Impressions Of
Howard University

Academic Experience

Female Sports Medicine and Computer Science Double Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you think either of your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
I feel that in Sports Medicine and Computer Science that it’s more about the actual community of students. There’s a lot of studying together and working together on assignments and things like that because the work is really difficult. I really like the culture of helping your fellow students. Department-wise, I think the professors are willing to help you and their offices are open, so you get out what you put in.

How accessible are your professors?
They’re pretty easy to access. You just have to shoot them an email, but sometimes they don’t check their emails very frequently. If I send an email on Monday, they might not see it until Wednesday or Thursday. A lot of professors also give their office phone number and if they’re there they’ll pick up the phone, so it’s usually better to contact them through the phone. Our school is unique in that it’s more phone-oriented, which I think is a plus actually because they’ll pick up and tell you to come in at a certain time.

Female Nursing Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you think your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
There’s a lack of organization which makes it harder as a student. But, I like how tight-knit the major is. There are a lot of different groups of students who all know each other and are really good at helping each other out. It’s not supportive in terms of the administration. The professors are not that supportive.

How has going to an HBCU impacted your academic experience?
I love it. It makes me feel very comfortable and I think it helps my learning in some ways. It makes you feel proud of who you are and prouder to be Black.

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2020

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your major?
It varies from course to course because each class requires us to look at education from a different perspective. The more you get into the major, the more it becomes online because it requires you to go out into the field and do practicum work. Also, along with that, it is a lot of written responses to articles or writing prompts to pinpoint our pedagogical style. It’s a mixture of everything, but going into the field is a large amount of what we do. Because the school day conflicts with regular class time, a lot of our work is online.

Is there anything you think your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
I have enjoyed some of the assignments our professors have given us and the guest speakers who have come into our classes just because they opened my mind more than the school already does.

Social Opportunities

Female Sports Medicine and Computer Science Double Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Howard?
I usually like to go get food with my friends and I go to a lot of movies at the movie theater right by campus. One thing I like about the area around Howard and Washington, D.C. is that there is a lot to do pretty close to campus, or at least an Uber ride away. I’m not a real partygoer but certain big parties I’ll maybe go to. Like, if my team throws a party I’ll go to it because it’s kind of my responsibility or if a team we’re really close with throws a party I’ll go to that. But, I maybe go to three parties a year. I mostly stay inside and watch TV [laughs].

What are your favorite things to do around campus?
I like to go to the gym and get some extra cardio in or something. I like to sit out on The Yard and just chill. I also go to some of the little mixers that the sororities and fraternities have, they have [philanthropy events] that you can go to and meet other like-minded people.

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Howard?
I really don’t go out that much. Pretty much any Howard event that happens at night is what I go to, or if my friends have a performance or event off-campus I’ll go support that. There’s always stuff to do, you just have to know about it. With anything, so performances, parties, even random screenings in D.C., it’s better if you follow a party promoter page or even just a D.C. event page because that’s how you find out about things. I’m not really a social person, so I’m not looking for things to go to.

What are some of your favorite on-campus events?
I like going to the fashion shows. It’s fun to go see the different fashion shows at the different universities in D.C. to see how different people do things.

Male Media Management Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Howard?
The nightlife is really fun here. We like going to eat at restaurants and bars. We also like to go to clubs in D.C. Thursday and Saturday nights. There are also off-campus house parties. As you get more involved in the Howard Community, groups [that host events] will follow you on Instagram and you’ll find out about them that way.

What’s the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
They’re really big in the nightlife. From the Fall to Spring they’ll have an event once a month or every other month. They also play a big role with the off-campus parties but they aren’t exclusive. If you see something about the party, you’ll be able to go, but some of their parties are more lowkey so you might need to know someone to find out about it.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like for a night out?
The museums. It’s fun to go see art and learn about history. We also like to go to Capital One Arena to see a basketball game.

Campus Culture

Female Sports Medicine and Computer Science Double Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene?
I feel like, in a way, it’s a hierarchy. It’s a hierarchy based on what organizations people are in and what people’s perceptions of the organizations are. Some people don’t fraternize with people in certain organizations just because they’re members, but, most of the time, they’re just regular people. Some of the clubs have an application process with references, a resume, and all of that. It’s like you’re getting a job. If you’re a person like me who likes to talk to everybody and doesn’t mind talking to somebody different than you, it’s really just about what you make it.

To what extent do people of different sexual orientations mix socially?
It’s pretty common to have LGBT friends. I don’t feel the school is separated between the LGBT people and the heterosexual people. I feel that everyone is pretty accepted here. I haven’t heard of any incidents with LGBTQ people over my three years.

