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  • 05/18/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    its an open campus. dc natives come on whenever they please and don't leave. i wish there was a large fence around campus. campus security is a joke, ive heard of native people just walking into the dorms and stealing peoples things so keep your doors locked. i personally have been harassed by unwanted men and followed. id appreciate it if howard took this more seriously.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's so much stuff to join.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are willing to work for what they want, willing to learn, and willing to continue a legacy of great students. howard students always show up and show out so be ready. you also should be wiling to learn about black history, have conversations about it, understand it, and be ready to create it. howard will weed out the mediocre.

    Bang for the buck

    like i said howard is what you make of it. if you stay in your dorm and complain about everything and aren't on top of your stuff sure it will suck. but if you go out and have fun and make friends and do your work and take advantage of all your opportunities, it definitely is. howard teaches you to be an adult and a lot of people can't take it. *shrugs*

    What to do for fun

    its dc. enough said.

    Food and Dining

    sodexo is the worst. i have a lot of stomach issues so i'm not supposed to eat the food but a meal plan is required. way too expensive for the quality. make sure you have money to eat on the weekends because the hours are terrible. like i said i only ate the food because i had to pay for it. it makes me sick though

    Dorm Life

    not the best, not the worst. its expensive but people don't realize its property in a big city, its going to be pricey. a lot of rules. visitation is a hassle, kind of makes you feel like you're in prison. i lived in college hall north and people complained about fire alarms and visitation the most. fire alarms are really sensitive but at the same time you have to be doing a lot to set them off, just don't be stupid. as far as visitation goes just follow the rules and they won't take it. its quite simple really.

    Academic Rigor

    math department is terrible. be ready to teach yourself, study in groups, or do whatever it takes to pass. go to office hours. some of the professors are very unprofessional but you can find that anywhere. the classes can be challenging and make you think but it all depends on the classes and professors you take so use rate my professor religiously.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay on top of all of your stuff. check your bison web holds. check your epay to make sure you don't owe money. a lot of kids got caught up with that, you have to be an adult now. its not howard's responsibility to look out for you, look out or yourself. a lot of people who say they hate it here are typically people who can't keep up. also, a lot of people meet the scholarship requirements but not everyone gets them, keep that in mind, theres only so much they can give out. do not come here if you were offered a full ride somewhere else. its stupid and then all you will do is complain when you can't pay your bill. so unless you're on scholarship, want to take out loans (which a lot of people do), or have another guaranteed way to pay for it in full, do not come here. you won't last a full year that way.

    In three sentences

    howard has a lot of issues. administration isnt the best but howard in general is what you make of it. its not less than because its an hbcu, don't listen to whoever said that. pwi's have issues to. i couldnt see myself anywhere else. even with all the problems that the university has.

  • 05/14/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    choose another school!!! i currently attend howard for grad school in the occupational therapy department and it's horrible. the school is very unprofessional and the professors are unprofessional and very inconsiderate. they cancel and delay class minutes before the start of class, they don't update grades, expect you to know information that was never taught, and don't respond to emails. this is the worst college experience i have ever had and would never choose howard ever again

  • 05/01/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    howard is and open campus so anyone is allowed in. beware of locals.

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of different clubs and organizations to join. you'll also be rewarded for joining with priority housing selections for the following semester.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    knowing how to swag surf is essential. founders library isn't much of a library and the valley is somewhere you don't want to be at night!

    Bang for the buck

    the loans, the debt and the frustration is worth it. howard gives each student a priceless experience and knowledge for life.

    What to do for fun

    on or off campus, there's always something to do at howard or in dc.

    Food and Dining

    food is quick and accessible for students. the dining halls are clean and organized.

    Dorm Life

    you get what you pay for--remember that when choosing housing.

    Academic Rigor

    the communications department is one of the best in the country. since the work is not excruciating, i have gained useful knowledge for my field that will stay with me forever.

    Tips for prospective students

    know exactly what you need, according to your major scheme. not much help is provided by administration, but this can be good in helping students become independent.

    In three sentences

    howard is the holy grail of opportunity. coming here not only helped me advance as a student but as a person, i have truly found myself since being here. the university is the best place to learn, grow, teach and explore; it prepares you for the real world.

  • 03/20/2016

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

    4 of 310

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Howard University is a very great school and has a good reputation from my last visit for this college tour. They offer a lot of great opportunities and really help you with your future. Overall it's fun, food is great, nice people, and a good city.

  • 03/02/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 310

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Great institution with an outstanding legacy. I can only hope that the institutions financial and leadership issues are resolved before permanent damage to Howard's reputation.

  • 02/14/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Open campus in the middle of the hood.... you figure it out.

    Greek Life

    Very secretive.

    Great for these types of students

    People who care more about being at an HBCU than the actual quality of the school and academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First Fridays, all the greeks are out on the yard. There's some other things too. Founder's week is cool too.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have a scholarship, yes. If not, definitely not. Save the money you would have spent at the mecca to go to a nice PWI.

    What to do for fun

    Go into the city. Do not stay on campus. There's so much to do in DC.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad if you know what to get.

    Dorm Life

    - cold water -rats -roaches -brown water -ants crawling out of the walls etc...etc..etc.. Also visitation is pretty much nonexistent. 1) you won't get visitation until a few weeks or a month into the semester 2) People can't spend the night

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU GET A SCHOLARSHIP! I cannot stress this enough, this school is not worth going into debt 50k a year for. Only attend if you got an amazing scholarship. The organization at this school is appalling. You won't get answers, you'll be put on hold or waiting for hours, their student portal is not properly coded. It's much more difficult to do what you need here than at a PWI. Get internships. You will not learn what you need to do at this school. Get internships to get actual experience. We have no resources. We don't have desks, smartboards, and any other cool equipment. We don't get the type of education we should be getting in this competitive world. Howard is stuck in the stone age. There's pretty much no where to eat on campus. We just got a chipotle this year. And all the places are pretty far from most the dorms and on the most ratchet street in America, Georgia ave. Do not eat in the subway when its dark (yes even at like 5pm) because you will be harassed by homeless people. (have you ever been to a PWI and they have like 5 starbucks, a real food court, and a million other things? Yeah we don't have that) Going to a PWI would probably be better for your future and career but the ONLY thing Howard has going for it is the fact that companies like to reach their diversity quotas. Everyone likes to compare Howard to the ivies but I have no idea why. We don't have the money, we don't have the connections, we don't have academic rigor, we don't have the resources. WE ARE NOT HARVARD OR YALE. With the condition of this school, we are more comparable to the terrible local state school. All of the buildings are extremely old and water is always leaking, problems with AC or heat, all these other things. It's like walking into abandoned buildings in some spots.

    In three sentences

    Great city. Good culture. Terrible academia/infrastructure/organization.

  • 12/23/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Valley (everyone is here when it's nice out) Swag Surf (is done at every Howard function)

    What to do for fun

    It's DC, sight seeing is a must and Howard is a short drive away from the White House. There's plenty to do on campus besides party.

    Dorm Life

    College Hall North and College Hall South are the newer dorms and are the most luxurious and expensive. The other dorms are mostly known for the relationships they form within the students living there.

    Academic Rigor

    Math department is not the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come here without a set plan on how you are going to pay for it. Keep an open mind about everything because there will be some downs, but how you get up is what matters. Also, I highly recommend you do not take a math class at Howard. Look up your major's plan of study and take the required math at your local junior college.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is one of the most influential schools that is not made for the weak minded. Every school has its ups and downs, but as a Howard student, I feel that our student body aims to help each other to success the most.Though it is an HBCU, it is still diverse and it is a perfect opportunity to connect with many different people.

  • 10/27/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt safe on campus even at night. There is an element of outsiders but the Campus security is present.

    Greek Life

    Most Black Fraternies and Sororities began at Howard University

    Clubs and Activities

    Very Diverse

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have a great work ethic and want to be in DC and want to be at Howard. STEM, Fine Arts,Communications, Business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard Homecoming and the YARD are a must see.

    Bang for the buck

    I know it seems expensive for college but most universities in the area are almost double.

    What to do for fun

    Student activities are diverse and open to everyone. You can attend a party or you can attend a prayer meeting.

    Food and Dining

    New Facilities

    Dorm Life

    New Freshman and Sophomore Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    High

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! Talk to prospective professors or Dean's at the school your are interested in. Try to stay one night on campus with a student friend.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus with students that want to be at Howard! Great City life and student presence. Academic support and family atmosphere.

  • 10/13/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 310

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Howard is almost like a city within the city. I love how spacious and diverse the campus is. I really hope I get accepted into the school.

  • 08/02/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is a high presence of greek life. I can see that even though I only visited once.

    Food and Dining

    Not many healthy options but its still tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are like families, especially the quad.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay on top of your work and don't get too caught up in parties.

    In three sentences

    Howard is predominantly african american/ Black. It is Diverse. It offers a great learning environment.

  • 06/17/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is a pretty safe place but I do suggest walking places in a group if its ever past 12am.

