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 university hosts a total of 89 buildings on 256 acres of land. In addition to the main campus in northwest Washington, DC, the University has a 22-acre west campus where the School of Law is located, a 22-acre School of Divinity campus in northeast Washington, and a 108-acre research facility in Beltsville, Maryland. In all, more than 120,000 degrees and certificates have been awarded.



Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, serves as the 17th President of Howard University. As a triple alumnus admitted to Howard University at the age of 16, he earned a Bachelor of Science, and a Doctor of Medicine from Howard, and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. After completing his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, he began his academic career as Associate Director of the Cancer Center at University of Connecticut, where he also served on the Department of Surgery faculty. Since returning to Howard University in 2006, Dr. Frederick has served as Interim President, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center, and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences; he also earned a Master of Business Administration.  He is a distinguished researcher, surgeon and author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. He has also received numerous awards honoring his outstanding scholarship and service. In June 2014, Congress recognized him for his contributions in addressing health disparities among African Americans and historically underrepresented groups.



Howard's enrollment is approximately 10,300 undergraduate, graduate and professional students representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia as well as nearly 70 countries.


Academic Programs

Students pursue studies in more than 120 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 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. See Accreditation.



Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Conference; 19 Division I sports.


Impact and Services 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. See Service.


Health Care - 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.


Student Organizations

Over 200 registered student organizations.


University Media Outlets


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. and

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.


Achievements and Accolades

  • The National Science Foundation names Howard top producer of undergraduates who later earn PhDs in natural sciences
  • College of Medicine ranks among top 3 schools meeting the nation's medical needs as reported in Annals of Medicine
  • School of Business ranked among top 10 MBA programs; earns #1 spot by Princeton Review as "greatest opportunity for minority students"
  • School of Law ranks among top 20 public service schools by National Jurist Magazine
  • US News and World Report recognizes Howard University for "strong commitment to teaching" at top 100 universities
  • In 2012, U.S. Department of State honored Howard University for efforts to diversify foreign service
  • Howard University listed among top 100 social media colleges by
  • The Pharmacy Class of 2012 achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the NAPLEX (BOARD) exam