Voter Registration Information
The university encourages all students and employees, regardless of political affiliation, to participate in the electoral process and let your voices be heard.
This webpage contains information on how to register to vote in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and your home state, and it provides other useful information to help you navigate the voter registration process.
The Division of Student Affairs at Howard University serves a critical role in ensuring the education of the whole student and achieving the academic mission of the institution. The Division is committed to achieving this critical, educational role and to providing a wide array of operationally efficient and cutting edge programs and services that support students’ academic endeavors from orientation to graduation.
There are many experiences in life that encourage each student to grow. But it is the campus residential experience that opens their eyes to new insights and thoughts to promote positive character traits. Howard residences offer a variety of accommodations that reflect the diversity of our student population. You'll learn from each other and together you can broaden your college experiences. Residence Life also offers a number of academic support services and social activities.
Office of Residence Life Website
Meal Plans and Dining
The Dining Services of Howard University has worked hard to design a meal program guaranteed to meet your individual needs. You've got plenty on your mind: classes, sports, clubs, community service etc., so we've made it our goal to make sure that you won't have to worry about finding something great to eat when you want it. Check out the many exciting opportunities you have to use your meal plan and let us know what we can do to make it even better!
Meal Plan & Dining Website
Health & Safety
Student Health Center
The staff at the Howard University Student Health Center is committed to providing all students with health care that is
of high quality, safe, confidential and respectful. We are open to any comments and ideas that can assist us in improving the services we provide to you, the student. The Student Health Center is located in the Medical Arts Building 2139 Georgia Avenue NW, Suite 201 (second floor). The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should students have an emergency or need help after hours, they can also visit Howard University’s Hospital.
Student Health Center Website
Public Safety (Campus Police)
Alert HU Mass Notification The Department of Public Safety offers a variety of programs to alert and protect students, faculty and staff from harm. For your convenience, a list of some of these programs has been provided below:
- The Guardian Service
- Howard University Guardian Service is a personal safety service that allows members of the Howard University Community to connect with and be monitored safely by DPS University police (HU-DPS). HU-Guardian is activated by placing a Panic Call to University Police (HUPD) or by initializing a timer.
- How the timer works:
- Before traveling from one place to another, such as walking home at night, a user activates the Guardian timer on their mobile phone.
- If the timer expires (or the user initiates their HUGS Panic Call Button), HUPD is immediately notified with detailed case information.
- When the user reaches their destination safely, they deactivate their Guardian timer and HUPD is not alerted.
Alert-HU is the University's mass-notification system which allows the University to send time-sensitive notifications via voice, e-mail and text messaging.
In case of an emergency on or near campus, the following will be sent out immediately:
- An e-mail notification to the e-mail address you provided.
- A text message to the mobile phone you provided.
- In some cases, a voice message to the phone numbers you provided.
Notifications will be limited to emergencies involving events such as severe weather, building concerns, intruders and potential pandemics. The University will test the system periodically.
- Eyewitness enables a student, faculty or staff member to text a crime tip directly to the HU-DPS via their cell phones. This new text-based technology integrates with ALERT-HU and the HU GUARDIAN SERVICES.
- Campus Escort Service 202-806-6655
Transportation & Parking
For first-time students (freshman, transfers or graduate students), it is important to familiarize yourselves with the services provided on campus. Parking and Transportation Services is equipped with shuttle buses to transport you to and from your dorms, the Shaw/Howard metro-rail station and many other locations in and around campus. The office is located in the Administration Building Suite B-11. .
Parking & Transportation Website
Several opportunities exist for students to participate in spiritual and religious groups and organizations. For a complete listing of these organizations, click here. In addition Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel has historically served as a center for cultural and religious activities at the University. For more than a century, the prophetic call has been presented each week from the Chapel pulpit by some of the most distinguished American preachers and outstanding national and world leaders. For list of the scheduled chapel speakers please click here.
