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Howard Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Howard University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
41.4%
Admission Difficulty for Howard University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Howard and can I get accepted? The school has a 41% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in District Of Columbia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,964 out of 16,815 applicants were admitted making Howard a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Howard SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1160-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
65%
SAT Scores for Howard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1160
SAT Scores for Howard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Howard University?

Howard University typically requires applicants to be in the top 31 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in District Of Columbia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Howard University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >54%
1255 to 1350 Avg + 41%-54%
1160 to 1255 Avg - 29%-41%
1065 to 1160 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1065 Low <19%
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Howard ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
49%
ACT Scores for Howard University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Howard University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Howard?

Admission data indicates that Howard regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in District Of Columbia for highest average ACT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Howard University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Howard University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >54%
25 to 28 Avg + 41%-54%
22 to 25 Avg - 29%-41%
19 to 22 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 19 Low <19%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Howard University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Howard University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,769 5,046 16,815
Accepted 5,048 1,916 6,964
Acceptance Rate 43% 38% 41%
Enrolled 1,520 559 2,079
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 29% 30%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Howard University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Howard University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Howard University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131520 IPEDS survey data for Howard University.