Howard University has an enduring commitment to the education and advancement of underrepresented populations in America and the global community. Howard's unique mission represents an unwavering commitment to its core values of leadership, excellence, truth and service. In 2017, Howard celebrated its sesquicentennial: the 150th anniversary of its establishment in 1867.

Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, its undergraduate, graduate, professional and joint degree programs span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and colleges. One of those schools is the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, which houses the Department of Media, Journalism and Film created by combining programs from Howard's two ACEJMC-accredited Departments of Journalism and of Radio, Television and Film.

The Department has award-winning, internationally and nationally renowned filmmakers, journalists, media producers, documentarians, and research scholars among its faculty and has strong ties with major communications organizations. NABJ ranked Howard's journalism program as number one in the nation.

The latest news from Howard includes alums and screenwriting partners Faraday Okoro and Andrew Long winning a $1 million pitch award from AT&T's "Untold Stories" program and the Tribeca Film Institute to take their screenplay, "Nigerian Prince," from script to screen. In March 2017, Howard University also announced in partnership with Google the launch of Howard West, a three-month, summer Computer Science residency for rising juniors and seniors in the University's Computer Science program. The residency includes a dedicated workspace on Google's Mountain View campus and a stipend to cover housing and other expenses in Silicon Valley.