Howard University Ranks Highly Among Nation’s Best and Most Affordable Colleges

Howard University Ranks Highly Among Nation’s Best and Most Affordable Colleges

WASHINGTON – Howard University is being recognized for its affordability and academic excellence by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s annual college guide places Howard University at No. 41 on its list of Best Value Schools, an 89-spot improvement from a year ago. 

According to U.S. News, the total cost of undergraduate attendance at Howard University actually fell slightly to $43,720. Howard University enrolled a greater percentage of students receiving need-based aid, fulfilling its mission of providing high-quality education to students who are talented and financially deserving.

“An individual’s socioeconomic status should not preclude talented students from obtaining a higher education,” says Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D. “Howard University has a high population of Pell Eligible students, and we are committed to helping them succeed through a variety of focused tutoring programs and grant opportunities.”

The guide places Howard University at No. 83 in its list of Best National Universities. National universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates. Last year, Howard University posted its biggest gain in years, moving up 24 spots to No. 80.

U.S. News uses a variety of factors to build its rankings, including first-year student retention, graduation rates, strength of the faculty and alumni giving. The strong performance aligns with the University’s Howard Forward 2024 strategic plan to enhance academic excellence through focused programs to increase retention and graduation rates.

Howard was recognized for excellence in a number of major categories by U.S. News this year.  In its listing of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs, Howard University soared to No. 84, moving up 32 spots from last year. Additionally, the magazine recognized Howard in other categories, including:

Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs: No. 96 out of 694 programs on the list.

Most Innovative Schools: No. 40 (up 18 spots from last year)

Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs: No. 110 (up 11 spots from last year)

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs: No. 96 out of 210 programs nationwide (up six spots from a year ago)

The U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best colleges and universities consider the following categories: undergraduate academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. For more information about the U.S. News & World Report’s national university rankings, visit

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges in Washington D.C. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Howard University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit