How to Apply

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Admission Requirements

Students interested in pursuing majors in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the admissions requirements set by the university.

The Howard University Office of Admissions is the authoritative source for general admissions requirements.

While all interested students must meet the general admissions requirements of the university, the Honors Program and Pre-Professional Programs have additional requirements that must be met.

Office of Admissions
Howard University
2400 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-806-6100

Office of Financial Aid
Howard University
2400 Sixth Street NW Suite 205
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 855-490-2875

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.

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.


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.

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 web page.

Transfer / AP & IB Credits

Each year the College accepts many transfer students from universities across the nation and the globe.

For specific information on transferring credits earned from other universities and community colleges, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, visit the transfer of credits and articulation agreements section of Howard's main website.