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 #30 for Best Undergraduate Teaching and #50 for Best Colleges for Veterans.

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

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. 

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.

 

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 educational benefits under the G.I. Bill. 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 G.I. Bill students studying at Howard University are available through the Office of Student Services.

Office of Student Services

202-238-2420

Fax: 202-588-9755

1851 9th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20001

TTD Services
202-238-2425 

Architecture

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 CEA_Architecture@Howard.edu. For more information, visit arch.cea.howard.edu/admissions

Fine Arts

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. Both digital and physical portfolios are accepted but online submissions are highly preferred. To submit electronically, applicants should use the Slideroom.com 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 art.howard.edu

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 theatrearts.howard.edu. Please note, all Theatre Arts applicants must submit their application for admission by November 1. 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 theatrearts.howard.edu/audition

Music

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 music.howard.edu/academics/undergraduate/auditions

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. 

Joint Degree Programs

B.A./J.D.

This program allows students matriculating at Howard University as Legal Communications, Political Science, or Philosophy majors to graduate with a B.A. degree and a J.D. degree in six years. The dual degree program has students in residence as undergraduates for their first three years to complete a minimum of 90 credits. Students then attend the School of Law in their fourth year, and after completing the 30 credits of the first year of law school, students receive their BA degree. The 30 credits earned at the law school become credits toward the BA degree. This would be a total of 120 credits for the BA degree. Students then go on to 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 JD. 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.A./J.D. program. All prospective B.A./J.D. students must have an GPA of 3.7, an ACT score of 25 or higher or a SAT score of 1250 or higher.

For more information about the joint-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 (as early applicants) 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./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) 

For more information, please see here.

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 (as early applicants) 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) 

For more information, please see here.

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’s most talented students, many of whom are student researchers and interns at STEM-related organizations across the world. For more information, please visit: karshstemscholars.howard.edu