Howard University

Washington, DC, USA

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Howard University

3.42 Average Rating

Elizabeth from Marlboro, NJ

a current student here
19 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
At Howard University i am learning more than i ever imagined i could. As a chemical engineering student i grow more and more confident in my abilities. I have learned so much in a wide variety of subjects which range from English to taekwondo. Besides academics i am also learning how to be an adult in today's society. I came into Howard University without much and i know i will be leaving with so much more.
Am enjoying being here
Howard University is in the middle of Washington D.C. If the Washington monument, the Abraham Lincoln memorial, to name a few, aren't enough, Washington D.C.'s metro will take you to a bounty of places including, Chinatown, Georgetown, and a whole lot of other equally interesting places. Within Howard University, a wide variety of events take place: movie nights, theater productions, dance performances, organized parties, and even all the internship promotions are fun. When its time to crack down and study there are a variety of places to do so; every dorm has lounges, there are three library's on campus fully equipped, and many computer labs. So i f someone were to ask me whether or not i was enjoying my self at Howard University, i would say, yes.
Bang for the buck
At about $10,000 per semester, Howard is definitely a rare deal. Not only am i getting my money's worth education wise, i also get to use new facilities and participate in events, such as Howard University's homecoming that draw people form all over the world. Even with the low prices, Howard is still able to provide more than half the students with scholarships.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students, should be wary of the status of all their documentation. Copies of everything are a necessity. Besides that, students should come prepared with a goal and ambition. They must be open minded and remember to be tolerant.
Great for these types of students
Howard University is great for any type of student but all students should be ambitious, as such i am forced to write such a general response.
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Ondrae from New York, NY

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Attending Howard University is an experience like no other. Not only am I learning a lot about my particular field of study, but I am also learning a lot about myself and my history. Attending an HBCU is a one of a kind experience I would never trade. A popular phrase here at the Mecca is If you can make it at Howard you can make it anywhere If this isn't the truth then I don't know what is!!
Am enjoying being here
I've met so many interesting people from all over the world. Students come from everywhere in the US, Africa and the Caribbean creating a very interesting atmosphere. Howard University is a melting pot of very diverse cultures, which has allowed me to broaden my horizons and open my mind to new ideas, foods, slang, and dress.
Bang for the buck
The quality of learning, the various campus events, and socials are all worth the money one may be putting forth to stay at Howard.
Tips for prospective students
Howard University is the place to be! If you are interested in attending an HBCU this is it. HU was the first HBCU and continues to be the best!
Great for these types of students
Any and all types of students, that's what makes Howard so great, its full of such a diverse group of students all working towards achieving similar goals.
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Ashley Jones from Pontiac, MI

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
My freshman year I didn't learn nearly as much as my sophomore year. This year, I learned about things inside and outside of the classroom. The professors challenge you and force you to think outside the box. Although, you do learn a lot of book smarts, Howard University teaches you street smarts. You learn the importance of networking, and the power of who u know, not what you know. You learn persistence and endurance, and the power of the community.
Am enjoying being here
Howard University is my dream school. There is no other school that, in my opinion, compares. You are afforded so many wonderful opportunities here. It's amazing to be around so many young black people doing positive things. It is a very competitive school, and motivates you to always grind. Though there is a lot of partying, students know when to get their work done. It's a fun environment.
Bang for the buck
Howard University is a private institution and is very costly. I don't feel as if you're getting your moneys worth due to the quality of the dorms, and lack of technology. However, a lot of the professors are distinguished and do a lot of work in research. You're more so paying for the name and prestige of the University, rather than the knowledge you acquire being here.
Tips for prospective students
Some helpful tips would be to make sure you get to know the dean of your school and any other people in power. They will be able to help you financially and write you great reccomendations. Make sure that you know your advisor and speak with them throughout they year, not just when it's time to register. Don't party until you get your work done, there will always be parties, but there may not be another opportunity for your grade. Get to know your professors as well, a lot of times if you have a relationship with your professor, they may be more willing to help you.
Great for these types of students
Howard University has a wonderful business school, as well as medical school. I think it would be great for student's interested in those careers.
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Freshman

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
Academic Rigor
Math department is not the best.
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.
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.
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)
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My-Xaviera from Spencerport, NY

a current student here
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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Khiana from Newark, NJ

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bang for the buck
Its a lot of buck but after one month you'll see why and wouldn't mind paying.
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
Great for these types of students
Game-changing students
Charismatic students. Talented. Driven / motivated.
Clubs and Activities
All orgs on campus are great.
Greek life & beyond.
Greek Life
Divine 9 alpha chapters
Campus Safety
Nothing happens on campus
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Devon from Arlington, VA

a current student here
94 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have learned more in the past year at Howard than I can honestly put into words. I have learned so much about Architecture my first year that I can confidently draft floor plans and elevations of a structure, and make a decent model of it, whereas at the beginning of the year I had no idea what a drafting board was. I feel as though I am also learning what it truly means to be an adult, and to be independent.
Am enjoying being here
I already feel as though I have made life long friends here, people whom I really connect with and can relate to. Coming from a high school well known for its ethnic diversity, I was a bit worried that by going to an HBCU I wouldn't get that same environment, however Howard is diverse in many ways as well. A majority of the students are African American, however there are many students from around the globe, and I found the best thing was that everybody is diverse in thought, and through their experiences.
Bang for the buck
Due to the fact that Howard is privately owned, it relies a great deal on donations from past alumni, and due to the economy of the U.S. at the moment, the costs for all colleges have risen, however HBCU's have been hit particularly hard. Howard is no different, and while there is no experience like the one found at HU, it is quite expensive. The current facilities such as the ones found in the Architecture building are undergoing a much needed overhaul, however that process takes time, and it is an inconvenience to the students at the moment. The teachers I have had so far are amazing however, and really care about my success, which is the most important thing to me.
Tips for prospective students
For those who are planning to apply to Howard, make sure to not only focus on having a great GPA but get involved in extra-curricular activities, as Howard has a very active student body. Incoming freshman should make sure to stay on top of their registration process. Howard requires a lot of medical information from incoming freshman, and I know a few students who didn't get to stay longer than a month because they didn't take their registration process seriously.
Great for these types of students
Any student who loves to get involved, students who like an urban environment, and in particular those students interested in Architecture, Engineering and the Computer Sciences.
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Brianna from Indianapolis, IN

