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Chances of getting into Howard University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
36.1%
Admission Difficulty for Howard University
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Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Howard and can I get accepted? The school has a 36% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in District Of Columbia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,578 out of 21,006 applicants were admitted making Howard a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has challenging 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 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must 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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

Howard SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1280
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 650
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1280
Average SAT Score 1210

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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 1050. 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Howard University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1280 and Above Good >49%
1205 to 1280 Avg + 36%-49%
1130 to 1205 Avg - 25%-36%
1055 to 1130 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1055 Low <16%
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Howard ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-27 
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 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Howard University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >52%
24 to 27 Avg + 36%-52%
22 to 24 Avg - 27%-36%
20 to 22 Reach 19%-27%
Less than 20 Low <19%
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Howard GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.54*
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 3.54 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.54 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

Howard University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,934 6,072 21,006
Accepted 5,516 2,062 7,578
Acceptance Rate 37% 34% 36%
Enrolled 1,426 499 1,925
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 24% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
143

Applicants have 143 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Feb 15, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

Howard University Admission 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?

36% 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 1280. 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 27. 42% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.