    Clubs and Activities

    In reference to clubs, I dont have much knowledge of them because I am involved in marching band so that takes up all my extra time. But I do recommend that you join your state club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This isn't really an unusual tradition but Howard Homecoming has always been famous. People all around the world come to experience it at least once and it's a guaranteed week of fun & turning up. What most don't know about though is Springfest. It's during the spring semester and it's a time where all the students get to have fun doing different things like a carnival on the yard, basketball games, a step show and alot more.

    Bang for the buck

    For the most part, I think I do get the most bang with my buck but i've always thought that there was more ways they could utilize their money to do more things around campus in reference to some particular things.

    What to do for fun

    DC is a very fun place to explore. Alot of things are open late and there's always something to do. Whether you go to Chinatown, Georgetown or just to U street, youre guaranteed to have a fun time.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe isn't the best of food but the breakfast is AMAZING! The lunch and dinner is good most of the time but its a bit repetetive.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently going in to my junior year so I've stayed in the quad and the annex. I would suggest to stay in the annex only because its nicer but staying in the dorms were a great experience. I was able to meet alot of great people and we did alot of fun things.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard has some of the top professors in my opinion. Some of them are very strict and very tough graders but that only makes you work harder. The math department is very difficult so if you are a math major or anything like that, be ready to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure all your professors know your name and are familiar with you face. If they have somewhat of a personal relationship with you, they are more inclined to help you when you need it.

    In three sentences

    The blessing in disguise that I needed but didn't realize it till it was almost too late. Going to this school is honestly what you make it. If you put your all into it, you'll love it. But if not, then it could be hell on earth.

  • 06/11/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    know your stuff especially in financial aid because they are not that pleasant and very unprofessional in that department.

    In three sentences

    the campus is really beautiful. the opportunities presented here are some to admire. its not cheap.

  • 06/11/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing happens on campus

    Greek Life

    Divine 9 alpha chapters

    Clubs and Activities

    All orgs on campus are great. Greek life & beyond.

    Great for these types of students

    Game-changing students Charismatic students. Talented. Driven / motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Watch the bruhz stomp the dial every friday at 12pm ? Thats all i've got so far lol

    Bang for the buck

    Its a lot of buck but after one month you'll see why and wouldn't mind paying.

    What to do for fun

    well! Living at Howard is fun.Im on my freshman -sophomore summer break right now ready to get back to school! Theres literally something for everybody. Of course we have parties all the time. There are debates, fashion shows, open mic, org events and more all on campus. Off campus theres the usual things you'd find in any great city. We've got monuments, malls and shopping centers, museums, clubs, concerts, plenty of restaurants and more. If you're bored here, it is because you are in your room. But even in your room, you can watch tv, get on the computer, and in the dorms we have community television, gyms, pool tables and little games to play. My favorite thing to do in the dorm is to play the piano and sing/ record video's in our really aesthetically pleasing lounges.

    Food and Dining

    Up coming as well. New cafeteria made with cool hot sandwich station that I'll argue tastes better than Potbelly's, Subway, and especially Quiznos! We have a cool new stir fry station, waffles & ice cream every day all day, Soul food Thursday's with mac & cheese, baked & fried chicken and fish, delicious corn muffins, greens, bbq ribs sometimes, rice if you want & much more. Of course we have pizza, pasta, & hot dogs & hamburgers. We have vegetarian options as well. Meal plans are accepted in both dining cafeteria's. Theres levels too If your anti-social , upper blackburn is for you. It is quiet with relaxing music and usually nobody in there. Lower cafe used to be the place for the social its however the new cafe stole the spot light! With its new amenities, the new cafe has quickly become the ideal place to eat. Finally! every first friday , we have first fridays in Punchout ( another dining area in Blackburn) where there is a taco station, custom pasta & pizza station, wow wings and a chinese spot too. On first fridays, the orgs come out and dance with us regular folk haha! Just kidding. But its a great time to show off your dance moves and hang out with friends in between 12-2 pm.

    Dorm Life

    Up & coming! Thanks to New Howard we have 2 new dorms that resemble hotels and have adequate security so you feel safe yet can enjoy yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Just enough. Of course some courses are more challenging than others. Some professors ask for more than others. Howard teaches you how to balance life and play. Some schools force you to focus only on work that when they get out into the world on their own they struggle to find a balance. Some schools allow you to have too much fun and we all know how detrimental that would be to you're success. Howard is practice for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    SATS!! GOOD SCORES=GOOD MONEY The more you come out of pocket on the less you can enjoy on campus. Less events you can pay for like homecoming, broccoli fest, Bison Ball, Bison run etc. Unless you have money :)

    In three sentences

    The perfect place for stars looking to shine. Our stars do not only show up at night. They shine during the good times of our country, contributing to society in a positive way. They also shine during the bad times of our country, standing up for equality and leading our nation towards justice.

  • 04/14/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Polices everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    Go around the city. Metro is walking distance and there are also shuttles to take you there. Enjoy the city life

    Food and Dining

    Could be better.

    Dorm Life

    I live in College Hall North and it was recently built (2014). I love it! I was definitely spoiled my freshman year. This isn't the typical college dorms. You have your own bathroom (shared by you and your roommate). Clean and new. Strict security.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the courses all depends on who you choose as a professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let yourself just stay in campus. You live in the city now and there are so many places to visit. Explore!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is such a beautiful campus. Everything is just so vibrant, people and the place itself. Definitely a perfect school for those who are filled with school spirit.

  • 01/26/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 310

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Being in Washington, DC there is a multitude of things students can get into. There is something to do for every type of person. Just keep an open mind and be ready to explore the beautiful city of Washington!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new ideas and new adventures! Howard University makes way for its students to be the leaders on the new world as well as express themselves in ways that only unite the entire student body population.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is diverse in the resources and student body population. Howard is a great place to explore and understand African American culture. Howard University is in a prime spot for those interested in politics and business.

  • 01/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 310

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of parties. Lots of big party creators are at Howard, from playmakers to ROS to HOF. Not to mention that howard is off of U Street which is like the restaurant and club center in DC. In addition, Howard has its own metro stop so you can definitely explore DC as much as you want.

    Food and Dining

    Great Diversity in terms of foods served They give you the opportunity to dine out, through dining dollars that are included in your meal plan. Its good.

    Dorm Life

    College Hall North &South are amazing All other halls need work but Drew, Carver, Annex &Quad have deep historical culture behind them that makes most students forget about the low quality of the dorms Junior, Senior &Honors Sophmore dorm, the towers, is being reworked so that should be amazing by next year

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ratemyprofessor.com to choose teachers. Find the course scheme specific to your major when signing up for classes. Create good relationships with your teachers because finessing is a very important skill. Always be on the lookout for scholarship opportunities. Coming to Howard, you have the opportunity to watch and listen to world leaders. TAKE ALL OPPORTUNITIES.

    In three sentences

    Honestly, Howard is an amazing school for anyone trying to discover who they are in terms of their African identity as the learning experience is based around understanding the culture and experiences of one of the most oppressed ethnic groups, world-wide. Its academic reputation to other schools is quite high as it is one of the best HBCUs within the US and due to this very point, Howard students supersede other students in terms of gaining spots at the top universities in the country for the purposes of medical school, law school and grad school. Howard has a very rich historical background which serves as a precursor to the rich and deep culture existent within the school which serves to do two things for students: force them to find their own identity and force them to unite and gain an identity as a product of the mecca of African American culture within the US.

  • 01/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student who likes to have fun , yet are about their studies.

    What to do for fun

    The school is in D.C, so there's a lot to do. Go to the monuments, eat different types of food, party. The options don't end, if you need it for fun D.C has it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in knowing who you are as a person. Don't be shy, take every opportunity given to you. Have fun.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a prosperous school that provides multiple opportunities for students all over the world. It is a very diverse school that almost anyone can adapt too. Howard University is also very good for making connections, an experience you won't get anywhere else.

  • 12/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The area surrounding Howard can be very dangerous, specifically at night. Campus police does have an escort service. Preferably, at night travel with others. But if you can't, just be aware (headphones out of your ears or on low, glance over your shoulder periodically) and walk quickly. Don't be afraid, just be smart.

    Greek Life

    Very heavy presence. First Fridays on the Yard, step shows, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some activities require membership processes, like Campus Pals.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are willing to put themselves out there. If you're a social butterfly, you'll love it automatically. If you take a while to warm up (like me), it'll take you a minute (maybe a semester like me) to find your niche/friend group, but it'll come! Trust me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Soul Food Thursday! Lol

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, unless you have a university scholarship, it's not worth it. Not because the academics are bad, but there are a lot cheaper places to go for similar quality.

    What to do for fun

    There are several organizations to get involved with on campus. I'm not a partier, but there are off campus clubs and parties that cater to Howard students. If you like community service, music (choir or band), dancing, and academic honor societies, you'll find something for you to get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    They're reopening the Annex Cafe, and with the new renovations it should be nice. I'm not sure if the Main Cafe will still be open, but they have a hot meal option and a vegetarian option. If you don't like those, there's a deli station, a Southwest station, pizza counter and a station where you can get burgers (turkey too!), hot dogs, grilled cheese, and fries. If you use your Dining Dollars you can use the Punchout, which is like a mall food court or Meals to Go, where there's sandwiches and salads. Also outside College Hall South and the Annex they have food trucks frequently at night if you don't want to go the cafe. (The pink truck is best)!

