Howard University Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Howard University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Howard University? The school has a 30% acceptance rate. Last year, 5,468 out of 18,225 applicants were admitted making Howard University 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 37 percent. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Howard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for Howard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1310
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 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 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 1025. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1215 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 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
1310 and Above Good >42%
1215 to 1310 Avg + 30%-42%
1120 to 1215 Avg - 20%-30%
1025 to 1120 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 1025 Low <13%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
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 29
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 28
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Howard University 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. 51 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 >42%
25 to 28 Avg + 30%-42%
22 to 25 Avg - 20%-30%
19 to 22 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 19 Low <13%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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

Admission Statistics

Howard University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,908 5,317 18,225
Accepted 3,831 1,637 5,468
Acceptance Rate 30% 31% 30%
Enrolled 616 285 901
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 17% 16%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 66 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are 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.