Howard University accepts academic courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities as transfer credits. Upon receipt of a student’s official transcript(s)/examination results (and transfer course petition form for current students transferring college credits), transfer credits will be evaluated and processed by Howard University's Office of the Registrar. For more information on our credit hour assignment policy and articulation agreements, please also see the below PDF links. 

Prospective undergraduate transfer students, as well as first year applicants who have taken dual enrollment courses, who would like to request a preliminary evaluation to determine eligible transfer credits are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission at transfer@howard.edu. All email requests should include a legible PDF copy of your unofficial college transcript. Please note, only general education courses are evaluated as part of the preliminary evaluation. We generally encourage students who take courses outside of Howard to take non-major coursework, as these courses are most likely to be transferable. Moreover, where the course titles and course descriptions are similar, these courses are most likely to be transferable. You may find our major schemes via each program's website or in the university's undergraduate course catalog.


Graduate College Credits

Howard University will accept graduate transfer credits from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. Each school/college has specific eligibility criteria and stipulations for transfer credits. Please see the PDF link below for further details.


Undergraduate College Credits

Howard University will accept credits from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. Students must submit their official college transcript via mail or through an e-transcript system (to transfer@howard.edu -- highly preferred) to be officially considered for transfer credits. Current Howard University students seeking to take classes at another college/university must also ensure an approved Transfer Course Petition Form is on file to be eligible to receive transfer credits. 

  • Transfer courses must be of comparable content, academic level, and scope to the curricular offerings at Howard University

  • Credit hour(s) assignment to transfer courses will be semester credit hours. If the originating institution is other than the semester system, the appropriate conversion of credit hour (s) will take place by the Office of Enrollment Management.

  • Students must have earned a grade of “C” or higher in academic courses in order for the courses to be transferred to Howard University.

  • For transfer course credits that are discipline specific, the Office of the Registrar will request a review and assignment of the transfer credits by the specific discipline.

  • A maximum of 60 credit hours from an accredited institution can be transferred. (Note: Howard University requires that the last 30 credit hours for an undergraduate degree be taken at Howard University)

  • Credit hours are transferable to Howard University, not grades. Therefore, grades for academic courses transferred will not be included in the overall GPA of a student

  • All transcripts from international institutions (except pre-approved study abroad courses) must be evaluated by a current NACES member, and must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar via the respective agency.


Credit by Advanced Placement (AP) Examination

New students entering Howard University may receive course credit for academic courses completed in secondary schools under the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Board. 

  • AP score must be sent directly from the College Board to Howard University.  

  • AP credit hours are awarded by Howard University according to the Advanced Placement Chart.  

  • In each subject for which credit is sought, a minimum score of 4 is generally required (some subjects require scores of 3). 


Credit by International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination

Howard University will evaluate and award course credits for the International Baccalaureate Examination provided the below conditions are met. Only HL (High Level) examinations are accepted for transfer credit consideration. 

  • IB certificates must be submitted directly to Howard University via the examination agency.

  • IB credit hours are awarded by Howard University according to the International Baccalaureate Chart.

  • Generally, a score of 4 on the IB HL exam will result in credits being awarded for the first level of the course.

  • Generally, scores of 5, 6, or 7 will result in credits being awarded for the first and second levels of the course (e.g. A Biology HL score of 5, 6, or 7 will result in credits being awarded for BIOL 101 and 102) 


Credit by Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

Howard University will award transfer credits for scores ranging from 1-3; however, some departments may require a minimum score of 2 to receive the transfer credit for the CAPE examination  For transfer credit consideration, official CAPE certificates must be submitted directly to Howard University via CXC. CAPE credit hours are awarded by Howard University according to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination Chart.  


Credit by Cambridge/AQA/Edexcel A/AS-Level

Howard University will award transfer credits for grades of ‘C’ or better. For transfer credit consideration, official Cambridge/AQA/Edexcel certificates must be submitted directly to Howard University via the examination body. A/AS-Level credit hours are awarded by Howard University according to the Cambridge/AQA/Edexcel A/AS-Level Examination Chart