Howard gets no (OK, a little, but for all intents and purposes nothing substantial) support from their alumni. They exist in a world dependent on operating funds from congress. I'm sorry, I also had to scoff at high academic standards and Howard being used in conjunction with each other. I know Howard's reputation, but the actual academic rigor comes no where close. I don't see UD, Nova, Lehigh or Lafayette competing at all with Howard for the same recruits. The institutional missions are completely different.