    Great for these types of students

    Focused, dedicated to their future, involved, creative, passionate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The punchout is a great place to go eat and enjoy the social scene because since you do not need a meal plan in there all of the grades are in there and it's a nice place to have lunch. On first fridays as well it is a great scene to experience the bison pride as students eat and listen to music.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty expensive but just like any college or university you will get out of it what you put into it. If you explore the city and the campus and work hard you will enjoy your time. If you wait until last minute, do not balance your time between work and play, and start to re-prioritize your life for the worst you will not enjoy your time. It is all about what you make it. I think it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! DC is so easily accessible by the metro and an incredible college town. There is always a party or club scene on the weekend, and if that isn't your thing there are comedy clubs, plays, dining, museums, historic sites, movies, bowling, you name it. It is an incredible city.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I like the food. While there is little variation, it will do its job and for the most part it is available for students at reasonable times. However 24-hour dining or at least extended dining over the weekends would be better for college students who are out and about at all times of the day and need to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Annex which is by far the best of the freshman dorms, however the rules and regulations are ridiculous. There is no need for the separation of gender, a curfew, and constant nagging by the people in the housing department. Also they are unorganized and consistently lose your mail. As grown students, we should be able to live the lives we choose to live without housing manipulating how many people you can see, at what times, for what days.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from the International Baccalaureate program my freshman year courses were not as bad as I thought they were going to be. Especially in the language department and english, however math and the sciences are no joke at all. You must work hard and ask for help in those courses, or you will be a lost student struggling the entire semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work. It is so easy to be consumed by the tremendous social life at Howard, however if you remind yourself of your goals on a daily basis and allow yourself to balance work and play, you will guaranteed have the best four years of your life at the school. Lastly, do not wait until last minute for any assignment or opportunity, they will pass, and you will start to regret your lack of action. Be efficient, and just do what you have to do!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a prestigious university that is about its business. There is a very strong sense of student community, however the connection between administration and the students is poor. While challenging, the university undoubtedly lines up a number of opportunities for you if you work for it.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University is an open campus. The location is also not one of the best, with locals being able to walk through campus whenever and however they feel. With that being said there are some instances of some crimes taken place or fights occurring, but many times it is the careless act of students. For the most part campus police is on patrol around campus 24/7 there is an escort service and a guardian service that can take you where you need to go if you are scared such as at night, or they will keep in contact with you while you get from point a to point b. There are also ways to protect devices and engrave items to keep them safe. Most importantly, there are emergency poles every 1 mile or less to be pressed in case of an emergency and an officer will be available as soon as possible

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus that it is so hard to keep up. From sports to a dance team for football and basketball to instrumentals, cheerleaders, business leaders, engineer. student council, natural hair, and african student association, and even a club for each state and major. Anything you can think of, Howard University has a club for it. It is as if it is specially designed for you because you will fit right in will people who have the same interest as you all you have to do is join and stay active. Many clubs have perks such as internship and even scholarship opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student looking to enter the business world, then Howard Universities Business School is where you need to apply. They have a program that caters to the need of freshman by providing a sponsor and showing you the way of the business world with many internship opportunities only a few feet away from where you sleep. Companies come to Howard University eager to gain young fresh minority minds for their business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard University is widely known for their homecoming. It is one of the biggest events of the year on campus and in DC. Other schools come just to be a part of it, the greek life is huge and there are step shows, dance shows, fashion shows and more with many alumni and celebrities coming to be a part of the event. There is also Resfest where all the dorms battle to prove which dorm is the best. Moreover, one cannot forget the many Caribbean restaurants that surround DC either.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is situated in DC. If that doesn't say enough then I don't know what does. Being in DC allows students to interact with other colleges, Congress, senators, and other dignitaries. There are parties and clubs always occurring and well are festivals such as the spring festival. However, if you are not the type of person that likes to branch off campus or party, then there is a club for you. One can join their state club or other clubs, go bowling on campus, have a pillow talk with some ladies on your floor, meet new people, or just walk around the yard and enjoy the new atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Howard University is pretty decent. There are certain days such as Soul Food Thursday that the menu is very appealing. Most times the food can be repetitive, but that is when you take the opportunity to try out all the different restaurants and eateries that surround Georgia Ave. and DC. The meal plan can be customized and there are also other places to eat on campus to get a taste of something different. It is not a home cooked meal so do not come expecting a 5 star meal but rather a decent meal so that when you get home you appreciate your mother more =)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Howard are very competitive. Although the freshman dorms are a sisterhood for the females and a brotherhood for the males. Staying in the dorms allows you the grow and form a relationship with people around you from many different states and find people that meet your interest. It is in these dorms that you can form a bond with people for a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Howards academics are based on personal experience. There are some departments and courses that carry more stress than others. While there are also some courses that can easily bring a GPA up. When picking classes keep in mind the teacher and the course because that can also make a large difference with the work content. Most importantly keep the syllabus your friend and everything will go smoothly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard University is not the cheapest university so always consider the price. There are different forms of financial aid around the area but you have to have to be at good academic standing at the most part. So remember, you can have fun and enjoy the college experience but do not forget the reason that you applied.

    In three sentences

    I hear so much positive and influential news about the campus. Howard University is indeed what you make of it. As it is in the nations capital there are a ton of resources everywhere and the students, teachers and staff are always willing to help and guide the way.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard is a safe campus. Campus police can be found all over campus. Students just have to be street smart when leaving campus. D.C. is not as safe as campus but if you walk in groups you will be safe.

    Greek Life

    Howard University has a diverse greek life. A Howard greek understands that greek life is about fellowship and love. All Howard greeks respect each other and have fun while doing it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard has a club for everything. I would fill up this page 10 times and still not be done explaining each club and activity that Howard offers. Also, if Howard doesn't have a club you want, feel free to start it yourself. Howard is a very open minded school.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for all types of students. Everyone honestly fits in at Howard. There is a club or an activity for everyone. This includes people who are not black or a minority.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Howard you will hear someone chant HU and you will hear a group of people reply YOU KNOW. Its one of those things that unify us at outings and on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is an expensive school and it located in an expensive city. For the most part you will enjoy your Howard experience. One way to get a bang for your buck is to attend free events that offer free food and other free things.

    What to do for fun

    Fun at Howard University is not hard to find. On campus a majority of students choose to hang out on the yard. The yard is located on main its a combination of a grassy field and a walk way to all your classes. Its great for hanging out and meeting your fellow classmates. Howard has many events that happen during the school year. Students can choose to attend football games, basketball games and many other sporting events. Howard also has many artist events such as art showcases, plays, concerts, film screenings and much more. If campus life doesn't do it for you, the nations capital is at your fingertips. Students often explore museums,monuments and other night life actives in D.C.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Howard is good. The students with a meal plan usually eat in the cafe. The cafe, as students call it, has recently been upgraded. The cafe offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and a late dinner. It also offers five different stations with different types of food such as, burgers, mexican food, sandwiches and pizza. On certain days of the week they offer a special entree such as soul food. For students without a meal plan Howard offers Bison Bucks. These students have the choice to eat at The Punch-out, where they can get chinese food, pastas, chicken and sandwiches. Bison Bucks also work at some off campus venues such as, Pizza Hut.

    Dorm Life

    Howard University dorms are not the greatest, but they do offer a chance to make life long friends. The fact that the dorms are not up to par, forces students to get out and explore campus, make new friends, and enjoy the nations capital.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Howard University is quite difficult. Teachers at Howard believe in pushing the students, which is a majority of African Americans, harder than other typical college students. Teachers at Howard will push you to your limits and still expect more, just as society will when you graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to come to Howard, be ready to work! Howard is usually hyped up for the all the wrong reasons. Just like every other college in america, Howard has its share of parties and extremely fun activities, but do not let this throw you off track. Keep in mind that you are at school to obtain a degree in your area of study. Good Luck!

    In three sentences

    Howard University has helped me grow beyond my imagination. The teaching staff at Howard will ensure that you are ready to dwell amongst the greatest in the real world. Howard offers a fun learning environment, the student body understands the concept of business first, pleasure second.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police is provided 24/7 on campus.

    Greek Life

    My first year a lot of the greeks were suspended. But it was still cool to see them walk around in their greek jackets and diff items of clothing. They stroll and step a lot at the basketball games which is really hype. Lstly, the probates happen in the spring and that's exciting to see the new members come out.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is a great place for fun, education, and making lifelong friends and memories.

    What to do for fun

    DC is a live place to live, there are so many attractions. You can visit the national mall, white house, etc. Also there always lots of parties going on on campus. Lastly you can join organizations and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe food is good like the first week of school but after that it gets gross! The cafe is a great place to socialize though. Thank god we have dining dollars for things such as the c-store and outside restaraunts.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so fun! Freshmans stay in all girl/boy dorms. Sophomores and upperclassmen get the choice to stay in co-ed dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great. You have to do a lot of studying though because grades are earned not given. Also, there are a lot of professors with different accents at Howard so you may want to get acquainted with classmates so you guys can help eachother out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research before you apply. Talk to students who already attend the school. Also a college visit would be nice.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a 8. The campus and everything is an in urban area so anyone can be on campus so that's not so safe. Although we do have campus security and the academics are great.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have an excellent campus police department. They have self defense programs, Optional cell phone triggered alarms to alert them, and are always on the patrol. Also being that the campus is all over the NW side of the city, free shuttle are provided and run almost all day long.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is HUGE on campus. A couple Greek incorporations were founded at this campus so they are highly regarded . The second semester of school social interactions basically evolves around the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    People at this school take so much pride in their clubs and activities. Their dedication make for excellent organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students interested in culture period, not just African American culture. Also for those that are at least partially interested in community service. The school is very oriented on it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ResFest is amazing. It's a competion between all the dorms. Lasts about a week! Also, homecoming week might be the best in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Since the school is in DC there is so much to do as soon as you are off campus. With the easily accessible metro system, the country's capital is your oyster.

    Food and Dining

    I never went hungry and the food was great. Many options. The staff can be snappy, but if you have manners, they will too.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the newer dorms seem like penthouse suites. However, the older forms don't even seem to be apart of the same campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is ranked as one of the top HBCU's for a reason. You'll really have to work hard to succeed. Professors don't take pity on slackers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. Don't get caught up in The party part of college life, you came for education. take advantage of the connections and opportunities presented!

    In three sentences

    The amount of diversity in an HBCU was very enlightening! As an African American I learned more about my culture in one semester than I had in my entire life. One great group of people helping each other advance, so inspiring.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The good news is that crime has been decreasing in the area for years, but the bad news is that this is probably more because of gentrification than the efforts of campus police, not that they haven't made a few improvements.

    Greek Life

    Five of the nine Black Greek orgs (Divine Nine aka D9) were founded here so Greek life is taken kind of seriously. The average student probably knows a little more about these orgs than at other schools, because Greek life's more ingrained in Howard culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every state has a club and some major cities do, too. If you have an interest, there's a club for it and if there isn't you can start one. There are choirs, vocal ensembles, and dance groups for the artistic students. There are intramural sports for competitive students. The gym and pool have open hours. The speech and debate teams are well-decorated. Student activities are probably what will keep you at Howard when everything else sucks. They have for me!

    Great for these types of students

    Black kids who were always the only black kid in their class. People who aren't concerned with color, because it doesn't define the potential greatness of a mind. The next Toni Morrison, Charles Drew, Ralph Bunche, Phylicia Rashad, Frederick Douglass, Alaine Locke, Thurgood Marshall, Howard Thurman, Maya Angelou... etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The clock tower at Howard is always off-limits, but many students climb it and if you're caught you can face dire consequences. There are many possible reasons why people take the risk: the clock tower is the highest point in DC, no one has been caught, to write their name at the top, just for something to do, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    DC is a very expensive place to live. Be prepared, budget wisely and you should be okay. The education you get is good, but the free opportunities and events that come with it make Howard worthwhile. The dorms aren't quite worth what you're paying, but with gentrification seeping in to the surrounding area it is harder and harder to find something off-campus that is affordable and nearby.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do I have no clue where to start. When the weather is nice, the yard is one of the best places to socialize. DC is a huge tourist attraction so there are countless memorials and museums to visit; most of which are free. If you like to shop there are many shops and malls to occupy your time. The nightlife is amazing! Howard students know how to party so on-campus shindigs are always fun. A few students are in the entertainment business so they may arrange for free shuttles, when they host parties at local clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The dining situation at Howard seems to improve every year. The dining management are very receptive to the feedback students give, however they usually save the best food for tour groups and other visitors to the campus. If you do tire of Howard food, DC offers and immense variety of food. Most places in the area deliver to Howard for free or at a discounted price.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms on HU's campus vary. Smaller dorms have more tight knit communities and have a family feel. In freshmen dorms, students usually bond by what floors they reside on. Larger dorms feel like apartment buildings. The Office of Residence Life (aka ResLife) cultivates an environment of friendly competition between dorms during an annual week-long event known as ResFest. Freshmen usually dorms usually win the popular events like the step show, because they take the competition so seriously and because they usually don't have a life yet. Also, new dorms have been promised for years, but who knows when or where they will actually be built. Improvements could also be made in the housing selection process for continuing students, pest control in the upper classmen's dorms, and A/C for the freshmen dorms. However, these are complaints usually chalked up to the Howard experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Beware of the math department! It has a lot of brilliant mathematicians that are too smart to teach. Most other classes are survivable, professors really want to see their students do well and if you communicate with them and attend classes regularly you should be very successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be VERY organized and keep records of all correspondence between you and the administration, especially the financial aid office. Every student on campus can tell you a horror story about that particular office. Don't come to Howard with any expectations, just take things in and enjoy your college years!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a very diverse place to learn about yourself and the world. It offers many opportunities to excel, but only if you possess a tenacious will to succeed. Howard is a challenge meant to make you stronger and smarter.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I believe running and just trying to have social life setting.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, the cafeteria is pretty size good and the food is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. One gets to meet new people from diffrent works of life. I think is a great way to communicate and network.

    Academic Rigor

    This is one aspect i would say is excellent. Th academic Rigor is well structured, it allows student choose what they want to do and also students can get help from the departments if they are confused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tip would be, prospect student should research well before making their choice for major. Look at the demographics of the school and also the passing rate and graduate rates of the school.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are alert and always on call. . There are blue security polls all over campus that can be pressed 24/7 to call for emergency help. Campus police also do investigations for all crimes on campus and forward the cases to higher law enforcement. Transportation is provided to students around campus voluntarily and when asked. Campus escorts transport students between various parts of Howard's Campus after the daily shuttles start running. The safety building on 10th street work so students feel safe, secure, and protected at all times. Crime does exist in DC, but thankfully, not many incidents happen on campus. ALWAYS TRAVEL IN GROUPS, especially late at night and be aware of all your surroundings at all times!

    Greek Life

    Howard has all Divine 9 Organizations and is the Alpha Chapter to 5 out of the 9. There Greek Organizations for Music and Band (Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha) Business (Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi), Medicine (Phi Kappa Delta), Law, Community Service, and many other interest and causes.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe that everyone fits in at Howard because there is some type of club or activity for everyone. People also create organizations to accommodate their needs. Big organizations on campus include marching band, choirs, state clubs, HUSA, Student Council, Freshman Leadership Academy and Campus Pals just to name a few.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard University has its challenges, as does every university. It will challenge you, frustrate you, push you and excite you all at the same time. The Howard experience is like none other. It is an honor to be able to call yourself a Bison. After you graduate and leave this place, it will be your turn to ensure that Howard is as wonderful for the generations to come as it was for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard University is know for its epic Homecoming Celebrations. The biggest celebrities, music artist, stylist and experts from around the world travel to DC to help us celebrate our Homecoming festivities in style with a week filled with traditional events such as the Gospel Show, Comedy Show, Fashion Show and ultimately the Greek Step Show and most importantly Football Game. Homecoming is in mid to late October every year! Resfest, a competition between all the dormitories is the next biggest event and tradition at Howard, after Homecoming. Teams are formed from each dormitory to compete in Debate, Sports, Strolling, Dancing and most importantly Stepping for the Resfest Champion Title.

    Bang for the buck

    Buy books from Amazon, ebay, etc. online! Other students post signs about book sales around campus which allows you to capitalize on free shipping! Get a smart trip card to save money on metro and for bus commuting. Howard's location in the DMV provide for many opportunities to attend free events. There are many free concerts, performances, programs, celebrations, etc. that take place in DC, near Howard that cost little or no many. Many attractions are located throughout DC, a lot that are cheap. Save your money. Shop online. Get a Pharmacy and Grocery Store rewards card. Visit retailmenot.com for great deals on almost anything you can think of. Also, use the coupons you collect and plan/budget your money! You DON'T need to buy everything you want or see. You are a college student so you don't need all the things you think you need. Spend wisely and accordingly and keep a stash aside for emergencies.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations on campus to join. There are Greek letter organizations for almost cause you can think of. Being in the city, there are many changes to hop on any of the public transportation to explore, shop, eat, plat, etc. Neighborhoods like Adams Morgan, Georgetown and Columbia Heights are exciting and provide for a great day and nighttime scene. The sky is the limit in DC and the DMV!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is very decent,. Most food options are in the Blackburn Center, in areas that aren't very large, but they are proportionate to the size of the university. The cafeteria has a wide variety of foods, including grill, pasta, vegetarian and home-style. The restaurant has tasty gourmet options everyday. The punchout has a sandwich, pizzeria, Chinese and Japanese, and grill station as well. Sankofa Cafe is my favorite. They provide alternative, exotic sandwhiches, breakfast food, smoothies, etc. that are a real treat!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms could definitely be better, but the rich legacy that they hold is amazing. Named after historic figures such as Charles Drew, Sojourner Truth and Lucy Diggs Slowe, the dormitories at Howard are very are historic. They need work though, and visitation rules should be a little less strict. The freshman dorms are cheaper and offer less amenities then upperclassmen dorms. Howard's dorms are spread throughout NW DC. There are 9 dormitory halls total. In the mean time, Howard is in the process of building 2 new dorms to that are expected to be completed by next fall. Howard is working hard to ensure as many qualified students possible have housing on or off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is challenging academically but also supportive to make sure that you succedd. With hard work, dedication, and discipline, you can have all that you desire with the help of staff and students along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the best of your time at Howard because the sky is truly the limit here. Howard is filled with many opportunities and challenges, that will prepare you for the future and create the best memories of your life as you prepare for the world that awaits you. Plan wisely, take this serious and embrace all that surrounds you at Howard University.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a wonderful school, built on rich culture, history, traditions, and legacy. Howard is very well-rounded academically, offering many professors and programs that are exceptional and prepare you for the workforce. Howard is the real HU, the Mecca, and a role model to universities across the world.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Safe ... I have never had a problem

    Greek Life

    As stated before the Greek life is very popular at this school and consumes about majority of the student's activities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternities, and Sororities are very popular at this University and also international clubs are highly respected at this school.

    Great for these types of students

    Law students, Medical Students, and Business student will enjoy the programs at Howard University and will have no problem pursuing a career once they have graduated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual process is the process of withdrawing from a class which requires alot of running around from many different departments to get thier signiture... when in reality this should be a simple process online!

    Bang for the buck

    This school has good reputation academically but needs improvement with thier adminstration team!

    What to do for fun

    Homecoming is the best!

    Food and Dining

    There are not that many good food choices and variety

    Dorm Life

    I have no experience.. but I am told that it is very safe and diverse!

    Academic Rigor

    Academically excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your records and paperwork for regirstration and classes do not wait until graduation to be prepared.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a very prestigous school with many acedemic programs to offer.The adminisrtation team is a little diffucult and needs some imporvement. This instution has alot of networks and is highly affiliated with many professional institutions

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Yes, we are safe. Obviously we are in DC and we understand the precautions, however our campus safety and protection services are very active and reliable. Safety is given in all forms via cell phone, laptops, escort services (that take you wherver, whenever and pick uou up whereever, whenever) and much more.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not overwhelming, like most campuses. If you choose to participate, do it! If not, you will not be the only one. Our greeks are not overbearing and still are fun but they are smart- and understand work hard, play hard.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 100 organizations that are active, and fit almost near everyone because we recognize that DC is full of diversity and so is our campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all, honestly. some days you want to go out and explore, be adventourous- we have those! Those who want to stay near campus- there is still a lot to do! Those who do both, and those who just want to get away and see the world

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you are a greek lover, our greeks come out every first friday to perform and just gather the student body on the yard (one of our biggest, most fun, party spot for the students) and we all just have fun because it is Friday and we are out of class, and the weekend is HERE!

    Bang for the buck

    most definitely. I feel that you must choose a school that fits you, and its location must be complementing. DC is very diverse and very easy to find something to do; Howard is a world within itself but easy to step out of to explore and see other worlds.

    What to do for fun

    You are in the Heart of DC, our Nation's Capital! Go take a walk, volunteer at one of the embassies, tour historical DC looking at monuments,. DC is the place to be for any hobby, because we are very diverse.

    Food and Dining

    Does any school have good cafe? In terms of freshness, we are all the way. You have a traditional Soul Food Thursday, and that is a big hit here, and other vendors that are on campus just to get a variety of foods and the different experience.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the best forms, yes I am biased. However, all dorms are fully equipped. Kitchenettes, cleanliness, a friendly staff, I mean people realise that they are working a prestigious black university and uphold that with the most respect. Fortunately, I have an entire cafeteria in my dorm, but there are others as well.

    Academic Rigor

    You are attending a prestigious university, recognize that. HOwever, our professors do not set you up for failure! Everyone is here to help..sounds risque? I understand. I was the same way until I actually sat in class for my first day, and saw first hand. You help yourself, they help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a new enviornemnt, everyone says. However, being in DC, there is much more to just adapting to a new enviornment. As long as you ask for help, and never let your pride get in the way you will be fine. Situational Awareness is always a good skill to carry in DC or out.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is empowering me to never fear being unique, but grasp it by its horns and excel as an educated young lady. Howard University is teaching me about the past, present, and instilling a changed view for the future. Howard University was my first choice, and I am glad I didn't second guess myself.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Honestly, Howard is NOT a safe campus. I stress this, and want you to be aware. There are blue lights all over, but crime runs rampant. This is important because many of us come here feeling safe and naive, and quickly wake up. My first week here my wallet got stolen--so did 60 other kids. There has been multiple robbings, assault, even rape and a case of murder--all this in my first semester. While not everything happens on campus, but in the general area, its still disconcerting what happens, and you'll hear stories all the time of previous incidents. Don't let this ruin your opinion of the school however, Howard is situated in a rough neighborhood, but its cleaning up a bit. Just make sure you are always on alert, perhaps with some form of protection (that's legal!), and always make sure to find out the truth of what happens--Howard has a tendency to hide or change some details about things............

    Greek Life

    Like I said, a strong Greek Life, esp. since many of the Pan-Hellenic council was founded here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Get used to learning a lot of dances--its a huge part of Howard culture. You'll also pick up some new lingo, and also ask for mambo sauce ;p

    What to do for fun

    Depends. There are lots of parties to go to on campus (largely in the valley), as well as a strong Greek life. Myself, I love to take advantage of being located in D.C., also in close approximation of Maryland and Virginia, and got out a lot--to movies, festivals, museums, shopping, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is bearable--not the best, and certainly not the worst. In general, I would say that the food at the Annex has more flavor to it in comparison to that of Blackburn--but Blackburn has more options; Blackburn also has longer hours, which may be more convenient for times you have late meetings, or can't get to Annex in time. Many students look forward to Soulfood Thursday, which serves soul food (fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni, etc.)--its okay, but being for the South myself, its rather lackluster. Also prepare for everyday pasta stations and grills, which will always have long lines, but are decently tasty--if you don't wear them out.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in Bethune Annex, which is probably the nicest dorm. We have our own cafeteria, mail room, and seminar room. The dorm is the newest (for freshman girls), and so is pretty nice. Its suite style, so you'll be living with a minimum of 3 girls max 7, though only have one roommate. The rooms are spacious, and you only have to share a bathroom and common-room with the people in your suite. There's also a kitchen (stove/microwave/sink) on every floor, as well as a study room, RA, and GA. Girls at the Annex tend to stick to themselves and their room though, so don't be surprised if you don't bond so much with others on your floor, though this is not the case for each floor. The Quad tends to invoke a more communal relationship between floors on average.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a hard one to gauge, because I'm only a freshman, and as a freshman, your courses will generally be general education (math, english, pysch, foreign language, orientation, etc.), and the rigorness of those classes largely depends on you your teachers are, the class levels, and your work ethic as a student. For myself, so far, my classes haven't been too hard and I've been doing a pretty good job even though I haven't been working too hard. I you do most your work, go to class, and get B's or A's (or even C's) on tests, you should be fine. However. the work, and workload, may get harder down the line.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest you really know why you want to come here. For myself, I came only because of a full scholarship and my parents desire for me to experience this type of environment. However, I had been under the impression I would attending an art school, so it was a big shock and adjustment for me. Therefore, make sure that this environment is one you truly want for yourself, and that if you are hesitant about your major, they offer a variety of ones you might be interested in. Also, come with an open mind because the people at Howard are diverse, despite it being an HBCU, and you should be assured you'll find people like you, though trying the different clubs available helps. Also, financial aid and registration will be a butt, and if you don't like inclines or exercise, just be prepared to walk up a giant hill everyday to get to class.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great university that showcases the highlights and benefits of attending an HBCU. It is a great place to further your network within the African-American community and indulge in rich history. It is, however, lacking on funds for renovations and buildings, and has had to recently make budget cuts on certain programs.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of Campus efforts toward safety. There are police officers and escort services and Guardian services. But it is the city, and with that comes some risk. Be aware of your surroundings. Travel in large groups during the night and take advantage of the services provided to you.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, I have very little knowledge about Greek Life. I know that on Fridays at 12, all the sororities and fraternities gather on the Yard and showcase some talent. Lastly, I know that there are various Greek Life events during the semester and many Greek sponsored parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some great clubs that can become like a second family. There are regional clubs so you can rep your state. There are clubs for activists like P.E.A.C. and for the LGBTQ community like CASCADE. There are clubs for mentoring and servitude such as Jewels Inc. There are various social clubs. There are political clubs like NAACP and Democrats for Howard.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like thrift shops, there are lots of thrift stores around D.C. and Howard. If you are outgoing and like to meet new people, look into the Campus Pals. If you want friends from back home, join your state club. Howard is not great for just a select type of people; there is that diversity I talked about earlier.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is some terminology that only Howard people know. The Yard and The Valley are great hangout spots. The Booty Wall at the Quad is another hang out spot. There is an ongoing battle for the spot of best dorm so you might see people cross their arms to signal that they live in the Annex, hear girls saying Q-U-A-D, or hearing guys shouting DREW. Come to Howard and you'll hear the Howard Chant and see the Howard Hand, which has made me feel like I'm in a big family.

    Bang for the buck

    There are lots of little things that I appreciate. Shuttle services, escort services, great events that happen daily, the city life, and a diverse population are just some of those things. Homecoming is also a great time and people from all over come to Howard during this time. Be sure to take advantage of the buffet style meals you have on a daily basis. Not only will you learn get an education, mature and gain social skills, and have fun, you will also learn a lot (even if you don't take specific classes) about African American culture and history.

    What to do for fun

    Explore! And of course party. But partying gets old and there is so much to see in D.C. You wont even scrape the surface in your first year. Going to Chinatown is a starter. Going to Georgetown and the restaurant, Busboys and Poets is a great for a weekend. Explore the near surroundings by checking out Sankofa Cafe. Just on the campus, where you'll get great deals if you are a student, there are plays, concerts, movie nights, dinner events.

    Food and Dining

    I've visited other colleges and Howard is not the best at dining services. But I still appreciate the fact that I am not cooking or worrying about food. The pizza is typically very good at the Blackburn Caf. If you go to Bethune Annex, expect less variety but also a more intimate environment. If you want more variety, check out the Punchout and Blackburn Restaurant, so you don't use your own money.

    Dorm Life

    Choose your dorm based on the kind of people you like to be around or the type of person you are. If you like a community type of dorm where you can count on seeing people walking around and doors open, Drew Hall and The Tubman Quadrangle are your top choices. I stayed in The Quad, last semester as a freshman. If you like it to be more quiet or like to be by yourself, Bethune Annex and Carver Hall are your top choices. I have only heard about Meridian Hall and the Towers. I heard that Meridian Hall is a party dorm; take from that what you will. I heard that the Towers can be great or horrible, it can really be a room by room case.

