About Us

Howard University is a four-year, comprehensive, private, co-ed doctoral/research-extensive institution that has an international blend of faculty and students as it continues to embrace and enhance the founders’ vision to provide an educational experience of exceptional quality. It was chartered in 1867 “for the education of youth in the liberal arts and sciences.”

The University is recognized as one of the few comprehensive predominately Black institutions of higher education in the world. The 13 schools and colleges that make up the University continue the mission to educate and provide “Excellence in Truth and Service” through more than 200 fields of study.

Howard has awarded more than 90,000 degrees and diplomas in the applied health sciences, architecture, the arts, business, communications, dentistry, education, engineering, the humanities, law, medicine, music, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and social sciences. Howard University also awards more on-campus Ph.D. degrees to African-American students than any other college or university in the world.