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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 their applications (and all materials for transfer students) 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 (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. 

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

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

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test ( 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 writing section is not required for either exam. October is the last test date that will be considered for early action 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

International ​students must submit their supplemental documents (test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts etc.) by the following dates.

Application Type

Deadline

Early Action

November 15, 2017

Regular Decision- Fall

March 1, 2018

Regular Decision- Spring

September 15, 2017

 

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)

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.

The following documents are required for admission consideration:

  • Application for Admission (Common Application)

  • Non-refundable $45 application fee (Payment is made via Common App. Personal checks are not accepted) 

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.