    Academic Rigor

    It is rigorous. Even though you are getting your prerequisites and basic classes out of the way as a freshman, the teachers still challenge you. Try to take classes that are mainly upperclassmen, you will learn a lot about how you can expect yourself to mature and from people that have already been in your shoes and you will challenge yourself further.

    Tips for prospective students

    You just have to be open minded and patient. As a prospective student, you should definitely get involved in your community or school and also keep up your best work in school. That will prepare you for juggling school work and involvement in the student body at Howard. Be prepared for a change; you will have to keep up with your records at Howard. You also now have a choice in classes and teachers. Do research on your classes and go on ratemyprofessor.com in order to find a great teacher; make your life easier. Be prepared to either gain calf muscles or come in shape because D.C. is really hilly. Explore, there really is so much to see so do not get stuck in the Howard campus. Take advantage of your opportunities and make something of yourself.

    In three sentences

    I actually really love it. You'll be inspired to be service oriented when you see how Howard gives back to the community. The atmosphere is great and it is diverse, not racially; but there are diverse personalities and backgrounds that people bring.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University campus police are very reliable and even offer free R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense classes for women. They also have the Howard University Guardian Service that allows members of the Howard University Community to connect with and be monitored safely by DPS University police (HU-DPS).

    What to do for fun

    There are college parties, but a lot of students like to catch the metro to tour D.C. or shop at Georgetown. The cupcake shops at Georgetown are very popular.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and there are a variety of foods to choose from. The best part is it's all you can eat with your meal plan, and Dining Dollars are included. You can use your Dining Dollars at on-campus locations. I mainly use mine to buy snacks.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in the Harriet Tubman Quadrangle and it's pretty nice. The other dorms I've seen are nice too. Living somewhere else apart from home usually takes some adjusting though.

    Academic Rigor

    The work can be challenging but if you use your resources and continuously work first, play later you should be academically successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to research Howard University thoroughly before they choose to come here. It is a wonderful school but it is not for everyone. I also advise prospective students not to stay out too late or walk by themselves at night due to the high crime rate. Lastly I advise that students take advantage of the many opportunities that Howard offers.

    In three sentences

    The faculty, staff, and students were very welcoming my first week at Howard. Many of the professors are very nice, friendly, and caring, and will work with their students to make sure they receive a fulfilling education. There are many opportunities such as jobs, internships, and workshops that Howard offers its students.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is the blue light system, and campus police are around on campus during the day and night. There is always a security guard at the main gate, and security guards at each dorm building. Also, there is a police escort service where you can call and talk to someone until you arrive where you are going, or have someone come get you if you are going from one Howard building to another.

    Greek Life

    There are 9 historically black fraternities and sororities (called the divine 9) and several professional ones too like for law, education, and medical schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are alot of clubs and activities, both official and unofficial. It's easy to find out about activities/clubs through friends and events that they hold. there's a club for just about anything: from stepping, mining, bible studies, writing, dancing, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are hard working but also want a chance to take it easy now and then, and have a lot of choices!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First Fridays on the Yard for sororities and fraternities where they come out and sing, step, etc. Howard homecoming is always legendary. We usually have at least one celebrity at each event and family and friends come from out of town, as well as just residences from the DMV area to experience Howard homecoming.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are complacent and just accept what the university hands you, you're missing out. Howard has great opportunities that a lot of students miss out on because they don't have the initiative to go after it. If you don't go out of your way to get the whole value of education, you will not get what you're paying for.

    What to do for fun

    The university has a bunch of events that occur throughout the semester that are available to students. There are athletic games, special weeks like ResFest, SpringFest, and Homecoming that include a variety of events, and also conferences and visiting speakers that come to campus to give lectures. All other on campus activities are held by organizations- there are parties, concerts, awareness days, showcases, performances, etc. held by all sorts of student organizations.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is mediocre- sometimes its really good, and occasionally there is food that is inedible, just as you would expect from any college cafeteria. The punchout is always good, and all the rest of the places we can get food on campus are great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms could use some work structurally and just the way it's run, but everyone is so friendly that it makes up for it. You immediately bond with people in your dorm and it's the easiest way to make good friends. One thing about Howard that is kind of special is the dorm vs. dorm competition. We have a week called ResFest where each dorm has their own teams- dance, step, etc. and it's a great opportunity for bonding and showing your spirit!

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professor are very knowledgeable and helpful. All of them will try to help you if you go to them for help. Overall, if you try hard, your professors will definitely try to help you get an A and understand what you are learning about.

    Tips for prospective students

    If are uncomfortable with doing things for yourself, then Howard will be a very difficult position. This being said, there are plenty of chances to learn more about yourself and grow. If you are unwilling to step out of your comfort zone, Howard may not be for you because it is so diverse.

    In three sentences

    The programs are great; each offers opportunities to grow substantially. As long as you look out for the great opportunities that are offered, you will be able to get ahead and be on a solid track by the time you graduate. Overall, the experience is what you make it.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    First Friday and different sorority/fraternity week are cool. If your heart desire to join a frat or sorority then do. It builds your network and allows you to create a life long bond.

    Clubs and Activities

    You must get involved in clubs activities. They are a great way to meet people and build your network. Students thrive off of networking at HU.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, social, hard-working, determined, smart and bright

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking to Howard China (HoChi) after parties for chicken and Mumbo sauce. Or staying late in the ILab to get papers done.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is majorly expensive!! I left because I did not want to take on all the loans. Even though I look ahead to a rewarding career, I did not want to have to deal with the many loans I would pay over a lifetime. You have to do a lot of hard and long networking to find scholarships and opportunities to succeed financially.

    What to do for fun

    When the weather is sunny and lovely, the yard is the place to be. The students come out as one to enjoy the sunshine. There is always a social event at clubs or thrown house parties. Or its always nice to go down to China Town watch a movie or go shopping as well as in Pentagon City.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe food is decent. The staff is hilarious and weird at the same time. The Punch Out used to have decent food in there when I was going there. Both are located in Blackburn and also have events in there for different activities going on around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Q-U-A-D!!! AWWWWEEEE YEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! IF you are a incoming freshman you would want to stay in the dorms. They are a great way to meet new people and the RESFEST is a friendly competition to show the best dorms with talent. It is an older school without much remodeling except for the newer dorms. I stayed in Crandall Hall 2nd floor and didn't have many problems. Except losing my keys lol.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not tough, but if you lose focus you can easily see yourself stressing out more than you should.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please stay focus and on top of the A Building. Also, become active around campus to obtain a better network.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. The atmosphere and student relation are wonderful. The students genuinely care for each other and expect the best for you.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at Howard. The fact that both Delta Sigma Theta and Omega Psi Phi were founded there makes it that much more important. Recently the Deltas hosted their centennial on Howard's campus. The subway was filled with dedicated women in crimson and white.

    What to do for fun

    Howard is located in a beautiful city. There are so many resturaunts and shopping centers to go to. Not only that, Howard is constantly hosting events on campus. One time a student walked out of class and literally walked into a festival. It's great!

    In three sentences

    The vibe on this campus is amazing. Just in one hour of being there, I saw the school spirit, diversity and tradition. Howard is the prime example of the college experience.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not as bad as it was but D.C. in general is becoming safer.

    Greek Life

    Don't let it control your life. A lot of students have sacrificed to much for Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    Can be great for anyone. For some Howard grows on them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Booty wall. You'll Know...

    What to do for fun

    Go out and explore what DC has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning seems to be improving with each passing year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not good, but they could be a lot worse.

    Academic Rigor

    Architecture is challenging program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take everything serious but with a grain of salt.

    In three sentences

    No one will hold your hand or try to help you up when you fall if anything they will try to knock you back down. Howard can be survival of the fittest.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like many campus Howard does have campus police. They also have call station located all over campus that you may use in cases of emergency. In recent years they also have implemented safety programs that maximize campus safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is a campus for all types. If you are passion driven and want to be successful in life Howard is for you

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations in Howard's campus. With that being said there are countless organization sponsored events that will get you out an about. there is also public transportation in Washington D.C. making your exploration possibilities endless

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to food the Cafe is ok. For the first couple of weeks you don't really mind it but then you start to miss homemade food. Howard also offers the Punch Out which is a strip of fast food restaurants in the Blackburn Center. If your not really feeling any of those choices there are multitudes of Chinese take-out places but remember eating out can cause a hole in your pocket

    Dorm Life

    Though the dorms on Howard's campus are old they serve as the meeting grounds for life long friends, community development, and Howard traditions. Remember you do not have to be stuck in your dorm all day to excel academically.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Howard University is not super hard you as a student must be dedicated and want more out of your education. Howard University does simulate the mind and you will fall short if you decide that studying or attending class is not for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one tip for incoming students is to use your time wisely. Remember there are only 24 hours in a day in for 6 or more of them you will be in classes meaning that the other 18 hours should be used for studying, sleeping, and occasional fun with friends. Also be yourself Howard is composed of very different individuals so you do not have to act out of yur personal comfort zone to make friends

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an Instiution that allows you to have your own beliefs. Howard equips you with the knowledge to impact society and change the field in which you wish to embark in. Howard University is filled with countless opportunities but you must be willing to go out there and work for them.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party. One of the nation's top partying schools.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be repetitive, but that's with all college food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life isn't great comparer to other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    The class difficulty is relative of course but from my experience teachers really care about the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared, dont underestimate any situation, for you can learn from them all.

    In three sentences

    Howard is an amazing experience from which you can learn a lot from, if you let it. You will be tested on an hourly basis but at the end of each day, you will be proud to be a student at the Howard University. I promise, you will love it.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is safe however the surrounding areas can be dangerous.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or organization for every interest.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is expensive and is what you make it. If you admire the environment then it is worth the expenses.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on and off campus. The social aspect of Howard is very diverse and the monuments are fun to view.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers many options that cater to most students dining choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent in size and quality.

    Academic Rigor

    To succeed at Howard you must go above and beyond expectations if you wish to pass with flying colors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and stay on top of things and deadlines.

    In three sentences

    Howard provides many opportunities to its students. There are a lot of things to get involved in. The Howard community serves as a great support system.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard is not in such a great area, so there is constant alerts to make us aware of what is going on ion the area. They want us to be safe so we have security guard in every dorm to make sure that each person lives in that dorm. And if something were to happen to you, there are areas where it has place that if you push the button it contacts the police.

    Greek Life

    Our Greek Life at Howard is amazing because many of the black fraternities and sororities started there. If you want to get involved with the Greek Life, you have to be connected because it is very secretive and you start pledging your Sophomore year.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have all state clubs, Freshman Leadership Academy, and many other clubs to name that you can get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for all students especially who like to party but who can stay focused at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our Homecoming is the best thing at howard because there is always something to do during that time. For one, We have a parade down Georgia Avenue, Yardfest, a fashion show, a concert, a panel discussion to help build your brand, and Gospel show.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is definitely bang for you buck because it has so much to offer the students not only an education but a network of people.

    What to do for fun

    At Howard, there is always a party, so you will find out about them on campus or at your dorm. If you want to go shopping, you can take the G2 to Georgetown and it has a movie theatre, restaurants, and a lot of shops.

    Food and Dining

    The food was basic dorm food, but on Thursdays, it would be soul food Thursday, which is usually the best day for food at Howard. Also there is place called the Punchout in Blackburn, which has other places to eat if you don't necessarily want the food in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm because it's no like the other dorms at Howard because it has bigger rooms and a cafeteria, so you wouldn't have to travel all the way to Blackburn.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, my freshman year went very well but that is not the case with me other students. also I know as I go on at Howard it will get harder and harder because of the major I have chosen.

    Tips for prospective students

    At Howard, there are many distractions such as parties, boys/girls, and drugs/ alcohol, and it gets real easy to get caught up. Don't let those distractions get in your way remain focused because you went to Howard for a reason, which is to receive a higher education.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is one of the top HBCUs for any African American to attend. It has the best School of Business and offers so many opportunities to their students than many other colleges. Going to Howard is world of difference than attending normal college.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Howard University offers culturally and intellectually stimulating courses. Moreover, Howard University's campus offers a diverse campus. Finally Howard University shapes and molds leaders.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Washington D.C! There's tons to do. And New York isn't very far away.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to attend HU beware of the staff. It's very hard to get things accomplished and receive help,

    In three sentences

    I feel that Howard University is a great place to empower the African American community. Although many influential people have come from this university it is a very difficult journey. It's a place where the experience is rough but the outcome is great.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The location of Howard's campus is a constant reminder of the risk from the surrounding neighborhoods. It is essential to practice smart tactics when traveling on campus and throughout DC

    What to do for fun

    Explore DC College Parties and Functions House Parties and Functions Book signings by celebrities and important people Restaurants Movies Monuments Museums Libraries Parks and Recreation

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is convenient but not delicious

    Dorm Life

    The social scene within the dorms make up for the poor conditions of the dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Do as much research as you can if you choose this college by using the website, asking upperclassmen and staff, and through emails and phone calls Do not procrastinate Be humble Always strive for the very best Do not trust everyone and anyone

    In three sentences

    Howard University becomes a location where an unforgettable experience occurs, from annoying interactions with the administration to meeting people that will prove useful in a network. This school does carry a strong, boastful legacy that houses people from ALL walks of life possessing a multitude of gifts and talents. Many components of the Howard University education can be negative, such as the housing condition and selection, administration, financial services and aid, and organization, but the experience with friends and a network of scholars and intellectuals within an interesting city is priceless.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food and dining experience can get old after the first 3 months. It is a bit tedious and the food gets boring. You can honestly enjoy the meals and the people eating with you. You really must have a positive attitude when entering our cafe. I found the food to get more interesting as the year went on--always a compliment and complain box.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun at times. There are a few nuisances that pop up such as Wi-Fi down, bad A/C or power going out. But these same problems occur to many colleges. It's definitely fun if you are willing to be sociable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is definitely there for some classes. Depending on your attended major, the classes can range from simple to God awful. My major is Accounting; so my freshman year classes were primarily Business basics. They weren't the hardest but much studying was done.

    In three sentences

    It is an outstanding school to attend; furthermore, the experience is worth recounting for many years. The first semester can have plentiful of events, and hopefully they are fortunate.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus has a wonderful Police Dept. that takes care of their students

    Greek Life

    Some Greek Life Originated there AKA's DELTA's etc...

    What to do for fun

    EVERY THING !! There's always a social or event or party on the yard that can keep you occupied. Also you're in DC plenty of events, museums that's free of charge TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM.

    Dorm Life

    You want to get a dorm with A/C.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do great in your classes. Take AP classes. Study for your SATS. Take the ACT. Write an excellent essay and you'll be eligible to become a BISON.

    In three sentences

    I love Howard University's friendly home environment. As soon as you walk on campus everyone invites you to events, making you feel as if you never left home. The school has so much legacy, you feel as if your one of the greats as soon as you walk on campus.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is usually good, but I must be honest there have been incidents of students having things taken from them and sexual misconduct. Although they are very few I would suggest getting the campus alert sent to your phone. It will notify of any extenuating circumstances that have happened near or around the school to keep our students safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is at an all time high at Howard. We are known as the alpha and the omega of Greek organizations because Howard is where majority of it started to begin with. If your unfamiliar the Greek I would suggest visiting founders hall it's a dedication hall to just about everything in African American history including fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The number of clubs to get into are infinite. There,s usually processes to join each organization on campus but what I would suggest is to do thorough research first and if it interest you go for it. We also have a number of athletic teams if your interested in that as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to get away and have a home away from home this is it. For the social to have even more fun and the not so social to spread there wings. Theres only one thing you can do and thats fit in. Every type of person and character is available here. We carry a lot of unity in our school it's a family.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Resfest is probably another one of those events that you'll love as an incoming freshman. The whole school comes together for dorm events and games to crown the dorm of the year in essence. It gets everyone involved and is an all around good time for all who attend.

    Bang for the buck

    Homecoming at Howard has been the most widely celebrated event at our school for years. Its a tradition that rappers actors and famous alumni all attend and show the love they have for their old alma mater. Homecoming is not the event to miss it's probably the most fun you will have all year.

    What to do for fun

    Theres so much to do in your spare time it all depends on what your in too. For the most part you can find activities on campus or within your dorm to do. There are even campus wide dorm competitions and festivals to get people connected. D.C has a pretty decent night life if your 18+ or 21+. There are always a few concerts a month since D.C is pretty active but there's always a bulletin of upcoming events to help you get a more rounded idea of whats going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is as close to a home cooked meal as you will get and they do a pretty good job. It stays open pretty late for more fast food options which includes dining dollars for when your in need of a late night snack. Even when you don't want to eat on campus a lot of the neighboring businesses/restaurants will accepts our dining cards.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a challenge but none the less its a fun experience. Its the best and easiest way to meet other people in my opinion. You will also be able to learn what its like to live with other people now and in the future which might make the more grown up decisions easier for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically Howard can be a challenge depending on where you stood in High School. If you were towards the top of your class it should be a breeze to stay in good academic standing. Not to say that if you weren't at the top it will be difficult but just be sure your getting the help you need because the resources are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a record of everything, including papers or any important emails its almost a guarantee that you will need them again. Secondly, enjoy yourself and make it your duty to stay involved in activities sometimes is who you know and not what you know. Anyone that you meet could take you a step closer to where you want to be. Lastly you never know how much you will miss something until your not there Howard's one of those places you'll miss just about as long as you live.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a school founded and kept alive by the rich history that has made it what it is today. The academics and diverse degree program that they offer is originally why I applied and it has held me in attendance since. There are always opportunities to move from cocoon to butterfly here and that is why I rate it a 5 out 5.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 77 of 286

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are present. There are several blue poles around campus, where you can push the button on the pole if you every feel in danger. While on campus, you know that campus police are always near.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is present at Howard University.

    Clubs and Activities

    (See what to do for fun)

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for fun, outgoing, open minded, fashion forward, ready-to-learn students. Most Howard students are able to juggle their social life with their educational life well. Just about everyone is involved with something.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howards saying is H-U, YOU KNOW! Always chanted the show love for our school.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is worth its cost. You will get an experience here that you cant get anywhere else. An education that you can count on, organizations that you can enjoy, and opportunities that will last a life time.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 100 organizations on campus that you can be apart of. There are dance groups, social clubs, academic groups etc.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is interesting, but Soul Food Thursday are always amazing.

    Dorm Life

    There are several different dorms on an off campus that are related to Howard University. You will experience something different with each dorm that you're assigned to. All are accommodating, but you need to decided what kind of environment you want to be in.

    Academic Rigor

    At Howard you will be challenged. You are not baby sat to do your homework or come to class consistently. You will earn the grade that you receive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students keep an open mind. There are a lot is students from all over the country. You will be expose to so many different cultures. Also be open to learn. There is so much to take in and take advantage of in Howards campus.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great place to start and or continue your college education. This school is filed with numerous resources that will help you get through you're college experience. Being an HBCU, you will get an experience different from any other.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 78 of 286

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    What to do for fun

    visit the yard and go to parties there are plenty, don't go to too many though.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the food is great bu they serve burgers and fries, pasta, subs, and things everyday; they only change one meal and that is classics.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great, I live in Bethune Annex Hall and my suite is beautiful and evrything about it is and has been excellent at this point.

    Academic Rigor

    They definitely are serious about academics and education.

    Tips for prospective students

    study, come ready to work, you have to be driven, be ready for the real world.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a good experience, the people here are passionate. Howard is a serious school. Howard is a major learning environment.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 79 of 286

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    Campus Safety

    We receive alerts to our emails immediately and we have campus police.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved and find clubs that cater to your needs and interests. There are several of them.

    Great for these types of students

    There are several clubs that advocate people's culture

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each residence have their individual signs that represent them

    Bang for the buck

    Students living in the dorms are not allowed to bring microwaves, coffee makers and large refrigerators. For every 2 girls is a boy, meaning the female population is twice the number of males. Some rooms do not have air conditioning so apply for rooms with air. Most students are welcoming and nice. If you are in Howard expect to turn up and get those grades up as well. Most importantly , please dress well. most people are stuck on trends and being fashionable.

    What to do for fun

    Join organizations and get yourself involved in addition to this, find friends that relate to you.

    Food and Dining

    Bring healthy snacks to school. The food on meal plans could do better but food paid for with your school balance is better.

    Dorm Life

    Quality is best in the annex compared to the Tubman Quad but the quad is led by unity and love. These are both single sex freshman dorms for girls. Although the annex has sophomores residing there as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone does their work, slacking is disapproved. Getting good grades isn't hard in your freshman year. Anyone can achieve it but read and pay attention during classes. Expect pop quizzes as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find good roommates. Join organizations and volunteer. Study first .

    In three sentences

    Entertaining in terms of social activities , career forums and on-campus organizations. Its an elite school, some of the biggest names were made in Howard including film and tv actress ,Taraji Henson. 1st president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe and P.diddy.

  • 10/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 80 of 286

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    What to do for fun

    there are parties all the time, so going out is never really an issue. since I'm only a handful of stops away from the monuments, going there is always an option.

    Food and Dining

    the food is not very good. I would suggest finding someone with a kitchen so you can cook your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what hall you choose, the dorm life is harder. in a double, it is a lot easier to get along with my roommate and deal/avoid problems. for people in a triple, one small problem can escalate into a large issue very quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    College life is difficult and since I'm taking engineering, it will get very hard. But the professors here are all willing to help their students, so the academics aren't so bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to be disciplined to come to HU. It is best that you find the balance between your social life while keeping your head in your books. there are plenty of places to study, but you have to be willing to put in the time for it.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great place for minority students and for people of all races to gain a new social perspective. There is always something to do: all of the lectures from prominent people in the business industry, different clubs, and parties every weekend. Howard has made me feel like I have a home away from home.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 81 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police treat you like their children , your guaranteed safety at all times.

    What to do for fun

    Theres alot to do on campus , you can't be bored if you were to attend Howard . We have clubs , social organizations , and many community service opportunities . Also every Friday there are parties around the neighborhood so you can just release all the stress you had during the week..

    Food and Dining

    The food here isnt that great , but some days its great . But that's only once in a blue moon

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great depending on what dorms your in . Drew Hall during the first weeks of school is terrible . There isnt A/C , but Drew Hall has the most richest traditions and a stronger brother hood. And plus Drew Hall gets all the ladies LOL . Another freshman dorm would be Carver Hall , Craver hall has A/C but hey who needs ac when yoou have more of a brother hood here at Drew . Of and one more thing the Freshman Dorms are not coed .

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major , the rigor of the courses may vary . If you go into to business expect to be wearing suits all the time . If your a biology major expect to to be in the library all the time , same goes for the engineering majors. The more classes you take the better off you'll be in the future . Remember ! the work you put in now will pay off in the end .

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you guys get here remember , party hard but study harder ! The transition from high school to college isnt easy and iv learned form experience , all you have to do is stay focused !

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great school . It has a rich cultural background and and a great diversity of people . Also once you get here you're welcome with open arms and offered many opportunities to network .

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 82 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus and Washington D.C. police forces are committed to keeping Howard Students safe. We have many different accommodations for students such as the shuttle service which drives students around at night, and the blue light alert systems that can be found all around campus which allows students to signal for help when needed by pushing a button.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is huge at Howard! We are the location where several Divine Nine (D9) Greek Letter Organizations were founded.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is a club that you could think of, it is at Howard University. Also, the leadership on campus is amazing, if you would like to start and organization, Howard is extremely open to allowing students to do so.

    What to do for fun

    Fun is Howard. At any given time their will be 5 fun activites at one time, the trick is how to balance fun with work. From cultural events, to guest speakers, free food, games, etc, Howard University is a great space for students to release some steam and continue to excel in their studies!

    Food and Dining

    There is ample amount of food and dinning at Howard. We have Jasmin's, The Punchout, The Cafeteria, Sankofa, The C-Store, and countless surrounds restaurants. There is a variety of different meals and snacks available at all times. The pricing of the food is reasonable and payment methods are versatile, you could you cash, credit, or your university card to pay for food.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life at Howard University is being improved. We have two new dorms coming very soon. The University tries very hard to make dorms feel like home, by having parties and socials, decorating on occasions, and always having an official available to assist students if there is an issue.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is subjective. Some students have too study non stop, others hardly ever. I would say that in order to make straight A's you will find assignments to be rigorous but doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student, new comers should be very efficient with their time management to insure success. Howard University is a busy space full of opportunities and in order to take full advantage of the opportunities offered to student, al students should be great at getting the most out of their time

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a vibrant melting pot where people from all walks of life can come and excel to become an active and productive member of society. Howard University will challenge you intellectually and please you socially. Howards cultural enrichment opportunities are what sets it apart from neighboring institutions .

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 83 of 286

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police and staff make sure that you feel their presence. My roommates and I always make sure we look out for one another as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are so many clubs to get involved in. I say choose wisely to make sure it fits your personality and will benefit you in your future.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, focused, eager to learn and hungry to learn about the differences in this world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The yard is where it all goes down. Its a place where girls and guys share a lot of the campus excitement and conversation. The yard is full of life that allows students be themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    College life at HU is great, I have met people that I feel like I've known a life time. The professors seem to genuinely care about their students. I love the person I am becoming and the education I've gotten so far. Now on the other hand my parents finances are dissolving faster that what was expected. Howard is costly so I'm trying to stay on top of my studies and apply for more scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    I volunteer in different organizations, thats how you get to know more people as well. I hang out with my roommates ( look at movies, go shopping,go to some home games and attend some parties). I go eat with my friends on campus or sometimes off. I call my family to stay in touch on whats going on back home.

    Food and Dining

    It is decent food but I'm a southern bell so there's no food like the south food.

    Dorm Life

    There will be friendships, bonds, sisterhoods and brotherhoods formed that will forever change your lives.

    Academic Rigor

    You are going to learn more here than the average. It is challenging but fulfilling as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with an open mind, not being judgmental. There are people from all over the globe that you will be introduce to, cultural, spiritual and attitude.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a total college experience, from where its located to the professors who teach there. You are getting some of the best lessons inside and outside of class. It is an ideal school for a person that is determined and has their head on straight.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 84 of 286

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    What to do for fun

    You are in WASHINGTON D.C. there is never a dull moment! Campus always has some type of event. You could be in the cafe, on the yard, in the punchout, anywhere. There is an event for everyone here at Howard. If you don't like anything, the nation's capital is right outside.

    Food and Dining

    The Blackburn cafe is the main location to eat along with the Punchout. The food is satisfactory. The only downside is the cafe hours, at times it seems like your whole day revolves around the dining hours.

    Dorm Life

    If you read on it and go to YouTube you can see the dorm life here. My only other comment on it is that the Howard dorm life is a part of the tradition and experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The toughness of class depends a lot on the individual professor. There are some professors that require more out of their students than another professor may. The main thing is to always stay focused and on your game with studying because most of the grades are dependent on a few assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO YOUR RESEARCH! READ REVIEWS! There are too many people that are here that complain about situations that are clearly stated on college websites. If you go to websites such as college prowler, unigo, cappex, etc and read you'll be fine. Also, be ready for competition. Everything requires a process, be it interview, resume, or just attending workshops.

    In three sentences

    Howard truly is The Mecca. It is a university filled with young people that are about their business and ready to take on challenges. Every day is a reaffirmation of why I chose to come here.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 85 of 286

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    What to do for fun

    Your living in Washington, DC. That's self explanatory. There is plenty of nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    The food is world class and offers a variety of nutritious food!

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in drew hall my freshman year and met life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The course are typically difficult and require a lot of studying and serious thought.

    In three sentences

    The school has world renown education but there are a few drawbacks for future students to be wary of ; administration , shuttle times, and financial aid. I found my self always heckling with administration in order to get verified and to enrolled in courses. It is a problem I have heard many students complain about.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 86 of 286

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    What to do for fun

    It is important to get very involved and to make the most of your experience. Staying in your dorm will not contribute to any type of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is provided by sodexo. The food in the caf is not very filling for long periods of time.

    Dorm Life

    Expect the dorms to be old and dirty. They have not been rennovate in years.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very prestigious. Students work very hard and getting a 4.0 is very common.

    Tips for prospective students

    When taking classes, always attend office hours.

    In three sentences

    Howard provides many opportunities. It teaches you the art of networking. It also promotes academic success.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 87 of 286

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    Bang for the buck

    Most times students are asking where all their money is going. A scholarship is definitely recommended if you plan to stay all four years.

