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 at Fields of Study. Please browse all our major programs and research the programs you are most interested in. You have two preferred major choices; thus, 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 choice. 

  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 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 application.

  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 eTranscript system etc.) of documents is preferred. All non FTIC applicants may submit their transcripts electronically (if the college/university has an eTranscript system), or 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 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. If you cannot submit any of your documents electronically (for example: your college transcript), please mail these items to the address provided below.

Office of Admission

Howard University

2400 Sixth Street NW

Washington, DC 20059

  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.  

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 eDeposits tab at the top of the page.

  3. On the Make Deposit Payments for Term page, select Fall 2019 from the drop-down menu.

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

Submit your Final Transcript

All students who have paid their enrollment fee must submit their final high school transcript to the university when it is available. Domestic and international students may have their counselor submit their high transcript via Common App/Naviance, fax, or via mail. Domestic and international students FTICs who would like to transfer AP, IB, dual/college credits must submit their transcripts to our office directly from the issuing institution. 

Prepare for Your Arrival

  • On Campus Housing is mandatory for all freshmen and sophomores. Please complete the Residence Life Housing Application  (Fall 2019 form not yet available) and submit the form by the established deadline.  For more information on Residence Life please click here

  • All students entering a school or college of the University for the first time are required to submit a completed Report of Medical History, proof of immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases as required by the District of Columbia Immunization Law, and University Policy, and tuberculosis screening. For a complete list of the medical documentations please click here.

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 June 30th 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 20th (for Spring applicants) or July 30th (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.

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.