Since its founding in 1867, Howard University has served as a national role model and institutional leader in educating groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. As the nation’s premier HBCU, categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high activity, Howard has a sustained commitment to providing academic and research training for its students. In April of 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has once again ranked Howard University as the top producer of African-American bachelor’s degree recipients who subsequently earned science and engineering doctoral degrees in the United States. Howard led the country with 220 African American doctoral recipients in science and engineering from 2002-2011. Howard is located in the heart of Washington, DC, in close proximity to the White House, the Capitol, The National Institutes of Health, Library of Congress, and many of the cultural and historic institutions.