    Food and Dining

    Don't expect a five star meal, especially from Blackburn Cafeteria. There are little shops on campus that are delicious but unless you have dining dollars or bison bucks the money is out of pocket instead of on a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The Annex is considered the Stuck up dorm but also has air conditioning, a store, and a cafeteria. There is the issue of having to deal with other girls in your suite instead of just your roommate but overall a good experience. Only one mouse issue on another floor but no rats or roaches. Unfortunately the store and cafeteria aren't open as late as the campus cafeteria which can be annoying.

    Academic Rigor

    Business Program is very good at preparing students for the real business world. Students get a lot of face time with corporate companies as well as a lot of opportunities to get internships. The School of Business is also good at improving students networking skills. However, most schools within Howard have a very different experience, if you are not a business major you might want to reconsider Howard.

    Tips for prospective students

    - The math department is not good, take as many math courses at a community college as possible - Walk with a friend/s at night - Be careful going to Drew Hall, girls get names (i.e. Drew Rat) - Visit the campus before deciding to commit - Look up the schools stats do not let them give them to you -Talk to students who have your similar major

    In three sentences

    Howard can definitely be hit or miss for students. There is a pretty picture painted for Howard but beware, there are things that they won't tell you. The experience is what you make it but if you're looking for variety you might want to pick somewhere else.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 88 of 286

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, they do a good job. Campus police should give people rides if they see us walking alone late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Band. Do it.

    Bang for the buck

    You spend a lot of money. The school is nice but when you arent on scholarship, its hard to handle especially for the quality you receive.

    What to do for fun

    Its what you make it.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at howard is good but the cafe hours are inconvenient when you are doing a sport or club and you get out after 9. like i said the food is good but we can use more variety.

    Dorm Life

    im lucky that i live in a single but the visitation rules are really annoying and we could use a lot more freedom when it comes to that.

    Academic Rigor

    Your really have to put a lot of time into studying or you will not be successful in your core classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that prospective student get anything you need to get done with, done early and get a scholarship. All money helps at howard. Be serious your school work.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school with great people. It's really what you make of it. however, students have to pay for every little thing you have a do and that is discouraging because it seems as though the school isn't worth all the sacrifices you make to be there.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 89 of 286

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    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is great for students that want to excel both in and out of the classroom. It is great for students that seek to gain both an academic and cultural experience. It is also great for students that seek opportunities, as there is no shortage of them at Howard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek Life with a lot of history. Greek life is taken very seriously at Howard University, as more than half of the Divine Nine African-American fraternities were founded on this very campus. Rallies and protests. Howard University has a legacy of playing a major role in important social issues, as evidenced in the regular rallies that occur on campus. There are many opportunities to be at the very core of social change on this extraordinarily active campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are several student activities to participate in, including sorority life, athletics, and poetry clubs. Located in the heart of DC, there are no shortage of restaurants, cultural events, and nightclubs to keep students entertained.

    Food and Dining

    Howard has several dining options on campus. There are two cafeterias - one in a dormitory, and one in the school's main building - that offer buffet-style dining. There is also the Punchout, which is another cafeteria that offers mall-style dining, with several selections to suit all dining tastes. Because Howard is located in a very urban area, there are several off-campus options as well, including a McDonald's, Potbelly, Starbucks, and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm residency is highly recommended for the first two years at Howard University because of its location in a highly urban area. It is best to gain a better understanding of the area before choosing an off-campus living situation. There are 9 dorms for its students - they represent both the different classes as well as genders. For freshmen, the only dorm options are single sex dorms. Sophomores and older are allowed access to co-ed dorms. Clean facilities as well as fitness centers, free wireless internet, and recreation rooms are offered in each dormitory.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University is a very academically challenging school. For this reason, there are several programs that assist students in performing to their very best both in the classroom as well as out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be assertive. There are regular career fairs and recruiters on campus, so take advantage of all of these opportunities. Get involved. Make a point to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can balance on campus. They are sure to make you stand out, and look excellent on the resume. Practice good study habits.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an excellent school for students of color interested in pursuing a well-rounded education - one that takes into account both the European as well as the African-American perspective on various important issues. A very historical university with a strong sense of legacy, Howard University attracts the best and brightest students of color from all over the world, with an international student body of approximately 12%. Howard University is located in the heart of the nation's capital, and therefore, there is no shortage of internship and on-the-field opportunities for students in attendance.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 90 of 286

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a joke. I would be lying if I said the campus police are exceptional at their jobs. However, the neighborhood that surrounds Howard is an up and coming area which is a plus for students living on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is severe! I will provide no more information on this subject.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of extra-curricular activities on campus, however make sure you choose the best one for you. Howard students take their clubs very seriously. Don't forget who you are as a person when you join one of the countless organizations that are provided on campus .

    Great for these types of students

    Any student wanting a challenge and to grow intellectually, mentally, physically, and even spiritually. Howard will push you past all of your personal limits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard University is the mecca of all HBCU's in the United States. Homecoming is the biggest event that will occur at the institution. If you know and accept these two facts than you'll fit right into the HU culture.

    Bang for the buck

    The financial cost of Howard is strenuous only because the school provides the minimum aid to students, however; the overall experience attending Howard is a lifetime reward.

    What to do for fun

    Howard University is located in the nation's capital. There is so much to do in DC. It is amazing place to live for the young adult. You also have New York City and Philadelphia a couple hours away from the city. There is never a dull moment in DC.

    Food and Dining

    Like residential life, food and dining is another aspect of Howard that most students despise, but it is all apart of the college experience.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is disgusting. Residential life is not a favorite for most students at Howard.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic curriculum is extremely rigorous. Most of the professors are extremely strict and vary from person to person in the style of quality work they seek from their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO YOUR RESEARCH! Research every aspect of the college you're planning to attend, consider the good and bad aspects of the institution before you make a final decision on attendance.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a phenomenal institution that will provide the necessary skills for the young, African American student to be successful in today's world. Howard is a school that is brilliant, affluent, and exceptional as it provides a long-lasting foundation of excellence to its students. Howard University is one of the best collegiate institutions in the United States.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 91 of 286

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I hang out with my friends. Explore DC. I go to basketball/football games. There is almost always something to do that will keep you busy.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe has a variety of options, but they aren't always the best. But there are also other places on campus to get food, like the Punchout with offers fast food type variety. There is also Sankofa, they have Caribbean type food and amazing smoothies. And there is also Jasmines in the A building, here you can buy sandwiches and snacks, but they are most commonly known for their coffee beverages.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. I love it. Just know that the dorms themselves are average. Don't expect much out of them. But I believe that everyone should experience dorm life, for at least a little bit, before they get a place on their own.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged. Especially if you are in the School of Business or a Biology major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a copy of all documents. If you can, take math at a different university and transfer the credits. Apply for financial aid a soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a place you will feel at home. Howard is a place where you WILL be frustrated with administration. Howard is a place where you will see produces great leaders.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 92 of 286

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    Great for these types of students

    Howard's great for everyone, you'll meet so many different types of people here!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the National Mall, it's free and a great way to get to know more about Washington DC and the nation's treasures! Also take advantage of the green events hosted around the city they're great for networking. If you enjoy partying there's one almost every weekend but they can be pricey and/or sweaty. To get around the city use Uber, they'll pinpoint your location and come with tin minutes and it's not too expensive! Use the code: turnuphu For a free ride up to $30!

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad compared to what my friends at other schools say. We do have odd hours though, but there are about 6 dining options on campus, two are cafeteria style.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm bathrooms and hallways are cleaned everyday and all the dorms are in great shape! In Fall 2014 there will be two new dorms housing Freshman girls and Sophomores.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't underestimate the academic rigor, the math classes at Howard will be your worst enemy, ask around to see what professors are good. Classes that would seem easy will have you pulling weekly all nighters so become friendly with the library if you can't study in your room. Everyone always complains about some of the core requirements but they really do help you if you put in the work to understand them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to budget your money!!! Although clubbing seems fun $25 a week isn't cheap and trips to Chipotle can often become pricey as well. Understand that you are in a city and Howard is an open campus- just because you are on campus does not mean you can allow your guard down, every year students under estimate the danger of living in a city and end up in bad situations. ALWAYS USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM, it's recommended for a reason. Expand your horizons!- Aim to try something new whether it's taking a Tae Quon Do class, attending an open mic night, or trying a new food, Howard is all about trying new things and understanding what you enjoy!

    In three sentences

    Howard is a historically black college/university (HBCU), that strives to educate students of all backgrounds and prepare them to be leaders of tomorrow. Located in the nations capital there is a tremendous array of things to so for students and many of them are free! The Howard University experience is like no other and has so much to offer both students and alumni.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although Howard is in D.C., it is one of the safest Universities in America. We not only have University police patrolling the area, but the Metropolitan Police as well. Campus police are patrolling the area 24/7. During the day and night we have police offers patrolling in car, on foot, and on electronic scooters. They can also program a thing in your phone where if you need to leave out in the middle of the night by yourself, they can track you to make sure you are safe. They also have emergency pole all around campus, in which you can press a button on the pole if there is danger in the area. We get alerts and emails if there is danger in the area.

    Greek Life

    Their are multiple sororities and fraternities. Five out of the nine out of the Divine Nine organizations were founded here at Howard. Their are fraternities and sororities for just about anything ( business, law, medical, service, etc.).

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are hundreds of organizations. Majority of the clubs are very active. Their are clubs for just about anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Anytime type of person, from any background, religion, or social class will fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The valley is AMAZING!

    What to do for fun

    D.C. is very big, and there are so many things to do. Since my roommates first time in D.C. was when she moved down here, we did a lot in downtown D.C. We visited almost every monument and museum. We went the movies at least twice a month. We did poetry and pottery classes. We also went to a lot of concerts at the Howard Theater (tickets are very cheap. Never spent more than $30 and we saw some awesome people).

    Food and Dining

    I am from Louisiana, and I like my food seasoned to the T and very flavorful. In my opinion, the food is horrible. Some of my friends like it, but I don't. I'm used to having my food cooked a certain way, and this way isn't for me. The breakfast is GREAT! They have an assortment of items to choose from, including an omelet bar. Lunch and dinner aren't so great. The food is edible, but after a while, it gets old and I found myself eating out everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I live in The Harriet Tubman Quadrangle which is what I will be speaking on. The dorms are okay. If you are interested and you are a female, try to live in a double. I live in a triple, and it has been the hardest thing I have done in my life. If you live in the Quad, you are going to have a community restroom, meaning you share it with everyone on your floor. In the beginning of school, it is going to be difficult to shower because no one has gotten use to their schedule, so everyone is going to shower at night. A month after school, it is going to get better, and you will hardly see people in the restroom. The shower water can be cold sometimes, but it is something you get used to. The dorms are overall very nice. Each building has its own lounge which are a nice size and very comfortable. Frazier Hall, Crandle Hall, and Truth Hall have a flat screen TV and studio piano. Wheatly Hall is were the vending machines are located. It has a big area which can be used to dining, studying, or dancing. Baldwin Hall has a computer lab with computer and conference rooms. The Quad is an overall nice dorm. The only bad thing is the cold water and washers and dryers, which sometimes don't work.

    Academic Rigor

    I came from a low performance school, so Howard was is very challenging for me. I had a decent ACT score and I ranked in the top 10 of my high school class, and I struggled. I am a political science major and it is very difficult. It can be very easy, but it is going to be challenging and it is going to make you think. All of the math classes are hard. You have a select few professors who are good and dedicated to their job, but it is still going to be hard. The science department is hard as well (biology, chemistry, and life science) The english department isn't has hard, but it can be channeling. If you are signing up for an english course, do so whenever you can because they fill up very very very fast.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come prepared for the weather. If you are from the south or west coast of the United States, get ready for a very cold fall, winter, and spring. It can snow one day, and be hot the next. Stay on top of your professors and grades. Make sure you don't miss lectures. Don't miss class, even if you are sick. You have to be on your death bed and only have one week left to live, if you are going to miss class. If it's not written, don't believe it. If someone tells you something, make sure you get it in writing.

    In three sentences

    Howard is an institute in which it can make or break you. If you are going to make it, you have to learn how to balance your academic and social life. The key to making it here is to learn how to manage your time.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food seems nice.There is definitely a variety. As with anything,it gets old after a while,but there are plenty of other places to eat not far from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Housing seems to be a big issue at Howard. They are working on it though,with building new dorms and all.

    Academic Rigor

    It seems as though,it's just like any other school as far as academics go. Its easy if you make it easy,and hard if you make it hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework,before you commit. You want to go into this decision knowing everything you can,that way you wont feel blindsided.

    In three sentences

    Howard seems like a nice place to be. Definitely a productive environment. I think i'll enjoy it.

  • 04/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is another one of the downsides of Howard. A lot of the people who are Native to DC do not have a good relationship with the students. Campus security is not the best and they are also unfriendly at times. Also, Howard is an open campus, meaning that anyone can walk on campus at anytime.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Howard is spectacular. There have been numerous Fraternities and Sororities that have been established here. They also host a lot of parties at different clubs and venues.

    Clubs and Activities

    Part of the experience of Howard is networking, which means joining different clubs. Also, greek life is very active on campus. There are always greeks or other organizations on the yard.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for all students. The campus is extremely diverse and it is known for its diversity. From the fashionable person to the scholars and philosophers, Howard has the perfect melting pot for all types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing that is unique to Howard's campus is the party in the Valley. I had never before witnessed having a huge outdoor party on a schools campus lasting almost all night. The students just pick a random night to just go to the Valley and just party and relax and socialize.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is very expensive to attend but the education and life lessons that this school leaves is worth every dollar. Also, if you are good at networking there is a strong chance that scholarships will not be hard to come by.

    What to do for fun

    Howard University is located in DC. There is always something to do here from clubbing, shopping, or exploring the historic side of DC. It is very hard to be bored, unless you don't seize the opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Howard has its problems with its food. The food is usually not the best, but when there are nearing major events like homecoming, the food becomes exceptional.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm, Carver Hall. The guys are great and everyone was different. Of course not everyone gets along, but you will find some of your life long friends here.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes difficulty depends on how you manage your work. If you learn to study every night and truly try to learn the subjects then getting an A will not be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work and try to meet new people everyday.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is one of the greatest universities for everyone. Even though it is an HBCU (Historically Black College/University), it has something to offer every person. This school has a strong chance of helping people really find themselves.

  • 05/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is the cafeterias is great! However it is important to not eat it all the time, it can get repetitive and therefore lose it's appeal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great! Howard teaches you to have pride in your dorm through a week of activities and challenges called ResFest.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here will definitely challenge you. There may some classes that can be described as easy A classes, but they are not the majority.

    In three sentences

    Often there is excitement about attending Howard University due to it's prestigious past. The school is not the school that it once was, but Howard is still an amazing institution to attend. The atmosphere of the students and professors as well as the academics here make the college experience great.

  • 05/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Enjoy campus life and explore the great sites of DC.

    Food and Dining

    It has its good days and its bad days. It is typically cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun but the dorms are a little outdated.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is extremely challenging. This allows us as young scholars to think more critically and open our minds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember who you are as a person. Do not lose sight of why you came to Howard - which is your education. Lastly, Howard is what you make it, every experience is different.

    In three sentences

    Howard is diverse. We have a lot of African American scholars from different areas of the county. A plus is we have a vast amount of networking opportunities because of our location.

  • 05/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DND parties is a newer tradition. Probates are always something to attend in the Spring.

    What to do for fun

    PARTIES. EVENTS. PARTIES. EVENTS. PARTIES.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. Punchout is fine. You definitely will be eating out a lot though.

    Dorm Life

    I was the last class to live in Meridian Hill Hall and that was the best co-ed dorm EVER! so many fun memories.... The Annex is the nicer girls freshman dorm and the Quad is the more traditional version. Then there is Drew and Carver... the freshman boy dorms. The Towers are the upperclassmen dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    SO HARD. depending on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to howard to learn more about yourself.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE HOWARD. I can not picture myself being anywhere else. You meet many different people from everywhere.

  • 05/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Just about everything, from museums, to the white houses. Yes there are malls, food, boating, zoos, adventures to go one. Go in 30 miles and you're in Virginia or Maryland which has theme parks. The night life is great as well, be sure to visit U street. And of course Howard's Homecoming and other events we have are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    I will just say, our food is decent haha. But we have great surrounding restaurants and places to eat that are outstanding.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is where you establish life long friendships, be open to visitors and try leaving your doors open (you will seem inviting). Step out of your comfort zone and meet new people on move in day. At Howard, a dorm is just like a huge house, we are all brothers and sisters in a sense. If someone runs out of toiletries or food, someone in the dorm will always be able and willing to share.

    Academic Rigor

    I will not say the academic rigor is extremely easy or extremely hard, it all depends on how you study and what you understand. If the course seems too hard start off with your professors office hours or ask a peer. Here at Howard we help each other succeed, yes we are competitive but we do not want to see one another fail. No institution has courses that are extremely hard, that depends on the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take full advantage of scholarship opportunities, organizations, and your professors (most importantly).

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an excellent institution, I feel apart of a family here. The teachers are not only great professors, but are attentive and show their help and support; they want every one of their students to succeed. Howard has helped me to form so many relationships on and off campus; not only with my faculty and peers, but also with surrounding businesses and corporations that also want to see us all succeed

  • 06/14/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your fellow Bisons

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, get teachers to write exceptional recommendations, visit the campus and etc.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an exceptional school which allows students to network with people from all walks of life. Also, Howard is full of history that will make you truly appreciate being an African American. Finally Howard is the Mecca!!!

  • 06/24/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There was criminal activity on campus during one summer not too long ago as a result campus security became more strict and aware all year round. They also added more people on the force to help. Keep in mind that it's located in an urban area.

    Greek Life

    Half of the Divine Nine Fraternities/Sororities were founded at Howard University. Because of that, they take it very seriously and watch greek activity closely.

    Great for these types of students

    In my opinion, the location makes the school ideal for Political Science, History, Art, Communications, and other majors to that degree. DC provides further exploration in those areas outside of classrooms. However, Howard is for anyone. Even though it is an HBCU, anybody fits in, and there is diversity on the campus still.

    What to do for fun

    DC is a prime location for fun and activities on and off campus. There are tons of opportunities for common outings like sports games, movies and shopping in the area as well as visiting historical sites and museums. And of course, there are always parties to attend around town and on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are the average dining hall buffet options that you'd probably find on most college campuses. The food is decent, and the servers are accommodating and nice. Also, there's a Starbucks and McDonald's basically on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm that I primarily visited had a friendly atmosphere. Everyone seemed very open, and they mingled freely. People, for the most part, left their doors open for dormmates to come in at any time. The bathrooms weren't as bad as I thought they would be either.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is known for its academic rigor. It's one of the top HBCUs in the country so it should have rigorous coursework. The professors seem to be dedicated and passionate about teaching. I can tell that it's genuine enthusiam they possess when teaching.

  • 08/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    To be honest, the campus saftey is unreliable which is pretty sad due to the fact, Howard is an open campus. Just remember to never travel by yourself and always let people no where you're going.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very important on Howard's campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs to join. If you feel like nothing is available to you, just create your own org. Don't feel pressed or pressured to join anything. Do things on your own time.

    Great for these types of students

    Meeting new people often is going to become a new activity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The yard. As soon as the good weather breaks, you and your friends will be there often, just to socialize and hang out.

    Bang for the buck

    DC (in my opinion) is very expensive. I'm from Delaware and there is absolutely no sales tax on anything. I am now till this day still trying to adjust to that.

    What to do for fun

    From tours of the nation's capital to night life there is always something interesting to do. Just keep in mind nothing is free so make sure your money is right if you're looking for excitement.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok in the beginning. Later you'll eventually become sick of it, sick of all of it! You may find yourself eating out more frequently or using a friends kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is an experience like no other, a blessing. It was a culture shock in the beginning but it later grew on me. It had its ups and downs but the good out weighed the bad.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you do what you're suppose to do, things won't be difficult. Alot of times, students like to blame professors, the A building, etc for their problems, when 80% of the time, its the students fault.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and be patient. the sky is not the limit, reach beyond that and go for it. Dare to be different and don't get discouraged.

    In three sentences

    Howard university is a very impowering and diverse university. It doesn't matter what your major is, they breed entrepreneurs. HU is not for the weak.

  • 10/11/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Ambitious, and great for African-Americans thus and such any type of race.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student. Im just going to say this, I have been wanting to attend Howard U. since forever. I can not see myself in any other institution. I encourage everybody to do their research on the school. I have, and i have gained a great amount of knowledge. I also suggest tha each student goes on Youtube.com and look at the videos. HUReaction, is a great source of what the school is like behind the scenes. It is produced by students for the students (prospective or current), the videos are hilarious but yet very educational about the school. Also, i suggest that you know the real reasons why you want to come to Howard. Dont just say because you saw the videos, be genuine.

    Bang for the buck

    I dont really know, I am only a sopho. in High School. But, so far from what I have heard, Howard has a great learning enviornment, that not only focuses on learning in the classroom, but how we can connect what we learn to Real Life. I find, that when we can interact with things outside of the classroom that is where good learning begins.

    Will enjoy being here

    OH YES! I say it in CAPS! I heard the life at Howard is live. Its the Mecca! Your motto, we go hard to play hard is a reflection of the social life at this school. While they (meaning HU students) are going to many parties, they still know how to get their study on. Howard is my number one school, and the social life here influenced my decision on applying her a little bit. I am very social and very outgoing, and i wanted to be around people who shared the same trait.

    Will learn a lot

    So far, from what I have read, I will be learning a lot here. I want to get into the School of Communications, and from what I have heard (here and from youtube) the education is like no other. They say, it is a spiritual and educational experience at Howard, and I am willing to experience it.

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    Howard has been my dream school since i can remember , i would LOVE the opportunity to study and grow at an advanced institution such as this one!

  • 09/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Howard University makes me want to persue going to school , the campus looks fun and educational both at the same time.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any person will feel welcome

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Schools before making your decision and also check out the classes and oppurtunities you will get inside your major.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great college for students that are well-rounded and culturally diverse.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are parties every weekend. If you're bored then you're not doing it right.

    Food and Dining

    Food is really great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Copy absolutely everything. Administration is extremely forgetful and loses everything. Make a copy so you'll have proof of your work.

    In three sentences

    This historically Black school has been known to create the world's next great Black leaders. Many students attend this school with the impression that they will follow in the alum's footsteps and lead. Unfortunately, many leave with complaints that the school is not as great as it once was.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    I know that Howard is very big on its sororities and fraternaties and that they are hard to get into and competitive since most of them were founded there.

    Food and Dining

    Of course there's going to be amazing food around if you're in a big city!

    Dorm Life

    I'm not exactly sure about the dorm life

    Tips for prospective students

    I've heard that it is somewhat difficult to get into and that there is a lot of prejudice if you are a light skinned pretty girl, but don't ever let that stop you from going!

    In three sentences

    Howard has a nice campus in the hectic, busy Washington D.C. I've only visited the school during winter break so I wasn't able to experience the full tour but based on its history, I know it's a great school especially because my dad went there.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All students get a crime alert when a crime happens on or around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Great school!

    What to do for fun

    Homecoming

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of quick food places nearby but for dine in options, you may need to get on the metro and go to Chinatown

    In three sentences

    Great teachers that are involved and want students to do well. The Social Work school has a strong sense of community!

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Researching School

    Academic Rigor

    Researching School

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    i love this university. the professors are wonderful. this was the best decision i have ever made.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    this is dc so explore. museums, eateries, sight seeing, shopping, and much more. there is truly something for everyone to do here so take advantage.

    Food and Dining

    the main cafe is not the best. the annex cafe is good but only girls can eat there. the punchout is good but gets boring quick and there is a organic food stand in blackburn as well. it depends on the individual.

    Dorm Life

    it depends on where you live how your dorm experience will be. however, reconstruction is being done as well as the building of new residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    this is a quality institution, academically it is not hard depending on your major and your study habits. everything is possible as long as you are good with time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    be mindful that this is college and howard will prepare you for the real world. research is key to the final decision of attending howard. make sure you are madly in love with this school and everything they have to offer.

    In three sentences

    howard is truly in a category all its own. an endless supply of networking opportunities and the possibility to start your career as early as the first day of class. once you're here, you're family.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    security has little control about who can come in contact with students; the campus is open so that’s a reality you will have to face

    Great for these types of students

    who can afford to wear a suit every day and want to run with the john's

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the ilab...which needs more work stations and working printers

    Bang for the buck

    always having tuition increase; to be honest you stand a better chance paying in full up front or doing some classes off campus

    What to do for fun

    my friend don’t get carried away with the offices that are on campus, focus on academics and leave that stuff to those who have nothing better to do...just saying

    Food and Dining

    be prepared to cook your own meals, to have a balance diet you may have to avoid the cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    try to avoid itas muc as possible... seek off campus ousing

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to fight for the dimpliest thing such as ensuring you get a class or even speaking to someone in the admin. building always make at least three copies of any documents for submission regardless who it is never, never, ever accept the word policy as a standard they change them almost every day the classes are very full so be willing to get there on time and always sit in the front even if you are not planning on giving your input

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police force here is always visible, considering its placement in washington dc. be careful when you get here.

    Greek Life

    same as above.

    Clubs and Activities

    if you want to pledge greek. howard houses most of the divine 9 alpha chapters. also, if you love yearbook creation, hu has a great yearbook program.

    Great for these types of students

    students who major in business and science. we need more african american scientists!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the yard is where a lot happens. the the sororities and fraternities step and stroll. its cool.

    Bang for the buck

    it gets frustrating here when we pay 40 grand a year, and the facilities are old as dirt. the campus is historic, but to be called the mecca, our campus has crappy looking corners.

    What to do for fun

    get involved with organizations related to your major. you meet a lot of people, and you stay focused.

    Food and Dining

    the food was great at the beginning of the year. now... you get lucky when thursday comes (soul food thursday)

    Dorm Life

    i live in the annex dorm and i love it. if you are a freshmen girl, don't entertain life as a quad girl. (that place looks scary inside) annex life is laid back.

    Academic Rigor

    sometimes, i wonder if the course work is hard enough...

    Tips for prospective students

    don't let the a building scare you. always be organized, because the people who work here never will. make sure you see you advisors as well. at howard, you make your own experiences. good opportunities are never given.

    In three sentences

    howard university has great high points, and many low points. the historic aspects of the campus can be inspiring. but, some of the students and professors that work here can really damper spirits.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    i hope its good because thats the only thing i might be able to eat.

    Dorm Life

    its going to be great to meet new people and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    always up for a challenge. no matter how hard it is.

    In three sentences

    howard university is the place to be! if you are interested in attending an hbcu this is it. hu was the first hbcu and continues to be the best!

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the food is edible.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are very poor are very and visitation rules suck.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic courses are not as difficult as i expected but i think will be harder as you get into major classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    a few tips are: be wise in choosing housing and be careful on campus.

    In three sentences

    howard is very rich in culture. the expectation of a howard student is high so the reputation pushes you to be very successful. there is also a very good alumni group.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    never walk alone at night. the campus is usually safe but its surrounding areas are questionable

    Clubs and Activities

    there is an organization for everyone and i mean everyone

    What to do for fun

    go out on the weekends when you're not studying and tour the nation's capital!

    Food and Dining

    the food is better than your high school cafeteria food but subordinate to your home cooking.

    Dorm Life

    dorms range from excellent to poor. freshman usually get the worst housing.

    Academic Rigor

    each professor has a unique way of challenging it's students.

    Tips for prospective students

    try your best while in high school because this university does not accept everyone.

    In three sentences

    it's a great school in the nation's capital. the diversity is also amazing.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    despite the fact that you may be under 21, visit adams morgan at night. the level of wildness you witness is out of this world.

    Bang for the buck

    if you have a dorm with a kitchen, try your best to cook. it saves you a lot of money, rather than ordering out every night.

    What to do for fun

    the smithsonian's are free for all college students. a party is always going on, on-campus and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    there is so much to choose from. within the neighborhood, you can choose from halal, mexican, jamaican chinese and your local food chain stores.

    Dorm Life

    on-campus housing isn't worth the money, but the experience of living among your peers is.

    Academic Rigor

    some professors seem to forget that students have other classes and the course work can be over bearing at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for scholarships outside of the university; money given from the school is very limited. it's easy to get lost in the fast life, remember you are here to get a degree. have fun and make the most out of your freshman year (explore the city, join organizations, meet new people) because it only happens once.

