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 our Pre- and Summer Orientation programs.
ALL incoming students are required to complete Virtual Howard prior to starting classes on campus.
Virtual Howard is our online, self-guided tutorial about Howard University and the services available to you and your family. Through Virtual Howard, you will receive valuable information about the University and become more familiar with academic resources and campus life. Subjects covered include:
To receive credit for completing the tutorial, you must complete a series of quizzes after registering with your name and Howard ID number. The first 100 students to complete the tutorial and get a 100% on the mastery test will receive a special gift from the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Parents also have access to the modules and you should invite them to visit the site if they’d like to review the tutorial.
Are you worried about transitioning into college? Are you excited about the opportunities that await you? As you wait over the summer to start your post-secondary career, we want to provide you with a list of suggested readings that will help instigate reflection discussion about academic and student life in college.
After Virtual Howard, you have the opportunity to come to a one-day, on-campus summer orientation. (You are welcome to do both if you are able!)
The currently scheduled dates are:
The Math Placement Examination (MPE) is administered through McGraw-Hill’s Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) program. ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that quickly and accurately assesses a student’s level of mathematic proficiency. ALEKS provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any web-based computer. Upon completion of the initial diagnostic assessment, a customized learning plan will be generated for each student. The MPE results will determine math course eligibility and placement. Academic Advisers will be available during New Student Orientation to answer questions regarding major/program requirements.
Students meeting the following criteria are exempt from the Math Placement Exam:
Parents have access to virtual orientation. Virtual Howard is our online, self-guided tutorial about Howard University and the services available to parents. Through Virtual Howard, you will receive valuable information about the University and become more familiar with academic resources and campus life. Please log-in under the parent registration form.
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