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Chances of getting into Howard University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
39%
Admission Difficulty for Howard University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionHigh
How hard is it to get into Howard and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Howard is 39%.  It ranks #4 in District Of Columbia and #146 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Howard is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 9,398 out of 24,325 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent (SAT 1130/1260 ACT 22/26). Howard University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Howard application fee is $45 and applications are due by Feb 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Howard University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Howard SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for Howard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Howard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Howard University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1200 out of 1600. Howard 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Howard University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >52%
1195 to 1260 Avg + 39%-52%
1130 to 1195 Avg - 27%-39%
1065 to 1130 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 1065 Low <18%
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Howard ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
42%
ACT Scores for Howard University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Howard University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
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 26 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Howard University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >52%
24 to 26 Avg + 39%-52%
22 to 24 Avg - 27%-39%
20 to 22 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 20 Low <18%
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Howard GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Howard University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Howard. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Howard University was 3.6 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Howard University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 7.1% Good
3.75 to 3.99 31.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 29.3% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.2% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 12.1% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.2% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.1% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

59% of Howard University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Howard University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 59%
Top 50% of class 89%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Howard University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,324 7,001 24,325
Accepted 6,643 2,755 9,398
Acceptance Rate 38% 39% 39%
Enrolled 1,705 655 2,360
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 24% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Howard University is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Howard University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Howard University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not 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.

FAQs

Does Howard University prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to Howard. 42% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Howard University?

39% of those who apply are granted admission to Howard. Admission competition is high and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Howard University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1130 and 1260. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Howard University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 26. 42% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.