Female Nursing Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene?
It’s definitely cliquey. When I first got here the cliques were based on where you came from, so the Chicago people hung out together, the Atlanta people hung out together and the Nigerian people hung out together. I feel like as we progress the people mix more, but now it’s more focused on Greek life, the organizations you’re in, the DJs at the school, and who’s more popular.

What roles do the different DJs play on campus?
They’re just really popular because there are a select few who are the DJs for most Howard parties, so everyone knows them. If there’s an event on campus, they’ll usually be the DJs for it too.

How has going to an HBCU impacted your social experience?
I think it’s had a good impact. It’s shown me the diversity in the Black community because there are cliques based on different things, like being Nigerian or Caribbean, even though we’re all still Black.

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2020

How has going to an HBCU impacted your social experience?
Getting to know different Black people throughout the Diaspora is definitely different. I got to meet somebody from Alaska and I have never thought of Black people living in Alaska before. You think that they’d be very different from you, but they’re really not. It’s nice to learn how diverse Black people can be.

To what extent do people in Greek life and not in Greek life mix socially?
For me, some of my closest friends just became members of a Greek organization and it’s nothing different. It depends on who the person is and how they want to take those letters. But, if you’re friends with somebody before they join Greek life, it shouldn’t make a difference and to my knowledge, it usually doesn’t.

Washington, D.C.

Pros of

  • “If somebody is a foodie, there are a lot of random restaurants always popping up.”
  • “All throughout D.C. you have access to public transportation.”
  • “Specifically with northern D.C., there is a lot of African-American history. There is also African-American history subtly placed all throughout D.C. which is a great benefit. It’s nice to see names and find out what they’ve done.”
  • “There is so much history and culture in Washington, D.C. besides what you see on TV and read about. There is a lot of historical beauty and as you travel around you learn about each part and it’s [historical significance].”

Cons of

  • “D.C. can be unsafe at certain times of night. Howard has a really beautiful campus and then you go over a few streets and it’s a bad neighborhood.”
  • “Traffic is bad.”
  • “If you’re not one for noise, it’s not the best place to be because there are so many restaurants, bars, and nightlife. I have had problems with people being lout outside, but that’s what will happen in a city area. We’re also near a hospital and it’s annoying to hear the ambulances go by.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Sports Medicine and Computer Science Double Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Howard before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew that the administration and financial aid offices are not very good. Howard is really about the community. With the administration and financial aid office, there’s a lot of bureaucracy to get by to get anything done right. I also think it teaches you that you have to work for things to get what’s right for yourself.

What is something a prospective student-athlete may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
Howard University is a community where academics come first. Just know that schoolwork is key and just because you’re an athlete doesn’t mean that you’ll find ways around your schoolwork.

Female Nursing Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Howard before entering as a freshman?
It isn’t everything that everyone says it is. Before I came here I never visited the campus or knew much about it because I didn’t know anyone who went there. I just had everything that I had seen online and known that all these great alumni who are from Howard and that it is a really hyped up HBCU. I wish I knew not to be so overwhelmed because it’s manageable.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The cost of living, so how much the dorms cost, how much the off-campus living costs, and the cost of living in Washington, D.C. in general. That was a shocker for me because everything was so expensive to me up here. When I moved off-campus and was looking for housing, I thought it was ridiculous.

Male Media Management Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Howard before entering as a transfer?
The food is okay but could be so much better. Also, sometimes it seems like the administration doesn’t care in certain situations and they’ll give you the “Howard Run-Around,” [which is what students call it]. They’ll tell you to go to one place and that place will tell you to go somewhere else. I had to do the Howard Run Around because of an issue with financial aid. That happens a lot with financial aid so you have to make sure you are on time with deposits.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Homecoming. That is really fun. Also, being on The Yard is something they miss because during the spring and fall is when The Yard is packed and people are socializing and enjoying themselves. It’s nice to see the Black community succeeding and being happy in that way.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Howard University

To Attend

  • “I feel like I’ve found so much pride in myself and in my people and what I can do from the type of support that Howard gives you. It might not be directly from Howard, but speaking to people who have graduated from Howard who have gone to do great things is really empowering. If you’re a change-agent, Howard is the place to be.”
  • “The history behind Howard and the sense of meaning you feel here.”
  • “You’re on your own and have to be independent, so you have to grow up quickly. That’s one of the biggest things I’ve learned here.”
  • “Howard is a great community of people. Howard people all share very similar struggles and experiences so it’s easy to talk to people and share common goals.”

To Not Attend

  • “Don’t come to Howard if you’re not willing to advocate for yourself.”
  • “Financial aid here can be difficult to work with.”
  • “It’s expensive.” [Total costs for the 2018-2019 year were about $45,000.]
  • “I don’t think you should come to Howard if you’re not the type of person that’s willing to fight for their education or stand for something. At times, students find ourselves having to self-advocate because Howard is not perfect.”
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