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First Time in College International Applicant

Howard University welcomes applications from talented international students as freshmen; that is, students who have never matriculated into a degree program at Howard University or any other post-secondary institution of higher education. 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. 

We consider each 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. 

  • • 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.

 

Admission Dates & Deadlines Summary

International ​students must submit their application (along with the optional writing supplement) and supporting documents (test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts etc.) by the following dates. Our notification dates are also provided.

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 admission consideration:

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

  2. 2. Non-refundable $45 application fee. Payment is made via Common App (personal checks are not accepted). If paying the application fee may cause you and your family to face unusual financial hardship, you may request a Common App application fee waiver. Please ensure your counselor submits the required Common Application fee waiver affirmation and a letter, with supporting documentation, explaining why you may be eligible for a fee waiver. These items must be uploaded to your Common App application. Please see the Common Application's indicators of economic need for more information. 

  3. 3. Academic records for grades nine to twelve (or thirteen). 

  • For students who have studied in any of these systems, an academic evaluation is not required. Please have your counselor submit certified copies of your internal high school academic transcripts (grades 9 to 12+), as well as external examination predicted grades and/or national standardized examination certificates. Your counselor may certify and submit these documents via Common App (as an optional report-- highly preferred) or via mail (if submitting 'Offline'-- not preferred, as there may be significant delays in our receipt of mailed items). You may not submit your school record via email. Please note, mid year reports are not required for admission. Examples of national standardized examination certificates include CSEC, CAPE, BGCSE, GCE, GCSE, IGCSE, IB, and WASSCE. Statement of results, provisional notifications of results, website print out of results, and results listed on high school transcripts will ONLY be accepted if the certificate has not yet been issued by the examination body. If your official certificate is available, please ensure your counselor submits it by the given document deadline.

  • If you are an international student who will graduate with a U.S. high school diploma, or you are a Canadian high school student, please follow the Domestic Admission requirements. If you previously attended a non-US high school, please ensure that you also submit certified copies of your academic records from your previous institution (for grades 9 to 12+).

  • An academic evaluation by a NACES member is required from all international students who have not met the above criteria. All transcripts from non-US educational institutions must be sent directly to the evaluation agency by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before admission can be granted. The academic evaluation requirement cannot be waived. Moreover, if your transcript, exit exam, leaving certificate, or grade scale system is in a foreign language, an official English translation is required. Statement of results, provisional notifications of results, and website print out of results will not be accepted. We highly encourage you to select a NACES member with electronic delivery. We are currently able to receive evaluations electronically via ECEIEE, WES (ICAP), and SpanTran.  Evaluations will not be accepted via email/fax. 

  1. 4. One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, principal, head of school, or school official submitted 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. 

  2. 5. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher submitted 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. 

  3. 6. For the 2020-21 admission cycle, SAT/ACT test scores are not required to render a first year admission application complete. Students who do not submit test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admission process. This policy will extend to the Karsh STEM program. Please also note, applicants with complete files who do not submit official test scores by the given document deadline for their desired admission plan, will be rendered with a final decision based on the credentials that are on file. As such, we do implore all students to give serious consideration into their desired admission plan, and whether they will opt into the test optional choice. For example, an early applicant who does not submit test scores by November 15, but has all other required credentials on file, will be notified of a final decision in December. There will be no subsequent opportunities to appeal this decision or submit test scores for consideration. For students who elect to submit 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.

  4. 7. A score of 90 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. 

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

International and DACA students must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA -- available October 1, 2020) to be considered for financial aid. Scholarship awards take into consideration students' need and merit achievements. Students must submit their 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.

 

International Transfer & Second-Degree Applicant

Our application for Spring & Fall 2021 entry will open via the Common Application in September. Please stay tuned for further updates. 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 postsecondary 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

International transfer ​students must submit their applications and supporting documents (official transcripts and letter 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

The following documents are required for admission consideration:

  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 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. 

  4. 4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. An academic evaluation by a NACES member is required from all international students who have studied outside of the United States. All transcripts from non-US post secondary educational institutions must be sent directly to the evaluation agency by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before admission can be granted. The academic evaluation requirement cannot be waived. Moreover, if your records are in a foreign language, an official English translation is required. We highly encourage you to select a NACES member with electronic delivery. We are currently able to receive evaluations electronically via ECEIEE, WES (ICAP), and SpanTranEvaluations will not be accepted via email/fax.  For more detailed information on foreign transcript submissions to the Common App Processing Center, please visit this website.

    • ​​• U.S. College transcripts may be mailed (to the Common App Centralized Transcript Service) or submitted via an e-Transcript system (e.g. Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse). If asked for the recipient’s email address (e-Transcript systems only), 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. Again, transcripts sent via fax/email or uploaded as an unofficial transcript will not be considered in our official review. We do not encourage you to submit official transcripts via mail directly to Howard University, as there may be delays in our receipt. 

  5. 5. A score of 90 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.

 

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

International and DACA students must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) to be considered for financial aid. Students must submit their ISFAA form by the corresponding application deadline (Spring- October 31; Fall- April 30)