    Dorm Life

    There are two new dorms that were recently built- College Hall North for freshmen females and College Hall South for coed upperclassmen. Freshman ladies, choose CHN or the Annex. I stayed in the Quad my freshman year, but that's when it was at capacity. It's not the same with many of the freshmen girls electing to live elsewhere, so the community bathrooms are no longer worth it. AND YES, THERE IS A PEST PROBLEM. I personally have never seen rats inside dorms, but I've seen roaches in the Annex. I never encountered pests in the Quad, but others did.

    Academic Rigor

    My first semester was pretty easy, my second was very challenging, and my third was manageable. If you were an honors student in high school and did well, you will do well at Howard. And keep a graduation scheme to ensure that you can graduate in the recommended time for your program. I'm now a psychology major but I began in biology (I didn't switch because of difficulty; biology is my minor now). My biology classes were straightforward, but you must study to do well. It's easy to get C's! (I received two A's and a B in my biology classes thus far).

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep copies of all official documents, and research the program for your major.

    In three sentences

    Great school for communication and business majors, average for arts and sciences, and poor for nursing and health sciences. Administration can be unorganized but they can be helpful if you're polite. Great people and opportunities.

  • 12/25/2014

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

    19 of 310

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    On my campus tour, the admissions counselor was 100% honest about his opinions of the school. The campus was absolutely beautiful! People ere super friendly and were all easy to interact with

  • 12/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek culture plays a major role in student life at Howard University. Most of the African American Greek letter organizations were founded at this University which makes it an epicenter for Greeks. On campus they are respected for high academic achievement and involvement in various activities which promote the enhancement of student life and community service.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities offered at Howard University, essentially providing something for all students. The main clubs are the state clubs, freshman dorm clubs, and major (field of study) related clubs, which all offer community service opportunities and activities on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every first Friday of the month all of the organizations, both Greek and non-Greek, wear their paraphernalia on campus. from 11-2 everyone crams into the Punchout, a food court, and represent their organization by participating in chants, strolls, and dances.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are okay. There are 3 cafeterias to accommodate for the student population. The main cafeteria offers six different hot meal stations, the grill, classics, vegetarian, pasta, pizza, and southwest, and a salad bar, sandwich line, and soup station. Essentially the students have a variety choices.The quality of the food varies depending on the cook, but overall it is decent.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories here are decent, but there is room for improvement. Most of the buildings are over 20 years old and from their appearance have not been maintained. The lower class-man dorms are substantially better than the upper class-man dorms, but there is always the option of living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the academics at Howard University varies depending on your major. For the most part the classes here are challenging with the added difficulty of understanding the teaching methods of foreign teachers with difficult accents. However, the academics at this University forces students to take an active role in their education by studying, going to office hours, and contacting the professor. Ultimately, if you put in the work and strive to attain the knowledge then the academics here are bearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to this University with an open mind. As with any college the transition is going to be a little uncomfortable at first, learning how to manage academics, social life, and extra curricular activities, but this University provides a great environment for networking and building a stable foundation for any career choice.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an exceptional school that provides a holistic education and environment for the students. Not only are the students equipped with the necessary tools for success, but they are also encouraged to cultivate their own ideas to enhance their prospective career choices. Essentially this University prepares its students for the real world.

  • 12/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 310

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are pretty cool people if you get to know them, don't be to disrespectful there just doing there job.

    Greek Life

    It's everywhere its hard to miss it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs and activities to name but it's obvious that the have an place for everybody.

    What to do for fun

    Its to easy to find fun activities on Howard University's Campus and Washington D.C.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is not bad, it provides the bare minimum. Try to go to the Punchout as much as possible but don't run out of dinning dollar to quick.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great the in my opinion it's great to have a single but if you have to have a double after freshman year the best dorm is College Hall South.

    Academic Rigor

    Well it depends on your major bu t for the most part if you stay up to date on your studying you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    One big tip to focus on is that even though its easy to have fun at Howard University but you have to remember to stay focused on your studies.

    In three sentences

    As a College, Howard University, is a wonderful school to attend. Howard has many connection to the outside world that can help you become successful. There are many different types of people to meet, and by connecting with others you can easily attain a job or career before or after graduation.

  • 12/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's almost always a party going on every weekend whether it's ran by an organization or just some people trying to have fun. Also, this is the nations capitol! there's museums, monuments, and places to just people watch.

    Food and Dining

    Not a lot of variety but it's not terrible either, you get tired of it eventually but Howard just recently made a rule that freshmen and sophomores have to have a meal plan now which isn't very fair towards the sophomores who are probably very tired of eating the same foods over and over again.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is ridiculous, there's terrible wi-fi and if you're in the towers, there's flooding... a lot. They just made new dorms but still won't allow students to use the kitchen. The freshman dorms don't have air conditioning unless you're staying in the Annex or the new dorm (but I've heard they've fixed that issue). They have ridiculous visitation rules that are way too strict. They want us to be safe because it's an open campus but they toil with visitation when it should be a right instead of a privilege.

    Academic Rigor

    The math department is pretty bad... this is a problem because math is a very hard subject yet they expect us to understand everything despite having terrible professors. There's a few out of the bunch that are the exception though. Besides this, there are many great professors in terms of other classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard will place many obstacles in front of you, keep track of all your records and keep your stuff organized. GO TO OFFICE HOURS! I can't stress that enough. I know this sounds corny but never give up, if you decide to change your major make sure you've done your research. Be friendly towards faculty and staff because you never know when you'll need their help and because it's just the right thing to do.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great place to make friends, learn about your culture, and find yourself. It definitely has its flaws though. Most students have a love-hate relationship with the school.

  • 11/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is dangerous crimes are reported often, but campus police does a pretty good job and we have several apps and programs, including the blue light system, for our safety.

    Greek Life

    Serious.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much every club is very exclusive and selective. Some of them are that way for no reason at all and are just for pretentious people needing to validate themselves. But others are the opposite and actually do things (community service, reading, host events other than parties). Choose carefully, don't just join things to stuff your resume because all of these clubs have one thing in common: THEY WANT ALL YOUR TIME. Don't spread yourself too thin, choose only orgs you like and that are relevant to your golas and plans.

    Great for these types of students

    Likes to be busy Social Go-getter definitely Well-dressed

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The valley Punchout- first Friday of the month music is played and it is virtually a party in the Punchout cafe.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but no one is quite sure where that money actually goes because the buildings are out dated, everything costs us money, and so few is impressive.

    What to do for fun

    Howard is full of parties and socials. Or you could go to U st or Georgetown, wherever there is always something to do even if it's just biking to the monuments or going to a local bar. But there is never a party-less weekend at Howard. The only problem is the parties are monotonous, the DJs play the same exact playlist (even in the same order), the parties are promoted v well, but lack actual themes.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is very inefficiently run. The food is good about 3 of 7 days a week. The lines are terribly long. The hours are inconvenient, but there is a new caf opening in addition to Blackburn next year, which should help this. The best thing in the caf is the grilled cheese sandwiches and weekend brunch (somedays).

    Dorm Life

    There are two new dorms College Hall South/North but the others are old and barely pleasant. The quad is where a freshman girl wants to live, it's aged but communal and convenient. Drew Hall for freshman boys is, as my male friends describe, awful. A lot of the dorms don't have A/C, which is near deal-breaking in the first few weeks of the semester. Visitation is used as a bargaining chip to students, it is taken on the whim of ResLife or residents' assistants, and it is not given until weeks into the semester. But all of the negatives of the dorm life draw students closer together and helps form relationships (only understood upon attendance).

    Academic Rigor

    Howard students are expected to be all-around and extremely involved, which adds to the rigor. Even intro class professors demand quite a bit from students. The required courses for certain majors like Business Orientation, Freshman Seminar, and Digital Media Literacy are tedious and demanding. But this rigor is very easily conquerable with carefully planned scheduling and closely monitored mental health.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get scholarships/grants. I love this school, it's a great experience, ut it's not worth 50,000 [in loans] a year. -Don't conform, because everyone does. There is room for you to be yourself and not the archetype of the overachieving, hyper-social black college student, because most no one actually is that. You don't have to be. -complaining about Howard is an expression of love for the school, pretty much. From hearing us, you would think HU students hated this uni. but we are among the most proud students in this country. -bring a fan, especially freshman boys! -get to know your advisers! and go to your profs office hours! -the pasta line is hardly ever worth it

    In three sentences

    Howard gives you equal opportunities to succeed and fail. No is hardly ever definite, every Howard student minors in Finesse. This will be the best experience of your life.

  • 11/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    All of the divine 9 are well known around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's literally a club for everything. Every state has it's own club, poetry, dance, even sports clubs, and every other thing you could think of trust me it's here.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who love to party.

    What to do for fun

    There is really something to do every week here. From parties, to dance & step shows and open-mic & movie nights. It's a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Wayyyy better than high school lunch.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms are great and dorm activities are fun but some old dorms are... well lets just say you can tell that they're old.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything's great here (except for the math department)

    In three sentences

    Honestly I love it here at Howard University. At first I was a little homesick but this school is so much fun and the people are so friendly I started getting less and less homesick. Also they provides a large amount of internship/ career opportunities for you here.

  • 10/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 310

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    What to do for fun

    Like I said before, joining organizations can make way for fun because you start making new friends from all over the country. There are also activities on campus that pop up every once in a while, just be on the lookout. You could also ride the Metro almost anywhere so basically you may have to find your own fun on the weekends when there is nothing to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't all that great all the time but that is only because I have to eat it every single day. But if you're hungry you will eat it.

    Dorm Life

    Staying in a dorm will be the best experience of your life because you eventually attain some qualities you probably thought you would never have such as patience and sharing. You have to learn to cope with living with someone else and getting used to their habits and what not but it makes a better you. You also tend to make friends with other people who live in the dorm which is also great.

    Academic Rigor

    You won't find any university that challenges its students as much as Howard. There are also study groups and mandatory times set out in certain dorms just for studying to ensure the academic standing of Howard flourishes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make as many connections as possible because you will need them whether it is with students, faculty, even some of the people who just work there. Make sure your studies come first because your GPA is what will keep your spot at Howard. Join as many organizations as you possibly can and attend as many programs as you can because as I said before, connections matter.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is an incomparable institution for any student who is looking to get a good education and have a little fun at the same time. This university is one of kind with its diverse population of students and faculty who all get involved in campus-wide activities and events. So come join me at Howard University and become an HU Bison; there is no better option.

  • 09/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 310

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    Campus Safety

    Since the campus is located in the city, it is smart to be careful and mindful of your surroundings. However, the Howard University police officers make you feel more safe on campus, and there are also self-defense classes offered to ensure your safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large amount of clubs here on campus, some are more selective than others however, there is a club for everyone. Whether it is a state club, or an academic club, there is something here that will spark your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Howard is great for students who seek to learn more about different cultures and the history of their people. It is also good for students who have the desire to live a city life.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is pretty expensive, however enrolling as a Howard University student is worth the investment.

    What to do for fun

    Since Howard is located in the nation's capital and DC is such a historic city, there are always things to do. Sight-seeing, museum touring, festivals, shopping--the possibilities are endless! It is also very easy to get around via public transportation or taxi services since the city is so small.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is quite enjoyable. There is a variety of choices to pick from, including vegetarian-friendly options. You always have the option of grabbing a quick slice of pizza or having a salad from the do-it-yourself salad bar. There are also quick to-go options if you are in a rush or just want to eat in your dorm. Although most students believe that cafeteria food will be nasty, Howard's food is tasty. If you pick the right choices and balance out your diet, you will not gain the deadly freshmen 15.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Everything that you will need is located right in your building. This includes a laundry room, a computer lab, lounges to socialize and some to study, vending machines, and a concierge service available to you 24/7! The rooms are an adequate size with storage compartments built into them. Although the closets may seem small initially, they hold more than you would think. The dorms are also equipped with air conditioning and heat

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here really challenge you to go above and beyond what you may have done or learned in high school. The coursework can be difficult, but with proper planning it is manageable.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a combination of networking, culture shocks, and lots of learning experiences. The students here are more than just fellow classmates, they are family and you can feel that bond in the HU atmosphere. The campus is also a nice size, not too small and not too big.

  • 08/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 310

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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.

  • 07/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The section of DC Howard is in, has a long history of being plagued with senseless crimes, extreme poverty, and guess what nothing has changed. Just be careful, always have your phone or some pepper spray for emergencies, and call the Howard police if you ever feel unsafe (it's their sole job to protect the Howard U. community).

    Greek Life

    They're Howard's illegitimate children if you get my drift .. I thought I would like it b/c what I heard and seen on Youtube growing up, that they'll be welcoming, very classy adults, upstanding blacks with high morals etc, BUT they are the COMPLETE OPPOSITE you guys, SMOKING MIRRORS. I don't care how many famous people are in it, it doesn't change the fact they are no good, a menace to college life, and in disrepair. I've witness the most obnoxious, classless, abusive, rude, pretentious, and childish acts by them. And they always been screwed up, for example I found out for years in the 20th century it was customary for alpha kappa alpha to deny dark skinned women or women with kinky hair. They had to pass a brown paper bag and hair ruler test first ... this stuff has been dysfunctional and stupid since it's inception. So don't believe the hype you hear, see, or thought you knew to be true ... it's a big elaborate lie.

    What to do for fun

    Walk of campus and there's a plethora of things to find in the Nation's Capital and just the whole DMV area. It's hard to get bored living in DC where everything is so close.

    Food and Dining

    I lived off campus so I didn't eat the food

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus in MD. But I do know Howard has a robust dorm life. However, Howard is in desperate need of dorms built this decade.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what degree program you're in. Some are traditionally more rigorous and better taught than others.

  • 06/24/2014

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 310

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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.

  • 06/14/2014

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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!!!

  • 05/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 310

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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

  • 05/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 310

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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.

  • 05/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 310

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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.

  • 05/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 310

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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.

  • 04/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 310

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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.

  • 04/06/2014

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 310

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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.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 310

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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.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being in Washington, D.C., there are plenty of things to do. While campus life will have you busy for most of your time, Chinatown, shopping, and the city's historic monuments are just a metro ride away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard is not a school for the dependent student. Independence is key to your success here. For everything from academics and registration, to living and social life, it is imperative that you are self sufficient. With that being said, there are many people who will dedicate themselves to your success if you reach out. Networking is a huge part of being successful here.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a school that emphasizes the importance of Afro-America and African History, as well as modern topics in society. It is an amazing school for anyone interested in being amongst the most elite of African American students. The exciting social life and rigorous academics make it a well rounded school.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greeak life her is extremely exciting. Especially considing most of the Divine 9 (Black greek letter organizations) were founded on Howards campus. The greeks do their strolls/ steps on campus on the Yard, in the Punchout, anywhere, and everyone gets excited and stops to watch.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for everyone here, and if you can't find what youre looking for, start your own club!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do in DC. There's always parties, museums, sightseeing, etc. you really just have to explore the area, and the other local colleges. You can go to georgetown, chinatown, adams morgan, dupont circle, you can even go to marylnad and virginia which are really close.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are limited and get a little repetitive, especially for me because I am a vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are really old, but they are currently building new ones. My experience in dorms hasn't been too bad, but i have heard lots of complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    I guess it depends on the classes you take. Genergal ed is pretty easy. Most students have trouble in math.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard is extremely diverse and full of culture. COme here with an open mind. Come ready to put in work. Howard has a lot of opportunites but they are not given to you, you have to go out and get them.

    In three sentences

    Everyone who attends Howard has a love/hate relationship with it. I love Howard, its legacy, and what it stands for. It's adminitstration could use work, and the technology and building could use a little updating.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Living in DC allows for endless fun and events. There isn't a weekend with no parties. Social life is really Great at Howard.

    Food and Dining

    The café has pretty decent food. It gets kind of old after a while so you can go to the Punchout if you want something different. Also there are a lot of places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Drew Hall. Its an all male dorm. I enjoy the guys I live with but in the summer and beginning of the fall semester it is extremely hot. there is no air conditioner.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a bio major and the curriculum is pretty tough but if you study you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard is really bad with paperwork so make sure you keep copies of everything and stay on top of any paperwork you send them.

    In three sentences

    I really love Howard University. There are definitely a lot of pros but some cons also. I am enjoying the athletic, social, and academic aspects of college at this university.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being at Howard in Washington, DC there is always something to do. Don't limit yourself to just activities on campus. Go out and explore the city. The museums, monuments, and zoo are all free. Tour the Capitol, tour the White House, go to a theater performance. DC is full of fun, a lot of it free!

    Food and Dining

    Howard is known for having one of the best cafeterias. There is a variety of food to choose from within the cafeteria, as well as different dining options. Howard also has the famous Soul Food Thursday, and they also serve Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. Fun activities also happen during dining weather there is a DJ in the Cafeteria, or lots of fun during First Friday in our food court the Punchout.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of living conditions to choose from. There is always something to do in your dorm weather it's a cypher, workout session, inspirational meeting, movie showing, or just dancing to music with your floor mates. There is never a dull moment in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    If you took hard courses, such as AP and Honors, in high school, your freshman year may seem a little easier than you expected. If you took the easiest classes to meet minimal graduation requirements, brace yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to do well in high school. SAT, AP, IB, ACT, and GPA counts so much as an incoming student because having great scores and outstanding grades provides so much financial aid. Once you get here, get involved! Don't be that one student who doesn't do anything on campus. And upperclassman once told me, While you're sleeping, someone else is working. You must work and grind here because everyone is trying to do something and become something big and successful.

    In three sentences

    Howard provides a plethora of useful networking opportunities that will provide success during matriculation through Howard, and the years after graduation. The culture and atmosphere is entertaining, nurturing, traditional, historic, spiritual, and encouraging. You can't go wrong with Howard University, the real HU.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I absolutely love the punch out, they have the best food ever but you have to pay for the food in there, it's not allowed already in the meal plan so you have to go to the Blackburn café or Annex café and food is good there also.

