Howard Admission RequirementsWashington, District Of Columbia
Chances of getting into Howard University
How hard is it to get into Howard and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in District Of Columbia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,617 out of 20,946 applicants were admitted making Howard a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. Howard University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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Howard SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT75%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||590|
|SAT Math 25th||550|
|SAT Composite 25th||1140|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||650|
|SAT Math 75th||640|
|SAT Composite 75th||1280|
|Average SAT Score||1210|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Howard University?
Howard University typically requires applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 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 1070. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in District Of Columbia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1280 and Above||Good||>44%|
|1210 to 1280||Avg +||32%-44%|
|1140 to 1210||Avg -||22%-32%|
|1070 to 1140||Reach||14%-22%|
|Less than 1070||Low||<14%|
Howard ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT42%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||22|
|ACT Math 25th||20|
|ACT Composite 25th||22|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||28|
|ACT Math 75th||26|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||24|
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 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in District Of Columbia for highest average ACT composite score. 42 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Howard University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|27 and Above||Good||>47%|
|24 to 27||Avg +||32%-47%|
|22 to 24||Avg -||24%-32%|
|20 to 22||Reach||17%-24%|
|Less than 20||Low||<17%|
Avg. High School GPA3.54*
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Howard University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Howard University was 3.54 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in District Of Columbia for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Howard will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||23%||23%|
Applications were DueFeb 15, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Howard University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
75% of students submit their SAT scores to Howard. 42% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
32% of those who apply are granted admission to Howard. Admission competition is high and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1280. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.