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New Student Orientation and Transitions

Welcome to Howard University!
New 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, please email us at


Bison Prep will occur Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.

 Bison Prep will occur Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.    

Registration now open!

Please select 'Individual' visit and then the next available date. We recommend using an updated browser when signing up to ensure that it works properly. 

If you are having issues registering, please email

New Student Resources

Transfer Student Booklet


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

Spring 2020 NSO Booklet

Hotel Accomodations


We encourage visitors to use the CTM Visitor Travel Portal to book their hotel reservations with our hotel partners to save money and support Howard University

Need Hotel Accomodations?! Click Here



The Student Health Center is committed to creating a seamless transition through meeting your medical requirements, so please review the information on our page very carefully.  

Click here to visit Student Health Website!

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!

Math and Foreign Language ExamAdvanced Placement Exam Credit

Howard University Virtual Tour

Campus Tour

Explore the Campus Virtual Tour as you please, choosing the subjects and points that interest you. You may proceed systematically; or browse the site, entering the Tour at any point, leaving, then returning at your convenience.

Get Access, Here!




Deadline for receipt of supplemental documents for FTIC Regular Decision applicants

Friday, March 1, 2019


Notification of admission decision for FTIC Regular Decision applicants

Friday, April 12, 2019


Deadline for receipt of Summer Former Student Returning applications

Friday, April 19, 2019


Deadline for receipt of FAFSA/ISFAA for Fall Transfer applicants for scholarships and grants consideration

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Transfer application deadline for Fall 2019 entry

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Enrollment fee deadline for Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision FTIC applicants

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Summer application deadline for all other students

Friday, May 10, 2019


Deadline for receipt of official transcripts for Fall Transfer applicants

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Notification of admission decision for Fall Transfer applicants (ROLLING)

Friday, June 14, 2019


Deferment deadline for accepted FTIC (first year) applicants

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Enrollment fee deadline for Fall Transfer applicants                                                                            

Monday, July 1, 2019


Fall application deadline for unclassified students

Monday, July 1, 2019


Fall application deadline for returning students

Friday, July 19, 2019


Deferment deadline for accepted Fall Transfer applicants

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


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.

Department of Public Safety - The primary duties of the officers of HU-DPS are to ensure compliance with Howard University regulations and policies adopted by the Howard University Board of Trustees, as well as the enforcement of applicable District of Columbia Codes and Municipal Regulations within its jurisdiction.

University Counseling Service The University Counseling Service (UCS) provides a full range of psychological and training services that appropriately addresses the varying levels of need for our student community.

Office of Off-Campus Housing & Community Engagement - The OCHCE provides rewarding, experiential learning and growth experiences reflective of the University's core values of Truth, Excellence, Leadership and Service.


All new undergraduate students are assessed a one-time, mandatory New Student Fee of $200 for their first semester of enrollment. It is nonrefundable and charged to your tuition bill. You are not required to pay this fee upfront in order to attend Bison Prep.

This fee includes student attendance to Bison Prep, programming for new students, Bison Week activities, resources, placement exams and university publications. 

Gordon Blaine Hancock, 1959

“The struggle to get an education was the best part of my education. ”

-Gordon Blaine Hancock, 1959