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How do I get into Howard University?


What do I need to be able to get accepted at Howard University?

Also, I'm currently a sophomore and next year I'll be taking 3 college courses (Bio 110- Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Heal 101- Health and Health Occupations, and Heal 103- Medical Terminology) along with hospital shifts (Professional Health Careers Academy (PHCA) program). Will these credits count at HU?


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I think the fact that you are asking yourself this question now, as a sophomore, shows that you're probably already trending in the right direction of doing what you need to do to get into Howard.

The baseline things you should be working on right now so your application will get looked at is your GPA and test scores. The average unweighted GPA of incoming Howard freshman is a 3.60. At minimum you should be shooting for a 3.6 but if you can get above that it obviously is not going to hurt. The average SAT/ACT scores for incoming freshman are a 1210 and a 25 respectively. Again, remember these are averages so there's going to be plenty of people with scores and GPAs higher than those and lower. Of course, you should shoot to be higher than these scores but you don't need to freak out if you're not there quite yet.

Next you're going to want to have strong ECs. It looks like you're interested in the Health profession and are actively pursuing classes related to that. The fact that you're already doing hospital shifts is great. If you can continue to do those throughout high school that will look good on your application. If you can find more opportunities related to your interests like clubs, internships, or volunteer work I would look into those. It's going to be better for your application if you have ECs where it's clear you're passionate and you've dedicated your time and effort to them rather than having lots of ECs but you've only been with them for a few months.

In terms of if those credits will transfer, that's probably best to ask Howard directly. Having said that, based on this link from the Howard website ( it does sound like they will transfer. But again, the only way to know for sure is to confirm with the university themselves.

Finally, you might find this link to their Freshman Application Guide helpful. It gives a bit of information on requirements, important deadlines, what they look for, and even some tips on the admission essay. You can find that here: