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   The world's largest and most comprehensive university with a predominantly African-American enrollment, Howard University is a research-oriented, historically Black private university. Founded by Congress in 1867, it is named after General Oliver O. Howard, a Civil War hero, who was both a founder of the University and, at the time, Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau.

   Early on Howard achieved widespread recognition as a university committed to educating newly emancipated slaves and their descendants, and from generation to generation it has played a unique role in African American culture and life, and in the affairs of the nation and the world. One of only a few predominantly Black institutions that offer Ph.D. degrees, the university has its own law, divinity, social work, dentistry, and medical schools, it is one of only seventy universities -- and the only one in Washington, D.C. -- to be designated a Level One Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


   Today's Howard students, 12,000 undergrad and 10,000-plus graduate and professional students, of which 86% are African American--have a very active student life. There are more than 150 campus clubs and organizations including sports clubs, music groups, honor and professional societies, religious organizations, fraternities, sororities, school and departmental clubs, international student organizations, and more, in addition to a choir, jazz ensemble, university-operated public television station (WHMM-TV), university-operated radio stations (WHUR-FM and WHBC-AM), and their award-winning newspaper, The Hilltop.

   Four out of five of Howard's 2,000-plus faculty hold doctoral or professional degrees, and many have distinguished themselves for their groundbreaking research on topics such as cancer, sickle cell anemia, laser chemistry, African-American literature, drama, slavery, and national and international politics.


   During the past few years Howard has established major research centers, institutes, and special programs encompassing the African-American Resource Center, Center for Disability and Socioeconomic Policy Studies, Center for Sickle Cell Disease, Child Development Center, Computational Science and Engineering Research Center, Howard University Air Force Future Aerospace, Science and Technology Center, and university Cancer Center.


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