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First Time in College

Our application for Fall 2021 entry will open via the Common Application in August. Please stay tuned for further updates.

A student who has never been admitted to a degree program at Howard University or any other post-secondary institution of higher education is considered a First Time in College (FTIC) student. We consider the applicant's secondary school academic record, standardized college entrance exams (SAT or ACT), leadership in school and community activities, unique talents and skills, and educational objectives. For admission consideration, an applicant should have a well-balanced college preparatory program that includes the following recommended course work: 

  • 4 years English  

  • 3 years mathematics 

  • 2 years social science 

  • 2 years science (w/lab) 

  • 2 years foreign language

As of August 2018, we no longer offer Spring entry for FTIC applicants. First Time in College applicants have the opportunity to submit an application for Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision. To learn more about our admission process, please view our Freshman Application Guide!

  • • Early Decision (ED) is a binding admission plan that is designed for students whose first choice is Howard University. ED applicants may apply to other colleges/universities while we review their applications, but may only apply to one college/university early decision. In general, if an ED applicant is offered admission to Howard, he/she must withdraw all other college applications. However, ED applicants seeking financial aid need not withdraw other applications until they have received notification about financial aid.

  • • Early Action (EA) is a nonbinding admission plan. EA allows high achieving students the opportunity to receive their admission decision early in the admissions process. EA acceptance decisions are provided to students in December. Scholarships are also awarded at this time for all accepted Early Action & Early Decision applicants that meet the specific requirements. EA and ED applicants with incomplete applications after November 15th will be moved to the regular decision applicant pool.

  • • Regular Decision (RD) is a nonbinding admission plan. Under our RD admission plan, students are provided with an admission decision by early April. RD applicants with incomplete applications after March 1 will not be able to receive an admission decision. Thus, we do encourage all RD applicants to submit their admission items by our posted document deadline.

Domestic ​students must submit their applications (along with the optional writing supplement) and supporting documents (test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts etc.) by the following dates.

Application Type

Application Deadline

Document Deadline

Notification Date

Early Decision

November 1, 2019

November 15, 2019

By mid-December

Early Action

November 1, 2019

November 15, 2019

By mid-December

Regular Decision

February 15, 2020

March 1, 2020

By early April

NOTE: All applicants to the Theatre Arts program must submit their application by November 1, 2019.

The following items are required for first year admission consideration:

  1. 1. Application for Admission via the Common Application.  

  2. 2. Non-refundable $45 application fee. Payment is made via the Common App (personal checks are not accepted). If paying the application fee may cause you and your family to face unusual financial hardship, we will accept the Common App fee waiver. If you will be using a fee waiver, please ensure your counselor submits the required Common Application fee waiver affirmation via Common App or via email (if 'Offline' submission is selected). No other fee waiver form is required.

  3. 3. Official high school transcript submitted by your counselor/designated school official via Common App/Naviance or Parchment. If your counselor is unable to submit your official transcript via Common App/Naviance/Parchment, he/she/they may submit it directly to us via email at admission@howard.edu. Please note, mid year reports are not required for admission.

  4. 4. Official SAT (school code – 5297) or ACT scores (school code - 0674). Only official scores submitted via the testing agency will be considered. Score reports from school counselors and scores on transcripts will not be considered. The essay section is not required for either exam. October is the last test date that will be considered for early action & early decision applicants. December is the last test date that will be considered for regular decision applicants. Scores submitted after these test dates will not be considered. Finally, we do not superscore the ACT exam.

  5. 5. One letter of recommendation from a high school counselor submitted by your counselor via Common App/Naviance. If your counselor is unable to submit your letter via the application system, he/she/they may submit it directly to us via email at admission@howard.edu. You may not submit your recommenders' letter(s) on their behalf.

  6. 6. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher submitted by your teacher via Common App/Naviance. If your teacher is unable to submit your letter via the application system, he/she/they may submit it directly to us via email at admission@howard.edu. You may not submit your recommenders' letter(s) on their behalf.

