Attend Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to Howard University!

New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed for all incoming first-year and transfer students to be introduced Howard University, and to provide students and their families the opportunity to learn more about academic support services, student development

Students walking on campus with backpacks

initiatives, and technology tools for academic success.

All new students are expected to participate in and complete New Student Orientation, which includes Bison Prep, Virtual Howard, and Bison Week.  Our goal is to facilitate a seamless transition to Howard University, so that you immediately acclimate and become a part of the Bison family! If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to New Student Orientation, please email us at Due to high volume of daily email inquiries from incoming students and their families, please allow the Orientation Team 48-72 hours to respond. 


Please refer to your personalized microsite for more information about Orientation at


Required Placement Exam

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is REQUIRED for all new students who are attending college for the first time (FTIC). Your results on the MPE will determine the math class you will be registered to take in your first semester.  Follow the intructions provided to successfully complete the pre-assessment and exam to ensure that you are placed at the appropriate level of math. 

NOTE: Students who took the MPE as a part of the Karsh STEM Scholars Program (KSSP) requirements are not required to retake it. Your scores have been recorded.

  • Math Placement Instructions 
  • Accessing Your HU Bison Email 
  • ProctorU - How It Works
  • Course Placement Chart 

Direct all questions related to the MPE to:

Language Placement Exam

The Language Placement Exam (LPE) is administered in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Korean. It is administered through AVANT's Placement Assessment program, a web-based test-taking platform. Every student who has studied a language and is planning to take the same language at Howard University is REQUIRED to take the LPE.

  • Language Placement Exam Instructions 

Direct all questions related to the MPE to: