Howard University

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Howard University is a historically black college found in Washington, DC. Howard University has an enrollment of approximately 9,800 students.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores to this school. A score between 1130 - 1280 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. We were able to estimate the Howard University average GPA (3.23 - 3.45) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Howard University admits about 40% of those that apply each year. Of those that are accepted, around 25% attended the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Howard University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Howard University was reported as 36.1% in Fall 2020 with over 21,000 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 22 - 27
  • Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Howard University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Howard University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Howard University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 30.0%
  • 2017-2018: 41.4%
  • 2018-2019: 31.6%
  • 2019-2020: 36.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 32.5%

How Does Howard University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Howard University is fifty-seven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Trinity Washington University96.7%
Catholic University of America85.4%
Gallaudet University61.2%
Washington Adventist University58.8%
Marymount University81.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Howard University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading580 - 650
Math550 - 630
Total Score1130 - 1280
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 28
Math20 - 26
Composite Score22 - 27
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