    In three sentences

    tuition is too high and the majority of the facilities are outdated and need a makeover. there are some outstanding professors. the experience you will receive at howard university, you can't find anywhere else.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The level of safety depends on where on campus you are located.

    Greek Life

    Very active. Almost coincides with social status.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to participate in on campus, but the most popular seem to be the state clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Varies depending on major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everybody goes to the yard. You never know who you may see there, as many celebs and legends stumble through every so often.

    Bang for the buck

    if you got it, go for it. If you have to struggle for it, DON'T GO.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple parties every weekend, plenty of events, and local places of interest (bowling, movies, etc.). There is always more fun to be had.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe sucks. Don't stick with the meal plan longer than you have to.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't in the best of shape; many of the rooms lack things such as air condition or heat and some even have rodent problems. But, to be fair, they do have the necessities and the cleaning staff and residence life do exceptional jobs.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies from major to major; some students will be overload while others may have loads of free time.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, it is imperative that you try to maintain self awareness of the events and opportunities at the university. Many times, there is little to no communication of important deadlines that affect you as a student. Also, its important top note that some dorms aren't located in the safest of areas.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an excellent institution that can provide a plethora of opportunities in multiple fields. On the other hand, the academic value varies from major to major. Also, and the tuition is pretty high. Overall it can be a great experience if these facts are taken into consideration.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, their are campus police who are actual DC police men on campus 24 hours a day.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prominent and is taken very seriously on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of activities and clubs all around campus for anything and everything .

    Bang for the buck

    I don't think that I can honestly say that Howard University is worth all of the money that it cost. Simply because the cost of tuition rises every year, but with the rising cost of tuition there aren't any changes being made for the betterment of the university.

    What to do for fun

    Because Howard is located in the heart of Washington DC, there is plenty to do for fun, and there are always plenty of options for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining experience is very good, there are many options all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty good, it could be much better however. There also need to be more upperclassmen dorms. Many students are forced to live off campus by their second year because they were unable to get on campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Howard are very rigorous, of course some programs are more rigorous than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you keep a copy of all of your paperwork. The administration building tends to lose a lot of people paperwork and that could cause a hold on your account. But if you go to them and show a copy of the document they can fix it right away.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a wonderful institution, it has a few flaws just like any other university. Overall I would give Howard a 7 out of 10. And I highly recommend it to other students.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is taken extremely serious on Howard's campus. It is the ultimate privilege to pledge here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just about anything you can think of.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in the DC area. We are located right in the heart of DC and the White House is literally walking distance from our campus. There are plenty of museums, shops, restaurants, and many other things to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarship as possible. Tuition is rising every year.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a very prestige institution. They believe in their students and they give us plenty of opportunities to succeed. Overall, it is a great place to attend.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore DC!

    Food and Dining

    Great foos from many cultures!

    Dorm Life

    You build friendships for a life time!

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of amazing professors here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open and flexible!

    In three sentences

    Howard is an amazing school. Like no other. You will succeed in whatever you do.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are in the middle of the ghetto but being campus you are usually safe from the locals and during special times of the school year security is beefed up.

    Greek Life

    Highly esteemed with distinct reputations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    People looking to meet a variety of different cultures of African Americans and other races.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything at Howard is unique to Howard.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, joining organizations, exploring the city.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check if the administration has everything in order. Make copies of all your documents in case they lose them.

    In three sentences

    A truly unique experience. An endless variety of people. A stepping stone in to your future.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is safe but, i cannot say the same for the surrounding area.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Howard is HUGE. 4 out of the 9 Divine Nine were founded at Howard so going Greek is a big deal here.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a club for everything so no matter your background, Howard has something for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The founders library is where the research for the Brown vs. Board of Education case was done.

    Bang for the buck

    If you take advantage of the opportunities it will be a bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Living in the District of Columbia has been amazing. There are of course parties if that is what you are looking for but you can also get involved on campus in many different ways. In addition to that if you get out and explore D.C you will have a great time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your experience at Howard University is going to be whatever you make it. Get involved in everything you can but remember that school comes first.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is without a doubt the Mecca for African American Students. I must admit that is is sub par when it comes to administration. However, Howard is truly the land of opportunity

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police it pretty good! I see them around campus a lot and at all hours of the day. Campus Police also provide different services to students from item engraving to campus alerts.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is great! I mean it's HOWARD UNIVERSITY! I enjoy seeing them on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Money really starts to become tight especially when you are on a budget.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the mall, parties, and mostly chilling in the lounge.

    Food and Dining

    Food it great! Way better than high school cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    I have a single so no roommate is involved, however I do have suite-mates and that's quite an experience to have. There are different personalities that one would have to deal with and sometimes it does become challenging. My dorm is pretty clean and neat and a nice to place to chill and relax.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give my academic rigor about a four and a half. I mostly have music classes and the work gets pretty difficult however the teachers are there to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be to actually sit down and plan your schedule when you first get your courses. Be very responsible about your time and how you manage it because it's a lot going on, especially for music majors.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great place for social growth and learning about ones self. The professors are accessible as well as forward and there is a good amount of clubs and organizations on campus.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who dream of the impossible. This a very afro-centric environment full of goal driven people.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do? You are in the nation's capitol. HU has one of the livest campus' I have ever seen. Our campus is a tourist attraction.

    Tips for prospective students

    Weigh out your options. Although I don't think I would be happy anywhere else HU is pretty expensive. This is not somewhere you should be unless you're absolutely sure that's where you wanna be. Visit as well.

    In three sentences

    Exciting campus life. Institution may not fully live up to its potential or costs. The connections available during your time here are worth the money, you're guaranteed a successful future.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    football/basketball games, plays and performances at Ira Aldrige theatre, visit the historic art gallery and of course take part in the infamous Howard Homecoming

    Tips for prospective students

    Recognize and respect the legacy of Howard, work hard to embody the essence of a Howard man or woman and dedicate yourself to imparting and impacting the world with all that you will garner from your experience.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the cornerstone of the African American legacy in education. Its hallways are where literary legends have walked, taught and written. To be a member of the illustrious Howard family is to be inextricably linked to an institution that is renowned for greatness.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Amazing

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal students who are open to change

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Climb to the top of the founders clocktower before you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Go to parties, hang out on the yard, make connections.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a fan. Make copies of everything. Buy a mattress pad, memory foam.

    In three sentences

    The professors are helpful. It's about who you know. The yard is a place of meeting and history.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security in most buildings. We have campus escorts and guardians.It is in the city so of course you must be careful but campus for the most part is safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is poppin' here. The deltas were even founded at this university. Greek life is a major factor in campus life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for any type of person and if there isn't we are open to starting one. People bond through their clubs and you will have no trouble finding one to fit into.

    Great for these types of students

    All students flourish at the MECCA.

    What to do for fun

    Parties are fun and frequent here but we also have many other fun activities. There are poetry slams, open mics, and just about any other activity a student would be interested in.

    Food and Dining

    Both cafes have awesome food with a variety of choices. They are fun as far as the environment. The food is healthy and tasty. There are also many restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    Howard has a very enriching dorm life, lots of parties, networking, and fun. You will definitely meet new friends some of which you will cherish for the rest of your life. Don't forget the parties.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard offers a very challenging curriculum but if you are devoted and work hard it can do nothing but benefit you in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for whatever may come your way. College is a fun time in your life but also can become very stressful if you do not prepare yourself to be challenged. Have fun but keep in mind why you are there to begin with.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a truly enriching University. One is not solely exposed to a wonderful education but also a life changing cultural experience. It is hard work that may definitely pay off in the future.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Since the Alpha Chapters are at Howard, Greek life is VERY big.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our homecoming is epic and Bens Chilly Bowl where the President likes to go to is nearby

    What to do for fun

    you can explore the big city, house parties, clubs, party at different colleges such as Georgetown, go to plays, movies, bowling, and concerts. And shopping !

    Tips for prospective students

    Network and take advantage of all the opportunities

    In three sentences

    Howard is a very rewarding and diverse institution with many opportunities available.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe at Howard, we have our own campus police they patrol al l over the neighboring places too. It's like its own little city

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is awesome! A lot of the D9 was founded on our campus! Very historical place to visit!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little expensive but they have tons of merit based and need based scholarships and grants available to you.

    What to do for fun

    You'll never run out of things to do for fun! EVER! Every day's a party!

    Food and Dining

    It's not a lot of food places in the area, just subway PotBelly and McDonalds. You'll get tired of those quickly my advice is to get a meal plan you can eat in the cafeteria! Every Thursday it's soul food!

    Dorm Life

    Now Howard is very old, most of the dorms have not been refurbished! If you're a girl the annex is the place to be in terms of cleaniliness and so on! But otherwise I wouldn't stay on Howard's campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You're first year will be easy so don't slack off because trust me things get harder! If you're motivated and you go to all you're classes there is no reason why you shouldn't excel!

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do and don't expect too much guidance from the administration, you're in college now! You're on your own, especially here at HU!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is wonderful! It's full of fun things to do every day its just important not to get caught up in that and to focus on the academics! It can be distracting

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police and we also have different safety methods set in place around campus.

    Greek Life

    Howard is also known as the Mecca. Greek life is HUGE here.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of the swim team, and I love that. But there are numerous clubs to join,

    Great for these types of students

    There are plenty of organizations, so there is room for everyone to belong.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well I dont know if it is considered unusual, but all the fraternities are out on the yard every Friday when the weather permits. Howard being the social campus it is, there is usually always something going on.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a church not too far from Howard that sells some great food. And california tortilla has pretty good food for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the city there is a great deal to do. There is chinatown where the movies is located and theres an array of stores. We are close to a few other colleges and universities so that also adds to the fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food in cafeteria to me has much to be desired, but the puncjout and the restaurant has better options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are convenient because they are on campus. Some dorms are better than other. Bethune Annex, an all girls dorm, is by far the best.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academics goes, you have to stay on top of your teachers. I don't think that we have the academic support that other schools have, but it is definitely doable. You just have to attend all your classes, be on time, and get to know your professor. The work doesn't become too overwhelming if you stay on top of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to attend Howard University, I suggest that you start the paperwork early. Howard can be very unorganized and lose paperwork, so its essential that you stay on top of that.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a HBCU that teaches you nay life lessons. You really get in touch with your culture and everyone is accepted for who they are. There is such a rich culture filled with plenty diversity.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, head out to DC clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Send in your applications early and always follow up to make sure documents do not get lost.

    In three sentences

    A great school with excellent teachers. Despite the fact, that it is a HBCU, it is still very diverse with stutdents coming from all over the country and the world. I definitely recommend this school.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very tight. It is very hard to find problems on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is awesome. I really enjoy the step shows.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to choose from, it just depends on what you find interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    The whole campus itself is great for students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well the the Blackburn is the chill spot and also the valley.

    What to do for fun

    The yard is a great place to meet new people and have fun. The parties are also fun too.

    Food and Dining

    They have varieties of food. You can choose what you want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. The people who live in the dorm are amazing. What really matters is that we have great janitors who take the time to clean up the place.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are not that hard but you just have to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to survive think first and act after. In order to get what you need, you must be very social.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing place. The college experience is very superb and unique. You just feel surrounded with your brothers and sisters.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always around. Sometimes they can be a bit rude and inconsiderate, but they are just trying to do their jobs.

    Greek Life

    Most of the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities were founded on our campus and so, the Greek Life here is very special.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs and activities on this campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for open-minded students, students that has set goals, and students that won't be easily distracted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every First Friday of the month we have parties in our Restaurant area called the PunchOut. This normally takes place after the fraternities and sororities gather on the Yard at 12.

    Bang for the buck

    Fight to come to Howard on a scholarship. One thing I regret is not making sure that I had a full scholarship coming here, but I will be working to change that.

    What to do for fun

    Howard has TONS of things to do. We have clubs, leadership positions, choirs, dance teams, and much more. Our Greek life is a very huge part of our culture here as well.

    Food and Dining

    Our food is supplied by Sodexo, and although it is not the BEST home-cooked food, it is far better than many universities I have seen. Having a meal plan freshman year is very convenient and you won't regret it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is interesting. Depending on where you stay, you will have a different experience, but it is not tragic. I enjoyed my freshman year in the Bethune Annex.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is academically challenging. Each course that you take will push you to be the best you can be. One may not always like their professor, but it is a part of the growing experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know that although Howard is known to be a party school, it is also very demanding. Know how to balance your social life with your academic life or else you will get left behind. Come here with a goal and fight for it everyday.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a diverse and challenging school. It has it's flaws, like any other institution, but can be extremely beneficial to those who take advantage of the opportunities given. Howard trains and develops young black students to prosper in their adult life.

  • 04/23/2012

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    In three sentences

    When I went to visit this campus on my spring break, I was pleasently suprised on the location and a little freaked out because it is in the middle of the rough side of DC. But I realized the campus was fully protected.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Use the buddy system please. take the shuttles that are available to students also. When the shuttles stop working you can call campus escort and they will drive you your dorm or anywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    Can't say.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many to choose from and they really have recognition in DC.

    Great for these types of students

    Any

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure to learn the chants at basketball and football games. I;m sure that you guys heard of Howard's homecoming so stay tuned for that.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally to me its not worth the money. I suggest to getting some scholarships because this school is not cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Party with friends or just hang out with friends in the dorms or on the yard. You will find fun in DC.

    Food and Dining

    Its better than starving. sometimes the food is good, but other times you may wan to stick with the cereal.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are really expensive and not worth the money. The only thing that is good about the dorms is the people you share it with. I guarantee you will find friends that will be in your life for a long time,

    Academic Rigor

    If you chose the right teachers your course load will not be to bad. I strongly suggest to go on ratemyprofessors.com. It can save a grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Patience is needed in order to not have a breakdown here. Although you will see it is not as professional as other schools out there I do think you will have a good time here. Try to keep an open mind and make sure to have fun, but still study hard.

    In three sentences

    The Financial Aid building is not the most professional. Howard needs some serious technology updates. I have met many great people here and learned a lot about myself while at Howard.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is relatively safe but as it is an open campus there is always a certain danger to being alone anywhere on campus so make friends quick and stay in groups of 2 plus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always at the forefront all you have to do is look for them on campus and you'll know what to do trust me!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a sorority or fraternity or even your state club, its up to you really to determine how involved you want to be.

    Great for these types of students

    For the cautious party-goer the dorm socials are the places to go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It depends on what your interested in but anything unusual at the beginning of the year will quickly become the norm.

    Bang for the buck

    Go to the cafe with your food containers and you'll save a lot then ordering from anywhere when you get those late night hunger pains.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the monuments, go to house parties, go to Chinatown, go to Adams Morgan, go to the foggy bottom, go to Georgetown, go to the national harbor, go to pentagon mall, go to the clubs, and go to U street.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but the times vary on the day and when you go so look out for the notices about the schedule because you don't want to go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is beautiful you make a lot of friends and have the best experiences here.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor goes in accordance to your major and what classes you are required to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    My greatest tip is have a game plan, time management, and take the time to get to know everyone from the athletes to the special students because you never know which connection will help you later in life.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the place you want to go to meet the future influential people of the world. There is always something for someone to do regardless of the time. The Mecca is the place where you go to discover yourself and what you want to do in life.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You see them, but wonder if they really do anything.

    Greek Life

    We are the Alpha chapter for most of the black greeks. There is First Fridays in The Punchout where we get to watch them stroll/ step. Also, in April there are the Probates. We have other greeks as well that focus on your major/ minor. They are all great for networking. *Discretion is key*

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a club for everything. If not, it is not hard to start your own (that looks good on resumes).

    Great for these types of students

    Inquisitive, hard- working, outgoing, determined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman Week: a week that caters to getting the freshman acquainted with Howard life. You don't have to go to the required meetings after the first two. Also, do not forget the respect that your parent/ guardian hopefully taught you. :) The Yard: where everyone chills. The Valley: in front of the Chemistry/ Biology buildings, behind Founders Library. If you don't have a clue about fashion, I would recommend that you look at websites like Chictopia and Lookbook. After all, we are the second best- dressed university in America.

    Bang for the buck

    Your experiences here will define your future. You are also paying for the name and renovations to the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Aint no party like a HU party cause a HU party DONT STOP! Also, exploring Washington D.C. can be risky, but fun. Make sure you travel with AT LEAST one other person your freshman year.

    Food and Dining

    I only ate there first semester of my freshman year. The taste of the food isn't horrible, but you sure will miss a home- cooked meal. It got expensive and I lived off- campus (Meridian Hill Hall) so I hardly ate there anyway. If you live in the Annex (freshman girls dorm) a meal plan is required. Other than that I recommend getting food stamps as food gets really expensive.

    Dorm Life

    This only got two stars because of the social aspect (and there is supposed to be more dorms built within the next 10 years). Our dorms need major reparations. In order to get the best experience I advise freshman girls to live in the Quad or the Annex, freshman boys should live in Drew Hall. DO NOT live in Meridian Hill Hall, it is a sophomore dorm and will deprive you from your freshman experience because it is a sophomore dorm and it is off campus. If you get placed there, have your parents call and complain. In around February, you'll have to pay $200 if you want to live on campus the following year. There is also a dorm that is way off campus (about 30 minutes total from campus) called University Town Center in Hyattsville, MD. It is metro- accessible and if you are used to a full kitchen and living room, this is the place for you (I recommend sophomores and up).

    Academic Rigor

    The quality of what we learn cannot be be found anywhere else. Teachers work with you 90% of the time if they know your face, see that you are trying, and go to their office hours. Everybody is on their hustle getting internships and other types of experience and scholarships. The Howard University degree will take you far!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can. Tuition is increasing and financial aid is decreasing nationwide. Also, DO NOT be afraid to get involved. At the same time though DO NOT think that you can party every weekend and get a 4.0. You'll spend the rest of your career here making up for freshman year mistakes. Learn how to network, it gets you anything that you need here.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a school where the African- American (& anyone else, we do have an other population) comes and learns about him/herself. Howard University is a school that produces active citizens in the community. Howard University is fulfilling legacy that has been created for us. :) I love my HU.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety....need I say more? The campus police aren't the most dependable people. So I would advise you to travel in groups especially at night. Also Howard's campus is pretty much open, so a lot of people who don't attend Howard are usually on the campus at all times. So be aware of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a Greek, but I love seeing them on the yard. They walk around proudly displaying the fraternity or sorority that they are a part of. It amazes me to see them.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for anyone. But if you are a communications or law major Howard is definitely the place for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is something called the Howard Hand. There is no way to really describe it. But many people do it when someone gives a shout-out to Howard, the state they are from, an idea they agree with, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Howard's list of clubs and organizations is enormous. There is so much you can do. The yard is the best place in my opinion. There is always something happening. Also Howard is right in the heart of DC. You can always hop on the train or bus and head over to the white house, the movies, go shopping, or even visit the zoo. There is always something to do at Howard and it is easy to become involved.

    Food and Dining

    There are several restaurants that surround Howard's campus such as McDonalds, Subway, a carryout, etc. Also, Howard is only two stops away from Gallery Place/Chinatown, which offer more food variety such as Chipotle, Fuddruckers, etc. The cafe food isn't the best on Howard's campus but it will help if you are about to starve to death. Thank God for the Punchout though. Their food isn't amazing but it's definitely better than the cafe food!

    Dorm Life

    Although I didn't personally live in a dorm, I often visited my friends and heard their trauma stories. Many students are struggling to find housing for next year because of the shortage of space. Many dorms had mildew, others rats. Serious work needs to be done to repair and add dorm spacing. However, the friendships and bonds made in dorm life are well worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of Howard's courses are much harder than they appear. Some courses you can breeze by in, but others involve a lot of time. Some, if not all professors are really trained in their field and challenge you because they want to see you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending or transferring to Howard, I would advise you to set goals! Many people, like myself, believed that Howard was all about partying and having fun. I never realized how many educated black people attended Howard and how hard they worked. Without set goals you will surely fail. I would also advise you to meet with an advisor at least once a week, they will help tremendously! Don't give up, the finish line is closer than it appears. I went from a 1.69 first semester of my freshmen year, to a 3.0. Anything is possible if you are willing to work hard.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a school filled with endless possibilities. While at Howard you are able to meet numerous people that will help you achieve your goals and more. Yes Howard is great for parties, but if you really want to network amongst the black community, Howard is the place for you.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police have mopeds, SUV's and police cars. They are everywhere! So you will be safe!

    Greek Life

    5 out of the 7 Historically Black Fraternities & Sororities were founded on Howard's Campus. Greek Life is the most important thing at Howard. Its the tradition of African American culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard is big on organizations

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want an experience unlike any other.

    What to do for fun

    Theres always something to do at Howard. From relaxing on the yard to going to day parties.

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunatley, freshmen must have a meal plan and dine in the Prison Cafeteria (Thats what we call the Caf). The food goes right thru you, literally. Go out and about in DC! We are in the middle of downtown!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is everything! At the end of the year we have Resfest where the dorms compete against each other in competitions Dance, Step, Debate, Family Feud and many others. Its the best thing to end off the academic year!

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard & study! A wrong professor can ruin your life!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit! Talk to students who are current students! Ask all questions & DONT trust the Financial Aid office!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the mecca of Black Excellence. They challenge you and force you to grow up quickly but it all pays off in the end. Everything there is a Process.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite being in an area that is often considered the hood the campus is pretty safe. The area is being rejuvenated and the local and campus are always on patrol to ensure safety. The are also alert boxes located on campus and cell phone alert systems available to assist in student safety.

    Greek Life

    Howard University is the Mecca for Black Greek Letter Organizations. They have the entire Divine 9 of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and many are the alpha chapters. Beyond BGLOs there are also band fraternities such as Kappa Kappa Psi, business fraternities such as Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi, plus many more.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty for every type of student ranging from State clubs to bowling clubs to freshman organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Best for students who are truly about here business, and having fun doing it. What I mean by this is that we work really hard here because its necessary to succeed, but we make sure to make the journey fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a great value if you take advantage of what it has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    The school is in the heart of Washington, DC so there is a lot to do depending on your interest. There are a lot of clubs on-campus that you can join. The Smithsonian museums are close by and there are various event that go on at the National Mall. You can also go shopping in nearby areas such as Gallery Place, Georgetown, Pentagon City Mall, and PG Plaza. If you are into parties then there are plenty that are Howard affiliated, or one of the many nearby clubs, or if you want to adventure out then you can crash a party at one of the surrounding schools. And of course the legenenday Howard Homecoming!

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to the Cafe it all depends on when you come, and if you like soul food. On most days you never know what the cooks will come up with, it can be either really good or really bad. Every Thursday they have Soul Food Thursday which is pretty good, but its always the same so after a while it gets pretty boring.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on which dorm you end up in. If your a young woman and end up in the annex then you are in luck because its the best dorm on campus right now, you have your own cafeteria and great rooms. If you are in the quad then it can be a hit or miss. For the guys drew is pretty dirty, but it is hyped up as the best. If you end up in carver people will jokingly trash talk, but it is the best dorm for freshmen males.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging, but I would have to only give it 4 stars because the professors and other students are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved! There is an abundance of clubs on campus for basically every interest, and if yours isn't there then try to start a club for it. Grades come first, but getting involved in the campus life is important in taking full advantage of what the school has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The campus is fun and lively. Professors are very challenging, but they are equally helpful. Great environment to grow as a person and begin your career.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area outside campus can be a little questionable at times but you really have to just be conscious and utilize the shuttle system when its dark and you'll be fine. Don't be too flashy, but I feel these rules will apply anywhere. I'm totally safe on campus though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a lot to join, I wish I could have done more. Start early.

    Great for these types of students

    I would recommend Howard an and HBCU in general to African American students who have lived or went to school in white areas.

    What to do for fun

    Its a big city and there are plenty of fun things and opportunities, much more than you would get in a simple college town. You can take the subway practically anywhere, check out history and or a movie in minutes.

    Dorm Life

    Stay on campus the first two years.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging yet manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the best class decisions. Don't take too hard of classes too early.

    In three sentences

    I really love this school. Its a fight for some things but you have to stay on top of it, keep fighting, and start early. It will be a great experience.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Howard is really expensive and lacks the amenities that other campuses have. The Howard name will definitely help once looking for employment. Some of the professors that I have had, have definitely opened my eyes to things that I had never even though of. The administration is starting to get better, but as a transfer student my start at Howard was like a rollercoaster ride from hell.

    What to do for fun

    sightseeing, sports, clubs, shopping

    Food and Dining

    I never ate at the cafe

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed on campus

    Academic Rigor

    classes are enriching yet challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    always check with counselors on which classes to take, keep track of your scheme, get involved in all the activities Howard has to offer

    In three sentences

    Howard has the greatest professors. The administration is by far the worst in the nation. You have to stay on top of your counselors so that you can graduate.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just look at the Student life of Howard, But make sure it's for you.

    In three sentences

    Howard is an amazing school, full of opportunities available to help you grow and excel in life.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are in most places but there could be more. We do have an escort service to provide safe transportation when its really late.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big at Howard. Prestigious fraternities and sororities for just about every major and/or interest. Howard is all about networking an this is a quick way to start to build a strong network.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club/org. for EVERYTHING! There is always a group putting events together and something to join. The issue is limiting yourself in how much you join.

    Great for these types of students

    For any type of student, there is opportunity and fun to be had! Especially those interested in African American culture and history.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Yard is the place to be! So much fun in the center of campus. Homecoming especially!

    Bang for the buck

    Although Howard can be a bit expensive, there is ample opportunity for scholarships and grants. Every penny is worth the experience you get!

    What to do for fun

    Just about everything there is. Howard never sleeps! Always a panel, fashion show, party, protest, or random activity going on such as hide and go seek around campus! We also have a gym and bowling alley.

    Food and Dining

    The Annex dorm has its own cafeteria which is good. There is also a main cafeteria next to a food court. This year we had a chinese restaurant, italian food shop, and World of Wings. We also have a Potbelly on campus we can use part of our meal plan for.

    Dorm Life

    Great! Very competitive between freshmen dorms in an annual ResFest competition. I stepped for my dorm and had a blast. Really makes the freshman experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Class is as hard as you make it. Must study and stay on top of grades because professors don't take sob stories. All math classes are very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont get caught up in the party scene. Make copies of all paperwork and take control of your finances, nobody will baby you anymore. Be ready to fall in love with your school GO BISON!

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great challenge with great fun. It is easy to have a bit too much fun but those who stay focused have a world of opportunity. This University is perfect for anyone of all races and backgrounds.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Needs improvement but we have campus police and campus escorts. It has improved over the years.

    Greek Life

    taboo, serious business,prestigious,controversial.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of,we got it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing,hardworking and ambitious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are alot of them,its something you'll find out once you attend the great University.

    Bang for the buck

    Departments that need improvement: financial aid,reslife and the math department.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING. There is an organization and club of interest for everyone. Get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Great food selections,they have something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience,facilities need MAJOR improvement.

    Academic Rigor

    The work isnt as dIfficult but keeping up with your scheme for your major is..the advisors dont micro-manage and many times right before graduation is when someone's told they cant graduate because they are missing a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a back up plan,a back up plan for housing and a cushion and alternative for how you plan to pay for school. Handle all things with Howard im person NOT over the phone and never take no for an answer there is always a way. Lastly get involved in as many extracurricular activities,start off how you want to end(its much easier to maintain and gpa than to increase it and many things on campus require a GPA) and start looking for internships your first semester,build relationships with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Departments that need improvement: financial aid,reslife and the math department. We as students pay alot and should recieve more,its a constant debate amongst students and administration.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at the Mecca. Signing up to receive e-mails about what's happening at Howard is the best way to stay in the loop about all the events taking place on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best cuisine in the area, but it will do. It's great for the first month, but then the menu gets a little repetitive. Fortunately, the student involvement here is great on campus, so they are always looking for ways to improve food and dining on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's not the best. You may feel that being an adult should give you unlimited amounts of access to your peers in your dorm. Howard University has a visitation policy, whether you adhere to those rules is your personal decision.

