Resources for applicants

Students interested in applying to one of our many programs of study should review the information listed on the COAS admissions and academics pages, as well as the university’s admissions page.

Application process

For specific information on how to navigate the admissions process please use the following links:

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International Students

Howard University welcomes students from all over the world.

International students should review the application process and special visa requirement information on the International Student Services webpage.

Accepted Students Day

Students who have been accepted into the university, but are still trying to decide if they will choose to become a Bison, should be sure to attend the university’s Accepted Students’ Day program.

The College offers a special program during Accepted Students’ Day designed to help students better understand the benefits of becoming a member of the COAS family.

Please check back in March for a schedule of activities for the 2016 Accepted Students’ Day Program.


Each year, the College offers a special orientation program designed to help students and parents successfully navigate the first year of college.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers special orientation sessions every summer before the new school year begins during Welcome Week/Bison Week, which begins when new students move into their residence halls.

The orientation includes an introduction to the College for parents and special workshops and other activities for students. Examples of some of the workshops that have been offered in the past include: study skills, stress management, scholarships, and life in the city.

Prospective students are encouraged to check back to this site in Spring 2016 for the Fall 2016 orientation schedule.

Explore HU

Prospective students are invited to learn as much as they can about the College through the About COAS webpage.

You are also invited to satisfy your curiosity about the various aspects of the university through the Explore HU portal.

Placement exams

Students should be aware that they must take a math placement exam during Welcome Week/Bison Week, and are required to take the online exam for practice at least once prior to coming to campus.

Additional information for Fall 2016 will be available late spring.

Campus Maps

Planning a visit to the university?

Plan your visit in advance.

Once on campus, let the campus map help you navigate your first visit.

Residence Life

Prospective students are encouraged to review their housing options early in the decision-making phase of their college journey.

Please refer to the Residence Life website for information on housing options.

News and announcements …

The Department of English has received a $100,000 HBCU Humanities Initiative grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support “Seshat: A Howard University Digital Humanities Initiative,” a year-long project that generates new digital humanities data in African-American literary studies.