    Dorm Life

    I would recommend the Annex because you have more space, there are cleaner bathrooms, and there is a cafeteria in the dorm building so you don't have to walk to Blackburn for food and the food is better in the Annex café anyway.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at Howard depending on your area of study range from easy to difficult and the coursework can be very challenging so don't take classes that may be too hard for you because you wind up failing and then it's a waste of time taking all those credits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Howard can be very expensive so make sure you have all financial aspects covered before deciding to attend this University.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I heard a couple people got their phones stolen from random people roaming on campus. My friend also told me that the campus police does not come or escort you when you are far from campus late at night and you want to get back to the dorms. She told me that when she begged for them to send someone they sent her a person on a Segway.

    What to do for fun

    I'm not sure if there were a lot of stuff to do. I didn't have many people to hang out with so I studied and got a job to occupy myself.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. There isn't much variety and it's not exactly gourmet, but it was edible and hot.

    Dorm Life

    My roommate wasn't very friendly and most of the girls were moody. It was hard for me to hang out with people in general because I have different schedules from almost all of my floormates, but they weren't a crowd I would want to hang out with anyways. The girls would run and scream down the halls, even after quiet hours and we have had several complaints from other floors and warnings from our RA.

    Academic Rigor

    The work isn't too bad. I've only been here for a semester, but I knew what teachers to pick and avoid by going on to ratemyprofessor.com.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of things. A lot of the teachers won't remind or mention when certain thing are due or what your assignments are. Most of the time you don't have to ask them, they are on the class syllabus, so they will get upset or irritated if you continuously ask questions that are already answered. Don't expect people to always be there for you. You have to learn to help yourself if you want to go here.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is not a very warm and convenient place for me. Most universities go through a lot of trouble, but generally Howard is not unified and it is having financial problems. This place makes me question what made me want to go here in the first place.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    great for students who love to party and love african americans because if you didn't know already, Howard University is an HBCU

    What to do for fun

    there are sororities and fraternities and an infinite number of clubs to join. there are always seminars and outings. of course there are parties that happen at every hour of everyday and you also have friends to just hang out with

    Food and Dining

    there are a variety of dining options especially on georgia avenue. there are cafeterias and resturants walking distance from the campus

    Dorm Life

    I cannot say much about the dorm lifestyle because I dont dorm at the university but I can say that they are building new dorms. the freshman girls dorm and the boys dorm are on two sides of campus. the upperclass dorms are little farther away from campus but there are shuttles that transport students from campus to dorms and to the Shaw Howard metro station

    Academic Rigor

    The classes challenge you but it is something that you can handle. Read before class, take notes, pay attention, and study. Simple formula for success. Those that complain about how hard classes are, are the ones that didn't follow the steps for success

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to manage your time because you WILL get distracted. The campus never sleeps and no doubt will you be sucked into the nocturnal lifestyle.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a school that offers a variety of academic programs so it's almost impossible to not find something your interested in. The campus life is very vibrant and active. The students are friendly, helpuful, and extremely outgoing.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in a dangerous area. One must always be aware of one's surroundings, especially at night. There is usually one or more occasions of thefts and robberies every week. There have also been fatal incidents around campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Howard's homecoming is a huge tradition. It is not uncommon to see celebrities around campus during this time of year. There are concerts, shows, a football game, and more that occur during the homecoming week.

    What to do for fun

    DC is rich in history. There are plenty of museums, monuments, and memorials to visit. Joining organizations, greek or non-greek, can be fun too. Community service opportunities are also available. Chinatown is not very far away and is a great place for friends to hang out. There is a movie theater, bowling alley, basketball arena (where the Washington Wizards play), restaurants, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria serves mediocre food, but they are open during convenient hours. The other dining options on campus are a little bit better, but are also more expensive. Meal plans and dining dollars are very helpful.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are relatively old. Visitation rules are strict in most dorms as well. It is very likely that there will problems with controlling the noise level and fire alarms in any dorm. The resident assistants are usually friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on one's major, the workload can become overwhelming. It is important to keep up with all assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Attend all classes and be punctual. 2. Get to know your teachers. 3. Do all assigned work on time. 4. Take any opportunity to learn outside the classroom. 5. Join organizations and get to know people. 6. Befriend some upperclassmen who can mentor you. 7. Spend your dining dollars wisely. 8. Don't get trapped on campus. Explore the city and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Howard has a lot of history behind it and influential people have graduated from here. Its most successful majors seem to be business or STEM related fields. Although it maintains a great reputation, it seems to be on the decline because students are losing their interest in learning and the area that the school is located in is unsafe.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of campus police and emergency statitons placed all over campus. Also the remote program that they have started that you can get is amazing. They are also willing to come visit where you are living off campus and declare if it is safe or not. Females make sure you take RAD it is a great program and we need to keep ourselves protected.

    Greek Life

    It is an amazing experience. I love to see the Divine 9 in the yard, it is an authentic experience especially during their anniversaries it is beautiful to see people from all over come to the MECA to pay their respect to the founding school for their sorority or fraternity. The original greeks!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join your state club, that is a must! Make sure you attend the club fair. Sign up for everything and anything you are interested in. Just because you signed up doesn't mean you are a part of the club. You are not a member of a club until you officially pay dues.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is expensive! For an HBCU, understand that not everything is kept up like it should be for the amount of money we pay and doesn't look like a PWI would.

    What to do for fun

    PARTY! Make sure you at least go to one house party but do not trust those you meet there because not all of them are Howard students and make sure you don't go alone, preferably a group of 3 or more for girls 2 or more for guys. NEVER GO ANYWHERE ALONE! The on campus socials are so much fun especially the one in Cook Hall. From what I am told the club life is great too. Keep track of your stuff, do not rely on someone else to look after your stuff.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food sucks! They have their good days but most of the time its gross. The Punch Out is not that much better than the cafe, but is preferred over the Cafe food. The only good place is Sankofa and that is because it is not run by Howard.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not for everyone, you might find that you fit better in one dorm than the other or that you fit better off campus better than on. Create successful study habits as soon as possible and understand that you have to adapt to your environment not the other way around.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study and actually read your books you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, do not let opportunities pass you by. If you can study abroad, do so but not in your Freshman year. Take advantage of all the rich knowledge and history that is on campus and around in the DC community. Participate in all the activities Freshman week that is where you meet a lot of people.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a prestigious university. The REAL HU! Very diverse and competitive.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police will always be there to ruin fun on the yard, but they wont get the many people that smoke weed around campus.

    Greek Life

    All kinds.

    Clubs and Activities

    State clubs, step teams, stroll teams, and many more

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who is resilient and willing to learn as well as the many slackers that will get weeded out freshman year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never walk the lake alone at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a bit more expensive than what you are paying for in my opinion, but its pretty easy to get on some kind of scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of things to do at Howard and in DC, you just gotta find something.

    Food and Dining

    The food is edible. Not delicious, but you'll survive.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in Drew Hall like I did (an all guys dorm) its a tradition to suffer. We have not A/C or heat. The girls dorms have it way better off than the guys.

    Academic Rigor

    Not super hard, but a lot of people slack and get involved in the party life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Jump outside your comfort zone. Make relationships.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school rooted in tradition. It is culturally diverse in the terms that you have all kinds of people of African descent that attend the school as well as other races. You will meet great people and make lifelong relationships.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is every where. Your student ID is necessary wherever you go on campus.

    Greek Life

    Most of the divine 9 was founded at Howard.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard has a myriad of clubs and activities for student to be apart of.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are fast paced and wanna be the best they can be in their Field of study. Howard is also a great school for uniting many different types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are a school that is steeped in tradition. Before classes start each dormitory has their own ceremonies the guys have the burning of the fears. We have resfest in April where all the dormitories compete in games. Freshman week for freshman. This is to welcome them to Howard. On campus most people hang out on the yard. People also hang out on the booty wall which is front of the girls dormitory,

    What to do for fun

    The farther you go out in DC the more there is to do. You can to go the mall pr museums it is DC! The fact that you are so close to Maryland and Virginia is a plus as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better but you can always buy your own groceries.

    Dorm Life

    Part of my biggest problem at Howard is my dorm life. I live on the fourth floor and my elevator breaks consistently. There are roaches, the water is cold almost all the time, and getting heat in the colder months or air in the warmer months is a struggle. Come prepared. The plus side is you meet so many new people in ypur dorm and form bonds for life.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is not difficult but there is a lot of it. The teachers are not that great. There are a few exceptions of course there are some great teachers at Howard

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students are: 1. Make sure you keep all of your documents together and organized 2. Get as many scholarships as possible and do your financial aid. Howard would rather not give you money. 3. Make as many friends and connections as possible. It is about who you know more than what you know. 4. Really do your work 5. Do not drown in the hype of being at Howard. 6. Have fun and make memories.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a great school with all kinds of amazing people. However this year was an extremely difficult year because Howard is going through a lot internally. This school is not for the weak at heart.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 310

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    What to do for fun

    School Clubs and random parties

    Food and Dining

    not really many options

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the teacher

    Tips for prospective students

    Be assertive and independent. Learn time management

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great school to learn about black history. Howard has a great Business school. Howard is great for the black experience.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 310

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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.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 310

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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.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has been progressing since 2009.

