Students pursue studies in more than 130 areas within the University’s 13 schools and colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Communications, Dentistry, Divinity, Education, Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences, Graduate School, Law, Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Social Work. The University offers Master’s Doctoral Professional Joint-Degree and Undergraduate programs.
Howard at a Glance
Howard University, one of the nation's leading research universities, is dedicated to educating students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Guided by our extraordinary cadre of faculty, students are immersed in cutting-edge scholarship and innovation including nanotechnology, human genome research, atmospheric science, as well as the social sciences, arts and humanities.
Howard was founded on March 2, 1867, by Civil War hero General Oliver O. Howard. The main campus is home to 256 acres of land across the District of Columbia and Maryland. With our Main Campus located in northwest DC, the School of Law, School of Divinity, and Howard's research facility each have dedicated campuses nearby. In all, more than 120,000 degrees and certificates have been awarded.
Achievements and Accolades
Howard University is the leading producer of African American students
- The National Science Foundation cites Howard University as the top producer African American undergraduates who later earn PhDs in natural sciences
- Howard University is the leading producer of African American students entering medical schools in the U.S.
- The No. 1 producer of African Americans earning degrees in communications and journalism by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
- The School of Law is the No. 2 law degree producer for African American by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
2019 Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs
- Ranked No. 34 on U.S. News & World Report's list of 2019 Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs.
"Greatest opportunity for minority students"
- The School of Business earned the number 1 spot by Princeton Review as the "greatest opportunity for minority students."
Top 100 on U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges
- The only HBCU to be ranked in the top 100 on U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list.
Highest number of HBCU Rhodes Scholars
- Highest number of HBCU Rhodes Scholars to study at the University of Oxford.
As a dedicated and conscientious steward of the institution’s resources, the occupant of the presidency must elevate this historically Black college and university to new heights of relevance, impact and service to our local, national and global communities.
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is the 17th president of Howard University and the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He is also a practicing cancer surgeon at Howard University Hospital, where he continues to see patients and perform surgeries.Learn More
Howard University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and its programs in specialized fields are accredited by numerous professional agencies.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Conference; 19 Division I sports.
Howard's enrollment has approximately 9,689 undergraduate, graduate and professional students representing 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia as well as 9 nations.
Impact and Service in the Community
Howard's motto,Veritas et Utilitas, or Truth and Service, is woven throughout its academic, student, faculty and research programs. Students, faculty and staff are actively involved in community, local, national and global service efforts to create awareness and provide solutions to help improve the quality of life in many communities.
Healthcare - Howard University Hospital
Over the course of its 145-year history of providing the finest primary, secondary and tertiary health care services, Howard University Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center, has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Founded in 1980, Howard University Television, WHUT-TV, was the first African-American-owned public television station in the nation. It is also the only university-licensed public television station located in the metropolitan Washington viewing area, which includes more than three million households.
The University’s commercial radio station, WHUR-FM, has been broadcasting from more than 34 years and is a leading station in the Washington metropolitan area. It is also the first and only station in the area to broadcast high-definition radio.
Celebrating over 30 years on air, WHBC, Howard University’s student operated radio station, is a major media outlet for the student body. WHBC Channel 51 has the campus’ ear and is a part of the Howard student collegiate lifestyle.