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First Time in College

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. This also includes dual enrollment students who have not yet graduated from high school. 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

 

Admission Plans

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. 

  1. • 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.

  2. • 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.

  3. • 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.

 

Admission Dates & Deadlines Summary

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, 2020

November 15, 2020

By mid-December

Early Action

November 1, 2020

November 15, 2020

By mid-December

Regular Decision

February 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

By mid-April

NOTE: All applicants to the Theatre Arts program must submit their application by November 1, 2020.

 

Admission Checklist

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 (highly preferred). 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 mail (not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). You may not submit your school transcript via email. 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. February is the last test date that will be considered for regular decision applicants. Scores submitted after these test dates will not be considered. 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 (highly preferred). If your counselor is unable to submit your letter via the application system, he/she/they may submit it directly to us via mail (not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). 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 (highly preferred). If your teacher is unable to submit your letter via the application system, he/she/they may submit it directly to us via mail (not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). You may not submit your recommenders' letter(s) on their behalf. 

Mailing Address: Office of Admission, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059

 

Additional Program Specific Requirements

Art

All prospective Studio Art majors must submit a slide portfolio of 12-15 images and videos of original creative works. No more than 2-3 views of any one work should be included. Both digital and physical portfolios are accepted but online submissions are highly preferred. To submit electronically, applicants should use the Slideroom.com portfolio submission portal. To submit physical portfolios, please mail to: Department of Art, Division of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University, 2455 Sixth Street NW, Washington, DC 20059. For more information, visit art.howard.edu

Theatre Arts

Prospective Theatre Arts majors must fulfill an audition, portfolio, and/or interview requirement as evidence of their ability to successfully pursue college-level work in their desired concentrations. For more information, visit theatrearts.howard.edu. Please note, all Theatre Arts applicants must submit their application for admission by November 1. Admission into the Dance program at Howard is by audition and invitation only. Prospective majors must complete an intensive dance placement audition. An interview with the Dance faculty will follow the audition. For more information, visit theatrearts.howard.edu/audition

Music

All prospective Music majors must present a successful voice or instrument audition, which is scheduled by appointment only. DVDs or CDs will be accepted from applicants who are unable to audition in-person. For more information, visit music.howard.edu/academics/undergraduate/auditions

NOTE: Students who apply to the above programs are granted conditional admission into Howard University pending their portfolio/audition results. To gain full admission, students must complete and receive a favorable decision from the respective Fine Arts department. Students who have not been admitted into the above programs at the department level may choose an alternate major if granted admission into the university. As such, we do implore all prospective fine arts students to give deep consideration to their second major preference. 

Architecture & Design Studies

A portfolio of creative works must be submitted to the department for consideration. The portfolio should include a minimum of one and a maximum of three examples of creative expression in graphic, written or audiovisual form. All portfolios should be submitted to CEA_Architecture@Howard.edu. For more information, visit arch.cea.howard.edu/admissions

 

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, 2020). Scholarship awards take into consideration students' need and merit achievements. Students must submit their FAFSA/ISFAA form by the corresponding application deadline; that is, November 1 for Early Action/Decision, and February 15 for Regular Decision. Please see the Cost of Attendance page for more information.

 

Transfer & Second-Degree Student

Each year, we welcome hundreds of talented transfer and second-degree 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. Second degree applicants are students who have already received an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree from Howard or another college/university. Howard University will accept up to 60 transferable credit hours.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

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.​​ 

 

Admission Dates & Deadlines Summary

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, 2020

November 15, 2020

By mid-December

Regular Decision- Fall

April 30, 2021

June 1, 2021

March through mid-June

NOTE: All applicants to the Dental Hygiene program must submit their application by February 15, 2021.

 

Admission Checklist

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). 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. Transcripts that have not been submitted to the Common App Centralized Transcript Service will not be visible via the 'Check Status' area on the Common App. 

  4. 4. One letter of recommendation from a professor or an academic advisor submitted via Common App (upon assigning them as a recommender). You may not submit your recommenders' letter(s) on their behalf. Please use the 'Check Status' area to track your recommender's submission. 

 

Additional Program Specific Requirements

Art

All prospective Studio Art majors must submit a slide portfolio of 12-15 images and videos of original creative works. No more than 2-3 views of any one work should be included. Both digital and physical portfolios are accepted but online submissions are highly preferred. To submit electronically, applicants should use the Slideroom.com portfolio submission portal. To submit physical portfolios, please mail to: Department of Art, Division of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University, 2455 Sixth Street NW, Washington, DC 20059. For more information, visit art.howard.edu

Theatre Arts

Prospective Theatre Arts majors must fulfill an audition, portfolio, and/or interview requirement as evidence of their ability to successfully pursue college-level work in their desired concentrations. For more information, visit theatrearts.howard.edu. Admission into the Dance program at Howard is by audition and invitation only. Prospective majors must complete an intensive dance placement audition. An interview with the Dance faculty will follow the audition. For more information, visit theatrearts.howard.edu/audition

Music

All prospective Music majors must present a successful voice or instrument audition, which is scheduled by appointment only. DVDs or CDs will be accepted from applicants who are unable to audition in-person. For more information, visit music.howard.edu/academics/undergraduate/auditions

NOTE: Students who apply to the above programs are granted conditional admission into Howard University pending their portfolio/audition results. To gain full admission, students must complete and receive a favorable decision from the respective Fine Arts department. Students who have not been admitted into the above programs at the department level may choose an alternate major if granted admission into the university. As such, we do implore all prospective fine arts students to give deep consideration to their second major preference. 

Dental Hygiene 

The Howard University Dental Hygiene Program only enrolls at the beginning of each academic year (Fall semester-- February 15 deadline). In order to be considered for the Dental hygiene program, most competitive applicants must have a science grade point average of 3.0 or higher. To be considered for admission, you must complete a separate application file of demographic information, which can be found on the program’s website. Moreover, all applicants must successfully fulfill the prerequisite admission requirements, as outlined by the Department of Dental Hygiene, before admission can be granted. 

Architecture & Design Studies

A portfolio of creative works must be submitted to the department for consideration. The portfolio should include a minimum of one and a maximum of three examples of creative expression in graphic, written or audiovisual form. All portfolios should be submitted to CEA_Architecture@Howard.edu. For more information, visit arch.cea.howard.edu/admissions

 

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, 2020)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

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) or via mail. 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 Spring 2021 application will close on December 31, 2020, Summer 2021 application on April 20, 2021, and Fall 2021 application on July 31, 2021

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. The 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 by the given deadline 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.

Mailing Address: Office of Admission, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059

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 Spring 2021 application will close on November 15, 2020, and our Fall 2021 application will close on February 15, 2021

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 (highly preferred). If your school does not have an e-Transcript system, please submit a copy of your transcript via mail (not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). You may not submit your school transcript via email.

  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.

Mailing Address: Office of Admission, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059

Unclassified Student

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 Spring 2021 application will close on November 15, 2020, and our Fall 2021 application will close on July 1, 2021

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 (highly preferred). If your school does not have an e-Transcript system, please submit a copy of your transcript via mail (not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). You may not submit your school transcript via email.

  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.

Mailing Address: Office of Admission, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059

Summer Student-At-Large

A non-matriculating student who is applying to attend the summer semester only. Our Summer 2021 application will close on April 15, 2021.

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 (highly preferred). If your school does not have an e-Transcript system, please submit a copy of your transcript via mail (not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). You may not submit your school transcript via email.

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

Mailing Address: Office of Admission, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059