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Former Student Returning

A student who was pursuing a degree at Howard University, who has not been registered at the University for the previous semester, and who wishes to return to the same school/college, department, and degree program. In general, Former Students Returning are readmitted to the last school in which they were enrolled at Howard University. Generally, students seeking readmission must submit the Undergraduate Returning Student Application no less than 30 days prior to the start of the semester to which they are seeking readmission. 

Before readmission is granted, students who are absent from the University for the following reasons must fulfill the below requirements by the application deadline.

Mailing Address: 

Attn: Returning Student Admission, 
2400 6th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20059 

Readmission requirements

Voluntary withdrawal

Applicants must submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended since last enrolled at Howard to the Office of Admission, if applicable. Transcripts should be submitted via an e-Transcript system (if available) or via mail. Upon receipt of an official transcript, credit will be awarded for those courses taken that are comparable to courses offered at Howard University in which the student has earned a grade of C or better.

Withdrawn for health reasons

Clearance from the University Student Health Center must be obtained. The correspondence should be directed to the Administrator, University Student Health Center, 2139 Georgia Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 20059. Proof of clearance should be provided to the Office of Admission.

Suspended or dropped for poor scholarship

Cumulative GPA below 2.0: Requests for readmission must be initiated at least 60 days prior to the start of the semester. Such persons must appeal in writing to the dean of the college or school from which they were dismissed; and must have been out of school for at least one semester after having been suspended. Approval from the school/college must be received in the Office of Admission & University Registrar before readmission can be granted. Students are encouraged to consult with the advising unit within your school/college to discuss readmission. Students should also remain aware of their Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status as it relates to receiving Financial Aid. A separate appeal process is required for students who are not meeting SAP. Academic and SAP suspension statuses can be viewed via BisonWeb. 

Please see the Academic Probation and Suspension section below for further details.

Disciplinary suspension and/or withdrawal

Readmission may be sought for any period following expiration of the suspension period. Approval must be received from the Office of Student Conduct to the Office of Admission before readmission can be granted.


You must also lift all holds on your account by the given deadline before you are able to be readmitted.

To view your holds, please log into BisonWeb and click 'Student Records' and/or 'Student Accounts' -> 'View Holds' via the Student Services tab.

Total Withdrawal Notice

Readmission after a Total Withdrawal

Continuing undergraduate students who wish to continue studies for a later entering semester must complete the former student returning application process as outlined above. Students are classified as continuing students if they have earned grades in prior semesters at the university, or (for new entrant students) if they were enrolled by the final enrollment census date for the given entry semester.

Incoming new entrant students who withdraw during their first semester prior to the final enrollment census for that semester (generally in October for Fall entrants & March for Spring entrants - see the University Calendar) must submit a new application for admission; they would not be eligible to submit a returning student application. As such, a student who withdraws prior to the add/drop deadline for the respective entry semester is not eligible to submit a returning student application. Students who have not matriculated into a postsecondary degree-seeking program may submit a first year application via the Common App. Students who have matriculated into a postsecondary degree-seeking program may submit a transfer application via the Common App, once the minimum requirements for admission have been satisfied. 

Academic Probation & Suspension Policy

Academic Probation

A student enrolled in any of the undergraduate schools and colleges whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0 at the end of the first semester or any subsequent semester will incur academic probation.

Students who have achieved junior status or are in the professional phase of the following programs will incur probation if their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.5: Education, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences.

Regulations Governing Students on Probation

1. Students on probation must adhere to the following conditions for continued enrollment:

A. Enroll in a maximum of 13 credit hours if full-time, and seven hours if part-time.

B. Establish and maintain contact with their designated school/college advisor (Dean, faculty advisor, advisory center, or student services unit) for academic advising, counseling, assistance, and referral to support services at least once per month.

2. Probationary status will be removed when the student has achieved a cumulative average of at least 2.0.

3. Probationary status must be removed within one semester, exclusive of summer sessions, or the student will incur suspension.

4. Any student who voluntarily withdraws from the University while on probation will be subject to stipulations as a condition for readmission.


Academic Suspension

Any student who fails to remove his/her probationary status within one semester, exclusive of summer sessions, will be suspended. 

A one-semester extension of the probationary period may be requested by appealing in writing to the Dean of the School or College no later than 60 days prior to the first day of classes for the Fall semester and 15 days prior to the first day of classes for the Spring semester.

If the appeal is granted, the student will be required to follow specific stipulations during the extension period. ​​If the appeal is denied, the student is not eligible for readmission for at least one semester.

Readmission after Academic Suspension

1. Requests for readmission must be initiated by submitting to the Office of Admission, at least 60 days prior to the registration period:

A. an application for readmission via BisonWeb; and,

B. a completed petition for readmission to the school or college in which the student was last enrolled. The request should include a description of the student’s activities during the suspension period, the steps that have been taken to ensure success if the request is approved, and appropriate supporting documentation.

2. Requests for readmission will be reviewed by the appropriate designee of the school of last attendance and an admission committee, which will render a decision based on the student’s previous academic record, contents of the request for readmission, and other relevant factors.

3. Upon readmission after suspension, students must adhere to the conditions outlined below. Failure to meet these stipulations will result in automatic suspension from the University.

A. Establish and maintain contact (at least once per month) with designated school/college advisor (Dean, faculty advisor, advisory center, or student services unit) for academic advising, counseling, assistance, and referral to support services

B. Enroll in appropriate courses in the Center for Academic Reinforcement and/or other support programs as stipulated by the admission committee.

C. Enroll in a maximum of 13 credit hours if full-time, and seven credit hours if part-time, until the cumulative grade point average meets the requirement for removal of probation.

D. Remove all deficiencies during the next semester of enrollment (or the next semester when the courses are offered) before proceeding with the published program for their degree.

E. Earn a minimum grade of C in each course or earn the required grade point average stipulated by the admission committee until the cumulative grade point average meets the requirements for the removal of probation.


We may only receive and process an application after all requirements have been satisfied, including removing applicable holds.
Re-entry Term Final Deadline Notification of Decision
Spring December 31, 2020 4-8 weeks after all applicable requirements have been satisfied beginning August 2020
Summer April 20, 2021 4-8 weeks after all applicable requirements have been satisfied beginning August 2020
Fall July 31, 2021 4-8 weeks after all applicable requirements have been satisfied beginning January 2021