Rankin Memorial Chapel Webiste
Career Services (CEDAR)
Adhering to Howard University's core values of excellence, leadership, service and truth, the Center for Career Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) provides dynamic programs and services that educate and empower students and alumni to chart successful career paths with skill and confidence. Through innovative partnerships with global employers, the CEDAR Center uses a didactic approach to career and life planning that encourages constituent job seekers to be proactive, purposeful and persistent in their pursuit of success by engaging in career development activities that will equip them to make the transition from school to work as industry trailblazers and global leaders.
Career Services Website
University Counseling Services
The University Counseling Service (UCS) supports the mission of the University through delivery of psychological services, crisis intervention, clinical training, testing, research, and alcohol/drug prevention and education. The goal of UCS is to help students maximize their personal development and navigate through their academic challenges. The services are geared toward increasing self-understanding, autonomy and personal development. Upon referral, psychiatric services are also available. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Waking intake hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This center also provides service in Spanish, Korean and Russian.
University Counseling Services Website
All students attending the Howard University with a documented disabilitieswith documented disabilities are eligible and encouraged to register for services.
Disabled Students Website
Howard University is approved by the District of Columbia State Approving Agency for the enrollment of veterans, service personnel and dependents of deceased or disabled veterans who are eligible for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill. With the exception of VA-approved disabled veterans, all beneficiaries of educational benefits from the Veterans Administration are personally responsible for the payment of their bills to the University. These individuals should be financially prepared to pay tuition and fees at the time of registration each semester and to meet all living expenses until VA educational allowances (checks) are received (approximately 60 days). Services and/or assistance to G.I. Bill students studying at Howard University are available through this office.
Veteran Affairs Website
Student Life & Activities
The mission of this unit is to provide leadership in the development and sustained implementation of a student-centered community which supports the achievement of students' academic, career and personal goals while simultaneously promoting civility, respect and equity among members of the college community. The unit consists of the following offices: Blackburn University Center, Central Scheduling and Information, Intercultural Affairs, Intramurals and Recreation and Student Activities. In addition, the office serves as the general advisor to the Howard University Student Association (HUSA) and the School and College Student Councils.
International Student Services
- The mission of the International Student Services Office is to assist individual international students, faculty, staff members and their families by advising them on federal immigration, taxation and labor regulations, and by providing counseling on personal, academic, financial and social matters. For additional information please click here.
- The Howard University International Pals in an organization that was founded in 1986 by Dr Grace Ansah. Today tThe International -pPals stand as 32 active members from more than 10 different countries who live by the same dream of not only creating that "home away from home" for new incoming international students, but also to promote, highlight and educate the Howard community about the various cultures which populate and add to the unique experience of the University.
Caribbean Students Association
- The Howard University Caribbean Students Association (HUCSA), better known as CSA, is one of the largest and most diverse student organizations on campus. Our goal is to promote cultural awareness and recognition of Caribbean people within the University and the local community. Our membership is primarily comprised of Caribbean born nationals and students of Caribbean descent. HUCSA provides haven for those Caribbean-born members venturing into a foreign environment while introducing them to the unique nuances of the American way of life. In turn, we aim to diffuse our rich culture on campus, thus increasing awareness of regions outside of America. While we hope to gain much from our studies abroad, we vow to remain cognizant of our people and communities in need by giving back whenever possible. In short, the HUCSA aspires to educate, edify and enrich its members while providing relaxation and entertainment as only the Caribbean can.
African Students Association
- In accordance with the founding mission of this organization to promote the unity, progress and strength of students of African descent as well as those of non-African descent on campus, of Howard University African Students Association (HU ASA) - a member-driven association since its inception, has recorded great success in the achievement of its mission on the campus of Howard University and beyond. Armed with a combination of its prominence on campus, the exceptional character and intellectual competence of the African student body, and the various educational and socio-cultural programs organized by the HU ASA, the association has effectively presented Africa in good light, and dispelled the misconceptions and negative stereotypes that existed of Africa and continental Africans at Howard University. The association has also extended hands of friendship, and enhanced relationships between continental Africans and Africans in the Diaspora (which comprises mainly of Afro-Americans and Caribbean). These hands of friendship also include various community service programs organized by the HU ASA to improve the quality of life in our immediate neighborhood and beyond.
For more campus groups and organizations, please visit the Office of Student Activities. By linking to Student Life