    Academic Rigor

    College is as challenging as you make it. Your classes can be extremely difficult or extremely easy. It is all up to how much effort you are willing to put into your academic experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ahead of the game, especially when it comes to working with administration. You have to remember that there are lots of students at the school dealing with numerous circumstances. Because of that, administration may not be a sensitive to your particular situation as you may like. Just look at this as a time to test your tolerance and understanding as you will need it in the workforce.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school for networking purposes. Students/Faculty/Staff have a great opportunity to work together and meet with each other to accomplish goals in and outside of the classroom. Howard University is a melting pot of academic potential.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard has the Divine Nine Greek organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive but keep in mind your paying for the experience.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do around Howard. Considering it is only 20 minutes away from both Virginia and Maryland, many things are available to you.

    Food and Dining

    Gets tiring after a while but the area around Howard has multiple options of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There are a few freshman dorms with a range of amenities but all dorms are good for networking and making friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on Major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of Administration office and document everything.

    In three sentences

    Howard University has a great network of Alum that are willing to help current students progress. Also there is a strong sense of diversity and culture.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many people are robbed surrounding the campus so always be sure to use the buddy system when traveling at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am the president of the National Society of Black Engineers. I love this organization and it has done great things for me as far as scholarships, leadership experience, and networking. There are hundreds of clubs on Howard's campus. Anyone can find one or two to call their own and put all their efforts into.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a large amount of things to do in DC for free. The museums, films on the National Mall, statues, and many other things are free.

    What to do for fun

    There all types of social activities to do on the weekends. The are clubs, parties, and many other forms of entertainment. There is always something new to see in Washington, DC. There are museums, statues, and many other events that are affordable.

    Food and Dining

    The food becomes very repetitive and there is not much to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, one will gain a very satisfying dorm life. The facilities may not be as good as other campuses, but you will meet great people.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineer, the academic rigor is very difficult but also achievable. Find ways to gain assistance through your professors and outside of faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and never procrastinate. Howard University has a large amount of activities to offer any student, but it can become overwhelming if one becomes involved in too much.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is in the heart of a great city. There is always something to do in Washington, DC. Also, classmates are always willing to lend a helping hand.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Travel in large groups if it's late. Call campus escort if you're on campus after the shuttle stops running. Get to know the campus police, they can be nice and for girls interested there are R.A.D classes. A lot of fun and very helpful.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life can be a touchy subject on Howards campus if you make it one, I personally love my fraternity and wouldn't trade the experience for anything . There are a multitude of options for anyone interested in Non-Divine or Divine Fraternities. Do your research extensively and evaluate your motives on whatever you decide.

    Clubs and Activities

    At Howard clubs can be seen as a stepping stone so join things that are going to benefit your future and whatever it is you enjoy. As a Psychology major/Pre-Medical concentration, I joined HPS (Health Professions Society) and the Psychology Club, both which have really help me in my future career path decisions.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is a great school for really anybody. I wouldn't say it fits a particular type of person. If you decide to attend Howard, you're welcomed and will pretty much just....fit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the annual all-white party thrown by UGSA at the beginning of the semester. Freshman week is fun, there are no classes, you meet your class and there's always free food around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience is worth the price conditionally. IF you're secured financially you enjoy it (you'll enjoy it regardless, but it's just so much better if you have the scholarships and dont have to worry about if FASFA will reward you with enough) However, near the end you'll look back and say it was worth it. While you could have gone somewhere less expensive, you could never get another Mecca campus/classroom/professor etc. experience!

    What to do for fun

    Study first! There is ALWAYS something to do for fun at Howard. Make friends, get involved in different organizations and clubs and you'll never have to worry; there's a club/party just about every weekend. When finals are over and I'm in DC for a few days with nothing to do I like to go to Chinatown and eat or shop or to the Smithsonian libraries, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans can be expensive but cafe life is fun freshman year. Make sure you look at your meal plan options if you live in Meridian or off campus. You could save so much money by grocery shopping and cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life...there are rules but it can be fun. I didn't get to live in the freshman dorm because I was late putting in my application (do it early if you KNOW HU is where you want to go) It's extremely challenging and really not worth the hassle most of the time but convenient and if you have a scholarship for housing just stick with it, it's a place.

    Academic Rigor

    It truly depends on your major. Being a psychology major isn't bad at all but being Pre-Medical is extremely challenging at times, but surrounding yourself with like-minded/majored individuals helps a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage future students to do their RESEARCH ON THE SCHOOL(S) and get scholarships in advance. Those are firsts for any school you've applied/are applying to. Also to study early, the fun is there every week so make sure your academics are in place first. Don't procrastinate with ANYTHING, especially financial aid; do EVERYTHING in advance and ASK questions until you can't ask any more. Find out all you can about the finances, the District of Columbia, the entire school. Network, don't be shy; put yourself out there in a professional manner (the worse they can say is No/No Thank You)

    In three sentences

    Although tuition is pricey, HU is a pretty amazing school and I would not trade my experience or the education I have obtained thus far at this University for anything. The school is family oriented; the Professors push you to be the best and care about your future.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you mind yourself, you should have absolutely no problems at Howard University.

    Greek Life

    Very secretive, I will leave it at that.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club has access to an important supplier that can hook you up vast opportunities you would be surprised to have.

    Great for these types of students

    Any variety of students can attend, just make sure you put people around you that know and respect what you are about.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Thirsty Thursdays and the weekends will help ease any stress after a long week. Trust me.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is truly the definition of it is what you make it. You will see many people simply in love with the school because of all the activities they take part in, the opportunities they are offered for simply attending the school, and the entertainment the school offers. The beauty of Howard is extraordinary.

    What to do for fun

    At Howard, the fun will find you. Whether it is organizations on campus hosting movie viewings, traveling around the city, or simply just kicking it in the dorms and enjoying the company of your dorm mates. It is not hard to find fun on the campus of Howard.

    Food and Dining

    Whenever you are hungry, the Cafe and the Punchout will be there to satisfy your hunger. I would not advise going to frequently, but makes sure to visit one of the two at least once a day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is more unity than appearance. The look of the dorm is not close to being one of the best, but the experience, the friendships you form, and the brotherhood/sisterhood you gain leaving satisfies any lack in visual the dorm may possess.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is difficult. If you set time to study when you are supposed to, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard University is like a mini world of its own. It is really easy to get distracted, being smack dab in the middle of D.C., but if you work hard, find organizations to join, and focus on academics, your experience at Howard will be nothing short of tremendous.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the prestigious historically black university that supplies a vast array of opportunities for its students within the university and all throughout the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, & Virginia) area. This university harbors students who strive for success and change in many regions in America; whether it's from Entertainment to Politics, from Medicine to Architecture, and so on. Howard University is the most illustrious HBU (Historically Black University) in the United States, and the students, faculty, and alumni help defend this claim.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your prepared to spend alot of money on your education because it costs a lot to live in DC.

    In three sentences

    I would say Howard is a very great school. They have one of the best business schools In America. With bhat said i would rate it very well

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. there is always a party to go to which is why time management is key. also there are many clubs to join on campus its just a matter of choosing whats right for you.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. But it gets old after a while. The best day that most people would say would be Soul Food Thursdays. On this day they serve candy yams, collard greens, fried chicken, barbecued ribs, macaroni and cheese, and rice. But if this is not for you, they serve pasta and Mexican food, also there is a grill for hot dogs and ham burgers. There is a salad bar and a sandwich line. I prefer the annex (all girls dorm) cafe because they toast your sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    your freshmen year, your will stay in a all girls or all boys dorm. and from there on you will stay in a co-ed dorm or you may decided you stay off campus with a couple friends. My freshmen experience in all girls dorm was the ultimate college experience. I've had the smelly room mate and all. But its all part of the experience. If everything was perfect what stories would you have to tell?

    Academic Rigor

    Do not be afraid to ask for help. Your professors are not going to come looking for you. If you need help make sure you GO GET IT. Time management is one of the most important things to learn. make sure things get in on time because some professors do not let you make things up or turn in assignments late. And lastly get to know your professors and let them know you are serious about your grades. if they know your are serious they will take your grades seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focus and do not get distracted easily. there are many ways to get distracted but your grades are more important than any event that might be occurring at the time. Get involved and make sure when you leave you can say you contributed more than your GPA. Any one and sit in there room all day and study to get a 4.0. put your self to get involved.

    In three sentences

    It was my first choice because i fell in love when i came to see the campus. It is full of successful African American students who are determined to make something out of them selves. We play hard and work even harder.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Howard is extremely expensive if a less expensive option is open you should way out your options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on financial information. Register for classes in April.

    In three sentences

    Howard has a great culture and richness. The pride of the school is absorbed the moment one steps on campus.Amazing in every aspect.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University has 24/7 Campus Police that secures the University at all times.

    Greek Life

    Howard University is home to the Divine Nine as well as other Professional Fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard University has clubs and organizations for any interest you may have and if not you can always be a leader and create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    I must stress that Howard University has many opportunities and networks to offer students. It is up to you to be aggressive and strive for these opportunities that are presented to you on a daily basis. Howard University is great for students who are ambitious, hard working, proactive, social and confident. If you feel you lack in some of these areas its OK, It doesn't take long to understand these valuable things and set your self accordingly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Upper Quadrangle which is known as 'The Yard' is the center for just about all student life. Its where we talk and interact and see our peers on the way to class. Its where students spend most of their time when they aren't in the library studying or in the dormitories.

    Bang for the buck

    The Legacy at Howard University is truly one of a kind that has been continuous for 144 years. Although this is a long time, the students at Howard University are recreating this Legacy everyday to make not only the University better but ourselves which is one of the greatest lessons you take away from the University.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless possibilities on Campus.. and things to do for fun. There is always something going on campus for just about everyone. You can have fun sleepovers with floormates in the lounge of your dormitory, Play games with friends in the game room or bowling alley. Enjoy the Divine Nine Sororities and Fraternities every Friday on the Yard or just sit on the yard with friends and enjoy your day. Students at Howard are not hesitant to playing a little music and have a good time. Its a really good feeling when the entire student body can come as one and have fun together, it makes your experience so much better. There are clubs and organizations to fit everyone's personality so you are guaranteed a good time!

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria or what we call The Cafe is one of the centers for student life. Within the Cafe there are 7 different stations that allow students to eat an array of foods that will warm your tummy. The Punchout is a quick place to pick up food and socialize with the student body. The food in the Punchout is by far the best.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at Howard University is unique. With 8 different dormitories your privy to experience an array of different experience that really shape you to become a well rounded person. The friendships you make in the Dormitories are the friendships you are guaranteed for a lifetime that you will cherish. I sure do!

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University challenges you academically all across the board. We have very comprehensive studies that allows students to become great scholars. Most of all it challenges our intellect on a daily level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Gear up! Howard University is not for people who are not ambitious or serious about what they want to pursue in life. Howard University provides the steps and tools needed to be success in any field you choose to go into, you just have to be very proactive because healthy competition is always near. But most of be confident, hardworking and ready to an experience of a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    The Illustrious Howard University is not only a institution cultivating students to go into the world with top academics and credentials for any field. Its a home, a place where people can relate due to common interest and goals. Its an amazing school that offers you so much that will last a life time.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police is extremely active in the matriculation of the Howard student. We even have a campus shuttle to take you places you need to go when you feel like it's too late, or if you just feel like being lazy!

    Greek Life

    Like I said before, the Greek life at Howard is amazing! Howard is the Alpha Chapter to 6 out of the Divine 9.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard is a family oriented school. Family is a major part of clubs and different organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is only great for those who seek to obtain greatness and are willing to work hard for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First Friday's are the days that all the Greeks come out and stomp the yard. It's really fun to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard University is a very expensive school; however, it's worth it because of the connections you make. I'm in the School of Business; and I meet CEOs, COOs, VPs, and many more on a daily basis.

    What to do for fun

    Howard University's campus consist of hundreds of organizations, fitting just about anything you'd be interested in.

    Food and Dining

    Howard has amazing food. The chef's prepare everything in front of you!

    Dorm Life

    Everything about dorm life screams FUN! I was a part of my dorm's stroll competition, and we won! The Resident Assistance are your best friends, USE THEM!

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is a very academic heavy university. Make sure you're up for the challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just make sure that you're ready to love in the District of Columbia!

    In three sentences

    Howard University upholds its legacy as the first HBCU (Historically Black College/University) every single day. Although an HBCU, Howard's population is very diverse, in terms of culture and religion. I have nothing terrible to say about my school!

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun, especially since you live in DC. There are parties almost every weekend, and simply exploring DC will give you something to do most of the time.

    Food and Dining

    Howard's cafeteria food quality is up for discussion. Thursday is usually a favorite day amongst students in The Cafe, while the Punchout is a great choice any day of the week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is more fun than the actual quality of the dorms. Resfest, that occurs spring semester, binds your relationship to your dorm even after you leave Howard.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your degree plan, coursework at Howard can be considered fair in terms of rigor. Some courses can be very easy and some very difficult.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the number one option to consider if you plan to attend an HBCU. Howard fosters a learning community conducive to learn more about African heritage in relation to your degree.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    to be safe of this campus you must remain vigilant about YOUR OWN safety.

    Greek Life

    Arguably the most historic and intense aspect of Howard culture. 5 of the 9 historically black fraternities and sororities were founded at Howard and an the opportunity to be apart of that legacy crosses everyone's mind at least once. being apart of these Organizations is a life time commitment and is quite frankly not for the fait of heart. Joining one isn't for everyone, but they are without a doubt a respected aspect of Howard culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can trip and land on a dozen clubs and organizations to join. The best thing about them is that while they all may have different focuses and agenda's, they are all extremely hard working and extremely in love with their university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard Homecoming is the number one Homecoming in the US by population. The atmosphere is infectious, seeing masses of people old and young, Bison and non Bison coming to celebrate the history of Howard.

    Bang for the buck

    higher education isn't free, and Howard is doing the best it can. It's a constant struggle right now for students. we see the price of budget cuts every semester we come back, and yet tuition goes up. But it's not specific to Howard, it happening at Universities across the board. Most people are just trying to whether the storm.

    What to do for fun

    go to Howard.

    Food and Dining

    No where is perfect, not even Howard. Will be one of the things you and your college friends laugh about once you graduate. You only really have to suffer through the cafe for a year, then you better start cooking!

    Dorm Life

    One word. ResFest. One of the most unique and intense aspects of Howard. In many ways dorm life is a freshman's first foray in to Howard history and culture. Above all else, PARTICIPATE, it an experience you can not recreate as you matriculate through Howard so do not miss out!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at the University can get very dense. The faster you learn how to study independent of a proffessors guidance, the better off you will be. However, many departments will give you help, all you have to do is ask. But most importantly, older students and students that have taken the classes before know how hard it can be to get the grades you want. Asking for help, and someone WILL help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a mentor/guide/teacher in someone on campus. Howard has a lot to offer those who know where to look, but knowing where to look is sometimes hard. Finding someone that can give you advice and point you in the right direction is crucial.

    In three sentences

    Howard University has one of the most addictive and rich cultures you will ever immerse your self in. As an Undergrad student, you will be among some of the best and the brightest of young African- American Students, all of whom are on a personal journey to enhance their local and global communities in their respective fields.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, malls, and sites to see.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets repetitive. But it is not too bad.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply for scholarships and makes sure your finances are in order.

    In three sentences

    It has a very good reputation, however it has its downfalls. It's expensive, administration could be better, and facilities could also. You can get a good education though.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyday is a holiday at Howard, and the students have no problem celebrating it. There are a lot of hidden treasures around campus, be sure to go exploring and ask around, you just might find one.. or three if your lucky.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do: whether it's a party, campus sponsored event, a game, or even a nice stroll through the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    The transition from high-school to college is difficult, make sure to keep your eyes on the prize and to stay focused on the reason your in college. Make your family and friends proud!

    In three sentences

    Howard teaches you how the world works, outside of the campus walls. The teachers may not be the best in the country, but they help teach you how to find the information yourself. Howard University has one of the greatest social scenes in the country.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Travel in twos

    Tips for prospective students

    - Do whatever you have to do to get RSVP points - Get to know someone in the Administration building - Get a good gpa your freshman year first semester because it can affect your RSVP points

    In three sentences

    Howard University is whatever one would like it to be. For some people it is a social gathering in which they make a career in college from. For others it is the mecca of Black education.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Not one for campus food. It's expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I can't touch to much on dorm life because I transferred in and I personally do not like dorms but it seems like the freshmen dorms are the most fun, where you'll officially make your first set of friends and actually gain your college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are very disorganized.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hound them every day if you plan on getting any financial aid!

    In three sentences

    Administration is horrible and if you want anything done you have to do it yourself. They do not make it easy for transfers to get money or easily transfer credits.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Escort services are available late in the night. Campus police are around 24/7. They have pole with buttons on them that connect directly to the police as well. Also they alert you when anything is going on that may be harmful via cell phone.

    Greek Life

    Almost all of Divine 9 began at Howard University. Greek life is taken extremely serious. Howard has strict rules on hazing, probates, and joining the organization. There are other organizations you can join as a freshman, just not Divine 9.

    Clubs and Activities

    ResFest is a great way to get involved. Its a competition between the dorms. Each dorm has a step team, dance team, stroll team, debate team, game team, flag football team, and track team. And of course they have clubs within majors, sports, religion, and common interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can fit in here at Howard because there isn't one way to fit in. Any students that's hard working belongs.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a private school everyone pays the same tuition. There's no instate tuition. It's way too expensive. Howard is in the top three of every list containing the most expensive room and board as well. I love this school, but it's too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    You are surrounded by everything. You are 5 to 8 minutes away from the metro walking so the all of D.C. is open for adventure. I'm from this area and I still love it. There's Busboys and Poets, Clubs, malls, museums, the White House, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Every Thursday they have soul food dinners! They have breakfast, complementary breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late dinner. Also there's the Punchout which is like a food court in a mall, just smaller. You can pay in cash, with a credit car, or Bison Bucks.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a way of making friends, staying on task, and having fun. Most people on your floor have the same major as you or are in your school. They break them up by classification, so it's not awkward meeting people. Also there's Resident Assistants to help you.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this depends on your major. Some classes are pretty simply because you've seen them in high school. They become pretty difficult when it comes to your major classes. Luckily, there's tons of tutoring available in all areas of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on task! The location and excitement that comes with being a student at Howard is a lot to get us to. Also, make connections early! It's not what you know, it's who you know. Kind of cliche, but it's true. Network with people with common goals as you.

    In three sentences

    Howard has a way of making campus and D.C fell like home. There's great staff, dorms, and students. Also the networking opportunities are endless.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University has a specially unique security system. They have their own police, text safety alerts, and blue buttons around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs on campus. One for anything you want/dream of part-taking in.

    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for students who are hardworking and dedicated to their work, but also for those who can spare a little time for some fun and enjoying their college HBCU experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is always, fun things to do on campus. Student life always have activities planned. Dorming there should be nothing less than exceptional.

    Food and Dining

    The campus have many cafeterias and dining halls. There is even a Chic- fil- a on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone on campus seem, extremely friendly and welcoming. I can not wait to move in a experience it first hand.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University, encourages their students to strive to do their best, so they have very high expectations from us.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep good grades ! Not only to get into the school, but to also get a scholarship, it will help alot.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is THE best HBCU. It embodies all the aspects of an ideal college experience and is guaranteed to ex cell your expectations. Howard University,encourages its students to focus on their work, and to reach for the stars as they continuously set the bar higher, so that the students not only, finish well educated, but well prepared for the real world.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Howard University is in Washington, D.C.! There are a million things to do! There is always a party happening, but there are tons of other things to do. D.C. is great because most of the museums are free, and you have to see all the monuments! You can go to white house, or a festival, or visit the other colleges in the area. There is so much to do and you will notice that as soon as you get to Howard

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great! You just have to learn how to control yourself. Howard's cafe offers too many good things to choose from. They have burritos, pizzas, made to order sandwiches and burgers and a lot more! The cafe workers always make you feel welcomed and they are really nice.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Howard University is AMAZING! I lived in the Bethune Annex freshman year and I loved it. Living on campus is essential freshman year. People who did not live on campus freshman year did not have the same experience I did. I made lifelong friends in my dorm. If I did not live on campus I would have never been exposed to my friends who are in completely different majors.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard offers so many classes! There are difficult ones and maybe easy ones. All my classes so far have challenged me. What is special about Howard is that it is no you typical University. Howard is a huge school but also very small. I knew all my professors personally and they all took the time to get to know me! At other universities that is not the case.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students is to handle their financial aid as soon as possible. I love Howard but sometimes they like to give short notice on VERY important deadlines. Just make sure to have everything handled at least a month before validation or the deadline to be safe.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an amazing school that is a lot more than a HBCU. Howard University will force you to grow up but the professors along with other staff will nurture you so no worries!

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Poor, never walk alone and keep protection on you. I carry pepper spray but have never had to use it, my friends and I are very careful about where we go at what time.

    Greek Life

    I can't rate many of the greeks, only a few of them are actually active in the community and on campus. Make sure you look for those organizations that are actually having an impact.

    Clubs and Activities

    Excellent!

    Great for these types of students

    Go-Getters, ambitious and self-driven people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games, Bison Ball, Homecoming, do everything you can Freshman year!

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely not. I am paying out of pocket nearly 40,000 a year, not worth it at all for that money.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of parties and events in the area. However DC is really a city for older people/tourists so you may have to go to VA, MD to find more things to do.

    Food and Dining

    POOR. Ordered out at least twice a week. McDonald's and Dandy's will be your best friend.

    Dorm Life

    I was a resident in the Bethune Annex my freshman year and will not reside on campus my Sophomore-Senior year. The dorms just aren't worth the money. Old, and very dirty.

    Academic Rigor

    A solid 3. Not very difficult at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    NETWORK more than necessary! Talk to people and join new organizations. These things will set you up for success after graduation.

    In three sentences

    Howard is everything I expected t to be from Accepted Student's Day. The Academic (A-building) is still its normal batch of foolery but the student involvement and activism makes it all worth it.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are in constant circulation. If you feel unsafe walking to your dorm they are happy to escort you. Also, there are emergency post all over campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is very expensive. You don't get a lot of bang for your buck, and tuition is rising.

    What to do for fun

    If you like seminars, there is one almost daily in the Blackburn center. Our fine arts department always puts on superb performances and students get discounted prices.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is as good as cafeteria food can get. Sometimes the choices become monotonous. Aside from the cafeteria, there are two other dining places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Howard has many different dorms. Some are older than others. Some rooms are really small and you might be sharing them with two other people. On the other hand some dorms have their own cafeteria. The quality of your dorm also can depend on gender. Males more often than not don't have to share a space.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University takes its academics very seriously. Be prepared to work but also have fun while doing so.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to always check the Howard website. This website gives you details about deadlines for financial aid, activites and seminars on campus, as well as student accomplishments.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a wonderful school with a broad range of major possibilities. Aside from classes, there are many activities on campus. The professors genuinely care about the education of their students.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything the the Nation's Capital has to offer just imagine..Museums, Parks, National Treasures, Cherry Blossoms, Night Clubs, Beaches, Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Skiing, Casinos, Shopping, Pubs and Bars, Amusement Parks.......all at your fingertips

    Food and Dining

    There are so many wonderful places to dine in the Washington D.C. Area,. You will surely become a foodie, There is the Barbeque Battle, Restaurant Week, Fogo de Chao, Infamous Ben's Chili Bowl, Hamilton's, the list goes on. 24 hours a day 7 days a week Your will never go out

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in a dorm on campus. I am an older student. You will find new dorm furniture and renovations when you arrive to campus. You may even be lucky enough to be in the upcoming new student housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically I have found all of my coursework both challenging and rewarding. I am always lead to cutting edge research, best practices, and best of all encouragement. I feel prepared to enter the workplace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, study hard and stay motivated. Be responsible for your records. Always follow up Read before class Take the challenge

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an awesome respectable pillar of education in the community. The university offers a diverse and professional environment that is deeply rooted in tradition and revered around the nation. It is a pleasure to be surrounded by passionate and committed educators.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    very

    What to do for fun

    study and party

    Food and Dining

    awesome

    Dorm Life

    amazing

    Academic Rigor

    very high

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and stay on them

    In three sentences

    Howard University is beautiful. The school is high ranked. It also has a very strong education system

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police

    Greek Life

    Greeks run the yard

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Greek life on campus is serious, do NOT step on any plots!

    Bang for the buck

    There is not one fiber in my that regrets coming, i bleed blue and white, Bison pried until the day i die.

    What to do for fun

    DC is full of fun things to do, you just have to get a group of friends and venture out.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria gets redundant and there are not many options in walling distance: McDonald, Subway, Potbelly, Starbucks, and Chines food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, an experience you will never forget. Just bring a fan!

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is held at an ivy stranded. The professors demand academic excellence. The students hold themselves at such a high level of academic integrity they wish to put forth nothing but the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded, you are about to meet students from everywhere in the world. Although the majority will be Black that dose not make everybody the same. Be open minded and take in the mecca one day at a time.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is amazing, honestly it has everything a student needs to have the best college experience. From elite education, to intercultural experiences. Howard is a gathering of the minds with an impeccable fashion taste.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard usually has sketchy people walking on campus at night. There are also no security gates around campus due to the fact there is a hospital? I don't know, but at times I have felt scared for my safety at night.

    Greek Life

    There are tons of different frats that exist on campus, even the small ones have some publicity. They do make it more enjoyable and give that feeling of attending a real college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whatever you have an interest in, there will almost always be a posting or listing for an opportunity.

    Great for these types of students

    As far as a learning experience, it can be difficult to focus because the people higher up have not invested that much into the development of the school. Old chairs, old doors, and bathrooms that are ancient do not sit well with germo-phobes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fraternities and sororities make it apparent that they exist on campus. Interacting with them can lead to greater opportunities as a possibility.

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive, heard and read many stories of faculty receiving close to a million dollars in bonuses and the school still has chalkboards and broken projectors. The buildings are rusty, bathrooms smell like a bathroom, the desk are old and beat up.

    What to do for fun

    The yard is a big area for socializing on Howard campus.Being the fact that it is in the nations capital, touring and the night life can be fun.

    Food and Dining

    Not many options, nothing but fast food. There are not that many healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Poor facilities; I have heard stories of a few dorms having mold in the ceilings and no air conditioning, in general the dorms are very expensive as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the classwork for arts and science majors tends to be a bit mediocre, but that is with any school. Howard is well known for their med school and school of dentistry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit first prior to applying, the facilities can be a huge disappointment if you are picky about classroom space. The buildings are not up to date with other competing schools.

    In three sentences

    As a Liberal Arts Major, Howard has high hopes for their students. The Facilities are not that great, but the social campus life makes up for it.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not only is Howard University a very historic place, but Washington, DC is a pretty historic place as well. Thus, touring the campus, city, and local area(s), thrift shopping, partying, hanging out with friends, and going to the University's Game Center are all things to do for fun!

    Food and Dining

    The Howard University Cafeteria's buffet is really delicious and convenient. However, once Second Semester comes around, you get pretty tired of seeing the same food every week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is simply amazing! Not does your specific dorm allow you to make new friends, but having a roommate teaches you patients and can expose you to different people and their varying cultural backgrounds. Toward the end of the Spring Semester, there is an event called ResFest, where all of the residence halls compete against one another for the title of the best dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University, due to its admirable prestige, is most definitely academically challenging. Nevertheless, you yourself, judging by your work ethic and time management skills, determine whether the school work and courses you take will be hard, moderate, or easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Begin your academic career at Howard University with an open mind and, furthermore, understand that you yourself have to go for what you want. Although it may seem like the in-thing to do, avoid partying every chance you have; Remember that you are attending college to receive a higher education. Use patients, join as many organizations as you can, and work to enhance your skills and talents. Overall, never change for anyone and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is, hands down, one of the most beneficial and prestigious universities in the United States! Upon beginning my first semester at Howard, I immediately found a medium between both my academic and social lives, created life-long friendships, and attained a 4.0 grade point average. Although it has many positive attributes, the Mecca needs improvement with its technology systems, faculty-student relationships, and regulating financial aid.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great at times but can be unsafe at times as experiences with student getting robbed. Sneakers, iphones, ipads and other expensive gadgets getting taken...some at gunpoint by non-students and locals.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard has great clubs and activities however I only join two club during my freshman year, the African Student Associations and a Muslim club called NOISA eventhough i am christian. I did this to focus more on my education but i should have joined more.

    Bang for the buck

    For over $20,000 which are mostly from loans and the dept i am going to be in and the college experience i do not thing it is a great bang for the buck. The college restrict spending on making the college great and rather most of the funds are either kept or not used for what it is supposed to. The dorms could be improve, the campus could be better and Howard can do better.

