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Howard Demographics & Diversity

Washington, District Of Columbia

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Extremely Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Howard are almost exclusively Black with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has extremely low racial diversity. 98% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Howard University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.

Racial demographics of Howard University students
Race Percent of Students
White 2%
Black 91%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 1%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
International 5%
Race Unknown 0%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 105% more female students than male students enrolled at Howard University with a gender ratio of 67% women to 33% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Howard has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Howard University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 33%
Women 67%
Enrollment by gender for Howard University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 2,995
Women 6,144

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very High

Howard serves a very high number of out-of-state students with 99% of the student body residing outside of District Of Columbia or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Howard University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 1%
Out of State 97%
Foreign 2%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$66,680 per year

45% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 6.5%
Part time Undergrads 6%

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