Steps for Undergraduate Applicants

  1. 1) Determine Course of Study or Academic Program Interest

​A detailed list of all of our undergraduate majors can be found on our Fields of Study webpage. Please browse all our major programs and research the programs you are most interested in. You have two preferred major choices; thus, please ensure your first preference is your top choice. You may not be able to change your major for at least one semester if you are admitted. Hence, please ensure you put considerable thought into your major choices. 

  1. 2) Check Requirements

Please see Domestic Admission or International Admission for all application requirements. Please also note the Dates and Deadlines associated with each admission application type. 

  1. 3) Apply

First Time in College (FTIC) and Transfer applicants may only apply via the Common Application. All other undergraduate applicants (Former Student Returning, Summer, Unclassified & Visiting) must submit the Howard University Online Application

PLEASE NOTE: International Students cannot apply as Summer, Unclassified, or Visiting students. Moreover, international applicants cannot be “undecided” or “undeclared”; therefore, a major must be declared upon applying for admission.

  1. 4) Submit Required Documents

​All admission documents must be received before a decision can be rendered. All required documents can be viewed under Domestic Admission or International Admission. Unless otherwise noted, electronic submission (i.e. via Common App, an e-transcript system etc.) of documents is preferred. All non-FTIC applicants may submit their transcripts electronically, if the college/university has an e-transcript system. If your school does not have an e-transcript system, please submit a copy of your official college transcript(s) via mail. 

FTIC and transfer applicants are encouraged to have their counselors and recommenders submit their required documents and forms via the Common Application. We do not generally accept supporting documents submitted by applicants.

All test scores, fee waivers, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the respective testing agency, counselor/designated school official, evaluation agency, or recommender. Unless otherwise noted, items are not accepted via email or via fax.

  1. 5) Application Processing

Once your Common Application/Howard University Online Application and required documents have been submitted, your application will be processed and an admission decision will be made. If there are any missing documents, you may be contacted via email to provide them before an admission decision is made. 

If you applied via the Common Application, you may check to see if your counselor and recommender(s) have submitted the required items via the 'Recommenders & FERPA' (first year) or 'Check Status' (transfer) areas.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that you provide an email address that you check frequently. While you may use a school email address, a personal email is preferred. Please also ensure that your mailbox is not full, and to check your junk emails if you are expecting an email from us. 


Offer of Admission

If you are accepted, you will be sent an acceptance offer via email. If you are a First Time in College applicant, you will also be sent an acceptance package to the mailing address you provided. To protect its character and standards of scholarship, the University reserves the right, and the applicant concedes to the University the right, to deny admission to any student at any time for any reason the University deems sufficient. Our admission committee holistically reviews each application, and renders a final decision. As such, under most circumstances, admission decisions cannot be appealed. 

Accept your Offer

Students confirm their intent to enroll at Howard University by paying the required $300 non-refundable Enrollment Fee. By paying this fee you accept your admittance to Howard University. This is an out-of-pocket student expense that should be paid as soon as you receive your acceptance letter. Student loans or any other financial award money cannot be applied to pay this fee.  This fee must be paid before a student can matriculate at Howard University. Accepted students can pay the $300 enrollment fee here. The steps have been provided below for your convenience:

  1. Enter your Student Identification Number including the ‘@’ symbol; (Ex. @012345678) and PIN (six-digit DOB in the MMDDYY format) in the Students and Staff area.

  2. Select the Deposits tab at the top of the page.

  3. Beside Select a term, select the appropriate semester from the drop-down menu.

  4. Select the appropriate deposit from the drop-down menu beside Select a deposit.

  5. Follow the prompts through the payment, print the confirmation page and retain for your records this record.

Attend Virtual Accepted Student Day

Accepted Students Day provides first year students and their families an opportunity to explore our campus, ask questions, and get a taste of Howard's campus culture before enrolling as a freshman in the fall. Please visit the Accepted Student Day website for all details related to the event. 

