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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 First Time in College (FTIC) applicants. FTIC international applicants have the opportunity to submit an application for Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision for Fall entry. 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.

International ​students must submit their application (along with the optional writing supplement) and supplemental 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, 2018

November 15, 2018

By mid-December

Early Action

November 1, 2018

November 15, 2018

By mid-December

Regular Decision

February 15, 2019

March 1, 2019

By early April

 

Click  to view our Freshman Applicant Guide!

The following documents are required for admission consideration:

  1. 1. Application for Admission (Common Application ONLY).

  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). Please see HERE for more information on international admission credentials. 

  • For students who have studied in a British/American system, or a similar system, the WES 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 these documents as true copies of the original. 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.

  • A WES (World Education Services) evaluation 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 WES by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before admission can be granted. The WES evaluation cannot be waived. You can apply for your evaluation on the WES website, and should apply for the document-by-document evaluation if you have completed any university-level coursework. It is critical that you read and follow the "Required Documents" information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible. You will need to list Howard University in Washington, DC as a recipient of your WES evaluation. Once all the required documentation has been received and verified by WES, the evaluation will take 7 business days. 

  • 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.

  1. 4. One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, principal, head of school, or school official (submission via Common App/Naviance is preferred).

  2. 5. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher (submission via Common App/Naviance is preferred).

  3. 6. Official SAT or ACT scores. Only scores submitted via the testing agency will be considered.

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

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

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, ACT scores cannot be superscored.

  1. 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. IELTS score recipients, please contact admission@howard.edu for further instructions. 

Accepted international students must also submit the following:

  1. 1. Examination transcript(s)/verified results sent directly to us via the examination body. For example, please request CSEC/CAPE transcripts be sent via CXC/OEC, SSCE/WASSCE credentials via WAEC, GSCE credentials via the British Council, and so forth. 

  2. 2. 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)

  3. 3. 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.

  4. 4. 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.

  5. 5. 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 (after graduating from high school) may be considered for transfer admission. The minimum standards for admission consideration as a transfer student are: 

  • Earned 15 transferrable 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).

PLEASE NOTE: We will accept up to 60 transferable credit hours. 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. 

International ​students must submit their application and supplemental documents (official transcripts and letters of recommendation) by the following dates. Our notification dates are also provided.

Application Type

Application Deadline

Document Deadline

Notification Date

Regular Decision- Spring

October 31, 2018

November 17, 2018

By mid-December

Regular Decision- Fall

April 30, 2019

June 1, 2019

March through mid-June

 

The following documents are required for admission consideration:

  1. 1. Application for Admission (Common Application ONLY). Application not yet available. 

  • Common App reports (College Report, Mid Year Report, and Final Report) are not required. 

  1. 2. Non-refundable $45 application fee. Payment is made via Common App (personal checks are not accepted). This application fee cannot be waived. 

  2. 3. One letter of recommendation from a professor or an academic advisor (submission via Common App is preferred).

  3. 4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. A WES (World Education Services) evaluation is required of 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 WES by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before admission can be granted. The WES evaluation cannot be waived. 

  • You can apply for your evaluation on the WES website, and should apply for the course-by-course evaluation. It is critical that you read and follow the "Required Documents" information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible. 

  • You will need to list Howard University in Washington, DC as a recipient of your WES evaluation.

  • Once all the required documentation has been received and verified by WES, the evaluation will take 7 business days. 

  • 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.

  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

Accepted international students must also submit the following:

  1. 1. 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)

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. 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.

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