Learn More About Our Special Programs & Program Specific Admission Requirements

Howard University welcomes applications from dual enrollment, GED, homeschooled, second-degree and veteran students. Admission requirements generally do not significantly differ for these student groups. For more detailed information, please see the below tabs. 

Howard University is ranked #21 for Best Undergraduate Teaching and #30 for Most Innovative Schools.

Admission information for undergraduate students who are interested in our Architecture, Fine Arts (Art, Music & Theatre Arts), Dental Hygiene, joint-degree, and Karsh STEM scholars programs can also be viewed below.

Architecture Applicants

Architecture & Design Studies

All prospective Architecture & Design applicants must submit 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. To submit electronically, applicants should use the Slideroom.com portfolio submission portal included with your Common Application.

Dual Enrollment High School Students

High school students who have or are participating in a dual enrollment program are eligible for admission as first year students. If you are a high school student, please do not submit a transfer application. If you are accepted and enroll into the university, we will evaluate your official college transcript upon receipt. If the credits are accepted, you will be considered as a freshman (or sophomore) with advanced standing. College transcripts are not required unless a student has been admitted, and subsequently enroll into the university. Please see here for more information on transfer credits. The university will accept a maximum of 60 transferable credit hours. 

We generally encourage applicants to take non-major specific, general educational courses (e.g. introductory level courses, such as Intro to Psychology, Sociology, College Algebra etc.). Moreover, where the course titles and course descriptions are similar, the courses are most likely to be transferable. All available course descriptions may be found via the Undergraduate Catalogue. You may also find major schemes via each program's website.

Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre Arts) Applicants

Art

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. To submit electronically, applicants should use the Slideroom.com portfolio submission portal.

Theatre Arts

Prospective performance Theatre Arts majors (Acting, Dance, and Musical Theatre) must submit a recorded audition and participate in a live audition as evidence of their ability to successfully pursue college-level work in their desired concentrations.

Music

All prospective Music majors must submit a recorded voice or instrument audition or participate in a live audition.

NOTE: Students who have not been admitted into the above programs at the department level, but who are granted admission to the University will be offered admission to their second choice major selection. Therefore, we do implore all prospective fine arts applicants to give serious consideration to their second major preference. 

G.E.D. Students

Students who have earned a G.E.D rather than a traditional high school diploma, are eligible for admission consideration. Students follow the same admission criteria as all other first year applicants. A coach, community leader, supervisor, or any other reputable individual who can attest to your personal and academic potential may submit your second letter of recommendation.

Home Schooled Students

Home-school students follow the same admission criteria as all other first year applicants. A coach, community leader, supervisor, or any other reputable individual who can attest to your personal and academic potential may submit your second letter of recommendation.

 

Honors Programs

The university offers four distinct undergraduate honors program. Each program typically provides students with opportunities to augment their curriculum with intensive instruction, scholarly work and research, individualized mentoring, and professional development programs. Eligible accepted students are generally invited to apply for each honors program during the summer, prior to their entering semester. For further details, including each program's contact details, please visit the highlighted links below. 

Joint Degree Programs (BA/JD, BS/MD, BS/DDS)

B.A./J.D.

This program allows students matriculating at Howard University as Criminology, Economics, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, or Strategic, Legal & Management Communications (Legal Communications concentration) majors to graduate with a B.A. degree and a J.D. degree in six years. Enrolled students will complete 90 undergraduate credits in their first three years. Students will then attend Howard University School of Law in their fourth year. After completing the 30 credits of the first year of law school, students receive their B.A. degree. The first 30 credits earned at the law school count toward the B.A. and J.D. degrees. Students will complete 58 additional credits at the law school over the next two years. At the end of those two years (a total of 88 credits), the student is granted a J.D. Transfer students are not eligible for the program. A limited number of students (approximately 10) will be admitted to the program each year. Admission to Howard University does not automatically secure a place for the student in the B.A./J.D. program. All prospective B.A./J.D. students must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

Eligible enrolled students will be invited to apply to the B.A./J.D. program after they have committed to Howard University (i.e. after the May 1 enrollment deadline for first year students). For more information about the joint degree program, email BAJD@howard.edu.