Submit your Final Transcript

All first year students who have paid their enrollment fee must submit their final high school transcript (with their graduation date) to the university by July 1, 2020. Domestic and international students may have their counselor submit their high transcript via Common App/Naviance (as a Final Report), or via email ( Enrolled students who would like to transfer AP, IB, dual/college credits must submit their official college transcripts to our office directly from the issuing institution via an e-transcript system (e.g. National Student Clearinghouse), if available.

Prepare for Your Arrival

Log into your Bison Email

Bison Email is the official email for Howard University. You can access your login  information from BisonWeb (generally between 2-5 business days after you have enrolled), under Personal information and View Email Address. All Howard communication will be sent to your Bison Email.

Apply for Housing

On Campus Housing is mandatory for all freshmen and sophomores. If you wish to live on campus, please submit the $50 housing fee (non-refundable) by following the steps below.

  1. Log into the Epay website using your BisonWeb credentials.

  2. Click on “Deposits” in the top banner options

  3. Beside Select a term, select Fall 2020 from the drop-down menu.

  4. Select Housing Deposit from the drop-down menu beside Select a deposit.

  5. Follow the prompts through the payment, print the confirmation page and retain for your records.

Once you have submitted your housing application fee, you will be invited to apply for housing by the Office of Residence Life starting in late April. In the interim, please view our residence hall room ratesfrequently asked questions and policies for on-campus housing here! 

Submit your Medical/Immunization Records

All Fall incoming students are required to submit medical/immunization records by July 1, 2020. Once you have paid the enrollment fee and have been assigned an HU email account (available up to a week after you have paid the enrollment fee) and student ID number, please log onto Med+Proctor and set  up your account at There is a one-time $10 fee to utilize the service. 


  1. Register-Visit  and click "register" to start a new account. Search and select Howard University to get started and follow the directions to register a new account. 

  2. Download- Fill out any required personal, medical or insurance information. Download the required forms and follow directions provided.

  3. Upload- Log back into your Med+Proctor account and upload a copy of your forms. Make sure your forms are complete and legible. You will receive an email confirmation once the forms have been reviewed.

You must download the Med+Proctor medical forms and take them to your medical provider. Be sure all forms are filled out completely, including dates and signatures. You can then upload your forms to the Med+Proctor site. Do not bring, fax or email any medical forms to the Student Health Center. All of your documents must be uploaded to Med+Proctor. With this format, you can even upload clear pictures directly from your smart phone.

Deferment Policy

Freshman applicants who have been offered admission to Howard University may request to defer their enrollment for up to one year. All first year deferment requests will need to be completed by July 1 of each year. Please note, if the student does not enroll in the subsequent academic year and would like to attend Howard University in the future, a new application will need to be submitted by the established deadline for admission consideration.  To complete the deferment process, please send an email to indicating your reason for deferment, what you will be doing during the gap period, and your preferred entry term.

Transfer applicants who have been offered admission to Howard University may request to defer their enrollment for one semester. These deferment requests will need to be completed by January 1 (for Spring applicants) or August 1 (for Fall applicants) of each year.  If the student does not enroll in the subsequent semester, a new application will need to be filed for admission consideration. To complete the deferment process, please send an email to indicating your reason for deferment, and what you will be doing during the gap period.

Deferment requests are not accepted for any other undergraduate admission applications. 

Safety Notice

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the University compiles an Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report that includes safety and security policies, procedures and information for each of the University campuses. The report includes policies related to alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, missing student notifications, and fire safety policies. The report also includes a compilation of statistics over the past three years for crimes that are reported and occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, or property owned or controlled by the University or an officially recognized student organization, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes statistics for the past three years regarding fires in University residence halls. The University encourages all current and prospective students, parents, staff, faculty, and employees to review this report. Electronic copies of the report can be accessed and downloaded from the Department of Public Safety website: To request a hard copy of the report, please visit the HU-DPS Headquarters at 2244 10th Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington D.C. 20059, or call 202-806-1132.