    Greek Life

    greek life is taken extremely serious at Howard because 5 out of the 9 nphc organizations were founded on Howard's Campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a club/activity for EVERYONE. Get involved

    Great for these types of students

    Social,confident,go-getter,ambitious,hard working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Take a Dr. Carr class before you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Go to Howard on Scholarship if you can and start off strong,you'll be fine.

    What to do for fun

    party lol. Howard students work hard and party harder,there's always an org hosting an event on campus,parties in the food spot,when its warm outside you'll see jump roping,football,cricket,skateboarding all kinds of things on the yard.

    Food and Dining

    decent food,the punch out has the best food. we use to have Chic Fil A.

    Dorm Life

    crappy.Fun environment,crappy facilities.They are building new dorms though.

    Academic Rigor

    on a scale of 1-5 I'd rate eh a 3. The trick is to stay on your professors,go to their office hours and get to know them,also stay on top of your academic advisors.visit your academic advisors atleast twice a semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be Assertive,take matters into your own hands as oppose to letting your parents handle your affairs,handle all important matters in person and take down names of faculty you spoke with and times. Keep a paper trail. PROTECT your reputation,image is important at Howard you'll never know who is watching you and what opportunities may present itself.Perfect your resum���©,take full advantage of the career center and career fairs,pack a few suits! Get involved! Get involved in as many organizations as you can.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a tough school to navigate as far as administration is concerned,but because of this you'll be prepared for the world and leave Howard with knowledge of self,a special assertiveness,a go-getter and with the ability to outshine your peers.Howard University has a long list of notable alumni and is going through a transitional period to regain it's prestige. Howard is truly one of the best.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 310

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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.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 310

    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 .

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 310

    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 .

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 63 of 310

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    Campus Safety

    Good

    Greek Life

    Good

    Clubs and Activities

    Good

    Great for these types of students

    Good

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Good

    Bang for the buck

    Good

    What to do for fun

    Good

    Food and Dining

    Good

    Dorm Life

    Good

    Academic Rigor

    Good

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you research your major

    In three sentences

    Great school

  • 10/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 310

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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.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 65 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at Howard. They have club sports, various organizations, and many social events. The parties at the school are great.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Howard could be better but it is not the worst thing in the world. The cafe lacks a lot of variety when it comes to food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Howard is decent but at Howard you are not gonna be in your dorm that much.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is all about academics, the work can get rigorous but it is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Earn a high GPA and a good test score so that you will be able to earn scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a school of excellence and is full of many opportunities. Howard is somewhat of a struggle but the struggle is worth it. You will meet many great people at Howard and make many connections.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 67 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 68 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 69 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 70 of 310

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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.

  • 08/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police, but they have not been beneficial to me. Washington DC is a rough place and they should get more safety services for students, but if you never leave the campus alone then its safe, so it's up to the student whether they think they'll be well alone.

    Greek Life

    Howard University is the founding school for most of the Sororities and Fraternities Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA),Omega Psi Phi Fraternity ( the Ques), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (the Deltas), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (sigmas), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Zetas). They are LIVE! There are step shows and many events around the Greeks. Whats big at Howard are the AKA, Deltas, Kappas and Ques.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's more clubs and activities for everything. There's clubs for anything that's interesting. Study Abroad is encouraged for any type of student. The activities are fun, there's way too much stuff to even describe in writing.

    Great for these types of students

    If you don't know any other club to join, join your state club. Except if your from Oregon (there's no club for that state).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Its Annex vs Quad (QUAD ALL DAY) and Carver vs Drew Annex has the best breakfast There's always a party on Gresham ask upperclassmen about FAIRMONT

    Bang for the buck

    Howard has unorganized administration, but Howard freshman get so close that it makes us become a family. Its called the Howard struggle

    What to do for fun

    There are pageants to join, clubs to join, a lot of parties. Howard has party's in the cafeteria, the yard, at basketball games, house parties, fraternity parties and at clubs. Visit surrounding universities. Sports is always fun. The debates are actually very interesting even though it sounds boring. Too many clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is NOT horrible, the only problem is that there's only 6 stations, so you get tired of having the same options every day, There's the grilled theme(hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese), the South American theme (tacos, quesadillas, burritos) , the pasta theme (Alfredo & marinara), the Classic line (something different every day), the pizza theme, and the vegetarian line and the Sandwich station. There are things that stay out all the time like the Salad Bar, and the Cereal and bread. That's the place to be freshman year though ! And that's because every freshman is required to have a meal plan .

    Dorm Life

    As a Freshman, stay in the Quad because even with its stereo types, you can stay up all night talking with your friends and you have access to 4 other freshman buildings. The ONLY downside to freshman dorms is that the Resident Advisers have attitudes and take away your visitation for any reason if they don't like you.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, the Math classes seem impossible to pass for me BUT all of my other classes were challenging, but there's so much academic support they give you, that with enough studying materials you can get an A. Especially if you go to their office hours; teachers love when you go talk to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get close with people from all around the world who are people of color that want to be successful then go to Howard, If you just want to get by in life and not be noticed, then go to another college. If you want to be a part of a huge company like Starbucks, Microsoft, or any fortune 500 companies then come to this school because the CEO's LOVE coming here for strong leaders that are students of color.

    In three sentences

    I've fallen in love with the school , flaws and all. I have my entire life to life with Caucasian people, it's never boring living with people of color. I didn't go there trying to find life-long friends. I came out with five friends that I CANNOT live without. We call each other everyday when we're not together, we're kind of TOO close.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is highly monitored.

    What to do for fun

    Dining, traveling, sporting, social clubbing and arts all have an interests within the college for students to take part in.

    Food and Dining

    Good stuff!

    Academic Rigor

    I give it a four because, from my understanding, the commitment of staff offsets the possible rigor that may be experienced in certain subjects. While at Howard you are expected to do well while effectively guided.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the website for satisfactions for concerns related to enrollment.

    In three sentences

    Well above average receptiveness of student body. Above average in student activity support. Exceptional campus atmosphere.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    The school has done more to make the school secure. You can register your laptop with the school.

    Greek Life

    Offer many Black Greek choices

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of variety of clubs offered

    Great for these types of students

    Want to succeed, Outgoing, Sociable, Friendly, Want academic rigor, Fashion conscious, Artistically Inclined, Musically Inclined, Want to go to graduate school, medical, law, divinity school, etc., Interested in business, Interested in athletics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is a great hang out spot.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Homecoming, dances and concerts. Hang out on the Quad and in the Blackburn Center. Enjoy what the City has to offer too, lots of clubs, museums, and indoor and outdoor activities available.

    Food and Dining

    Can't rate from experience yet but it appears to offer options and variety.

    Dorm Life

    Can't rate from experience yet but from conversations with others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Visit the school. Talk to current and past students. If you can't visit the school, go to college fairs and talk to alumni in your area. Look for scholarships early. Try to do well in high school and on standardized tests to qualify for freshmen scholarships. Submit all required materials by deadlines.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is very prestigious. Howard's track and field program is highly competitive. The on-line registration is helpful. The marching band is very impressive. A lot of prominent alumni.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Needs improvement.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many great organizations to be a part of on campus. Social, Civic, religious, professional, EVERYTHING.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    H O M E C O M I N G .

    What to do for fun

    Explore, explore, explore! DC is such a great place to just hang out, and the best part is that there is alot to do for FREEE! As all college students enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    On campus, it's cafeteria food, but there are many options in DC. Great food and great finds are hidden within the District.

    Dorm Life

    For current students, its sub par and very expensive. Fortunately for students entering next Fall (2014) there will be a new dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    If you get the right professors, they will really push to make sure that you have the skills you need to be successful in your career field and even give you great wisdom. Otherwise, there are the typical get by classes, just as there are at every University.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a different world. Literally. Be ready to become the independent individual that you need to be to survive in the real world.

    In three sentences

    Great legacy. Rest too much on that legacy. Needs major upgrades in all aspects of the University. Typical HBCU issues but is disheartening that even the premier University continuously has the same issues..after some time and all the negative rapport, you would think someone would have made some changes.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its an open campus so you have to always be conscience of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    Most of the D9 Orgs were founded on HU's campus. (5)

    Clubs and Activities

    The Howard University Showtime Marching Band!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ResFest, Homecoming, Freshman Week

    What to do for fun

    Party, Monuments and museums, shopping(females), explore the city of D.C

    Food and Dining

    Not the best, but not the worse either.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus, as a freshman, is a great experience. A majority of your friends are going to be the ones who stay in the same dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to actually study in college and spend some time going to your professor's office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for any & every scholarships that are available to you even if you don't think you might win. Try to get a good SAT or ACT score so that the school will provide you with a scholarship. Keep in mind that your education is everything.

    In three sentences

    One of the best universities in the nation and I'm glad that I have the chance to attend my dream school. The social scene is very great and its a lot to do around campus. Finally, HU is a place that will lead me down a great road filled with success.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I go out to Chinatown. Georgetown is a really nice area to shop. And Adams Morgan has a lot of bars and restaurants if you're 21.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall pretty much sucks, but it's the only one on campus. Buy Groceries and there are a lot of other places to eat on Georgia Ave. Or get Dining dollars and eat in the Punchout

    Dorm Life

    Stay in the Quad your freshman year it's the best experience. Most people go to Meridian Hill Hall Sophomore year because it's the party year. Moving off campus after that is what people do.

