Rate this HBCU Day 50: Howard University

How would you rate Howard University?

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We last profiled Wilberforce University of Ohio, one of the oldest HBCUs, which received an average score of 6.

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Today's school really needs no introduction. In the minds of many (including many of my fam) there is Howard University and there are the "others". Howard is not only the most prestigious co-ed HBCU but one of the largest with over 12,000 students, almost 9,000 of which are undergraduates.

Howard has long been seen as one of the top HBCUs and it has traditionally played such a role, long before Morehouse and Spelman were really prominent. Howard University was established soon after the end of the Civil War and was named for General Oliver Otis Howard, a Union war hero and then commissioner of the Freedman's Bureau. It has always been one of the top three largest HBCUs in terms of the number of people it has educated.

It was the go-to HBCU for the Black elite for generations, especially those in the DC area which flowed through the pipeline of the outstanding Dunbar High School. Howard still has one of the highest percentage of upper class ($100k+ family students), exceeded only by Hampton, Morehouse, and Spelman. It is also competititve in admissions only admitting 35% of applicants. However, it is still a good choice for students who are first generation, these are 24% of the total, and over half (53%) finish school in six years, the same rate as upper income students who graduate in four years. A better record than all but a few HBCUs.

One area Howard beats out Hampton, Morehouse, and Spelman is the breadth and prestige of its academic departments. Howard is literally one of the few HBCUs where you have large numbers of students able to major in everything from theater to journalism to physics to history to computer science to nursing to sociology where most departments have high quality faculty and resources. Its business program is tops amongst HBCUs and was the first to have an undergraduate supply chain management program and management information systems program. Not only this, it has the highest paid graduates of all HBCUs due to the renown of its programs and its industry connections. Few other HBCUs can boast partnerships with Google, Disney, or Microsoft or have its top Finance graduates end up at places like Goldman Sachs or Silicon Valley companies. Howard also has the largest endowment amongst HBCUs in excess of $850M.

Howard long has had some of the most famous Black faculty such as Ernest Everett Just (biologist), E. Franklin Frazier (sociologist), Sterling Alan Brown (English), David Blackwell (mathematics), Carter G. Woodson (history) and Nobel Peace Laureate Ralph Bunche (political science). It also has famous law and medical schools which were responsible for educating many of the greatest Black politicians, lawyers, and medical doctors of the 19th and 20th century.

In addition, Howard is the HBCU where the most Black Greek organizations were founded. Omega Psi Phi (Ques), Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKAs), Delta Sigma Theta (Deltas), Zeta Phi Beta (Zetas), and Phi Beta Sigma (Sigmas) were all established at Howard.


Founded: 1867

City, State: Washington, DC

Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Nickname: Bison

Enrollment and percent Black enrollment: 12,065 (8,964 undergraduate), 89% Black

Part-time student percentage: 6%

First Generation Student Percentage: 24%

Percentage of students from households under $30k/over $100k: 39% / 15%

Out of State Percentage: 95% (Top States: New York, Maryland, Georgia, California, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Florida)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Admissions Acceptance Rate: 35%

4-yr/6-yr graduation rates: 53% / 64%

Transfer out rate: 23%

Male/Female percentages (Female:Male Ratio): 28% male/ 72% female (2.6:1)

Tuition: $31k

Median Federal Debt After Graduation: $25k

Median Parent PLUS Loans After Graduation: $76k

Median Earning 10-Years after 10 years from freshman year: $56k

Median Earnings for specific majors after 3 years after graduation:
Computer Systems/Manage Information Systems: $95k, Nursing: $72k, Accounting: $64k, Finance: $54k, Business Administration: $56k, Communications: $50k, Journalist: $45k

Top Majors by Degrees:
Communications/Journalism, Business (with various concentrations), Biology, Political Science, Psycology, Computer Science, Theater/Performing Arts

Endowment: $800M+ (incl. $40M from MacKenzie Scott)

Alumni Engagement: 12% of alumni give back

Athletic Conference: Primarily MEAC (NCAA Div 1)

Mascot: Bison
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Main Campus

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Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall
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Founder's Library
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Bethune Annex Dining Hall Re-Design
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Blackburn University Center
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Wiliam H. Greene Stadium
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Burr Gymnasium
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Showtime Marching band
At the 2021 inauguration
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Cheerleaders

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Ooh La La! Dancers
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Notable Alumni:

Where the heck to I begin?? :beli:
Since the forum limits 20 images per post, I will post five people from 4 categories. If you want an eye watering list, go here: List of Howard University people - Wikipedia

The Arts
Paul Laurance Dunbar - poet and writer
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Toni Morrison - Nobel Laureate for literature and famous author, best known for Beloved. Mentor to Mackenzie Scott at Princeton
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Debbie Allen - world famous choreographer and director; directed A Different World from Season 2 on
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Sean "Puffy" Combs - Founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, prominent rapper and producer
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Chadwick Boseman - Actor, best known for T'Challa in Black Panther
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Honorable mentions - Phylicia Allen Rashad (Debbie's older sister for those unaware), Lynn Whitfield, Ossie Davis

Business
Vernon Jordan (law school) - well connected businessman (boutique investment bank Lazard Freres & Co. LLC) and Bill Clinton confidante. Once sat on more boards of directors than any other person in the US
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Cathy Hughes - Founder of TV One
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Eddie C. Brown - President of Brown Capital Management ($10B under investment)
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C.B. Powell (medical school) - X-Ray technologist and later owner of the Amsterdam News, the largest Black-owned newspaper in pre-integration USA, and Victory Life Insurance
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H. Naylor Fitzhugh - one of the first Black Harvard MBA graduates and Pepsi executive who pioneered targeted marketing
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Politics
Kamala Harris - Vice President of the United States and former California Senator
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Andrew Young - Former Ambassador to the U.N. and mayor of Atlanta
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L. Douglas Wilder (law school) - Former governor of Virginia
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Edward Brooke - Former senator from Massachusetts; was the first Black senator since Reconstruction
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David Dinkins - Former mayor of New York City in the 1990s
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Honorable mention: Thurgood Marshall (law school; but he was already mentioned for his undergrad Lincoln University)


Natural and Social Science
Cheick Modibo Diarra - NASA astrophysicist and former prime minister of Mali
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James Bowman - medical geneticist and father of Valerie Jarrett, Obama's mentor and confidante
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E. Franklin Frazier - famous sociologist whose work on the Black family and Black community is still widely quoted
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Kelly Miller - mathematician and sociologist and first Black American to study graduate mathematics
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Zora Neale Hurston - author and anthropologist, best known for work on Black culture and Their Eyes Were Watching God; also co-founded the HU newspaper The Hilltop
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Honorable mentions you may have heard of: Akpan Hogan Ekpo (Nigerian economist), Nikole Hannah-Jones, Thomas Sowell, William Spriggs (labor economist)
 
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Howard University, my old nemesis. :russ: Obviously, those who know, Hampton and Howard had a rivalry as old as time, nonetheless it’s always love. It’s funny because this was the school I wanted to attend first, but their admissions office was trash:francis: all in all, historic university, timeless alumni and in a predominantly black community. I’ll give it a 8 just for the culture of black excellence, even though they got their share of skeletons like any other school. Their Band is trash tho:mjlol:
 

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Let’s be for real this is the best HBCU (no disrespect to Spelman). First off it’s a university so you can go to Howard and end up as a Doctor, lawyer, Dentist, Pharmacist or get your MBA. That alone gets you high marks. Going to a university >> going to a college.

The only reason I’m not giving it a ten is because they sent me my acceptance letter in August. Like nikka da fukk I already paid Stonybrook deposits and everything.
 
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