    What to do for fun

    You can go out partying on a friday and saturday night, interact with friends, play video games, listen to music and intact this school gives me the social life i need which is quite enjoyable when for someone like me who barely have any social life back home.

    Food and Dining

    I can not complain about the quality of the food because i do not dine five star or what not and my food quality at home is probably less than the cafe food but my only complains is that meal plans are quite expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can get lonely, boring and you can get real hungry sometimes but there are a lot of great people to interact with and feel belonged.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman for me was time management, worried and still worrying about paying tuition, and the social aspect might be quite distract-full at times. Some professors are very inconsiderate and do not care much for your effort or improvement and are so strict.

    Tips for prospective students

    You would enjoy the school experience and no matter who you are you would find Howard University as a place to belong and really meet alot of great people here however the expenses are very high and keeps rising and very little aid would be provided to you in terms of loans and scholarships and can be very frustrating especially if your coming from a poor or less fortunate background and want a share of the Howard University College experience.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school; the environment, students, activities social life and most important of all the education is truly amazing however it is quite expensive and the administrative building is not so great.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    So many places to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Study Hard. The Fun will always be there.

    Tips for prospective students

    You are your best advocate. Stay on top of deadlines and get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    I love Howard University School of Social Work. The professors are very helpful and my fellow classmates are mature and we motivate each other to achieve.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very important.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and organizations it can be hard to stick to one.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the city life or to be socially active, and business, fine arts, or communication majors.

    What to do for fun

    It is the nation's capital! DC is a great place to explore from the many restaurants to the museums. Also, there is always something going on, on campus or provided by students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aggressive and ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great experience inside and outside the classroom. The students are very ambitious. It is also surrounded by many other colleges.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard is in the heart of the city, so just be safe and make wise decisions when hanging out.

    Greek Life

    I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega-Honors Fraternity and i love the greek life at Howard. I would definitely say it is very exciting.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a member of many clubs and campus activities and they are all amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who love diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming is a big plus at Howard. It is known to draw huge crowds and numerous celebrities.

    Bang for the buck

    Some things at Howard are a bit overrated.

    What to do for fun

    I attend Poetry ciphers, open mics, business information sessions, and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely not the best. On the bright side this school in DC. There is so many cuisines and more. So food choices really aren't a problem.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life isn't too strict the staff do their best to keep students safe with rules.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a business student and we have one of the top business scholls in America.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make lasting relationships with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Howard serves as the Mecca of all HBCU's. It is full of history, diversity, culture, and life. Going to Howard is a great choice for any student.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Could be better.

    Greek Life

    Alpha chapters. Enough said.

    Clubs and Activities

    Make sure you get involved. Howard is all about what is on your resume.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HoChi is something you will be forced to try! Make sure you get the Mambo sauce.

    Bang for the buck

    The connections you will receive through Howard are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want.

    Food and Dining

    Poor but good on certain days, but the cafe is always a fun place to be in.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Howard is a tradition and a sisterhood/brotherhood. Almost like greek life.

    Academic Rigor

    If you try you will be ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have all of your financial areas covered. Be ready for the weather changes.

    In three sentences

    Howard is the best HBCU anyone could ever attend. Most people love it here. You are free to be yourself.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus just doesnt seem secure. Howard is a private institution in a bad area, but at any given time you will see a group of local residents walking through the main yard hitting on our female students.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, and assertive

    Bang for the buck

    Not worth it. For $30,000/yr I don't see where my money is going. Living conditions are terrible, most professors dont seem to care about their students only their research, security is terrible.

    What to do for fun

    Theres plenty of organizations to join on campus. At any given time a social event might be going on on the yard. Also there are parties every friday and saturday

    Food and Dining

    Howard has a contract with Sodexo and they provide a good range of food. There's also another cafeteria called the Punchout where students can get other foods.

    Dorm Life

    For the money we pay to attend this school the dorm life is terrible. Space is confined, a lot of appliances don;t work, no AC in a couple of dorms, and a few of the dorms have mice and roach problems.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses at Howard are naturally challenging and only made harder by bad professors, and other courses you don;t even have to attend to get an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending Howard, remember you're attending school for a degree. I've seen a lot of people spend thousands of dollars to attend here only to forget the educational part of college and drop out. Also if you cannot speak up for yourself Howard may not be the school for you. The administration in my eyes takes advantage of people who are not assertive.

    In three sentences

    Howard like any other college has its up and downs but overall the experience is unforgettable.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Every club imaginable is on campus, and you can always start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Students of African heritage will enjoy Howard. There are so many nationalities of black people from all over the world.

    What to do for fun

    You are in Washington, DC. What is there not to do for fun? You can visit the Capitol Mall, go to dances, etc. Homecoming activities at Howard are so exciting. There are many cultural activities; political and ethnic clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dorms is not the greatest. But, the different ethnic food in Washington, DC is a taste of world cuisine. Just be careful not to over extend your pocketbook.

    Dorm Life

    Watch out for superficial people your Freshman year. Bethune Annex is the nicest dorm, but beware who you associate with while living there. Bethune is like a cocoon. You can spend too much time with people there and miss out on other social opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    There is so much to learn from some of the best professors in the country. But, there are some professors who can care less whether you fail or succeed. It is best to communicate with upperclassmen to help you decide which teachers to take or avoid. Their experience is your best teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with lots of money. The school is too expensive and they charge for all the activities. Try to find as many scholarships as possible.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is one of the top colleges in the nation and a part of the HBCU system. It has a strong legacy and some of the best and brightest minds have earned their degrees at Howard and made an impact on world society.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Washington DC has almost everything to offer. From museums to parties you can do almost any and everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved. Get to know as many people as you can and never take any of the opportunity Howard has for granted.

    In three sentences

    The best experience for me. It broadened my horizon and caused me to appreciate my culture and history more

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Charles R. Drew Hall's burning of fears, the music departments Thursday recitals...let me not spoil everything.

    Bang for the buck

    Although indeed pricey, Howard University's atmosphere, diversity and plethora of activities are few of the many things that make Howard University worth it. And let's not forget the infamous SHOWTIME marching band!!

    What to do for fun

    Howard University is located in the nations capital, Washington, D.C. WHAT ISN'T THERE TO DO?! You can sight-see, catch a concert, and a great number of other things!

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite good, much better then that of the average high school cafeteria. Here is also a good place to meet and greet and bond with friends. Don't be frivolous with meal, or you won't be able to enjoy this!

    Dorm Life

    The experience differs in each dorm, but each meets the objective of allowing you to interact with people different and just like you. Do not, however, let something as meaningless as AC affect your choice of where to stay. But do be sure to bring lots of fans.....

    Academic Rigor

    College is hard, that's a given. The professors at this school will challenge you like never before. Every trial you endure, however, will make the adjustment to real world like easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is no walk in the park, especially at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. You have to balance working hard and having fun. Hit the books hard, but be social and meet people; because in the end it's all about who you know!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school to attend. The atmosphere is welcoming and there are many people to see and things to be apart of. You can easily get the best of everything, no matter what you study.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't count on the campus police for everything and remember you are in a big city, but chances are nothing will happen as long as your safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    JOIN! Get involved, you will meet people that aren't in your classes and it looks good on your resume, plus you get RSVP points which help you choose classes and dorms earlier.

    Great for these types of students

    It depends what you want. Howard is not cheap but the experience is something new and the fact that it's a HBCU is great too..and it's in DC which is a great city to be in!

    What to do for fun

    You're in DC! There's so much to do on campus and off.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad, but it does get repetitive. Pizza, salad, burgers, cereal and burittos are there everyday but all in all it's not bad. Save you're dining dollars because you will want to go to the punchout!

    Dorm Life

    It's a dorm. They're fun. They're dirty. They're loud. But you will make a lot of great friends living in the dorm and it's sort of a right of passage for college so I would encourage people to stay at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is not hard so long as you stay on top of all the work and of course go to class. I skipped classes every once and awhile but definately would encourage people to go to every one. It's worth it. Especially for professors that hand out extra credit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join all the facebook groups you can! Joining them is how you get cheap books from other students, find people in your classes to study with and stay up to date on what is going on.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard has a top notch security program. They actually have thier own security force with and in connect to the state's security force. Their sre also blue button security which are located across the campus for anytime immediate response.

    Greek Life

    The DIVINE NINE !

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard has 300+ club that can appeal to just about everyone. If not you can always create your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    * People who know to work hard but still like to have a good time and a great experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditional HBCU activities and amazing events to be a part of. But I can not tell you. You have to come to Howard to find out!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Help plan events! Or have a study group with friends!

    Food and Dining

    The food there is pretty good and thew atmosphere is amazingly welcoming.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing! Living on campus is like having a second family or home.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University aims to bring a challenge to all of its students academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard ! Make sure you have good grades! You want to make sure that you have grades good enough to get you in and also to make you eligible for a scholarship.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an amazing school. It is the top co-ed historically black college/ university. Also, this school is extremely famous for its world-known alumni and unbeatable college experience.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a great Campus safety system.

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activites to waste time on.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, Dedicated, Determined., etc...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unknown

    Bang for the buck

    Bang Bang

    What to do for fun

    Plenty to do for fun, but i suggest studying.

    Food and Dining

    Great food establishments on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are hot.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors

    Tips for prospective students

    Get accepted.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a very prestigious HBCU. Located in the heart of D.C so there is always something to do. Just watch out for the locals.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Howard is home of the divine nine. There are also a number of academic fraternities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for shy students as well as outgoing students. Whether your a small town kid or a big city person, Howard is welcoming to all kinds of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming at Howard draws over 6,000 people every September. It is a two week long tradition that spawns multiple events with iconic people.

    What to do for fun

    Washington, DC is filled with museums and monuments. Ice skating is also a great activity in the winter. Visiting the monuments at night or going to Chinatown in the evening is a great past time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Decide on a major before you start classes because it it saves you time money. Participating in state clubs is a great way to meet people as well as build your resume.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the ultimate experience. It is an old university and has its share of issues, but it overall a great school. Howard makes you the person you never knew you wanted to be but was ultimately destined to be.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's an open campus but safe. Be smart and aware of your surroundings and if you can help it never go anywhere alone late at night. These are normal tips anyone will give any student who attends a college or university in the city.

    Greek Life

    Never do it because you think it's cool. Always do your research and do it for a deeper reason than it looks cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    Become involved. It is a great way to network and you become a better person constantly learning how to better yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to climb Founder's clock tower before you graduate. You must have made at least one late night run to HoChi and have ordered a large mix with your order.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in DC and in the surrounding area, including Virginia and Maryland. Venture away from the campus! Experience all you can experience do not stay in the Howard Bubble

    Food and Dining

    Food is good but after a while you will get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    In terms of experience you will love it. In terms of the facilities, to each its own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know the names of every person that you speak to when it comes to administration. Never turn in your original copy of something; always give a copy and have multiple copies. Always double check everything you submit to anyone in administration; make sure it has gone through, it is received, and you are cleared.

    In three sentences

    Administration is average. Facilities are somewhat satisfactory. Overall experience, including the educational experience, is more than rewarding.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great.!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for almost everything you could be ineresed in. If not, you can start one. There is also a club for almost every state.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard is the birthplace of five of the divine nine sororities. Fraternity and sorority life is never dull.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is a little expensive but they offer great scholarships. It is also a private school so they do not charge out of state fees.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Washington Dc. One of the perks of Howard is it location in the capital. Theres no need for there to be a dull moment if you dont want there to be.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafe is good it just gets boring because its repetitive. The deserts, however, are always good.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year dorm life was amazing. You really get to know the people you're surrounded by and form great friendships.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check your teachers on ratemyprofessor.com and if your not an early morning person stay away from 8:10 classes. It will only lead to missing class.

    In three sentences

    Howard is one of the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities and it holds that title for a reason. I love my school and I wouldn't discourage anyne from atending.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    DC has a lot of museums but you'll get over that by freshman year. When you find your group you'll probably be going out, hanging with other people, etc. You'll find out what twerkies are. Just be safe overall.

    Food and Dining

    In close proximity we have a McDonald's, Potbelly, and other small places to get coco bread and stuff. Hochi is pretty clutch for late nights but other than that, try and make your food.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman dorm didn't have A/C. My sophmore dorm was fun, never chill, and that was part of the problem. Get accustomed to not having visitation.

    Academic Rigor

    Solely depends on what you plan on majoring in. I can't speak for school of communications because I'm an architecture student. The academic rigor of an architecture student is tragic, in most places. Howard is no exception.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the life in front of you distract you from your longterm goal. With that stated, the glamour of freshman year is just that. It's perfectly fine to have fun but don't be the kid that got sent home because he couldn't manage.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great school. What you've heard about it, good or bad, is probably true. You get an experience going to Howard that isn't common however that doesn't mean your nose should be too high or your head down low because of the school you attend.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DC is a place where crime is no stranger it's important to always be alert.

    Greek Life

    Amazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    HUSA. ACS. NCNW. COAS Student Council..... THERES SO MANY!

    Great for these types of students

    Social people who are motivated to be extremely successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial Snowball/ Water fight on the yard. This usually spontaneously happens when one person gets the idea and it spreads via Twitter/Text.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard has recently renovated a lot in the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering buildings and the labs are wonderful! Not only the buildings have history but the SPEAKERS WHO COME TO HOWARD ARE AMAZING! We've had so many inspirational speakers and the list just keeps growing.

    What to do for fun

    House Parties. Clubs. Fashion Shows. Raves. All of these are abundant at Howard and being in DC. Other things include visiting museums, the CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, and there is Georgetown shopping/dinning, basketball games ( Wizards), and Hockey (Capitals), and there are a couple of summer festivals if you choose to go to summer school.

    Food and Dining

    I've been in the area for 3 years now and I can say that I've exhausted all of the dining in the area. But there is diversity! I am half Ethiopian so i take advantage of the Little Ethiopia dining that is only down the street from Howard. We have some nice selections in the Punch-out from Sushi to Wings, Italian to sandwiches. Recently a new Mexican spot has opened up on Georgia Ave that has been really getting rave reviews from other students.

    Dorm Life

    I am an EXTREMELY clean person. So I was very crucial in giving a 3/5 rating. I've stayed in the freshman dorm ( Quad) with no air conditioning to the upperclassmen/honors dorm ( Towers) and I would have to say that it's not the best. There are often leaks and elevator problems. The one good thing though is that the custodians are always willing to fix whatever might be broken!

    Academic Rigor

    I came to Howard from a high school that was geared towards preparing its students very well for college. I found that at Howard there are some difficult classes but all of them simply take time and motivation....and visiting during office hours!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with a major in mind!

    In three sentences

    Howard University has a culture all it's own and it's easy to get drawn in and never want to leave!

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University is an open campus which says a lot about its safety. The community surrounding Howard is not the safest. The best way to stay safe is to stay alert and stay in groups. Two necessary numbers to know are the campus police and the campus escort (van that transports students after the shuttle stops running).

    Greek Life

    Five of the Divine Nine greek organizations were founded at Howard meaning we have the Alpha Chapters. There are also other greek organizations for business, honors, doctoral and other areas. The greek orgs are very selective and competitive.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many organizations to name. There is something for you. If you like dancing, acting, advertising, music, film, sports, business, community service, languages, poetry, modeling, designing, religion, non-religion, philosophy or (the list goes on forever) Howard has it. Go to the organization fair in the beginning of each school year and learn all you can about the organizations. You can also start your own organization if you have enough students.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. At any moment at Howard you can find the place you fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The engineering building is a traditional hang out spot. Its always open and students like to meet up there to avoid the strict dorm visitation rules at night. Sometimes impromptu parties take place. The administration would prefer if we didn't hang out there but hey...

    Bang for the buck

    Take advantage of every opportunity you can at Howard. The professors here will help and encourage you. Many students leave with their dream jobs because they attended an event hosted by a great company. A lot of students travel abroad through various programs. Howard is all about networking its an important skill that every Bison knows well. The career fair is well organized and brings top companies to our doorstep.

    What to do for fun

    The house party scene at Howard is awesome. The houses are owned by upperclassmen. Joining organizations and attending events is also fun. Howard has a great theater department that puts on a lot of popular productions you probably couldn't afford on broadway. Homecoming is an event that everyone lives for at HU. You get to meet celebrities and get caught up in school spirit. Also, you will be in D.C which is a great city to explore. See the monuments, visit a museum, go thrifting or cycling. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafe and the Punch Out in the Blackburn Student Center are newly renovated and serve great food. Your freshman year your meal plan will be a life saver. You use your student ID to enter the Cafe, which offers buffet style dining. You use dining dollars (also on your ID) in The Punch out, which has 4 different restaurants serving Sushi, subs, pasta etc.

    Dorm Life

    Howard University dorms are very social and proud. The dorms compete every year in ResFest. Your best friendships will likely begin in your freshman year dormitory. The downside to the dorms at Howard are the amenities and the strict visitation rules. Getting into a dorm is determined by an RSVP point system. The more points you have the more likely your are to get into a dorm. However, by your senior year you will want to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University is known for its academic excellence. We are not the best at sports but when it comes to competing in intellect we are a fierce school. Every year HU brings home awards for Mock Trial, Engineering, Design, business and other areas.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be aware of deadlines- financial aid, scholarship, registration, withdrawal. The most frustrating place at Howard university is the Administration Building. Make sure you have everything in writing, with copies of that writing. It is easy to become distracted by the buzzing social life on campus. Stay focus and follow your academic scheme. When it comes to organizations try everything, it can't hurt.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school with an array of organizations that are beneficial to helping you find the right career path. The student body is welcoming and full of school spirit. The best way to excel at Howard University is to get involved and stay informed.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The movies is always a great place to go. Get a metro pass to be able to travel all around Washington D.C. to go to clubs and events.

    Food and Dining

    There's a McDonald's by the dorms. The meal plan also has great food at all times. There also is an Asian resturant on Georgia Avenue that is very popular.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms don't have air-condtioning and it becomes very hot during the year. I can't speak for the women but for the men the best dorm to choose would be Drew Hall because of the room quality and air-conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to be a dedicated student to go to Howard. you need to be on top of your academics at all times and can't falll behind just like any other university. You don't want to be that one guy that doesn't get to graduate with his class because your weren't focuse.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in contact and on top of Howard. They will lose and not process things you have to make sure they do. Always check your BisonWeb account to see what's going on.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with great faculty and staff. Teachers are very flexible yet strict. Great curriculum ad you will learn a lot while at Howard university.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are campus police that patrol the campus 24/7. they also give safety seminars that are very helpful. you have nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    Howard is known for greek life. so if your thinking about pledging howard is the place for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and orgs on campus. you name it and its probably here at howard and if not you are giving the chance to start one!

    What to do for fun

    there is never a dull moment at at Howard from parties to plays and musicals. also because Howard is located in DC there is so much to do in the city. you can visit muesums, go to the movies, sight see and so much more. trust me you will love it!

    Food and Dining

    there is the traditional cafe that has different things such as: pizza, pasta, tacos, burgers, home cooked meals. the food is good but after awhile you get tired of it. there is also the punchout which is more of the fast food dinning, they have: wow wings, chinese restaurant, sub connection, and pandini (pasta).

    Dorm Life

    there are many rules you must live by. the worst one is the visitation rules, other than that Howard is pretty lenient when it comes to your freedom. each dorm usually have a party called a social, they are really fun you should definitely attend them.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are not easy; you will have to work extremely hard for an A. How hard your classes are will also depend on your major. Howard is no walk in the park.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember the reason why your at Howard. there will be many activities going on but school work should ALWAYS come first. stay positive when things become hard.

    In three sentences

    Howard university students are the future leaders of tomorrow. Howard prepares you not only for your future career but the real world in general. i rate Howard on a scale 1-10, a 10!

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    dont go anywhere alone at night and dont mess with locals.

    Greek Life

    not everyone is involved in greek life. Dont idolize greeks too much- they'll see right through it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many things to do on and off campus- people are in political clubs, greek life, and other people throw parties and social events outside of campus that all the HU students go to.

    Great for these types of students

    great for outgoing students who are classy at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone hangs out on the yard, especially during yardfest.

    Bang for the buck

    it can be pretty expensive, apply for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    there is a party group called MIRAGE that throws the livest parties.

    Food and Dining

    Dont eat too much caf food, you WILL get fat.

    Dorm Life

    There is a lot of thirst once visitation comes around, so beware.

    Academic Rigor

    some of the classes can be tough, so study every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your application essay and extra cirricular actives are strong.

    In three sentences

    Howard University will make you or break you. There are future stars walking around the campus, so don't be intimidated by another's success- just be the best you can be because its a very inspiring place.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I do not stay on campus

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take care of all financial obligations as soon as possible!

    In three sentences

    The students are very career & goal seeking individuals. The university has great professors. Great choice to be.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police have stepped up their patrols, there are blue light systems around, the campus is fairly excluded and well lit. However, like anywhere I'd suggest you keep your eyes open and always be aware of your surroundings as there have been crimes perpetuated against Howard Students in the past by DC natives.

    Greek Life

    As stated above, Howard is a very Greek school (Im greek myself Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc). This school is the very beginning of Black Greek life and has quite a lot of history in this category.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is a very extracurricular activity oriented school.

    Great for these types of students

    Networkers or those in need of network building. Future World Leaders Free Thinkers Eisteins Party Animals!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If your familiar with BGLO (Black Greek Letter Organizations) there are 9 of the largest most prestigious known as the Divine 9. 5 out of the 9 were founded at Howard. So you will see a lot of Probates, stepping and strolling and general Greek Madness that makes a university great!

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is in the same category with schools like George Washington University and other high level schools with tuition around the high 40Ks. Howard charges literally half that and yet we still get an excellent education as well as considerable name recognition in the business world. Howard is NOT cheap but the school gives a lot of finical aid out to students; its defiantly worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The extracurricular life at Howard is beyond awesome. From Greek Life we have step shows, stroll exhibitions and more fun. There are multiple clubs students attend as well as students throwing their own parties. Theres also fun on campus with different organizations throwing events (educational and otherwise). If you come to Howard Having fun is defiantly something you can cross off the list.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at Howard is pretty good, there is a lot of variety and if you don't like what the campus has there are multiple places to eat around campus and lots of dorms have kitchens were you can buy and cook your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Howard is being upgraded. Personally, I like the dorms just fine but I've heard a lot of other students complain 1. They do not like having a time guests must be out of the dorms (depending on the dorm some guess must be out at a certain time, though some dorms have 24hr visitation). Also some complain about rodent problems in some dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academia is generally challenging at Howard though occasionally you'll run into a professor who is just waaay to easy but every college has a few of those. Also, the difficulty at Howard changes with different majors but again this is not unique to Howard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep ALL of your documents for finical aid, registration, etc in an easily located place and always keep copies. Also, plan to struggle with the administration with issues like lost papers, computer mistakes and general nonsense that isn't your fault. However, all of the struggles you go through at Howard will truly make you a stronger person.

    In three sentences

    Howard University provides an amazingly unique education. The school pride here is infectious and motivating. Overall a great University for those searching for a nontraditional college experience.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are different programs and activity that help promote campus safety that the biggest thing at Howard University.

    Greek Life

    there are many Greek life to join but there are requirement to join them.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are lots of activities and clubs on campus everyone and every aspect of life.

    Great for these types of students

    student who are manner enough to know how to study as well as have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HU! You know is one of the saying we say at Howard University.

    What to do for fun

    shop at the mall, eat out, and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    there are some niece restaurant to enjoy on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    there are some nice people in the dorm, and the room are cool.

    Academic Rigor

    study hard to survive graduating on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure all financial situation are handle before or when you come to New Student Orientation.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a school of scholar and people that are serious about wanting to be somebody in life. It prepare you for life challenges and help you be the best you can truly be.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is an open campus and in the heart of Washington DC so I wouldn't recommend walking alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Many famous greek fraternities were founded and started in Howard universities campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is almost always something going on around campus that is easy to get involved in. There are also many mentoring programs to make easier transitions.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students who can make friends quickly. Students willing to be in a place rich in culture and history.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is not a cheap or inexpensive university by any means but being a student there has its perks. It is widely regarded in many circles as the top HBCU and has a great network.

    What to do for fun

    My first week there was a party every night so I was never bored. Also it's in Washington DC, there is always something to do or go see. Not to mention the on campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    Blackburn is a pretty good cafe all things considered but it can get crowded quickly. The food is alright but college food will get old.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm (Carver hall) I have a single and live on the second floor which has a reputation of being the most active floor. My room has air conditioning along with cable. The RAs are really cool and are like big brothers.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard produces top students and bring in top students. What may have worked in high school won't work in college. Success depends all on you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're on top of all your documents and get them in early. Enjoy your freshman week and meet lots of new people. Howard is all about networking.

    In three sentences

    So far I love Howard university. The history here is so rich and people come from so many different backgrounds.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out on the yard, adams morgan, gallery place, house parties, clubs, and lots more

    Food and Dining

    Freshmen 15 is real!

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you RSVP unless you will be homeless!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your always checking you student accounts and make copies of every important document.

    In three sentences

    The Real HU.Unprofessional at times. But a wonderful experience in life.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Coming from Chicago, where there were more killings than in Afghanistan, the safety here is exemplary!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone loves the Punchout instead of going to the cafe...

    Bang for the buck

    I do not feel like ANY school is worth 40+ thousand dollars ESPECIALLY HBCUs which sole purpose used to be to make sure black students who could not afford to go, but wanted to, could. My parents, and some other student's parents, don't make near 40 thousand dollars, so what would I have done without scholarships? What do those students who did not receive one do??

    What to do for fun

    Everything! There is always a party, and if not, DC is gorgeous and you WILL find something.

    Food and Dining

    As expected, eating the same food all year gets old. At first the food was all that I dreamt of, but being forced to eat it makes me upset. (it is not that someone twists my arm until I eat, but as a freshman I HAD to get a meal plan so going anywhere else would be like giving Howard free money- a waste- so I just ate there).

    Dorm Life

    From the very first day my dorm mates, not even just the ones in my room, were like family. Everyone at Howard is at Howard for the same reason so there is no singling out, from my personal experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Not as challenging as I would have liked, but then again I came from being in high school and college at the same time so maybe that's just my own disposition... Other students, such as those enrolled in the school of business, say that it is intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are the type of learner that relies solely on a professor's lectures, Howard is not for you. You will be expected to read the book on your own time; the teachers will not demand that you do so, it will be up to you.

    In three sentences

    At first glance Howard University lacked rigor and intensity; I am used to being in a setting where on the very first day I was forced to indulge in a pile of books and expected to write an even bigger pile of essays. However, I realized that sometimes simply having a professor who makes it hard to get distracted, such as Howard's very own Dr. Carr, is more than enough. Howard gives not only a good education but the promise of wonderful networks in the future - we will see about that part (as I am just a first year student).

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are posted at certain corners between the main campus and Georgia Avenue. Security could be better at the dormitories though. I have seen some students slip through the cracks and sneak in and out of the dorms at all hours. Just saying. Be careful--especially my girls at the Quad.

    Greek Life

    As stated, the Greek Life is very very active. The majority of the Divine Nine were founded at Howard, so they are very passionate and proud of their respective organizations. As one who is outside of the Greek circle, but has had some close friends who are in the Greek Life, I have some advice to those interested in joining: Be prepared to commit to the process.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities that range from academic to athletic and beyond. They are quite diverse, which is good. The only downer is that many of these clubs require dues for both the Fall and Spring semesters to maintain active status, so be prepared to shell out a little money for that.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for those who are looking for the typical HBCU college experience. Those who will survive Howard are go-getters and self-starters, who are about business, but who definitely know how to let loose and unwind. The Bison play hard, but not without working hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard University is the founding home to the majority of the Divine Nine, so be prepared to see, hear, and experience tons of Black Fraternities and Sororities participating in various events like auctions and pageants in the Fall, and probates in the Spring. The biggest event on campus is Howard Homecoming, which happens typically every October. It is one of the biggest college homecoming weeks in the country. Be prepared for lots of celebrity sightings, parades, and shows. Past guests included: Chaka Khan, Tyrese, Pooch Hall, P. Diddy, Boris Kojoe,Taraji P. Henson, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and much more.