    Academic Rigor

    The math department here is the worst in the world, so good luck with that. All the other courses are mostly easy and the teachers are usually around for help. You can get good grades if you show up and do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to all the parties. This is the only year you will fully have time to have fun. Be safe in go in a group.

    In three sentences

    It is great school. The social part makes up for a lot of it's problems. The people are great. Never go anywhere by yourself now that crime is up. Have fun your Freshman year! \

  • 07/20/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do. For one, Howard is the heart of D.C. You can visit the monuments, go clubbing, partying etc. It's a lot to get into.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but I highly recommend working out and staying healthy, restaurant food can get tiring and make you gain a lot of weight.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is.... tough. But it's where you will meet your best friends for life, and where you will experience a lot of things that will help you after college.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in. The work can be extremely hard if you make it that way. As long as you study hard and stay on top of your classes you shouldn't struggle with the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious about your education, it is easy to get distracted. Don't burn bridges with people, Howard prides itself in academics but it is also a school of networking.

    In three sentences

    It's very cultured and has a friendly atmosphere. Every student that I met was very intelligent, and took pride in learning and growing into young black leaders. I feel as though this school is where I should be.

  • 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.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 79 of 310

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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.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 80 of 310

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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.

  • 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.

  • 06/19/2013

    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.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 83 of 310

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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.

  • 06/10/2013

    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.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 85 of 310

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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.

  • 06/06/2013

    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.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 87 of 310

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 05/23/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 05/20/2013

    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.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Dont walk by yourself at night. Do not talk to strangers.

    Greek Life

    You would think there would be fraternities and sororities on the yard everyday or more often than they were this year. Greek Life is about a 7 out of 10.

    What to do for fun

    Party. Homecoming. Basketball/Football games.

    Food and Dining

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have snacks or other food in your room. However, Soul Food Thursday is always good, usually.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorm life is a bust. Its a requirement. There are visitation hours, and RA's that could care less about you. The girls dorms have no rats and no bugs around it. The guys dorms have the rats around them. Also the Quad has no kitchen. However, you learn about your roommates and develop some of your closest relationships there.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard is as hard as you make it. Either you know people that can help you or you try and tackle it by yourself. You will end up using your resources for future studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise students to get their partying out of their system during their first week. After the first week it is time to actually buckle down. Continue to buckle down on your studies so you dont get behind. Also, make buddies with all your teachers and really make sure they know you.

    In three sentences

    Howard is a networking school. You must know people in order to succeed. Its a party school but most students still know how to get their work done too.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! Campus police suck at their jobs.

    Greek Life

    At Howard you do not talk about these things.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of options.

    Great for these types of students

    I'm not sure how to answer this because I feel as if the perfect type of student for Howard would have to be ok with both the pros and cons. And I don't know anyone who hasn't complained about the cons.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming is LEGENDARY. There are also many other annual events such as ResFest, SpringFest, and Virginia Beach weekend.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely do not believe the Howard experience is worth how much we pay for it.

    What to do for fun

    Sight see in DC an go out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Horrible for the amount we pay for it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all in horrible condition. Meanwhile they ar building two new dorms when they should have just fixed the one they have.

    Academic Rigor

    The class are hard, but not in a good way. I understand and also believe in challenging classes for the good of the students. But with many professors it seems as if they want you to fail and aren't even there to give you help when you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepare to deal with the horrible administration. hey never do what they are supposed to and are ver rude.

    In three sentences

    Thought an HBCU it is very diverse. The social experience is amazing. However, the experience with administration and in the classroom sometimes makes me wonder if its worth it.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police and Metro PD do a good job of patrolling the campus, but it is open to the public so you must be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. When there are safety alerts or concerns campus police send out emails to your university email, so check it often.

    Greek Life

    HUGE part of the Howard experience. Howard has several alpha chapters (founding chapters) of Greek organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Omega Psi Phi. You will see Greeks and hear about them all the time, but if you plan to pledge you will need to know people on the inside and inquire quietly. It is a sacred process.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of organizations, and you will find one (or many) that you are interested in. Flyers are always all over campus, and clubs advertise in the Blackburn Center to recruit members. State clubs are very popular, and they host events each semester. Join orgs, but don't overwhelm yourself and forget about your schoolwork.

    Great for these types of students

    Strong academically, driven, very social, looking for networking opportunities, planning to pursue graduate school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Probates. Probate season happens at the end of the spring semester, and it is when newly selected members of Greek fraternities and sororities cross or reveal themselves to the school and community with step shows, songs, chants, parties, and much more. Also, HoChi (or Howard China) is a Chinese restaurant right near the gym at Howard, and students flock there because it is cheap, good, close by, and open very late. They are known for their good chicken wings and mambo sauce. You will probably try at some point and decide for yourself if it lives up to the hype or not.

    Bang for the buck

    Howard is quite pricey, but the private education, culture, and student life you will experience there makes it worth the price. There are tons of scholarships available from the school and its partners, but you have to actively seek them out and apply for them.

    What to do for fun

    Join organizations and read flyers around campus because all organizations host events like parties, skating nights, cafe nights, and so on. Hookah is a staple for students at Howard, and Washington, D.C. has tons of attractions (many of which are free) such as the national monuments, China Town shops, Adams Morgan cafes and hookah lounges, and much more. Get out and explore D.C. The Metro transit system is super fast, efficient, and affordable for travel throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls at Howard and convenience stores as well as a cafe, food court, and restaurants right on the main street of campus. There are a variety of food options, and they strive to accommodate everyone.

    Dorm Life

    There are limited housing options at Howard, but if you are a freshman or sophomore you will definitely meet more people if you stay on campus in a dorm. On-campus housing is older and in need of renovations, but the convenience it provides to classroom buildings and cafeteria halls makes up for that.

    Academic Rigor

    Your courses will challenge you at Howard, and your professors will have high expectations pertaining to your assignments, projects, punctuality, participation, and overall academic involvement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your advisors and administrators because you want them to be familiar with you if you need help with classes or registration. They will be more apt to help you if they see that you are proactive in pursuing your education.

    In three sentences

    Howard is extremely diverse in its student body. There are so many organizations to get involved in, and Greek life is a huge part of the Howard experience. The education and exposure to the black diaspora students at Howard receive is second to none.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never walk alone at night, but if you must, have some form of protection with you, regardless of what Campus Police may say. Always be alert when walking on, or off campus. Howard's campus is open, so anyone can walk onto campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved! There are a lot of state clubs, student association clubs, and student-run clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Party, party, party! There are a lot of parties on thursdays, fridays, and saturdays. There are never parties during the week. Homecoming is always super fun as well. If there are any banquets or balls or other events, you should always attend.

    Food and Dining

    The school cafeteria serves a lot of the same food throughout the school year. It definitely gets tiring after the first semester, but seeing as most students don't have money to eat off campus, the cafe is all you can eat!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Bethune Annex, which is one of the more luxurious female freshman dorms. The Tubman Quadrangle, which is another all female freshman dorm, is more of a sociable community than the Annex.

    Academic Rigor

    Howard challenges it's studets in every way possible; making us strong for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I have for prospective students would be to go talk to your professors atleast once a month, never walk alone at night, absolutely positively get involved as much as possible your freshan year, and meet as many people as you can.

    In three sentences

    Howard is an extremely diverse and fulfilling institution. It is a university that makes it's students work hard for what they want. A student that has accomplished 4 years at Howard can make it through anything.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of robberies. Be aware of your surroundings, don't walk too far alone, and be cautious.

    Great for these types of students

    Black Pride!

    Bang for the buck

    Mainly paying for the name, in my humble opinion.

    What to do for fun

    House Parties and Ibiza. If you're not into partying try Wednesday Night Live

    Food and Dining

    Good food gets old after a while, but you can buy some rather than going to the caf if need be.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the Quad so no A/C, and the fire alarm consistently went off. The booty wall also gets a lot of attention and you can't close the window because it's too hot, but that's in the Fall. Good dorm mates is a major plus though.

    Academic Rigor

    Some tough professors who expect a lot according to the ratings of your peers on RateMyProfessor.com.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make 3 copies of everything and network because you'll need the extra security.

    In three sentences

    HU has a lot of spirit, and great students. However, a lot of organization is lacking and you'll most likely be frustrated. The neighborhood also isn't the best, and their are rats on campus at night.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus isn't as safe as your average campus simply because it is an open campus in DC. Campus police as well as DC Metro police do their best to keep it as safe as possible, you just have to be very cautious and aware of your surroundings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different opportunities available on campus. There are different organizations for everyone whether it be to focus on academics or on your social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First Fridays are great. They happen once a month, on the first friday, its a time where all greek organizations come out and show you a good time. There is music and fun for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many organizations available on Howard's campus. Likewise there are many social functions that take place, and everyone is so friendly. Its very easy to have fun and get involved on and around campus.

