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1.When does fall orientation take place?

Orientation for the Fall Semester usually begins by the 3rd week in August at the same time the residence Hall opens for new students.

2. Where can I get an orientation schedule?

The Orientation Schedule “At a Glance”is mailed to all incoming students as early as June prior to the beginning of the Fall semester and is dependant upon when a student gains acceptance and pays his/her enrollment fee.

3. How can I obtain information on course registration?

Registration materials for new students may be picked up at the Dean’s Office in each school or college. To obtain a registration packet, students must present their permit to register. Complete course registration procedures are listed on Howard’s website:

4. Are incoming students required to take placement exams?

New entrants and transfer students who have not received college credit for mathematics must take the Mathematics Placement Exam. Refer to your Orientation Schedule “At a Glance”or contact your individual college for more details. (Phone numbers are listed under Directory of frequently called numbers for your convenience).

5. Are parking facilities available for new students?

Due to limited parking and construction, the University will not be offering parking facilities to new entrants. The University strongly advises that students leave vehicles at home as public parking is very limited in our community. (

6. What immunizations are required prior to beginning classes?

All students entering Howard University must comply with District if Columbia Law 3-20 which requires measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus immunizations before they can register or attend classes. Proof of immunization should be sent to the Director, student Health Center at (202)- 806-7540. The student health center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Website address:

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