    Bang for the buck

    From recent reports, the tuition has increased by a significant amount since 2012, and that is unfortunate. From my experience, Howard has not always appropriated its funds in the best way, with the majority of the money not being sewn back into the university. With that being said, although you will have at least one score to settle or obstacle created by administration in need of a major reconstruction, you will have the memories of Homecoming and your own personal Howard experience to look forward to. So, depends on how you look at it, it may be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs on campus. There are alot to choose from, but do not limit yourself to just the campus. Get involved in the surrounding DC community, like doing volunteer projects such as Alternative Spring Break, going to see independent films, partying at Ibiza or LOVE, exploring U Street, catching plays at Arena Stage, or going to the art galleries in Chinatown, Adams Morgan, or Georgetown.

    Food and Dining

    The last time I went to the Caf was around '09 or '10. Who knows? The Caf might have changed by then. But when I was there, the food ranged from average to substandard. However, The Punchout has improved in quality of food since my freshman year (2007).

    Dorm Life

    The housing lottery is very hard to win. It is rare that you will get the dorm that you want, even if you do register on time. So, upperclassmen, try to go for student apartments because after Freshman year, you will be lower in priority for housing. However, if you do become fortunate and get a dorm, the bonds you form with your floor mates, roommates (if they act right), and your RAs will last, may last even after graduation.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers in my department (Division of Fine Arts) are passionate about their field, and are very supportive of their students. They challenge you and push you to become a better artist and --at times--a better person. Outside of the department, however --save a few teachers (i.e.: Dr. Greg Carr, Dr. James Jackson, and some others)-- it is not often that you will find teachers who will go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that you grow as a student and as a person in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a major (that you are passionate about), and make sure to get your core classes out of the way as soon as possible so you can graduate as soon as possible. Be a go getter, and take every opportunity given to you. You never know who you will meet, and what you will get accomplished.

    In three sentences

    Howard is rich in tradition and has a rich and proud past. Howard may have its typical administrative and structural problems (i.e.: long lines at the A Building, substandard dorms, etc.), but Howard provides students with an experience that is memorable in more ways than one.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    D.C. is not the safest place and Howard is a open campus. But they try to make it as safe as possible. You really just need to use common sense.

    Greek Life

    We are the Mecca! From the divine nine to law, health, and science we have it all and we are the best at it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something to do for everyone, everyday, and every way. The Howard way is If it doesn't exist make it exist! We are innovators and creators!

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a new atmosphere, new faces, and great opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Friday's on the yard! One of the best things yet! Homecoming is epic always!

    Bang for the buck

    For almost $40,000 a year I sometimes wonder where does it go! BUT the experience you have, the people you meet, and the person you become make it worth it. You really have to be passionate or you will fall into a blur.

    What to do for fun

    Party! Seriously there is something to do everyday! a club/galvanization for EVERYTHING. You're in Washington, D.C. go see the sights, taste the food, and live.

    Food and Dining

    You feel like a princess the first week in the annex cafe. It just starts to get a bit repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in the Annex and I love it! It is one of the nicest dorms on campus! The only thing is you don't get the sisterhood or community that you get in the quad, but I plan on working on that as dorm council representative this year :)

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are really not that hard. If you were accepted in chances are you will be able to handle it. Make sure you take care of your work when you get it, don't delay!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time, and allow yourself to adjust. Take care of your financial aid NOW! Keep a copy/record of everything you do/handle dealing with or concerning the university; residence life, financial aid, and administration.

    In three sentences

    Howard is history, life, and experiences. The people you meet here will impact you forever. You are sure to find your purpose/path here whether it is with Howard or not.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    DC is full of all sorts of activities. Visiting the monuments always cool, the Georgetown community is like 20 minutes away from campus, outdoor basketball and tennis courts surround are everywhere, etc. Its a lot.

    Food and Dining

    Howard University is in Northwest DC so its surrounded by all types of local eateries and restaurants...some of the best food you'll ever taste. The food offered on campus and by the university cafeteria isn't bad but I just choose not to eat it.

    Dorm Life

    This might be one of the glaring flaws Howard has. Lets just say that the dorms are not desirable. LOL. With that said, I've seen worse and because of the friendships you develop while living in the dorms, it doesn't even phase you.

    Academic Rigor

    Every situation and particular circumstance is different but from my perspective, academics are key at Howard. I rarely miss class, I study, I complete homework...all these things are key for my success.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip for perspective students would be to stay proactive regarding your schooling. Your parents and others in your life can only take you so far and its imperative that you understand how to speak for yourself.

    In three sentences

    Every school has its flaws but I can easily say that on a scale from one to ten, 10 being the best, Howard is at an 8 in my book. Its' culture, heritage, and overall history account for so much and its amazing. I'd recommend this institution to anyone.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On point! Campus police, security escort and shuttles. Howard's got you covered!

    Greek Life

    Divine 9, Medical, Science Specific, Law, Business . Everything!

    Clubs and Activities

    ANYTHING you could possibly think of.... There's an interest meeting fot that!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to get ready to be completly placed out of what they're used to . Anyone who loves life and is ready to experience it x 5

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FRESHMAN WEEK .... The Yard.... Ho-Chi

    Bang for the buck

    Being competly honest Howard is beyond expensive but also being completly honest it's worth it. There are more than enough opportunities for scholarships and monies for school.

    What to do for fun

    Between the organizations and the spontaneity and energy of the life of Howard there is ALWAYS something to do. Not to mention time leading up to and after homecoming.

    Food and Dining

    Not your average school lunch! Food for everyone from the vegans to the carnivores!

    Dorm Life

    Carver, Cook and Bethune Annex are the best dorms on campus. You will truly become a family and learn everything you need.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard has a unique assortment of teachers. They are qualified to teach and pass the information onto you. It is up to you and you alone to learn and use that information!

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard is not for the for faint hearted. Be ready to work your behind off. Get use to speaking and coming out of your shell , networking is the key to success !! Listen to upper classmen and alumni but don't forget to make it your own

    In three sentences

    Howard in one word can only be described as Howard. Though every school has its hits and misses you will never experience them as if you were to attend Howard. Change is a permanent part of life, it comes whether we ask for it or not , attending Howard wil change you and make you an IRREPLACEABLE asset to society.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun. D.C is a unique and fun city.

    Food and Dining

    Howard doesn't have a plethora of fast food restaurants around. But there is places to eat on campus. The cafeteria has really good food.

    Dorm Life

    I encourage all freshman females to live in the Quad. Know that not all dorms have air condition.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is challenging, but college is suppose to be challenging. At Howard you are responsible for your own education. You have to learn more independently than in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you thinking about applying to Howard please be mindful in deadlines. You will want to turn in papers in as early as possible. Be very patient with Howard's administrative.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a very historic place, and provides great African American studies. At Howard a student truly feels that he/she is being trained to be an active member of society. Howard is an amazing university.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the city, go to campus activities, and enjoy the night out/in with your roommates and floor mates.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips for prospective students are time management, stay active, and keep social.

    In three sentences

    Howard University was what I expected and more. With the diversity of students, professors, and workers is phenomenal. The university is my home away from home.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I'm a home-body. If I go out, its not often. There is so much to do on campus, from parties to volunteer work, to clubs. You might get lost in everything. Its something for everybody at Howard. Thats what I love about this school.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe' is not a five star restaurant, its typical college food. You have to remember to eat in moderation, otherwise, you'll gain that freshman 15. Depending on what meal plan you have, you can use your dining dollars at the punch out. Its a section where the food is a little better, but I wouldn't recommend you eating there everyday either. You can also rack up on groceries if you have a refrigerator. That always helps.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in the Harriet Tubman Quadrangle. BEST DORMITORY EVER! I stay on Frazier third floor and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Although the Quad is known as the party dorm, we are so much more. You feel more at home and are able to bond with your floor mates. The Annex is more of a secluded dormitory. Its apartment style, and you share a suite with 5 other girls. Its very anti-social and dark. If you like quiet all the time, the annex may be for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University is the Harvard of all historically black colleges. With a ninety percent graduation rate, it's no joke when it comes to grades. Stay on task. Focus during the day, study in the afternoon, so you are free to do as you please at night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into Howard University with an open mind. With so much to do on campus, don't overwhelm yourself with too many extracurriculars. Stay focused and remember why you are here. You have three options: Social Life, Study, and Sleep. You can only choose two. Think wisely.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the Mecca of all historically black colleges. I have never felt more at home than I do on campus. From the students, to the professors, and the overall university, you are pushed to do your best.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    TOP NOTCH! Howard has campus police, emergency calling stations all around campus, ID cards needed to get into dorms, escorts (if you don't want to walk somewhere by yourself or if you are stranded you call them and they will come and take you where you need to go).

    Greek Life

    AMAZING!

    Clubs and Activities

    Cheerleading Ladies of the Quad RAD TANGLES Campus Pals Freshmen Leadership Academy

    What to do for fun

    You can join sports, join clubs, join christian groups, attend talent shows, go on tours of DC, shopping at malls, China Town, movies, harbor, step shows, Quad/Drew ciphers, parties, cafe night, bowling alley in blackburn, game night, football games, basketball games, attend sports games, homecoming events, dorm hangouts, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    I love the food at Howard. There is a blackburn cafe, punchout, annex cafe, and off campus food. There is no way you will go hungry at Howard University because there is always food available and they have food for all types of people whether you are a vegetarian, a meat lover, pasta lover, on a diet, etc. If you get sick of one type of food there are so many more options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the QUAD and I love it! I feel like in the quad you get a sisterly bond with your floormates that you can't get living in other places. Since our dorm is an all girls dorm it helps you establish female friends first so that you can have a core group of people that you know will have your back before you start your journey through Howard. I reccomend leaving your door open (when you're in your dorm) so that people feel welcomed in to your room which promotes more socializing.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like as long as you don't wait until the last minute to do your work the work won't be that bad. Put your everything into your work and don't half-do-it because that will not benifit you in the long-run.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to make friends, just be friendly and mingle with people. Join activities and organizations so that you are not bored on campus. Don't join too many activities to the point where you are stressed and can't keep up with your school work. Stay on top of your teachers, and homework and make sure to get your work done! Create good study habits early and learn how to study!!!

    In three sentences

    Attending Howard University is an amazing experience. In every class you learn some type of African American history that is good to know. There is nothing like the HBCU experience!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard has the largest campus police force as of last year and they are dilligently working to keep it that way. Their presence on campus is noticeable and often felt.

    Greek Life

    The greeks are very involved in the social events and the night life on campus. Considering 4 of the divine 9 greek organizations were established HERE at Howard University, you can only imagine how entertaining and involved things can get.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for any and everything. It is hard to NOT be involved in some type of group or club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any social student, student athlete, or just someone with big dreams. Come to Howard if you can handle the workload because it WILL pay off in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The yard is the most beautiful place on earth when it is warm and the valley is a close second.

    Bang for the buck

    The administration building is trash. There are never pleasant trips to the A-Building. The visitation policy is a killer. Besides that, everything on campus is amazing. It is very beautiful here. If you are a guy, the girl-to-guy ratio is amazing. And there are lots of opportunities to take advantage of.

    What to do for fun

    There are events for multiple groups of people every single day and Howard University makes it hard to not be well entertained. Friends are easy to make and the opportunities are endless. Between the events held during the night life or just the day to day fun that will occur simply with your on campus life, fun is not hard to find.

    Food and Dining

    The caf features a very diverse spread of food every day and you could satisfy your nutritional needs no matter your dietary habits.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not the most advanced but they are well-maintained and if you play your cards right, you could enjoy your dorm hall lifestyle to the fullest extent. The Howard University visitation policy is not worth it however.

    Academic Rigor

    The majors here vary greatly in difficulty but generally, be prepared for a very challenging set of courses. Use Rate My Professor. Many of the reviews are generally accurate. Study often and hard, many times with a study group or however you study best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. Learn time management, EARLY. Get involved. Network and get connected.

    In three sentences

    The most warm, family-like environment that a university will ever provide. Howard is full of opportunities as long as your intentions are true. There is someone for everyone and Howard is that someone for almost everyone.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard is an open campus, so there are extra safety precautions on campus for students. Campus police are on call 24 hours.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club or organization for everyone! Whether you like being on the scene & interacting with people, or being behind the scenes doing the hard work, there is a club especially for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, Outstanding, Overachievers, Determined, persistent, Dedicated, Optimistic.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is expensive, but very well worth the time and expense! It is a private institution so there is no discounted tuition for in-state residents. However, Howard is the best of the best, ranking in the top 5 of HBCUs.

    What to do for fun

    Howard is located in a very unique place, which ultimately makes the university more appealing and more lively! Washington DC is full of interesting things to do, regardless of what is in your bank account. There are so many fun, free things provided for the students and citizens of D.C. such as, the White House and national monuments, museums, National Zoo, and many, many more. The cultural diversity in this area is amazing.

    Food and Dining

    The university's food and dining are exquisite. Although some of the food choices are not the healthiest, students always have the option of healthy living and eating. The cafeteria has many options such as soul food, soups and salads, pasta, sandwiches, and American foods such as pizza, tacos, burgers, etc. There are also many vendors on the campus besides the cafeteria if students get bored with the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the only downfall of the university, in my opinion. The experience of dorm life would be a much greater one if the buildings were renovated. There is also a shortage of on-campus housing due to the high number of students attending the university and the location of the university. However, off-campus housing is in great supply for students if necessary.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are rigorous. Many of the professors are foreign and have different teaching methods, making it slightly difficult to adjust. Howard University provides students with the normal academics of the specific college/major as well as the history of our ancestors, giving students more of a workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    The admission process for Howard University is very competitive. I have worked in the admissions office as a student employee for work study and I've seen first hand how many applications, essays, and recommendations are received. Try and send your complete application package as soon as possible for a better chance at admission!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an excellent institution to attend that not only provides a great academic education, but also a sense of culture, legacy, and history. Howard opens doors for networking and opportunities outside of the university and prepares its students for the next phase in life. The student support at Howard University is outstanding and the help and information that students need is readily available.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Howard University is located in a perfect location. There are many stores, and food shops located all around you. If you want to ever get away from DC, they have the metro not too far from campus that can take your from DC, to Maryland, and even Virginia.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor level isn't that high, depending on what type of student you are, and how much of a work load you can handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep everything on a schedule. You do not want to do everything last minute and end up being stressed. Being a stressed out college student is the last thing you would want to carry around on your back.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is full of opportunities for students to grab. The school itself is full of exciting subjects to learn, with students who are eager to soak in all of the information given. With all of the history, and education opportunities behind the name of Howard University, there is now way for any student to leave here without the feeling of accomplishment.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun on campus. There is not a time where you will be sitting in your room trying to find something to do because there is always something going on. From parties in the valley, movie nights in the cafe to events put on by the greeks on campus, there is always something to do at Howard University.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe at Howard has many options from pasta to soul food to burgers and fries. Not only do you have these options to choose from, the university has what they call The Punch Out which is more of a fast food option if you need to grab something to eat before class. They have things like subs, buffalo wings and even sushi.

    Dorm Life

    Students at Howard have different views on the dorms. Many don't have air conditioning and could be renovated. However, the closeness that you experience in Howard dorms makes it a family environment that most students wouldn't change if they had the chance.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Howard are good but could be better. Most of the classes are pretty small so you get that one on one attention with your professors. However, the school seems to spend so much time building on the accredited departments, they seem to overlook some departments that could use more work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Howard with an idea of how you plan on contributing to the world. Know what you're best at but also keep an open mind to the different groups and organizations on campus.

    In three sentences

    There is no price you can put on a Howard University experience. The closeness between all the students here is something you can't experience anywhere else. Everybody wants to see you exceed.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being an open campus make sure that you have a buddy at all times.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is tough to be a part of you have to actively seek and apply and do all the things to get in

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone. I you can think of It we have it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who wants to be immersed in the African American experience this is the place for you

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming the biggest tradition of them all will not leave you disappointed.

    Bang for the buck

    I think we could get more for our money at this school. but many people stay for the experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do that it would be impossible to name it all. Just know that there is something here for everyone, and I mean everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not top notch but college students eat junk everyday. so either buy your own food or don't complain.

    Dorm Life

    Being in a dorm can be great sometimes with so many people around to talk to and do things with. But it can be a hassle when your trying to study or get work done.

    Academic Rigor

    Remember this is College, its not like high school. You actually have to read, and study, and do the work to do well. I know what I'm saying is a given, but many people forget this when they come here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to class, no matter what might be going on. Stay focused there are many things that you may want to do that will deter you from your goals. Join as many groups and clubs as you can there is something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    Great place to experience African-American Culture to the fullest extent. There is never a dull moment, with so much to do. This experience will stick with you, and shape you for the rest of your life

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Security works 24/7 even through natural disasters. There are almost 300 officers working all over campus. You will see them in cars, on segways, jeeps, scooters, bikes, in buildings, dorms and also in houses checking cars coming into the university.

    Greek Life

    Almost every fraternity and sorority you can think of including Christian sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 300 clubs and organizations to join.

    What to do for fun

    Campus is lively everyday. With over 300 student organizations, campus events planned by Student Affairs, there is something fun to do. Even if it's nothing but sitting on the yard with friends, you are going to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    You have many options when it comes to eating. You can eat in the cafe which is different everyday and Thursdays are Soul Food Thursdays or you can eat in what is called the Punchout (Food Court) which has Chinese food, sub shop, pizza place, pasta place and a chicken place. If you want to take your special someone on a date, there is also an elegant restaurant that you can go to.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms, everyone becomes your brother/sister. Freshman live in same sex dorms so you'll develop a bond that will last. You get to the point where you study together, eat together and hang out together.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are rigorous. All professors have their Ph.D and give you the best resources possible. It's up to you whether you are receptive and willing to work hard or give up because it seems like it's too much for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to get the education and skill necessary to make it in this country, Howard University is the place. Make sure you have good test scores, leadership capabilities, good work ethic and a people person.

    In three sentences

    Howard is an incredible institution. Not only are giving the knowledge needed to become successful, you meet with business owners, entertainment moguls, politicians and world leaders while you're matriculating. The best college experience that you can receive.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Its a big deal here.

    What to do for fun

    There is everything and more to do here at Howard University simply because we are in a very diverse city. There is of course the clubs and the local bars but there is also poetry bars, live band performances and a ton of other activities. In addition, Howard University is in a city with about five other colleges in the area. Therefore, there is ALWAYS something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is some diversity in the food we eat.

    Dorm Life

    Average Dorm Life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make copies of everything you hand in to teachers, coaches, and other administrators. (Keep all extra copies in a folder for later reference) Have a budget because it is very easy to spend money in DC. Get a 4.0 your first year because it will make the rest of your life easier. Do not have a girl friend or boyfriend your first year. Most clubs or organization focus heavily on community service make sure you have solid experience in that area.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a very cultured school and there is a ton of activities and clubs to be involved in. The extracurricular aspect of Howard is in my opinion the best part of being a student here. However, dorm life and the dining options are decent.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not safe at all. You are on your own out there. They do have a service that will come and pick you up after hours but they take forever to come.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is very strong on campus. This is where most of the black fraternities were established and they will keep reminding you of that fact.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities on campus. Staying involved helps with your classwork believe it or not.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are rich and want the HBCU experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this balcony on the back of the Blackburn Center that looks into the Reservoir. It's pretty cool at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Not worth the money. I want my $43,000 back so it can be spent wisely.

    What to do for fun

    DC is a great place to live when it comes to staying busy. A lot of tourist locations, there's Chinatown, movies, bowling, and many different types of restaurants. I love it.

    Food and Dining

    The food that you get for your Meal plan isn't great but its not that bad. I only use my plan about once a week but it comes in handy.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is not in the safest neighborhood, and the visitation rules are unfair. 12pm-12am during the week and 12pm-2am on the weekends. Most Universities have 24 hour visitation.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are very good teachers and all always available for extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to or want to come here, please make sure you score high on your SAT. This is very important. Also make sure you stay on top of your school work. It is pretty hard to make a comeback. Make sure you don't take any morning or night classes also.

    In three sentences

    I like DC and the teacher's here but it is too expensive for me. Not worth that $43,000 a year so unless you have a full ride, do not come here. The majority of the students here are not as focused on their academics as they should be.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is much to do at Howard University on the campus itself. Also, being in Washington DC the options of doing things for fun stretches widely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students thinking about coming to Howard University should immediately apply. While applying they should also begin looking for financial aid. Though Howard University is a great college, it is expensive.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the academic and cultural college that is known around the world. It's rich history continues on today as students look to lead the Joshua generation to the promise land. Howard can be rated as the city on a hill for colleges and universities.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the fun and parties trip you up your first semester. make sure to look up professors before registering for classes.

    In three sentences

    Howard has a lot of great opportunities to offer. The School of Business is absolutely amazing; like no other. Having fun is easy.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's DC, you're in the ghetto. Campus police sucks. But I haven't been harmed yet, nor no one I know so I guess it's not horrible.

    Greek Life

    The divine nine, most intense thing ever.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do! Lots of organizations to join, the Greek life, and you're in DC! Go out and explore! The options are literally limitless

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. Barely anyone gets a meal plan after freshman year anyway. Unless you play a sport.

    Dorm Life

    Ladies- QUAD, gentlemen- Drew, sophomores- meridian. And you'll have the most lively dorm experience you can imagine.

    Academic Rigor

    From my experience its still high school with a different format. Then again I took really challenging classes in high school. Bit it varies from major to major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay out of the limelight and do your work

    In three sentences

    I can describe Howard in three words- the best HBCU. At least that's what they brain wash us to believe; don't get me wrong- the social life is superb (especially being in DC- so much to do!), they also really prepare you for your career. This is a great networking school, perfect for school of business and school of communication students, it's lively and mostly friendly and fashionable and intelligent.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area is not too safe and you just have to be smart. Try to always walk with a friend during late hours.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of Club and social activities. Search collegiate website for howard, there's alist of clubs/organizations.

    What to do for fun

    Stay in touch with events that happen throughout the school. Walk around talk to people, upperclassmen and you will enjoy yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Mediocre dining especially at the Blackburn cafe. The Punchout is not half bad, but you eventually get used to food here.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't met snobbish/obnoxious people here at all. Everyone tries to help you and everyone is cool. I am at drew and I have friends both white and black. It is a cool environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Getting good grades are not as hard as i think a lot of other colleges would be. Maybe the only downside that exists here could be the parties and distractions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here with the intent of staying put in your room all day or just going for classes. Howard has so much more to offer students in extracurricular activities and you will be on the losing end if you don't grab opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Howard has a great student life curricula, great social awareness and very unique exposure to companies and firms. However, it is mediocre in its facilities. In conclusion, I don't regret coming to Howard University.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the parties are a must!

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes early! the parties are fun! just make sure u work hard play hard!

    In three sentences

    Howard University has been a good experience so far. The facilities are not up to standard and the administration isn't really helpful at times. however, howard has a great legacy which is extremely beneficial.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Big deal!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hu!..You know!

    What to do for fun

    Party!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare!

    In three sentences

    Great School.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    PARTY! Read a book. Play games. Go to the White House. Anything your heart desires

    Food and Dining

    Not bad

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on where you come from

    Tips for prospective students

    The experience is like no other! The Administration Department could use some work, but do not be discouraged. It is well worth it! You will love it!

    In three sentences

    You WILL get the college experience attending Howard University. The people that attend this school come from all over the country. Attending Howard, will definitely make you a more well-rounded person.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Howard is known for it's numerous parties around the campus and is known for both it's high end parties as well as it's house parties. Those who don't like to party can also go about the city to U Street, catch the Metro to Chinatown or catch the bus to Georgetown.

    Food and Dining

    The food options around campus are improving, but they are still limited in number and quality on campus. Currently, the Caf�© of the Caf is the central hub of dining activity. It is used mainly by freshman students and those who have a meal plan. Upperclassmen typically go the Punchout which is opposite of the Caf in the Blackburn Center. The Punchout is a place where there are fast food options for students which are great for those with tight schedules and need to grab a bite to eat. There is a restaurant in the upper level of the Blackburn center in addition to a coffee stand in the administration building.

    Dorm Life

    While Howard's dorms are not entirely modern or state of the art. There is a culture that Howard dorms create by themselves. In each dorm there is a brother or sisterhood created, particularly in the freshman dorms such as Drew, The Tubman Quad, The Annex, and Carver. These dorms usually compete in a competition annually called ResFest which materializes the fun rivalries between the dorms and allows a nice distraction from the academic push during the latter half of the academic year.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is an institution where academic programs are rigorous based on the major. Science, business, and engineering, or mathematics majors usually tend to have the most difficult classes while those in Fine Arts are evaluated comprehensively. Health majors also share the burden of science majors in certain classes as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students should come with an expectation to work hard in and out of the classroom. Success here is not dependent solely on your GPA, but how you engage the opportunities that are abundant here. You should work hard to make sure that you prepare yourself for the world that the university introduces yourself to. Branch out and do not limit yourself to the bounds of the main campus, it will be highly rewarding if you do this as Washington D.C is rich in opportunities by itself.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an institution where real life meets an academic experience. For you to completely gain the experience you must arrive with an open mind along with a willingness to learn. The social scene also great allowing many networking opportunities that are not offered elsewhere.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOMECOMING IS POPPINGGGGGGGGGGG!

    What to do for fun

    PARTAY!! Lol.

    Dorm Life

    Ehh...it takes some getting used to to say the LEAST!

    Academic Rigor

    Its not that bad but make sure you study!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep every piece of paperwork you have from Howard...THEY WILL LOSE YOUR STUFF!!!!

    In three sentences

    Howard is a fun and prestigious university, but a tad unorganized. I feel as though only some administrators have a genuine care for the students. I guess its cool though.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You must be very aware of your surroundings. Howard is an open campus so that means anyone can walk in. It is not scary, but you must be safe!

    Greek Life

    LIVE!! It is a big deal here and sometimes you will see them out on the Yard on Fridays

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to chose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to meet different type of people, ready to come out of their shell

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Around Howard University's area, you must be safe. It is not the safest campus in Washington DC so please be aware of your surroundings.

    Bang for the buck

    Too much money! Make sure you are able to get one of the freshman scholarships!!

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the movies and hang out with my friends. You are in the nation's capital so there are many monuments and museums at your finger tips.

    Food and Dining

    You will definitely get Freshman 15 from eating in the cafe your first year! The food does get tiring and if you are a vegetarian, the food is not so great :/.

    Dorm Life

    The annex is the best dorm and that is the freshman girl dorm. It is the best in terms of cleanliness, but as far as social life, the Quad is the best dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that will cause you to stay up very late.. it all depends on your major and study habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard University is a great school and it does prepare you for life. You must have tough skin because sometimes you may be discouraged after a visit to the A building. However, it teaches you to endure and to not be discouraged. If you have a great set of friends, that also helps during tough times. I would like for my younger siblings to come here.

    In three sentences

    I will rate Howard University on a scale of 1-10, an 8. Howard University allows its students many opportunities for internships, study abroad and meeting great people. After the first year at this university you feel like a new person.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Recreational Time. I am a huge fan of activities whether it is inside for example bowling or outside for example running.

    Food and Dining

    I have not tried.

    Dorm Life

    To my understanding it is security enabled.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not officially attended but to my knowledge from friends who did attend is that Howard is very detailed and insists on diligent and scrupulous studies and performance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help. Howard is a huge campus and asking for help for example directions, can come in handy. Also don't put to much pressure on yourself. I know as a freshman we can get a bit intimidated but realize that everyone is there to learn just like you.

    In three sentences

    Howard University customer service is GREAT!! Admissions was very helpful and once accepted they made it surprisingly easy to get situated. Maps were provided and a How To guide was given on steps to take as a freshman, example When to see an Advisor.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore DC! The District of Columbia is BEAUTIFUL place to learn about. There is a lot to do there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is unlimited at the Cafes. However, you need a meal plan or you have to pay in order to get in. Also, the service hours differ depending on the time of the year and the day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at the University are the best, but as long as you keep your space clean, you should be fine. The Annex, in my opinion, is the best dormitory on campus for females.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important to the University. Be sure to stay on point with your school work, exams, homework, etc. The professors at the University are intelligent and wise, and willing to help any student who is willing to receive. It may be a lot, but you can do it!

