What is New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation is comprised of three main components: Bison Prep, Virtual Howard, and Bison Week.
- Bison Prep (June 28 – July 2 for FTIC students and August 3 for Transfer students) is our Online Summer Orientation where students and their families will have the opportunity to learn more about Howard’s academic and student support services and tools for academic success.
- All new (first-year and transfer) students are assigned to an Academic Adviser in their School/College. During Bison Prep you will have the opportunity to hear from School/College Adviser to learn more about University requirements, degree requirements, and your first-year course schedule. FTIC Bison Prep was hosted virtually June 28 – July 2, 2021. Transfer Student Bison Prep is coming up on August 3, 2021. Registration for transfer Student Bison Prep will open on July 20, 2021.
- Virtual Howard (Available online starting July 3) is an online introduction to life at Howard, presented as a series of self-directed modules, which must be completed prior to the start of Bison Week.
- Bison Week (August 16 – 20) – your official welcome to the Bison family, typically begins the week prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters for all new and transfer students. You will actively participate in a wide array of activities virtually, in-person or hybrid to ensure you have a seamless and successful transition into Howard and the greater Washington, DC community.
What do I need to complete Virtual Howard (online orientation)?
All incoming new students will need access to the internet and access to a computer, tablet or cell phone to complete Virtual Howard and other orientation tasks. Check out the Save-the-Date flyer above for tentative Summer and Fall New Student Orientation dates.
Do I have to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?
Yes, all incoming first-year students will take the Math Placement Exam to be registered for a math course in their first semester. If you have not taken the MPE, or have questions/concerns about the MPE, please email Tutoring and Learning Support Services at email@example.com.
Can I change my major in my first semester?
No, incoming first-semester students cannot change their major until after one semester in residence.
Will I register for fall 2021 classes?
No, incoming first-year students do not register for fall 2021 classes. An academic advisor in the Schools/Colleges will register incoming first-year students for the fall 2021 semester.
Please note: all incoming first-year students’ course registration is pre-determined based upon their intended major. A typical first-year first semester course schedule will consist of the following: Freshmen Seminar course, English course, Introductory Major course, Afro-Cluster course, and Elective courses (2).
How many classes will I take in my first semester?
All new students will take a minimum of 15 credit hours (5 or 6 courses) during their first semester at Howard University.
Who is my Academic Advisor? How do I schedule an appointment with my Academic Advisor?
All new (first-year and transfer) students are assigned to an Academic Advisor in their School/College. During Bison Prep you will have the opportunity to hear from School/College Advisors to learn more about University requirements, degree requirements, and your first-year course schedule. Click here to access the 2021 Undergraduate Academic Advising List.
Who do I contact if I am having technical difficulties with bison email account?
Email ETS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I contact if I have questions about my financial aid package, including grants, scholarships and student loans?
Email the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com
Who do I contact if I have questions about my bill and/or payment plan options?
Email the Office of Bursar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I contact if I am having technical difficulties with Virtual Howard?
Email us at email@example.com
What does my orientation fee cover?
NSO Fee - 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 as part of the $300 enrollment fee. Once you've paid your enrollment fee, your NSO fee is covered and there is no additional charge.
This fee includes student attendance to Bison Prep, programming for new students, Bison Week activities, resources, placement exams, university publications, and a Howard University branded back pack.
Have additional questions relating to Orientation?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org