Financial Aid

Domestic students must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial assistance. For detailed instructions on how to submit the FAFSA, please visit the Student Financial Services' webpage. For DACA students, please complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA - available October 1, 2019)Students must submit their FAFSA/ISFAA form by the corresponding application deadline (EA/ED- November 1; RD- February 15). Please see the Cost of Attendance page for more information.

 

Transfer Student

This page has been updated to reflect our updated admission process, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note, we do not encourage students to submit items via mail at this time. If you have mailed items to our office recently (within the last two weeks), please contact us via email at transfer@howard.edu for further details on your submission. (Last update: April 1, 2020)

Each year, we welcome hundreds of talented transfer students from institutions throughout the nation and the world. Transfer applicants are students who have completed academic studies at another college or university after graduating from high school. Howard University will accept up to 60 transferable credit hours. Transfer admission criteria vary among Howard University's schools and colleges. However, as a transfer applicant, you must meet the following minimum requirements for admission consideration:

  • • Earned 15 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

  • Earned a 2.5 cumulative GPA  and received a passing grade of C or better in both a college-level English and college-level Math course (C or better in Applied Calculus or Calculus I for the School of Business is preferred).

If you have not met the minimum requirements for transfer admission, we will not be able to render a decision on your application. For example, if you are applying for Fall entry and will not earn the minimum required credits/GPA until after our application deadline, you will not be eligible for Fall admission. Your best alternative would be to apply for Spring entry. Unofficial transcripts or Common App transfer reports cannot be used to render an admission decision. Fall grades not yet earned by November 15 will not be considered for Spring entry. Grades not earned by June 1 will not be considered for Fall entry.​​ To learn more about our admission process, please view our Transfer Applicant Guide!

Domestic transfer ​students must submit their applications and supporting documents (official transcripts and letters of recommendation) by the following dates.

Application Type

Application Deadline

Document Deadline

Notification Date

Regular Decision- Spring

October 31, 2019

November 15, 2019

By mid-December

Regular Decision- Fall

April 30, 2020

June 1, 2020

March through mid-June

 

Applicants must complete and submit the following:

  1. 1. Application for Admission via the Common Application. Common App reports (College Report, Mid Year Report, and Final Report) are not required

  2. 2. Non-refundable $45.00 application fee. Payment is made via Common App (personal checks are not accepted). This application fee cannot be waived. 

  3. 3. One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts may be mailed or submitted via an e-Transcript system (e.g. Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse). Please note, electronic delivery (through an e-Transcript system) is highly preferred. If asked for the recipient’s email address, please provide transfer@howard.edu. If your school does not have an e-Transcript system, please mail your transcript to the Common App Centralized Transcript Service (see My Application -> Academic History -> Colleges Attended, for detailed instructions). If mailed to the Common App Centralized Transcript Service, upon receipt and processing, your transcript status can be viewed via the Common Application.

  4. 4. One letter of recommendation from a professor or an academic advisor submitted via Common App (upon assigning them as a recommender). If your recommender is unable to submit your letter via the application system, he/she/they may submit it directly to us via email at transfer@howard.edu. You may not submit your recommenders' letter(s) on their behalf.

 

Financial Aid

Domestic students must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial assistance. For detailed instructions on how to submit the FAFSA, please visit the Student Financial Services' webpage. For DACA students, please complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA - available October 1, 2019)Students must submit their FAFSA/ISFAA form by the corresponding application deadline (Spring- October 31; Fall- April 30). Please see the Cost of Attendance page for more information.

 

Former Student Returning

This page has been updated to reflect our updated admission process, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note, we do not encourage students to submit items via mail at this time. If you have mailed items to our office recently (within the last two weeks), please contact us via email at admission@howard.edu for further details on your submission. (Last update: March 23, 2020)

A student who was pursuing a degree at Howard University, who has not been registered at the University for the previous semester, and who wishes to return to the same school/college, department, and degree program. In general, Former Students Returning are readmitted to the last school in which they were enrolled at Howard University. Applicants must submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended since last enrolled at Howard to the Office of Admission. Transcripts should be submitted via an e-Transcript system if available. If your former school does not have an e-Transcript system, you may submit an unofficial transcript via email to us at admission@howard.edu. All students will be required to submit their official transcript(s) at a later date. Upon receipt of an official transcript, credit will be awarded for those courses taken that are comparable to courses offered at Howard University in which the student has earned a grade of C or better. Generally, students seeking readmission must submit the Undergraduate Returning Student Application no less than 30 days prior to the start of the semester to which they are seeking readmission. 

