The Howard University Alumni Association was founded by the University in 1964, when the Department of Alumni Affairs was also created. The Association and its constituent units advance the welfare of Howard University by establishing, encouraging and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship between the University, alumni, students, and friends. The Howard University Alumni Association is administered through the Department of Alumni Relations. Technical assistance is provided to the Association at both the national and local levels.
Through its deliberative bodies- the Alumni Council and its Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Alumni Achievement Awards Committee-the Association establishes policies and makes recommendations that occasionally result in policies adopted by the University's Board of Trustees.
Membership in the Association is open to all graduates and honorary degree recipients upon the payment of annual dues. Former students, who completed at least one year and withdrew in good standing, and non-graduates on the faculty and administrative staff may also join the Association upon application and approval by the Director of Alumni Relations.