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Admission Policies

Admission Policy

The mission of Howard University includes the provision of quality education for any student, but with emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities for those students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to acquire an education of the type provided at Howard. In fulfilling its mission, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or handicap in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other University administered programs and employment. 

Howard University is committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of its relations with faculty, students, and staff members, without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, or handicap. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs and activities extends to employment therein and admission therein.

Readmission Policy

Former Students Returning  (students who are not enrolled for at least one semester and want to return to complete the degree) FSRs must submit an application following the appropriate application deadlines, and an official copy of their most recent  Howard University transcript.  These documents should be submitted in one complete application packet.

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required only if you are changing your degree program 

Some department admission committees may request a re-evaluation of the student’s academic records. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in your department regarding re-admission criteria. 

You will receive notification once the Office of Educational Affairs evaluates the Department's recommendation. 

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admission:

Phone: (202) 806-4676

The Last Day for Completed Former Students Returning Application for the Fall Term  is August 16th.

FSR’s readmitted to the University must be cleared by the following offices: 

Office of the Bursar 
(202) 806-2610 

Office of Register 
(202) 806-2712 

Office of Special Student Services 
(202) 238-2420 


Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

Howard University Graduate School
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
4th and College Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059