Our Fall 2020 application will close on July 20, 2020.

Before readmission is granted, students who are absent from the University for the following reasons must fulfill the corresponding requirements by the application deadline:

  • • Withdrawn for health reasons - Clearance from the University Student Health Center must be obtained, correspondence should be directed to the Administrator, University Student Health Center, 2139 Georgia Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 20059. Proof of clearance should be provided to the Office of Admission.

  • • Suspended or dropped for poor scholarship - Requests for readmission must be initiated at least 60 days prior to the start of the semester. Such persons must appeal in writing to the dean of the college or school from which they were dismissed; and must have been out of school for at least one semester after having been suspended. Approval from the school/college must be received in the Office of the Registrar before readmission can be granted. Students are encouraged to consult with the advising unit within your school/college to discuss readmission. Students should also remain aware of their Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status as it relates to receiving Financial Aid. A separate appeal process is required for students who are not meeting SAP. 

  • • Disciplinary suspension and/or withdrawal - Readmission may be sought for any period following expiration of the suspension period. Approval must be received from the Dean of Special Student Services to the Office of Admission before readmission can be granted. 

You must also lift all holds on your account before you are able to be readmitted. To view your holds, please log into BisonWeb and click 'Student Records' and/or 'Student Accounts' -> 'View Holds' via the Student Services tab.

Visiting Student

A student who is currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a different institution who wishes to enroll at Howard for one academic year or less. Our Fall 2020 application closed on February 15, 2020. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting additional applications at this time.

Applicants must complete and submit the following:

  1. 1. Application for Admission (Howard University Online Application).

  2. 2. Non-refundable $45 application fee.

  3. 3. An official transcript with at least a 2.50 GPA. Transcripts may be submitted via an e-Transcript system (to admission@howard.edu) if available. If your school does not have an e-Transcript system, please submit a copy of your unofficial transcript via email to admission@howard.edu. You will be required to submit your offiical transcript at a later date.

  4. 4. An official letter of permission from the student’s home school. The letter should include the student’s GPA and a list of courses the student is authorized to take at Howard. This letter may be sent via mail or via email to admission@howard.edu. Applications will not be processed until such letter is received.

 

Unclassified Student

This page has been updated to reflect our updated admission process, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note, we do not encourage students to submit items via mail at this time. If you have mailed items to our office recently (within the last two weeks), please contact us via email at admission@howard.edu for further details on your submission. (Last update: March 23, 2020)

A non-matriculating student who wishes to complete courses during the Spring or Fall semester. Typically students who require completion of prerequisite courses to begin a specific course of study are considered unclassified. Our Fall 2020 application will close on July 1, 2020.

Applicants must complete and submit the following:

  1. 1. Application for Admission (Howard University Online Application).

  2. 2. Non-refundable $45 application fee.

  3. 3. One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts may be submitted via an e-Transcript system (to admission@howard.edu) if available. If your school does not have an e-Transcript system, please submit a copy of your unofficial transcript via email to admission@howard.edu. You will be required to submit your offiical transcript at a later date.

  4. 4. Personal Statement detailing your reason for seeking unclassified admission. Your essay may be sent via mail or via email to admission@howard.edu.

 

Summer Student-At-Large

A non-matriculating student who is applying to attend the summer semester only. Our Summer 2020 application closed April 15, 2020. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting additional applications at this time.

Applicants must complete and submit the following:

  1. 1. Application for Admission (Howard University Online Application).

  2. 2. Non-refundable $45 application fee.

  3. 3. One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts may be submitted via an e-Transcript system (to admission@howard.edu) if available. If your school does not have an e-transcript system, please submit a copy of your unofficial transcript via email to admission@howard.edu. You will be required to submit your offiical transcript at a later date.

  4. 4. Personal Statement detailing your reason for seeking summer admission. Your essay may be sent via email to admission@howard.edu.