Howard University in Washington, D.C. is the third largest HBCU in the country, and has been recognized as a top HBCU in college rankings. It was home to nearly 11,000 students in fall 2020, a 15% enrollment increase from the year before. The private research university was founded in 1867 and is known today for its excellence in STEM. The university serves a higher rate of graduate students than other HBCUs on this list with 3,000 enrolled in fall 2020.
At the bachelor's level, Howard students earn a median of nearly $52,000 at the 10 year mark after enrolling. The university is fairly selective, with an admission rate of 32% and an annual net price of $22,468. It serves fewer low-income students than other HBCUs with 44% of students receiving the Pell Grant. However, this number is still high compared to many predominantly white institutions.