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How does Howard University's reputation impact admissions?

So Howard is one of the top HBCUs and I'm kinda anxious about applying. Do you think Howard's status as a high-profile HBCU makes the admissions process more competitive, or does it more come down to individual achievements?

7 months ago

Indeed, Howard's reputation does contribute to its selectivity, as it attracts a large number of applicants, which leads to a more competitive admissions process since there are only so many spots in each class. What that means is that, unfortunately, no matter how strong your profile is it's hard to guarantee 100% that you'll be accepted at Howard.

However, rest assured that your individual achievements do matter very much—they're how Howard decides which of their talented applicants are ultimately going to be accepted. The university will look at your academic record, extracurricular activities, and personal statements to assess your fit for their institution. Showcasing your personal strengths, community engagement, and intellectual curiosity will be key aspects of your application. If you have specific strengths or experiences that align with the university's values and goals, make sure to highlight those in your application.

Remember, while Howard's status may create a competitive applicant pool, have confidence in your individual profile—just ensure you're clearly communicating the unique qualities you have that make you a perfect fit for the school!

If you'd like to know more about your personal chances of acceptance at Howard, you can check

out CollegeVine's free chancing engine: https://www.collegevine.com/admissions-calculator. It takes into account your grades, course rigor, extracurriculars, test scores (if you have them), and so on to give you an exact likelihood of being accepted that reflects how well your profile aligns with those of past accepted students. You can also tweak various elements of your profile to see how much, for example, an extra AP class or two would boost your odds.

Good luck with your application, and remember that each part of your application is an opportunity to show why you would be a great fit for Howard!

7 months ago

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