Transfer International Admission

International Transfer Admission

Application Guide

International Transfer & Second-Degree Applicant

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.

Apply via the Common Application


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

Application Fee

Non-refundable $45.00 application fee. Payment is made via Common App (personal checks are not accepted). This application fee cannot be waived. 

Official Transcript Submission

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 ECEIEEWES (ICAP), and SpanTranEvaluations will not be accepted via email/fax. 

  • ​ U.S. college transcripts may be mailed or submitted via an e-Transcript system (e.g. Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse). If asked for the recipient’s email address, please provide 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. 

Letter of Recommendation

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.

Foreign Language Tests

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


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 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

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 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


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

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 For more information, visit

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)


Students must submit their applications and supporting documents by the following dates.
Application Type Application Deadline Document Deadline Notification Date
Spring Entry October 31, 2020 November 15, 2020 By mid-December
Dental Hygiene (Fall Only) February 15, 2021 February 15, 2021 By late-April
Fall Entry April 30, 2021 June 1, 2021 March through mid-June