OSST: New Student Orientation

Contact: Mr. Charles Prince, OSST Phone: (202) 806-4029 orientation@howard.edu

The mission of the New Student Orientation program is to prepare incoming students for academic success at Howard University through the formal introduction of academic and academic support programs, information and resources.

New Student Orientation will prepare and inform students about finding and using Howard University resources and navigating Howard University’s campus (history, housing, transportation, financial aid) through Virtual Howard, Becoming a Bison, and a university-wide week of activities during the week prior to the fall semester called “Bison Week.”

Student Orientation Activities

Orientation payment information **

There is a mandatory orientation payment of $150.00 that is charged to all students and includes one guest accompanying the student to orientation. There is a $25.00 charge for each additional guest.


  • Orientation payments must be paid by certified check or money order; personal checks will not be accepted. Payment must be made out to "Howard University: OUS Orientation" and mailed directly to:
    • Howard University
      OUS: New Student Orientation
      MSC 590052
      2400 Sixth Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20059

  • Please be sure to include the student's name on your payment.

  • A confirmation email will be sent to the student’s email address once payment has been received.

Orientation payment due dates

  • If you are attending the Becoming a Bison session in June, your orientation payment should be postmarked on or before June 15, 2015.

  • If you are attending a Becoming a Bison session on July 20, 2015, your orientation payment should be postmarked on or before July 3, 2015.

  • If you are attending a Becoming a Bison session on July 27 or July 31, 2015, your orientation payment should be postmarked on or before July 20, 2015.

  • If you are not attending a Becoming a Bison session, your orientation payment should be postmarked on or before August 1, 2015.

Additional payment information

If you have any additional questions about orientation payment, contact Mr. Charles Prince, orientation@howard.edu.

For questions about other payments (including the mandatory Enrollment Fee), please contact the Office of Admissions, (202) 806-2763, admission@howard.edu.

Virtual Howard (required)

All new Howard University students begin the orientation program through specialized virtual modules over the summer. Not only will you will receive valuable information about Howard University and become more familiar with the academic resources available to you, you will feel more knowledgeable about important information such as:

  • Howard’s history
  • math placement exams
  • tuition payments
  • campus technology, and
  • life outside of the Howard University classroom.

After you complete virtual orientation, you should feel more knowledgeable about your transition to Howard University.

Login information for Virtual Howard will be posted here in July 2015.

Additional webinars (optional)

Several optional webinars are also available, including:

Click on the session title for a mini description of the session.

Click on the session date to watch a video of a previous session.

Becoming a Bison (optional) NEW DATES

After Virtual Howard, you have the opportunity to come to a one-day, on-campus summer orientation or attend our summer webinars. (You are welcome to do both if you are able!)

The currently scheduled dates are:

  • Orientation Date Registration Deadline
  • Fri, June 26, 2015 Mon, June 15, 2015
  • Mon, July 20, 2015 Wed, July 1, 2015
  • Mon, July 27, 2015 Mon, July 20, 2015 NEW DATE
  • Fri, July 31, 2015 Mon, July 20, 2015 NEW DATE

Registration for Becoming a Bison is now closed.

For questions or concerns, contact Mr. Charles Prince, orientation@howard.edu.

Bison Week (required)

Now that you have received some information about Howard University, come see us in DC! All new Howard University students are required to complete the process before the start of classes.

During Bison Week, students will engage their individual schools and colleges for academic advisement and a chance to meet their academic dean or department chair. In addition, new students will attend informative sessions and have opportunities to participate with peers in forums related to their overall transition into the university.

Orientation is an important and exciting beginning to your academic career at Howard University! Although Howard University’s academic expectation is high for students, we also want to create well-rounded global and community leaders.

John Dewey describes education as a fostering, nurturing, and cultivating process; our orientation is designed to educate and acclimate you to the university in the same way.

Bison Week will be Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 23, 2015; formal classes begin on Monday, August 24, 2015.

Reminders and Resources for New Students

  • ORIENTATION CHECKLIST: View the orientation checklist for a few tips to a smooth orientation process.
  • RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN & HOUSING FEES: Students applying for on-campus housing must pay a housing application fee to the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival. Freshmen and new entrants move into dorms based on the schedule provided by the Office of Residence Life. For the full schedule, visit the Office of Residence Life website.
  • MEAL PLANS: For meal plan information, visit the Auxilary Enterprises website, or contact the Bison One Card office: (202) 806-2109, onecard@howard.edu.
  • STUDENT HEALTH FORMS: All students are required to complete applicable Student Health forms prior to enrollment at the University.
  • PLACEMENT EXAMS: Detailed placement exam information for all incoming students is available on the COAS website. For AP credit information, see the University’s Advanced Placement Credit schedule.
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS: Please bring all academic transcripts with you to orientation. (Include syllabi for courses you want to transfer, if they have not been already accepted.) The University’s Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy is available online. NOTE: The Office of Undergraduate Studies does not evaluate new student transcripts. For transcript evaluations, please contact your faculty advisor or the Office of the Registrar.
  • Optional parking: Visitor parking is limited. You should secure metered parking on the street or a visitor parking permit from the Office of Parking and Shuttle Operations (OPSO), 2400 Sixth St. NW, Suite B-11. There is a daily charge for permits. Please add an additional 15-20 minutes to complete this process. Please take rush hour delays into consideration when planning your travel time.
  • Campus shuttles and driving directions: The Office of Auxilary Enterprises lists local driving and parking instructions for visitors of the main campus, and maintains a full schedule of campus shuttle buses.
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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr