Howard University breaks record with 37,000 applicants for freshman class

Getting into Howard University’s class of 2028 may be harder this year. The HBCU announced it has received a record-breaking 37,000 applicants.

The influx of interested students also led to a lower acceptance rate, now between 30 and 32 percent for this year’s cohort. This is down from the 36% during 2023’s application pool, as reported by Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop.

However, the numbers for the average GPA among the accepted students remained relatively the same. Their grades ranged from 3.58 to 3.65, the latter being the average for last year.

Student test scores continued to trend at the same pace. On average, accepted students showcased scores of 1120 to 1130 for the SAT, a slight dip from last year’s 1167; this year’s average ACT score of between 23 and 24 held steady.

The number of students applying to Howard has steadily increased over the years. The HBCU assumed that its high-profile alumni, especially Vice President Kamala Harris, contributed to the rise. Fortunately for interested high schoolers, Howard intends to bring in as many students as possible for the university’s operations. Their current “Howard Forward” plan also includes goals to increase enrollment.