a current student here
70 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Since I'm in the School of Business the curriculum proved to be challenging. I took 15 credit hours for my first semester freshman year and I could handle it. There are hundreds of classes to take and what's better is that you can choose what classes you want and which teacher which is a choice that I didn't have in high school. I've learned the most in my Business Orientation class about credit and how to invest money at an earlier age. During the first semester, the School of B students are put into teams where we are given different projects and presentations that we have to present to the class. These groups helped me learn how to work with others and how to formulate certain business ideas and how to market new products. Now that my first semester is over, I'm excited to see how much Howard will teach me in the coming years.
Am enjoying being here
I absolutely LOVE the environment of Howard! There are so many different people here and I've found every person I've met to be intriguing. In my dorm, there are lots of socials that students can participate in and that will help you to meet lots of people. For instance, during the beginning of the year, my RA put together a girls night where we played games and had lots of treats to eat while getting to know each other. The residence hall council knows how to keep us interested by always decorating the lobby during Homecoming and Christmas and also throw many sessions about important issues such as recycling and campus safety. Aside from the social life, Howard has LOTS of opportunities that are open to everyone. There are so many activities to join that you may find yourself in many organizations and clubs within your first two months. I absolutely couldn't imagine going to any other school!
Bang for the buck
While Howard offers a great education from a top HBCU, your bank account WILL decrease in size. For me, I have two scholarships and a loan that are taking care of my first year of freshman year and my parents are still struggling financially. During senior year, APPLY FOR AS MANY SCHOLARSHIPS AS POSSIBLE! Do not depend on Howard giving you any money if you are not one of the top students in your high school. Also, try to get parent or student loans which can help ease your financial woes during your years of schooling. Remember, you won't have to pay for them until you're out of school. Aside from those payments, your personal finances need to be taken into consideration. I can say that during my first four months, I spent $1,000 (something I'm not too proud of) and I didn't even make any huge purchases compared to my friends. Don't go crazy and go to clubs every weekend for $20-$40 (which is the normal price for most clubs) and think twice about buying that pal pack during freshman orientation. If you plan on buying groceries, settle for the generic brands and buy in bulk. My #1 rule was don't spend my money on unnecessary food like take out and dining out. Memorize those cafeteria hours and use that meal plan that your parents spent so much money on. Also, think about splitting the cost of cleaning supplies with your roommate. Try to apply for work-study or find a job near campus that you can work at part-time if your schedule allows. DC is an expensive place to live on or off campus so learn to deal with what have until you have some sort of money flow from home or your job.
Tips for prospective students
Don't party too hard during your first semester. I know several people who will not be able to complete their education at Howard because they were the ones getting ready every Thursday/Friday/Saturday night for the club instead of studying. Also be aware of your surroundings. Travel in large groups during the night and use the shuttles as much as possible so you won't have to worry about walking back to the dorms all the way from the metro. When you're about to buy books for classes, ask upperclassmen and look around campus for flyers of people selling their books for cheaper than the bookstore prices. Join clubs and community service organizations to build up your experience for those future internships and jobs. Stay focused on your grades. It is, after all, the reason why you'll be here in the first place so why not sit down with a friend and study!! Use your professors' office hours and sit in the front of the class. Use study groups for help before big tests and finals. There are so many libraries that you can go for quiet time and research. Lastly, have fun. The next 4 years will change your life forever. Howard has birthed thousands of successful people and the legacy will continue with you if you put forth the effort.
Great for these types of students
Anyone who is open to many new opportunities and unforgettable experiences.
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Patrick from brooklyn, NY

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Congratulation to all graduating high school seniors and I am pleased to tell you about Howard. I am a school of Business student and as a freshman you learn a lot. Taking classes like Business Orientation where you actually where suits to class and learn about the business world. We get visitors from all over America, Howard Alumni's and CEO from many different companies. All students have Freshmen Seminar classes does not matter what major and you will recieve experiences that you wont get anywhere else.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy being at Howard a whole lot. The experiences are fun for every type of student. If u enjoy parties on weekends there are numerous parties that occur every weekend. But if your a student who likes to stay in and read, we have many libraries open to all students and residents. Plus we are in the heart of DC so there is always something happening.
Bang for the buck
Everyone know college is a investment. But with Howard if you invest properly it is easy to see how your investment grows. The numerous connections you make, the countless people who approach you trying to offer you a job and the networking skills you gain just by relaxing on campus.
Tips for prospective students
Some tips to keep in mind is to stay focus. Do your best not to burn bridges because this is college and you never know who that person will be in a couple years. Work hard so you can play hard.
Great for these types of students
All students, Howard is honestly for everybody
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Michael from Algonquin, IL

a current student here
20 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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......
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.
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.
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:)
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.
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.
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