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The Howard University Hospital opened in 1975 
replacing the old Freedmen's Hospital. The 
$43-million, 500-bed facility is a six-story brick 
and glass structure standing on 9.39 acres. A 
primary vehicle for community outreach, it functions 
as a teaching hospital. The intraoperative 
radiotherapy department, which began at the 
hospital, remains the only completely integrated 
system of its kind in the world. The Cancer 
Center, adjacent to the hospital, is the only facility 
of its kind in the nation that conducts comprehensive 
research into cancer in black Americans.

In the spring of 1981, the University purchased 
the Harambee House Hotel, located near the 
main campus on Georgia Avenue. Now renamed 
The Howard Inn, this 160-room hotel 
features dining and dancing facilities, lounges, 
executive suites and a health club (including exercise 
equipment, saunas and an indoor swimming 
pool). The hotel serves as a training facility 
for students in a hotel administration program 
sponsored by the School of Business and Public 

The University's new five-million watt television 
station, WHMM-TV (Channel 32), is the first 
public educational television station owned by a 
predominantly black university. The University's 
commercial radio station, WHUR-FM (96.3), 
which reaches five states, has been broadcasting 
to the community for more than a decade 
and is a leading station in the Washington area.

In addition to serving the community by providing 
news and information unavailable elsewhere, 
both the radio and television stations operate 
as training laboratories for students in the 
School of Communications. WHBC radio, a carrier-current 
station, exclusively broadcasts to 
the University community. It too serves as a 
training laboratory for students. The station offers 
a combination of music, news and sports.

The $10-million Armour J. Blackburn University 
Center, which was opened in 1979, has become 
the center of activity on the main campus. 
Such facilities as a 140-seat cafeteria, a 
snack bar, a restaurant, a ballroom with a capacity 
of 1,500, 12 bowling lanes, an auditorium, 
lounge and study area, conference and recreation 
rooms, and a notions store attract a steady 
stream of students, faculty and staff. These 
facilities are also used by the Washington, D.C. 

Howard students have the opportunity to participate 
actively in the administration of the University 
through representation on the board of 
trustees and through a number of organizations 
under the umbrella of the Howard University 
Student Association. In addition, over 150 student 
organizations provide opportunities for 
community outreach and social interaction. 
These include seven religious organizations, 15 
University-wide organizations, 11 fraternities and 
sororities, 23 departmental clubs, 26 state and 
international clubs, 7 honor societies and 13 
professional organizations. newspaper, The Hilltop, 
is approximately 60 years old and is one of 
the largest black student newspapers.

The Howard Intercollegiate Athletic Program is 
achieving national prominence with its 15 varsity 
sports. Accomplishments include two national 
soccer championships (NAIA and NCAA 
Division I), NCAA Division I All-American status 
for the men's 1600-meter relay for the past 
three years and participation in the NCAA 
playoffs by the men's and women's basketball 

The University Libraries system includes Founders, 
the general library, and eight branches in 
three divisions. The three divisions and corresponding 
branches are: Humanities and Social 
Sciences (Architecture and Planning, Business 
and Public Administration, Divinity, Fine Arts, 
Social Work);Science and Technology; and the 
Health Sciences (including Pharmacy-The 
Health Sciences Annex). The new $7.4 million 
undergraduate library was dedicated in September, 
1983. The library will house some 400,000 
volumes. It is specifically tailored to meet the 
needs of undergraduate research. system exceed 
1,200,000 volumes and over 21,000 serial 

There are three special collections in the University 
Libraries system. The first, the Channing 
Pollock Theatre Collection, contains materials 
on the performing arts and documents the black 
experience in that area. The second, the Bernard 
Fall Southeast Asian Collection, is built 
around a nucleus of material on North and 
South Vietnam from the personal library of Dr. 
Bernard Fall, former Howard University professor 
and expert on Southeast Asia. The Fall Collection 
also documents the involvement of 
blacks in the Vietnam war. Finally, the Treasure 
Room in Founders Library contains several collections 
and individual items that are rare or 
otherwise valuable.

The world's most comprehensive collection of 
materials on Africa and persons of African descent 
is found in the Moorland-Spingarn Research 
Center, which consists of the Jesse E.
Moorland Collection, the Arthur B. Spingarn Collection, 
the Howard University Archives, and the 
Howard University Museum, which exhibits 
more than 150 articles, rare documents and illustrations 
from the United States, the Caribbean 
and Africa. The center's book collections 
focus on black life, literature, and history and include 
works by black authors from the sixteenth 
century to the present. The center has specialized 
reference, research, publications, manuscript, 
and photograph departments.

Howard boasts three art galleries: the James V. 
Herring Heritage Gallery, the James A. Porter 
Gallery of African-American Art, and the Student 


Howard University is located in the nation's 
capital, Washington,D.C.,a city of imposing national 
monuments, and educational, cultural and 
social diversity. As the political power center of 
the world, Washington provides unique opportunities 
for first-hand knowledge of the legislative 
process at work.


Included among the educational resources 
available in Washington are the Supreme Court, 
the National Archives, the Library of Congress, 
the National Institutes of Health, the Folger 
Shakespeare Library, the National Library of 
Medicine, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips 
Collection, the Museum of African Art, the 
Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute 
(Museum of Natural History, National Museum 
of History and Technology, National Air 
and Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery,
Freer Gallery, National Collection of Fine Art, 
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture 
Garden, and National Zoological Park).

Washington also offers many social and cultural 
opportunities through the John F. Kennedy Center 
for the Performing Arts, the Arena Stage, 
the National Symphony Orchestra, the National 
Theater, the Ford Theater, and smaller theaters. 
A variety of music and international dishes may 
be sampled in the city's bustling clubs, halls, 
and restaurants, and professional sports may 
be viewed at the Capitol Center and the Robert 
F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. Howard belongs 
to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington 
Metropolitan Area, which includes Georgetown, 
George Washington, Catholic, and 
American Universities; Gallaudet, Mount Vernon, 
and Trinity Colleges; and the University 
of the District of Columbia. The consortium members 
cooperate to share their facilities and give 
students at any of the member universities the 
opportunity to take courses not offered by their 
own college or university. The courses available 
under the consortium plan are almost unlimited, 
but tutorial study, private instruction in such 
courses as music or art, and courses in preparation 
for passing the language requirement for 
graduate degrees are excluded. Also, language 
courses do not include intermediate French, 
German, Russian, or Spanish. 

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