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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 been admitted to 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.

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 click here to 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.

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, 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 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 here for a list of the Common Application's indicators of economic need. 

  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 ALL high school academic transcripts, mark sheets, predicted grades, grade reports, national standardized examination certificates, and so forth via Common App (or via mail). A notary public or designated school official (e.g. registrar) may certify and submit these documents via Common App (as an optional report) or via mail. 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 not be accepted

  • 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.

  • 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. 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 or via mail. Letters sent via fax/email will not be accepted.

  2. 5. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher submitted via Common App/Naviance or via mail. Letters sent via fax/email will not be accepted.

  3. 6. Official SAT (school code – 5297) or ACT scores (school code - 0674). Only official scores submitted via the testing agency will be considered. Please note, all scores must be submitted via the respective testing agency. 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.

  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 Sixth Street NW, Suite 105

Washington, DC 20059

 

Financial Aid

International and DACA students must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) to be considered for financial aid. For a Step-by-Step Guide on how to complete the ISFAA, please see the highlighted link. Students must submit their ISFAA form by the corresponding application deadline (EA/ED- November 1; RD- February 15)

 

International Transfer Applicant

A student who has completed academic studies at another college or university (after graduating from high school) may be considered for transfer admission.

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 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.​​ To learn more about our admission process, please click here to view our Transfer Application Guide!

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, 2019

November 15, 2019

By mid-December

Regular Decision- Fall

April 30, 2020

June 1, 2020

March through mid-June

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 or via mail. Letters sent via fax/email will not be accepted.

  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 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. Evaluations will not be accepted via email/fax. 

  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.

 

Mailing Address

Office of Admission

2400 Sixth Street NW, Suite 105

Washington, DC 20059

 

Financial Aid

International and DACA students must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) to be considered for financial aid. For a Step-by-Step Guide on how to complete the ISFAA, please see the highlighted link. Students must submit their ISFAA form by the corresponding application deadline (Spring- October 31; Fall- April 30)