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Admission Requirements

Howard University welcomes applications from talented international students as freshmen (first time enrolling at a university) or as transfer students. International students are advised to begin the admission process at least one year prior to the time they wish to enter the University because additional time is usually essential for submission of required tests, academic documents, evaluations and immigration-related matters. To apply to Howard University, international students must submit all materials by the following application deadlines:

 

Application Type

Application Deadline

Notification Date

First Year

Early Action

November 1, 2017

By mid-December

Traditional Action- Fall

February 15, 2018

By early April

Traditional Action- Spring

September 1, 2017

By mid-December

Transfer

Traditional Action- Fall

May 30, 2017

May through mid-July

Traditional Action- Spring

September 1, 2017

By mid-December

First Time in College International Applicant

An international student who has never been admitted to a degree program at Howard University or any other post-secondary institution of higher education. The following documents are required for admission consideration:

  • Application for Admission (Common Application ONLY).

  • Non-refundable $45 application fee (Personal checks are not accepted).

  • One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, principal, head of school, or school official.

  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test ( ACT) scores.

    • To obtain SAT test dates, visit Collegeboard – school code 5297.

    • To obtain ACT test dates, visit ACT – school code 0674.

Please note: The writing section is not required for either exam.

  • Official high School transcript, official certified final secondary school records, or mark sheets including grades 9-12.

  • Certified documentation of exit examination scores--for example CXC, GCE, WAEC, BGCSE, or exit examination scores from your region or country - All course titles, and the marks earned in those courses, should be reflected..

  • If your transcript, exit exam, leaving certificate, or grade scale system is in a foreign language, an official English translation by World Education Services is required. Request the International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) (Transcript + Evaluation) Document-by-Document Report only. Statement of results, provisional notifications of results, and website print out of results will not be accepted.

  • A score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) or a score of 79 on the Internet based (IBT)  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose native language is not English. Howard’s school code is 5297. Only official reports from ETS will be accepted. Note: in lieu of the TOEFL (if not offered in your country), applicants may submit results from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of a 6.5.

Accepted international students must also submit the following:

  • Statement of Financial Resources Form; the “1st Year” column must be completed, using the “General Undergraduate” figures; it must be signed by you and your sponsor. If you are self-sponsored, you should sign on both lines. The form does not require a signature or stamp by a bank official. Statement of Financial Resources Form (PDF)

  • Sponsor’s letter stating the sponsor’s name, your name, relationship to the sponsor and the sponsor’s intent to be responsible for your expenses; if you are self-sponsored, you should submit a letter stating that you are sponsoring yourself.

  • Recent monthly bank statement; if the statement is in a foreign currency, the U.S dollar equivalence and conversion rate must be stated. The balance must match or exceed the total completed in the “1st Year” column on the Financial Resources Form; a letter written by a bank is not acceptable.

  • Residential address in your country of origin; P.O. Box or commercial addresses are not acceptable.

International Transfer Applicant

A student who has completed academic studies at another college or university may be considered for transfer admission. The minimum standards for admission consideration as a transfer student are: 

  • Received a passing grade of C or better in both a college-level English and college-level math course.

  • Earned a minimum of 15 credits (30 credits for the School of Business) from an accredited post-secondary institution.

  • Earned a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) (3.0 GPA for the School of Business)

The following documents are required for admission consideration:

  • Application for Admission (Common Application)

  • Non-refundable $45 application fee (Personal checks are not accepted) 

  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. If your transcript is in a foreign language or grade scale system, an official English translation is required by the World Education Services requesting the International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) (Transcript + Evaluation) Course-by-Course (with GPA & course levels) Report only.

  • A score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) or a score of 79 on the Internet based (IBT)  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Howard’s school code is 5297. Only official reports from ETS will be accepted. Note: in lieu of the TOEFL (if not offered in your country), applicants may submit results from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of a 6.5.

Accepted international students must also submit the following:

  • Statement of Financial Resources Form; the first column must be completed, using the figures shown for your student status. It must be signed by you and your sponsor. If you are self-sponsored, you should sign on both lines. The form does not require a signature or stamp by a bank official Statement of Financial Resources (PDF)

  • Sponsor’s letter stating the sponsor’s name, your name, relationship to the sponsor and the sponsor’s intent to be responsible for your expenses; if you are self-sponsored, you should submit a letter stating that you are sponsoring yourself.

  • Recent monthly bank statement; if the statement is in a foreign currency, the US dollar equivalence and conversion rate must be stated. The balance must match or exceed the total completed in the right column on the Financial Resources Form; a letter written by a bank is not acceptable.

  • Residential address in your country of origin; PO Box only or commercial addresses are not acceptable.

  • International Transfer students attending a school within the U.S. must also send:

    • Copy of your I-94 and current I-20.

    • Color copy of your passport photo page and visa page.

    • Transfer Form completed by the Immigration Advisor at your current school.