    Food and Dining

    I would say the food at Howard is not the best, at all. I am not a fan of the food but I make the best of it. I will say that they do offer a lot of options and they cater to the needs of different individuals. My personal preference is just to not eat in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, I have met so many people in my residence hall. Although the living conditions aren't the best, they are good for being in a college. You may have an occasional cold shower or hot room, but the experience is a great one.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here will challenge you. Depending on your study of interest will determine how much attention you will get. The math department isn't that great but if you are in the Communications field or the Business field, you will be constantly challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you stay on top of all your work while here, it can tend to be a little distracting but Howard makes sure that you keep your focus. Once you step on campus make it a point to meet everyone possible, the connections you make and the relationships that you build at Howard will be some of the most important relationships in your life.

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a place where you are showered with numerous opportunities. The number of connections I have made here at Howard, just as a freshman is abundant. The knowledge that you gain as well as the experience in your field that you gain is like no other school.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While there are campus police on constant patrol on Segways, cars, bikes, and motorcycles, and blue emergency poles to summon them at various locations on campus, Northwest DC can be a dangerous area. Campus safety is ultimately up to the studentsâ?? ability to maintain basic street smarts: be alert and aware of your surroundings, donâ??t text/talk on the phone while walking around on the street, donâ??t walk around in the dark by yourself, be brief and respectful with strangers, and keep your valuable items discreet.

    Greek Life

    Being that five of the â??Divine Nineâ?? Black Greek organizations were founded on Howardâ??s campus, Greek life is very present here. The Neo-Stroll, Greek step show, and various coming out ceremonies are highly-attended, with each of the Nine making their presence known through parties, community service, campus talks and events year round.

    Clubs and Activities

    Howard has a club for nearly everything, including music, theatre, African heritage, dance, politics, language, residence halls, and more. As far as sports and activities like that, each sport on campus is well-attended, and there is a gymnasium open during weekdays for all students, equipped with a pool, a weight room, two basketball courts, and a cardio room full of ellipticals, treadmills, stair-climbers, and the like.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone studious, good at networking, and culturally inquisitive would love it at Howard. If you have these qualities, you will be among your kind at â??The Mecca.â??

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only one I can call to mind is the hole-in-the wall takeout restaurant Ho-Chi, or Howard China. The restaurant is rumored to use rats in its meat dishes, but being right next to the freshmen boysâ?? dorm, it is a hotspot of an eatery, at least among the freshman population.

    Bang for the buck

    As I stated previously, every resource you could need at Howard University is available to you. And if Howard canâ??t provide it for you, the doors are open for area schools like Georgetown, George Washington, Catholic, and American to take additional classes, participate in extra curriculars, and additional programs of interest.

    What to do for fun

    Living in DC, there is a plethora of entertainment options for every taste. There are all ages lounges, night clubs, hipster coffee houses with poetry slams, art galleries, shopping centers, movie theatres, huge music venues, cultural hot spots, museums, the annual Spring Cherry Blossom Festival, and of course, political events. Whatever experience you would like to have at Howard University, you can â?? although, much of it is pricey.

    Food and Dining

    Howard has a relatively well-stocked café with the usual pizza, burger, and taco lines, along with a â??home styleâ?? line as well. My personal favorites are the soups and the highly-acclaimed Soulfood Thursdays. There is another food court-style café called â??The Punchoutâ?? that uses university â??dining dollars,â?? that can be purchased, and come with most meal plans. A personal favorite there is the freshly-prepared sushi.

    Dorm Life

    In regard to sending in your housing deposit, do it as soon as possible, because Howard has a tendency to ignore the preferences you list in your application and put you in whichever dorm they see fit. There are two dorms for girls; one is divided into five halls, and two of them are without air conditioning, which can be brutal in August and May, and of the two boys dorms, there is one without A/C, and the other is about half a mile off of the main campus, in a relatively dangerous area. While most American co-ed universities have relatively loose policies in regard to who can enter their dorms, Howard is an outlier. There is a very strict visitation policy involving limited visiting hours and heavily instituted consequences for any infractions made. All of the beds on campus are extra-long twin sized, and some of the girl's rooms seem too small to have three girl's worth of furniture shoved in them. However, there are new dorms being built, and most students decide to move off-campus after their freshman year - the only year that the university guarantees housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Each curriculum is rigorous in its own way: theatre students produce and perform in several productions each semester, science majors have long hours in their labs, and honors students write a thesis on their independent studies during their senior year. Howard makes sure that its students have all of the resources they need, and faculty members instill intense focus into them with their unfalteringly high expectations, and it is all to our benefit.

    Tips for prospective students

    You're going to Howard for a reason bigger than its dormitories, administrative flaws, and potentially dangerous location, so don't focus on those things! The education you will receive here will open your eyes to what has been done to create black culture, and you might even find yourself like I have. As a safety note, remember your street smarts, and if you don't have any, talk to someone you know living in a city, because it's a brand new environment with brand new dangers to you. But the best piece of advice I can give you is to work your schedule 8am-5pm: between those hours, go to class, eat, and study. You'll find that you aren't coming in after practice having to tackle a mountain of homework and preparation for classes, because you already did it during the day!

    In three sentences

    Howard is an amazing school where I am finding myself. The campus is beautiful and urban at the same time. The curriculum is challenging and exploratory, perfect for any type of learner.

  • 04/14/2013

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

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    Academic Rigor

    While there, the professors were more worried about showing how hard it is to enter into college algebra. Many of my friends that visited with me and I take AP Calculus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Of course, keep your grades high, and have a long term goal. Show them why you will be a great addition. Do not only express this in your essay, but in your clubs and activities!

    In three sentences

    I went to accepted students day 2013, and and was amazed. I recommend everyone to go to this, and Howard period!

  • 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 interesting! Dorm Life really teaches one how to grow and become more mature. There are often many socials in dorms on Friday nights and many activities that go on throughout dorms daily.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging enough! It isn't hard but it forces you to challenge yourself and read! Now the work isn't boring or time consuming and draining at all but yet very important in your academic career. Often times when completing one assignment you often learn so many other things because of the outside research you sometimes have to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your GPA! That is a very important tip when applying to Howard and also staying in Howard. Also learn to open your mind, you will encounter opinions from around the world and it will be a great way to become independent and respectfully argumentative. Second; take advantage of all the opportunities on campus! There are so many that people don't know about that can benefit students in so many way! Third; remember networking is key! Meet as many people as you can and make sure people remember who you are, this tip applies to your whole life!

    In three sentences

    Howard University is a great environment to grow and become independent. Many of the people you meet at Howard University will impact you in some way whether its the professors or the students. A great academic place to be and gain outside knowledge.

  • 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.

  • 04/03/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 03/28/2013

    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.

  • 03/26/2013

    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.

  • 03/21/2013

    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.

  • 03/19/2013

    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.

  • 03/19/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 03/13/2013

    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.

  • 03/11/2013

    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.

  • 03/10/2013

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    In three sentences

    IM SOO EXCITED!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/14/2013

    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.

  • 01/12/2013

    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.

  • 01/02/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 12/27/2012

    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.

  • 12/26/2012

    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.

  • 12/26/2012

    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.

  • 12/22/2012

    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.

  • 12/21/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/17/2012

    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.

  • 12/11/2012

    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.

  • 12/05/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/17/2012

    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.

  • 11/16/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10/29/2012

    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.

  • 10/28/2012

    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

  • 10/25/2012

    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.

  • 10/25/2012

    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.

  • 10/22/2012

    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.

  • 10/17/2012

    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.

  • 10/14/2012

    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.

  • 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!

  • 10/09/2012

    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.

  • 10/06/2012

    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.

  • 10/05/2012

    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.

  • 10/01/2012

    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.

  • 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

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 09/04/2012

    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.

  • 09/02/2012

    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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 08/21/2012

    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.

  • 08/19/2012

    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.

  • 08/14/2012

    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.

  • 08/12/2012

    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.

  • 08/10/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 08/07/2012

    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.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 08/01/2012

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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!

  • 07/26/2012

    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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 07/24/2012

    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.

  • 07/24/2012

    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.

  • 07/22/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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 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.

  • 07/18/2012

    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.

  • 07/18/2012

    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

  • 07/17/2012

    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.

  • 07/12/2012

    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.

  • 07/11/2012

    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.

  • 07/10/2012

    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.

  • 07/08/2012

    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.

  • 07/06/2012

    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.

  • 07/03/2012

    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.

  • 07/02/2012

    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.

  • 07/02/2012

    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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    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 06/26/2012

    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.

  • 06/26/2012

    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.

  • 06/25/2012

    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!

  • 06/21/2012

    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.

  • 06/21/2012

    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.

  • 06/18/2012

    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.

  • 06/18/2012

    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.

  • 06/17/2012

    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.

  • 06/11/2012

    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.

  • 06/09/2012

    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.

  • 06/09/2012

    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.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 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!

  • 06/07/2012

    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.

  • 06/05/2012

    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.

  • 06/04/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 06/01/2012

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 05/24/2012

    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.

  • 05/23/2012

    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.

  • 05/23/2012

    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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    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.

  • 05/22/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 05/21/2012

    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.

  • 05/21/2012

    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.

  • 05/18/2012

    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.

  • 05/18/2012

    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.

  • 05/16/2012

    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.

  • 05/16/2012

    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.

  • 05/15/2012

    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.

  • 05/11/2012

    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.

  • 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 ! t