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About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern, and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.
The University's motto Veritas et Utilitas, Truth and Service, represents a key part of our identity. The more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students dedicate hundreds of hours each year to service in nearby LeDroit Park, around the nation and far-flung places around the world. Over the U.S. Peace Corps' 50-year history, more than 200 Howard graduates have served as volunteers around the globe, the highest number among historically-Black colleges. In 2012, a Howard senior who led Engineers Without Borders service projects in Kenya and Brazil was named a White House "Champion of Change."
The University remains committed to further enhancing its strategic positioning as one of the top research universities in the nation. As we approach our sesquicentennial in 2017, we are uniquely positioned to have the next 150 years as glorious as the past.