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Howard University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 22nd 2019By -  Supriya Sarkar

With an acceptance rate of 43% in the past year and 31.6% for the class of 2022, admission to Howard University is very competitive and selective. While making the selection, under the admission process, Howard university focuses on personal motivation level of the candidate along with their stable academic growth and achievements in the past. Through its 13 schools and colleges, Howard teaches programs in around 30 areas of study and has been ranked #89 in the US News Rankings.

Howard University admissions for graduate programs take place in Fall and Spring sessions only. The admission window for the early applicants of these programs for fall session is open from October 1 to December 15. Most graduate programs are with a regular deadline of April 14.


Application PortalUG: Common Application
PG: Online Application
Application FeeUG: 45 USD
PG: 75–123 USD
Acceptance Rate41%
Mode of PaymentOnline via Common Application
Howard University SAT Requirements1180
Howard University ACT Requirements27
International Application DeadlinesNovember 1 – February 1
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring
Interview RequirementsDepends on course requirements
Work ExperienceEssential for MBA aspirants (Minimum 2 years)
Financial AidAvailable for International Students (Early Action and Early Decision)

Howard University Application Deadlines

Applications by Domestic UG StudentsDeadline
Notification of admission of FTIC* regular decision applicantsApril 12
Transfer application for fall 2019 entryApril 30
Notification of admission of FTIC early decision applicantsMay 1
Deadline for summer application for all other studentsMay 10
Aplications by International UG StudentsDeadline
Early DecisionNovember 1
Early ActionNovember 1
Regular DecisionFebruary 15
Document Submission DeadlineNovember 15 (Early Decision and Action)
March 1 (Regular Decision)
Application for Graduate ProgramsDeadline
Fall seasonJanuary 15
Clinical PsychologyDecember 1
Counseling Psychology (Doctorate)January 1
MBA (Full-time, international applications)February 1

* First-time-in-college

Howard University Language Requirements

The applicants may submit either of the test scores mentioned below.

English Language TestMinimum Score Required

Howard University Undergraduate Admissions

Application Portal: The online application for undergraduate programs can be made using the Common Application. Alternatively, applicants may download and submit the application form via mail or send it to

Application Fee: 45 USD

Academic Requirements: The prospective students are required to send ACT/SAT and English language test scores.

ACT Scores
Average ACT Score27
25th Percentile ACT Score24
75th Percentile ACT Score29
SAT Scores
Average Score1180 (Math: 570; Reading: 610)
25th Percentile SAT Score1080 (Math: 520; Reading: 560)
75th Percentile SAT Score1290 (Math: 630; Reading: 660)

Supporting Documents: Transcripts (translated in English language), 2 Letters of Recommendation, International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA), Statement of Financial Resources Form (PDF), Sponsor’s letter, monthly bank statement, residential address from your country of origin, essay (if required), questions writing supplement (if required) and telephonic interview (if felt required).

Howard University Graduate Admissions

The Howard University offers a plethora of graduate courses. The admission requirements for some of the popular courses are given below.

Howard University MBA Requirements

Application Portal: The Howard School of Business accepts online applications through 'BusinessCas' portal.

Application Fee: 123 USD

Academic Requirements:  One needs to submit the GMAT/GRE Test Scores. International students need to demonstrate proficiency in English Language by scoring a minimum of 550 in TOEFL and 213 on the computer-based test. Alternatively, a minimum score of 6.0-6.5 in the IELTS test is also acceptable.

Supporting Documents: An official transcript each from UG and graduate institution, a personal statement stating the , 2 letters of recommendation, and Current Resume.

Work Experience: A minimum of 2 year's professional experience is mandatory. However, it is not required for the students applying for dual degree-programs.

Howard University M.S. Biochemistry Requirements

Application Portal: Online applications are accepted through 'GradCAS'.

Application Fee: Information not available.

Academic Requirements: It is essential for students to complete a B.S./B.A. degree and have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above in Science programs taken previously. It is mandatory that the students complete 1-year program in General Chemistry/Organic Chemistry/Calculus/Physics/Biology.

Additionally, applicants need to submit the English language test scores (IELTS/TOEFL).

Supporting Documents: To support the applications, students are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation and academic transcripts.

Howard University M.A. Psychology Requirements

Application Portal: Online applications can be submitted through 'PSYCAS'.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: The students are required to submit official GRE report (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical, official Psychology GRE report (optional), offical TOEFL report.

Supporting Documents: Statement of Academic, Research and Professional Practice Goals, autobiographical sketch, Resume/CV, writing sample, unofficial transcript, 3 letters of recommendation.

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