    Tips for prospective students

    As great as Howard University's Homecoming and parties may be, be sure to stay focused while still having fun and being safe. Do your best in everything you do, for there are many students there who are just as ambitious as you. Be sure to stay true to yourself. Do not let the stereotypes and trends change who you are!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an amazing school. The opportunities and things one will learn here are infinite! This University lives up to exactly what it's motto is - Truth and Service.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations, site see the nations capital and landmarks that has plenty of museums to visit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop strong study habits and good test taking skills.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great institute for higher learning while being surrounded by so much Black excellence in the heart of the nations capital. The illustrious HU provides competitive courses in business, communications and in the medical field.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be so careful going out. It is not the best area even though the neighborhood is coming up. Use your common sense about situations because it gets very real very fast. Don�t travel alone too late and also be careful about the people you hang around. And honestly, campus police are not the most dependable.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can chill on the yard or chill in your dorm. But get out and explore D.C. Especially if you are from out of town. You have a whole new city at your feet, have fun!

    Food and Dining

    Cafe food gets sickening after a while. If you are used to REALLY good food, you are in for a rude awakening. It iÂ?Â?s either hit or miss with the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year students a guaranteed housing but after housing depends on becomes the luck of the draw. Freshman dorms are in much better condition than upperclassmen dorms. The best dorms on campus are supposedly Cook Hall and the Annex. But the Quad is great too! Especially FRAIZER hall!

    Academic Rigor

    If you did not have to study in high school, learn how to study now. It is not as easy to do well if you don�t put a little bit of effort. Get the highest GPA you can your freshman year because after it becomes harder and harder to increase your GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school so you can be eligible for scholarships when you get here. It is NOT easy to get scholarships once you get here.

    In three sentences

    Howard is fun but you HAVE to apply yourself. It is easy to get caught up in everything that happens on the campus. But if you work hard and focus, you can and will go far here.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police work hard to keep campus safe, but Howard is not the safest place. However, the area around campus is improving;therefore, campus safety will improve

    Greek Life

    Howard has all the divine 9 sororities and fraternities. It is also the alpha chapter for a few of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for those who are social, serious students, and are a minority.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to be on campus to experience the magic of HU!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do on campus! There are many student clubs and activities. Also, DC is a great city! It's a major city, that's not too big with great public transportation.

    Food and Dining

    It's cafe food. It seems like the only colleges that have great food will be state schools or small colleges. It's overly-processed and mass produced food.

    Dorm Life

    Howard's dorms are improving, but they still need approval. They are building brand new dorms with more modern amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work hard to get a 4.0, but Howard is not extremely difficult. Most professors are willing to work with students, but you cannot do what you did in high school and expect to get the same or better grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you apply for early admissions, keep your grades up, and aim for your best on the ACT/SAT.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is the Mecca. It is the best HBCU and is a top-rated private school within the United States. I recommend it for anyone looking for a medium sized school and a city with lots of things to do!

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is open, but small and safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek like started at Howard.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs: something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a challenge, students who like fashion, and students who want to learn about the various intersections of Black identity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is tradition to take all kind of trips on the city metro.

    Bang for the buck

    Just make sure to network with professors and keep in touch with everyone you meet.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless things to do in D.C.!

    Food and Dining

    Food is changing to more healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Accommodations could be better but overall a good way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    You will find engaging courses at Howard University, especially within the major courses. Take advantage of courses in the African American and African departments because they are unique and invigorating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you take extra care when filling out the essay section of the application because Howard does not use an automated admission process. Furthermore, many scholarships come from the SAT and PreSAT scores so take them seriously!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an amazing HBCU (Historically Black College/University) and a way to engage in Black culture while receiving a quality education. Attending Howard University was the best decision of my academic career.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police take their jobs and students safety extremely serious.

    Greek Life

    The Alpha chapter actually originated at Howard so we take Greek life very seriously and absolutely love it. The strolling, the fraternity weeks, the step shows, the First Fridays are all so interesting.

    What to do for fun

    Nightlife at Howard is legendary! There is always something to do and always a student that wants to go with you. There are so many fun places to go to at night. Then there are the athletic games that everyone goes to which are a lot of fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    It's DC! There is always somewhere walking distance or a metro away that has delicious and scrumptious food that makes you come back for more. The cafe on the other hand is good, not the greatest but it is due able.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The openness and social aspect is very special at HU. Most students leave their doors open for other students to socialize and build friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    There are days where he will be up all night studying but it will all be worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take the SAT at least three times. Call the Admissions office and make sure you are on top of all of your stuff.Do not stress too much about your first day because the school makes the transition easy for its students.

    In three sentences

    Howard University students are filled with pride and love their school and with one step on the campus you will know why. The nightlife, the activities, the yard , and the bond of the students are just small factors that will make you fall in love. The campus might not be the most extravagant but to the students it is the most beautiful.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University is an open campus facility

    Greek Life

    Howard University is home to the origins of most of the Pan-Hellenic Council or D9 organizations

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard University has a niche for just about everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are driven to excel, like to discuss their perspectives and like to have close nit relationships with their professors and co-learners!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THERE ARE A LOT OF BISON TRADITIONS!!!

    Bang for the buck

    As tuition grows for Howard University as a private college, the students have yet to benefit in their facility renovations to make it seem worthy. In the future, this ratio should change dramatically.

    What to do for fun

    Located near the heart of Washington, D.C., Howard University students are in close proximity to all of the city life. From poetry events and book signings at Bus Boys and Poets, to D.C. club life, to shopping at boutiques and relaxing at lounges, students have a wide variety of things to choose from to kick back and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    Howard University has two cafe facilities on campus that are available to students with meal plans. This is absolutely convenient for busy students who either don't have cooking equipment or just don't feel like cooking. Howard University has also recently renovated the Punchout, a wonderful place to order food and hang out with fellow students. In addition, students may purchase Bison Bucks that assist with student dining in nearby restaurants and purchases.

    Dorm Life

    Although Howard University is currently doing renovations to campus facilities, Dorms have yet to receive much of a face life. Because the dorms are historical attributes to the campus, it's hard to renovate them without diminishing them. Howard University is currently in the process of building new dorm facilities to house students. Many students prefer to live off campus for freedom and comfort in their own provided facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard University's courses challenge students to not only think about the worlds current issues and their relativity to the student's life, but also instills the ability to be an agent of change to those issues. After the right course studies at Howard University, a student could be feel responsible for making a difference in the world!

    Tips for prospective students

    The only issue many students have is dealing with the administration building staff and processing. Fortunately, if students are prepared to be accountable and responsible for their education, there is a way to work around this issue. Always maintain copies of all of your documentation and have a pleasant attitude when dealing with administration staff. The more prepared you are, the better your outcomes will be.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a community for international growth and ideals. One of the oldest HBCUs still in existence, no other college can boast the resources available for African American students in the nation. Students who are dedicated to excellence feel at home among Howard University's bright minds and solution oriented thinkers.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is located in a highly dense area of Washington, DC. DO NOT walk alone at night and know where the emergency lines are.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is exclusive. You will have to attend to learn more !

    Clubs and Activities

    There are ALL types of clubs and activities. Newspaper, Acting, Choir, Sports, Homecoming Committee and Student govt are all active on campus and that is just to name a few.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for all students, but especially students who want to learn the importance of diversity and giving back to one's community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a tradition to hang out at the McDonald's after a long night of partying, so get you order ready!

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is a great University. You will meet a lot of people and make many memories! Plus you will have a very respectable degree!

    What to do for fun

    Howard's campus is NEVER boring. There are plenty events to get involved in and our Homecoming celebration is always the best. In addition the DC area has lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria is not too appetizing however next to the cafeteria we have the Punchout with options of Chicken, Asian, Pasta and Subs. These are pretty tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure to research dorms online. Some of the off campus dorms are only accessible by Shuttle , which can be stressful with class schedules.

    Academic Rigor

    All Classes at Howard are passable. Most classes will challenge you but not to the extent where dropping out is the only option.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to research which dorm will fit you best before you arrive. Also navigating through the Administration can be tricky, so meet all deadlines set by the university and ask questions pro-actively.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a wonderful and culturally diverse Institution, located in the heart of Washington, DC. Class sizes are relatively small and most of the professors genuinely want you to succeed. Other than academics, the social life is ALWAYS entertaining: including DC night life, Howard parties, house parties in the general area, and sporting events.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have text automated alerts and emails.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for urban chic students.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely very expensive which is a downfall.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring Washington, DC is always fun! The campus is also very majestic looking.

    Food and Dining

    There is great food, try the chicken wraps!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived on campus but I have heard good things.

    Academic Rigor

    Since it is a private school rules are a little more strict than you would see at a public college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I would like to give prospective students is to be safe in the Howard neighborhood, visit before you decide, and attend all student activities.

    In three sentences

    Howard University offers a wide range of majors which is great for student who have undecided majors. The teachers are helpful and accommodating which is helpful. The campus is near a lot of DC attractions which is great to explore on your downtime.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Howard and DC are never short on things to do for fun. There is always something going on that you will find of interest. So the more you get out there and meet people, the more you will find out. Also, you must take into consideration that DC is a college city. There are many universities, like Georgetown, George Washington University, and American University, that offer a different environment when you feel the need to get away. The problem is never finding something to do, it is deciding when to go out and when to stay in and do your work.

    Food and Dining

    The main cafeteria is located in the Blackburn center right on campus. Every freshman that lives on campus is required to buy a meal plan with the dorm living. The food is decent. You also have to alternative of eating at the Punch-Out and using the Dining Dollars from your meal plan to get food outside of the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    I personally, lived in the Harriet Tubman Quadrangle. As a freshman you will have the choice to live in two dormitory buildings. One will be older but have more of a community feel to it, like the Quad for girls and Drew Hall for boys. In these dorms, you will get to know more people beyond your immediate roommates. On the other hand, you can choice to live in a suite style type of dorm that are newer to the university, like the Annex for girls and Carver for boys. These dorms are definitely nicer than the alternatives, but they are more introverted. So the choice on where to live, is up to the individual.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is difficult if you don't stay on top of it. As in any school, it is easy to get distracted and lazy, so you must fight the urge to not read and do all of your work. The academics are manageable, but to fully get everything you paid for out of them, you need to commit to making them your first priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are personally looking at Howard I would recommend that you, openly put yourself out there from day one. This school has a lot to offer but you have to be responsible for finding it. Talk to as many people as you can and you will learn the importance of networking.

    In three sentences

    Howard University offers a wide range of cultural opportunities that I don't believe I would have received elsewhere. Though sometimes the administrative and financial end may be a bit of a burden, the school makes up for it in once in a life time experiences. I am happy I chose this school and I am excited for my next three years to come.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very important on campus. There are various kinds of greek organizations from professional to the Divine Nine.

    What to do for fun

    Sightseeing and exploring opportunities in DC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all opportunities granted to you. Enjoy the Washington, DC environment. Don't just stay on campus all the time. Go out and explore DC.

    In three sentences

    I think that Howard University is an excellent institution. The environment is very nurturing and inspiring. This is my second home.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Howard University is my number one college choice in ranking. I've heard some many amazing things about Howard from current students and alumni members. I can't wait to visit the campus to make my college decision official!

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    IM SOO EXCITED!

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is relatively safe but campus police are taking the necessary steps to make campus safer.

    Greek Life

    Howard's greek life is historic and very Rich. being the home and first location for many Divine 9 organizations, Howard's greek life is matched by none.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or organization for everyone on this campus. You'd be hard pressed not to find something on this campus that you enjoyed doing.

    What to do for fun

    It is Washington DC, there are always museums and other things in the city to do. Things that are close are the zoo, and many on campus parties and functions. There are always socials (in dorm parties) and other free or low cost events.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, Saturday and Sunday Brunch is the absolute best thing. Howard has a good variety of food on campus as well as many restaurants near campus to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on howards campus are cool, and I will I never have closer friends than the ones that I met in Drew Hall freshman year. Some are older and being remodeled and there are a few new ones being built. You are separated first year, between male and female but every building after first year is co-ed.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses at Howard are not easy, especially with the diverse staff on campus. There is always a way to get help from either upperclassmen or tutors. In addition, remember that Howard preps you for real life. Everything may seem like a struggle or unecessary, but it all is things you will encounter in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Be prepared for anything - Know what you are capable of -Work hard (you get out what you put in)

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great place to get a variety of experiences. The programs here are all excellent.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing has happened to me, but a lot of people get robbed and a whole bunch of other stuff. Just be aware that you are in somewhere unfamiliar so don't do anything stupid. Don't walk anywhere alone, always tell people where you're going, don't be out at like 2 in the morning just walking about.... this isn't a neighborhood you're accustomed to.

    Greek Life

    One of the best things about this school ! They take it very serious here, but seeing them all around campus is really fun! For example, not too long ago they had Delta Day where over a thousand deltas came on campus. It was red everywhere!

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of different activities to join. They all take it serious though. It's like a brotherhood/sisterhood.

    Great for these types of students

    Social kids

    Bang for the buck

    No it really isn't worth all the money and trouble. You can find a school that has the same social setting WITH some academic rigor!

    What to do for fun

    Drink ... Everything will be better and more appealing if you're drunk!

    Food and Dining

    Worst food ever .... Not a lot of options .... Eating at the punch out is better, but you have to use your dining dollars, which is not the same thing used when eating at the regular cafeteria. The food is one of the main reasons why I don't like the school.

    Dorm Life

    They have freshmen dorms (The Quad for females, Drew for males) that are on campus, the athletic dorm (Cook) that is also on campus, another all girls dorm on campus but you don't have to be a freshmen, & the rest are off campus. I live in the Quad and I HATE it. If you're a upcoming freshmen female, choose the annex. There is no kitchen, just one microwave in one of the halls (the Quad is made up of five buildings that are connected) and it usually smells because people do not clean it after they use it. They treat you like your young and incapable of the smallest things. & as an all girl dorm, we've had people (males) slip in and then we'd have to be on lockdown! & don't get me started on the bathroom situation! Females are disgusting!!!!! I suggest the annex because its a suite style living situation, they have kitchens, and there is even a cafeteria in the building.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said before, it's really about the social scene here. Although many people carry high GPA's here, the work can make you feel as if you are in high school are over again. Maybe it's because my major is Journalism, so compared to someone who has a science or math major, it's easy for me, but I think it is not academically challenging enough, which you should take into consideration if you're about to pay $40,000+. I myself could've had a high gpa my first semester, but because it felt like high school all over again, I DID NOT take it seriously. Now I am because I came out of my slump. Ooo yeah and the math department SUCKS!!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Here it's really about networking. I would suggest coming out of your shell if you have one. You don't need to befriend everybody... you don't even have to make legit friends. But for your freshmen week, keep an open mind and a smile on your face. Get aquatinted with everyone ... it won't hurt you in the long run!

    In three sentences

    Great social setting.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University is located in DC so as with any city area safety can be a slight issue. However, HU offers campus safety that keeps all of their students safe is used properly. For example, there is a service that will take you around campus (to your dorm) if you feel as if you are currently in an unsafe environment. All you have to do is call.

    Greek Life

    While there is a good number of fraternities and sororities, they make up just a small portion of the 200+ active student organizations that are on campus, which all together help create a buzzing social scene. And while the Greek force is generally very popular, it is no more dominant or esteemed than many of the other student organizations. Just like every other organization, they throw great parties and charity events, set up programs to help out in the community, and do other things that make their presence felt both on and off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs and activities at HU is outstanding. There is an organization for everyone willing to search and if by chance there isn't, starting your own organization is highly supported.

    Great for these types of students

    HU is perfect for students who are serious about academics but crave having a social life. Finding the balance can be tough and only the strong survive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year the residence assistants of Drew Hall â?? a dorm that houses nearly 350 freshmen males at Howard University â?? hold a ceremony for their new residents. The goal of the ceremony is to instill a sense of pride in the dorm and create bonds among the young men who will inevitably become family over the next nine months.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the greatness found at the Mecca, Howard is definitely overpriced. Finding scholarships is highly suggested.

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations often host parties during the school year.Dancing and socializing are definitely big, and most students do frequent a lot of hip-hop and dance clubs in the area, namely Love and Fur. Homecoming, which occurs every year in the third week of October, is a can�t-miss event and has been known to draw hundreds of alumni and students from schools all over the country, especially other HBCUs. Even if you�re not yet 21, you can still enjoy DC�s nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to dining, HU isn't the best. You can either have a meal plan which involves going to the cafeteria daily or you can have Bison Bucks which allows you to go to any restaurant that accepts that form of money. The cafeteria food isn't bad, it just becomes too familiar at some point.

    Dorm Life

    Most female freshman stay on campus in the Tubman Quadrangle which has 5 dorms in it. Two of them are triples and they have air conditioning, the other 3 don't. Most of the girls who stay in the triples have some sort of scholarship. The other 3 dorms are doubles for the most part, and they are a pretty size for doubles compared to dorms I've seen at other schools. Every dorm in the Quad has communal bathrooms and washing and dryer machines. The Annex is the other female dorm on campus. It is the newest dorm on campus. It mostly has sophomores in it but freshman who have full scholarships stay there. It is very nice. Every room is suite style, meaning 2 rooms share 1 bathroom. The whole building has a/c and a cafeteria. The only boys dorm on campus is Drew Hall which houses mostly all the freshman boys. The other dorms are off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academics go, HU is a great choice. Every once in a while you'll run into some crazy professors but you'll run into at any college.If you are looking for a school that will challenge you and bring out your highest potential, Howard is the choice. Howard is not as easy as some people think. Many people think that HBCU's are not as challenging as other private schools but in my experience, Howard is just as challenging and competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in all the social life! At Howard its so easy to get distracted because there is so much to do on campus but remember that academics come first. Once your have a secure footing with academics you'll find that it becomes easier to assimilate into some of the elite groups at Howard.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is referred to as the Mecca for a reason. Going to this university ensures the best four years of your young adult life both academically and socially. The world experience one obtains from attending this school is unmatched by other schools and it is an absolute please to be a student here.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since the campus is set in downtown D.C., it is very open and regularly traveled through by local residents and other residents with the DMV area (D.C., Maryland, Virgina). Campus Police are quite lazy to be honest. They are ill equipped, understaffed, under trained, and lack the work ethic and appearance of someone who's sole concern is the safety and security of students. You're safer looking over your shoulder and traveling in large groups. And DO NOT,no matter what the circumstances are, DO NOT engage local residents in verbal or physical confrontation. To be safe just STAY CLEAR of them all together.

    Greek Life

    Howard is the MECCA for Greek Life. Almost all of the Black N.P.H.C. Greek Letter Organizations were founded right here at Howard University. That being said, there is a STRONG tradition of Greek life that's been intertwined with the everyday function of the university.

    Clubs and Activities

    They're may clubs that cater to every one's religious, social, geographical, and ethnic background. Like the Caribbean Student's Association. An excellent example of the diversity and solidarity of international students here at Howard as well as the collective nature of we Caribbean people to gravitate towards those like ourselves.

    Great for these types of students

    -Social Butterflies -African American History Buffs -Music Lovers -Literature Lovers -Work vs. Play Enthusiasts -Party Animals -Social Change and Civil Disobedience Supporters -Civil Rights Activist -Community Activists

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition is Freshman Week. This is the week where the freshman move into their dorms and get settled in. During the day there are different activities that are organized by the university, BUT, at night the parties are too wild to even mention in front of the Administration. They're completely spur of the moment, huge, and in some ways, a right of passage for an HU freshman.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition and all other expenses sums up to about $45k per year, excluding the occasional shopping, partying, clubbing, and munchies. To get your money's worth, you really have to stay on toes. Keep on your professors, the staff, and anyone who gets paid from your tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Find people who like to do what you do and just hang out. At the end of the day, the most fun is where you'd least expect it. But top party spots are on Fairmont, U Street, the Valley, the Q House, and over at Georgetown U.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf isn't the most well versed dining hall but there are lots of on campus restaurants and food stations to keep you satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't all that bad, however, look into off campus housing by at least your sophomore year, it'll be worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are as hard as the professor is, and, how much time you're willing to spend on one particular class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too caught up in the party life, it's very hard to get out once you're in there. Make sure you know your purpose and stick to it. Keep your friends close, put your books closer.

    In three sentences

    One the most well know HBCUs in the U.S. Has a rich history, Very diverse.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Social Club, ResFest

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend an HBCU be sure you are ready for what that may or may not entitle.

    In three sentences

    It's overall a great school; the college campus is very close-knit and is somewhat of a family. If you are not familiar with the campus, do your research of the area.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    SHHHHH!!! Howard is the home of African American Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many options of clubs on campus and as much opportunity to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for the Networking Individual and the Independent driven individual.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Yard and The Valley are two places on campus where most events happen and where campus life becomes alive.

    Bang for the buck

    Your financial status with Howard differs from everyone, you may or may not receive aid even if you have the same qualifications as others who do. Its about Networking.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to local parties and clubs, there are so many promotions. Go to the mall, museums, and restaurants, and movies.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Howard is lacking, the quality of taste is certainly no home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not state of the art and can be a bit pricy however compared to other schools, Howard has decent living arrangements. Nonetheless you create a new social life in each dorm and there is so much dorm pride and activities to rep your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many Majors and courses of study available at Howard from communications to engineering. The choices are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to come to Howard please be responsible and push yourself. Be your own source of motivation and do not hinder yourself from the networking opportunities available.

    In three sentences

    Although Howard University is an HBCU it is extremely diverse. There are many opportunities for students in extra curricular activities, majors, and leadership roles. Howard gives a well rounded experience.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime in DC is pretty bad, but HU campus police holds down the fort.

    Greek Life

    Top notch

    Clubs and Activities

    Chango, Impact, academic clubs...they have everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Communications, or Engineering students will excel here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life is #1 at Howard, if you can join a fraternity or sorority you'll be well respected and in great standing.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is a very traditional school, if you don't keep yourself busy outside of class the administration will annoy you, and it is way too expensive to pay out of pocket, but if you have the money it won't matter.

    What to do for fun

    Go to museums, party, netflix, and find your crowd. If you find people with similar interests you'll enjoy Howard. Also fashion seems to be very big at Howard, if you enjoy that it could be fun.

    Food and Dining

    I give the food zero stars because it is absolutely horrible, your stomach will hurt guaranteed.

    Dorm Life

    Meridian, towers, and cook hall are the dorms to live in. The freshman dorms aren't all that to look at, but they are very traditional and bond much more then the upperclassmen dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty strictly depends on the course and the professor, some professors are difficult in every perspective, but the good professors are very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be adventurous when you go to Howard, it keeps things exciting.

    In three sentences

    The school is good academically, it just depends on the professor you get. As far as things to do, it just depends on the crowd you hang out with. And athletics are not something Howard invests a lot of time and energy into.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things, theres always something going on on campus or near by club.

    Food and Dining

    When I first got here the food was good but that immediately changed! There is no variety, and towards the end of the year I either cooked myself or ate a hotdog, tuna, or a cheeseburger (that was about 3 months).

    Dorm Life

    GREAT and FUN.

    Academic Rigor

    Any classes having to do with your major will require work and effort but you do get breaks, and can slack depending on what classes you take and with whom. Its all about who, when and where when scheduling classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a transferring student like I was make sure all of your credits transfer BEFORE you accept the offer. Howard is very particular about class transferences and might not accept them all.

    In three sentences

    Howard has a great variety when choosing a major, however like all other schools it slacks in many areas but students also have a huge impact when it comes to changing certain things about the school.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many parties and socials held at the dorms and main center.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty average but get your butt to the caf on soul food Thursday! Also, the punchout gives you plenty of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I have no complaints as far as residency is concerned because I was lucky enough to stay at the annex.

    Academic Rigor

    It is an established and prestigious school and academics are very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be to make the most out of your college experience. Make sure you keep yourself motivated because it can get tough.

    In three sentences

    Howard is very socially diverse. My freshman year was amazing due to the cultural experience. I can not imagine myself at any other school.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I hear that there are always parties plus it's in DC.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of places to choose from at Howard plus the DC dining scene does not disappoint. There is even a Soul food Thursday.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear, the dorms are okay. The quad offers a great community for female freshmen while the annex has better bathrooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for everything, financial aid, admission, and don't forget work study, I missed the deadline. The cost estimate says $45,000 but in reality, it is really about $34,000. Contact Howard as often as possible!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is THE Mecca! The community is one of the greatest I have ever experienced & I don't even attend Howard yet. The campus is beautiful and right in the heart of DC.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many on campus officer but crimes do occur at the university. Although crime has been on the decline in the past couple of years it is not recommended for students to walk around campus and the neighborhood alone after hours.

    Greek Life

    Howard's greek life is a major part of it's legacy and is extremely profound. There are many career related fraternities and The Divine Nine are also located and originated at Howard.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard has many clubs for students to join, the first club most students join are related to their major or their state clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for all types of students, outgoing,reserved,or religious. What ever category you see yourself in there is a group or club for you at Howard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard's homecoming is extremely iconic, I believe it is safe to say that it is the best in the nation. In the spring semester there is also a week-long event called Res-Fest where dorms compete in several categories including dance, step, and sports events.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Howard can be quite expensive you are paying for a great experience, a great reputation and the legacy which Howard University stands for.

    What to do for fun

    Howard University never slacks in the department of fun. There is always something to do or an event happening on campus. Our greek life is also a large part of the school's history.

    Food and Dining

    Howard's food and dining service are lackluster. The food is only good sometimes, there are several instances where students have been diagnosed with food poising and the meal plans are quite expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Howard's dorm life is quite expensive for what you receive. The rooms are quite small with many technological problems such as problems with wifi and ethernet ports.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe Howard's academic rigor depends on your major. For business oriented and science related majors i believe the courses to be more rigorous when compared to communication and fine arts majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would include speaking to current Howard students before enrollment, visiting the campus prior to applying. I would also recommend students to speak to multiple Howard University advisors and teachers and ask for help with enrollment processes.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school with a great legacy. Although sometimes it may seem unorganized Howard provides an experience that I believe can only be acquired here. The institution is friendly and provides many resources and support during your college years.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Howard University's campus is safe, they have the blue light system around campus as you may be walking from the library to your dorm in the even that something happens. Also, campus safety is always on alert and driving around campus all the time. Lastly, there are security guards placed at every entrance of every dorm on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very big on Howard's campus! It is something that goes very unspoken around campus but they are known for making very big influence around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities on campus! There is a club for almost every state at Howard University ex: Ny club, California club... Also there are clubs such as fashion clubs and modeling clubs, basically anything you might have an interest in there is a club for you! Best part about Howard University also is, if there isn't a club that caters to one of your interests, then you can create it! This goes the same for activities on campus, there are many! If there is one you may like to see that you don't, you can simply create it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard University is really great for any type of student it doesn't matter if your an introvert or an extrovert, there is a place for you here at Howard! If you are one who likes to be alone there are many places you can do that, example the quiet library called Health and Sciences where noises isn't allowed unlike a person who may be very outgoing, may find themselves in Founders library where you can chatter a bit! Also, classes here vary in size, if your one who needs more one on one attention than you can simply register for a class with ten students maximum! But if your one who enjoys others and constantly sharing ideas, you might want to register for a class with 20 or 25 students! Whatever you choose, there is a place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions on Howard University's campus that are very traditional and I wouldn't say unusual. For example we have a period in April called Res Fest which is Resident Life Festival where each dorm competes with one another, basically battle of the dorms. A very interesting and friendly competitive time during the beginning of spring.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall at Howard University I promise you won't get an equivalent education or experience any where else. This school is unique in it's own way like many other because there is so much knowledge you can acquire in abundant of places you never thought you could! Not only will you not get the equivalent amount of knowledge from any other institution, Howard provides so many services for its students in making sure one succeeds in their academic career such as the writing center which helps students with their papers and career services center in every college!

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do on campus and off campus! On campus, there is a bowling alley downstairs from the cafeteria where Howard tends to throw events with free food and good music. Also, there is a swimming pool on campus and a gym if your one who loves to keep fit! Off of campus you can take the bus or the metro to a movie theater in Gallery Place or stop at some of the lovely museums such as the Spy museum.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Howard University I have to say becomes very repetitive unfortunately. There is a hamburger and hotdog grill that is open everyday any time of the day except breakfast that is good for your good quick and go meal. But Howard does have a classics line that serves food somewhat similar to soul food and sometimes fish and spaghetti, not that bad. But luckily if one gets sick of the Cafeteria, they can head to the punch out and purchase either Chinese food, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, wings and many other tasty dishes with their Bison one card.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun! Meeting new people and having to live with a roommate most of the time unless your lucky to have a single, can be quite interestin