Pharmacy School Spotlight: A Pharmacy School in the Nation’s Capital – Howard University College of Pharmacy

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Washington DC. The globally popular and historic capital of the United States of America. Howard University College of Pharmacy is located in the heart of this great city and is the only pharmacy school located in the nation’s capital. According to their website, it was founded in 1867, with its roots beginning in the Department of Medicine, and later being differentiated into their own Department. A couple interesting excerpts from their “About” page:

“The mission of Howard University College of Pharmacy is to provide pharmacy education of excellent quality to students possessing high academic, scholarship, and leadership potential, with particular emphasis upon the recruitment, retention, and graduation of promising African American and other ethnically diverse minority students.”

 “The College of Pharmacy currently offers an entry-level four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program, a two-year post-B.S. Pharm.D. degree program, a Non-traditional Pharm.D. degree program, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences.”

Now that some basic information about the pharmacy school has been provided, let’s move on to some more interesting topics: Living in the great city of Washington DC! Attending Howard University College of pharmacy has the advantage of one exploring the sights and experiencing the fun activities in Washington DC. This city offers excellent public transportation provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) which oversees an extensive public transportation system (both subway and bus) within and around the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area. DC also has many alternative cheap bus providers such as the DC Circulator. Washington DC is also part of what is known locally as the DMZ: DC, Maryland, and Virginia because both Maryland and Virginia are adjacent to the city, and are a part of the WMATA public transportation system. Here are a couple helpful maps to help you understand how to navigate this great city:

Washington DC WMATA subway map

Howard University has its own subway stop (see arrow above), and is just a few exits from the famous National Mall, where many tourists travel to visit or view the numerous museums and sites such as the Air and Space Museum, the Washington Monument, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials, and many other tourist attractions. There are also many excellent private museums such as the Spy Museum, the Holocaust Museum, and the Bible Museum. You wouldn’t even need a car because the subway or even bus routes could take you even further outside of DC and into Maryland and Virginia.

DC Circulator Map and Information

The DC Circulator is a free alternative bus transportation system, distinct from WMATA, that offers frequent stops all around and within DC to many popular and frequently travelled areas.

According to, Howard University is very walkable with walk “walk scores.” Students have access to many restaurants, bars, entertainment destinations, and easy public transportation.

Howard University’s walkability map (above) is very green, indicating positive walking experiences.

Howard University if also very bikeable as indicated from the dense green zones.

Capital Bikeshare

Students at Howard University have access to cheap rental bikes to use to get around the city without having to store or own a bike. Capital Bikeshare is a company that makes bike rentals available in stations throughout the city and in Maryland and Virginia. They have a variety of pricing plans, whether one-time uses or subscriptions. Scooters are also available throughout the city from other companies.

There are so many ways to have fun in the city as a Howard University student such as getting involved in student organizations, attending school events, or even venturing to places outside the campus to explore the city or attractions. Some of these attractions include the newly renovated DC Southwest Wharf which holds many bars and restaurants with excellent views of the water, attending professional sporting events such as watching the great Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals hockey team, Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals baseball team, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards basketball team, the Washington Football team, and DC United Soccer teams. DC is also a foodie’s haven with many famous restauranteurs, such as Jose Andres, serving delicious cuisine.

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