BS/MD

The B.S./M.D. program allows students complete the requirements for both B.S. and M.D. degrees in six years instead of the customary eight years. This program is designed for students who are admitted to the Biology and Chemistry programs at Howard University who would matriculate into the College of Arts and Sciences in the Fall semester immediately after graduation from high school. Transfer students and regular decision applicants are not eligible for the program, and a limited number of students will be admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences phase of the program. Admissions to the College of Arts and Sciences does not automatically secure a place for the student in the B.S./M.D. program. All prospective B.S./M.D. students must have an GPA of 3.5, an ACT score of 28 or higher and a SAT score of 1300 or higher, and completed or be in the process of completing the following prior to applying:  

  • Two or more years of foreign language, include literature 
  • High school biology, chemistry, physics & mathematics (including  algebra, geometry, trigonometry and  pre-calculus is required) 

Eligible enrolled students will be invited to apply to the program after they have committed to Howard University (i.e. after the May 1 enrollment deadline for first year students). 

BS/DDS

The B.S./D.D.S. combined program is a special curriculum at Howard University that allows students to complete the requirements for both B.S. and D.D.S. degrees in six years. This program is designed for students who are admitted to the Biology and Chemistry programs at Howard University who would matriculate into the College of Arts and Sciences in the Fall semester immediately after graduation from high school. Transfer students are not eligible for the program, and a limited number of students will be admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences phase of the program. Admissions to the College of Arts and Sciences does not automatically secure a place for the student in the B.S./D.D.S. program.

All prospective B.S./D.D.S. students must have an GPA of 3.5, an ACT score of 28 or higher and a SAT score of 1300 or higher, and completed or be in the process of completing the following prior to applying:  

  • Two or more years of foreign language, include literature 
  • High school biology, chemistry, physics & mathematics (including  algebra, geometry, trigonometry and  pre-calculus is required) 

Eligible enrolled students will be invited to apply to the program after they have committed to Howard University (i.e. after the May 1 enrollment deadline for first year students). 

Karsh STEM

Each year, the Karsh STEM Scholars Program attracts hundreds of competitive high school students who are interested in beginning their STEM careers at Howard University. Scholars selected for the program are awarded a scholarship for tuition, mandatory fees, room, board and an allowance for books associated with attending the University and are required to ultimately pursue, a PhD, or a combined MD-PhD, within a STEM discipline. The program aims to challenge students, through rigorous coursework and preparation, to live, prosper and contribute to a world that is increasingly diverse and global in nature. Since 2017, the Karsh STEM Scholars Program has been home to some of the University‚Äôs most talented students, many of whom are student researchers and interns at STEM-related organizations across the world. For more information, please visit: Homepage | Karsh STEM Scholars (howard.edu)

 

The Humanities & Social Science Scholars Program (H3SP)

The Humanities & Social Science Scholars Program (H3SP) is the very first initiative to provide full funding, program support, and bridge activities to foster an undergraduate-to-graduate-school pipeline for undergraduate students in the humanities and social sciences. The program brings together scholars from Howard University's College of Arts and Sciences, the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, and the School of Business in order to support them holistically and aid them in the study of their humanities and social science disciplines at Howard.

Post Baccalaureate (Second Degree)

Second degree applicants are students who have already received an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree from Howard or another college/university. Students seeking to earn a second bachelor's degree are eligible for admission as transfer students. Thus, these students will follow the same admission requirements as Domestic or International transfer students. Note, Howard University will accept up to 60 transferable credit hours.

Veterans

Howard University welcomes applications from veterans. Prospective students will follow the same admission requirements for the applicable student type. Howard University is approved by the District of Columbia State Approving Agency for the enrollment of veterans, service personnel and dependents of deceased or disabled veterans who are eligible for veteran educational benefits. With the exception of VA-approved disabled veterans, all beneficiaries of educational benefits from the Veterans Administration are personally responsible for the payment of their bills to the University. These individuals should be financially prepared to pay tuition and fees at the time of registration each semester and to meet all living expenses until VA educational allowances (checks) are received (approximately 60 days). Services and/or assistance to students eligible for veteran educational benefits studying at Howard University are available through the Office of Student Services.

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