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New Student Orientation and Transitions

Welcome to Howard University!
OrientationNew Student Orientation (NSO) is designed for all incoming first-year and transfer students. It introduces you to Howard University, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about HU’s academic programs, student support services, meet student leaders and connect with future classmates.
All new students are expected to complete and attend our New Student Orientation Programs.  These programs include Virtual Howard, Bison Prep (Summer Orientation) and Bison Week (Fall Orientation). 
Our hope is that you and your family have a seamless transition to Howard University and becoming a part of the Bison family! If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to New Student Orientation, contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 202-806-4029 or


Please Note: New Student Orientation for Spring 2019 Entrants will be held on January 11, 2019

New Student Resources

NSO Booklet (New Student Orientation)

This booklet will help you navigate through orientation with schedules and locations of the varying events.

Get Access, Here!

New Student Checklist

Assure that you have met all requirements and deadlines, and are aware of the resources provided on campus!

Review the List, Here!

Math and Language Placement

All New students are required to take our placement testing. These tests help the university assure you are enrolled in your correct classes!

Get Information About Our Placement TestsGet Access, Here!

Virtual Howard

Tour the Mecca! Experience our virtual tour to help you get acquainted with Howard's campus.

Get Access, Here!

Office of Residence Life

HU Housing & Residence Life will provide safe, inclusive, and secure residential communities where a diverse and innovative team of professionals encourages students to pursue academic excellence, personal growth, civic leadership, and responsibility.

Enterprise Technology Services (ETS)
ETS provides IT resources to support exceptional educational experiences for Howard students, faculty and staff.

Financial Aid
We offer a wide variety of methods of payment and financial assistance programs to students who, without such assistance, would not be able to attend a university.

Office of Student Life & Activities
We strive to create a student-centered environment that supports the achievement of academic, professional and personal goals while promoting civility, respect, integrity and equity.

Office of Student Services
We create an academic and socially accessible environment in three critical areas: Disability Services, Veteran Affairs and Judicial Affairs.

Student Health Center
We provide full-time and part-time students with access to care for acute sickness and injuries, chronic disease management, specialty referrals, health promotion, and disease prevention education.

Office of Undergraduate Studies

Created to ensure that all students have the academic support necessary to persist, flourish and earn their degree in 4-years or less.