Admission Policies

Attendance Policy

Students in the Pharm. D. program are expected to attend all scheduled classes and complete all laboratory assignments. Attendance may be recorded and maintained by the respective Departments. Unexcused absence in the Professional Practice Experience course will result in a failing grade of 'F' in the course.


Admission Deferment Policy

In some extenuating circumstances, an admitted applicant may wish to delay entrance to Howard University College of Pharmacy.  Requests for such a deferment to a subsequent entering year will be considered on a case by case basis upon an admitted applicant’s written and signed request. Admission deferrals are not automatic but may be granted in appropriate circumstances based on the recommendation of the Dean. Accordingly, a student who requests and is approved to defer admission is considered under an obligation to enroll and attend the pharmacy program the following year. An offer of admission is made only for the next academic year and generally cannot be deferred. Hence, applicant should apply for admission in the year in which he or she would like to matriculate. 

Only students who accept an offer of admission, paid the non-refundable deposit, satisfied all fall admissions requirements (i.e. outstanding prerequisite coursework, PBP Program, etc.), and cleared the background screening check will be considered for a deferral request.

Admission Deferment Procedure

Should an extenuating situation arise, a newly admitted student may request an admission deferment to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.  The request is to be written in the form of a letter providing an explanation for the request and accompanied by supporting documentation.  

If Deferment is Approved:
  • Granted deferments are final and your seat in the current entering year will be forfeited. 
  • Scholarships cannot be retained but deferred candidates will be re-evaluated for scholarships in the spring of their deferred year, by submitting the new Supplemental Application by the February 1 deadline.
  • You will be required to sign an agreement contract certifying that you will not apply to, attend or hold a deferment at another College/School of Pharmacy.  Violations of the contract will result in the deferment being revoked.
  • You will submit a new Supplemental Application by the February 1 deadline. 
If Deferment is Denied:
  • In the event that the deferment is denied, you will still have the option to enroll in the fall semester of the year you initially applied. 

Readmission After Withdrawal/Dismissal from the University/Former Student Returning (FSR) Policy

Students who were dismissed due to poor academic standing or ethical and professional infractions will NOT be readmitted.

A former student is any person who matriculated in at least one semester in the Howard University College of Pharmacy (entry-level PharmD or Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy program) and at some point during their tenure separated from the College for at least one semester.

Students who voluntarily withdrew from the University may apply to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy for readmission. Neither the application fee nor the enrollment fee will be assessed. Application must be made at least 60 days before the semester in which readmission is sought. Withdrawing pharmacy students, planning to return in the immediate following semester, should contact the Office of Student Affairs for information on readmission procedures. (See Duration of Completion Policy). 

FSR Application Procedure

  • A completed and signed Supplemental Application;
  • Petition for Readmission Form
  • Former Student Returning Explanation Statement (minimum 250 words) which sets forth the applicant’s reason(s) for his/her separation from the College of Pharmacy, and subsequent reasons for his/her desire for resumption;
  • An in-person interview may be required;
  • Student must include a detailed plan for successful completion of the pharmacy program.
  • A letter from your current Academic/Student Dean stating you are in good academic, professional and ethical standing
  • Any Additional Supporting Documentation
  • Student must be in compliance with all current Howard University Regulations and requirements, 

Please Note: Readmission is discretionary and is not guaranteed

Revised 01-24-17


Reapplying Procedures

Students who have applied in previous years will need to submit a NEW application through PharmCAS, available at www.pharmcas.org, beginning July prior to the academic year for which admission is sought.


Transfer Policy

A transfer student is any person who was previously enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at a college or university other than Howard University whose program was accredited by a United States regional accreditation agency and the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  To qualify for admission consideration as a transfer student, the applicant must be in good academic, professional and ethical standing (cumulative and semester GPAs of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, or better) in all institutions previously attended, in addition to meeting all other requirements for admission to the Howard University College of Pharmacy, including eligibility for licensure upon graduation.  

Transfer Application Procedure

To apply, please submit all application materials bulleted below, plus a letter from your current Dean stating you are in good academic, professional and ethical standing.  DO NOT APPLY THROUGH PHARMCAS!

All of the following application materials will need to be submitted directly to the Howard University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs, c/o Admissions Committee, 2300 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059: 

  • A completed and signed Supplemental Application;
  • A Supplemental Application Fee of $45.00;
  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (minimum 250 words) which sets forth the applicant’s goals and reasons for pursuing a career in pharmacy at Howard University College of Pharmacy;
  • Detailed description of reason(s) that applicant is seeking transfer to Howard University College of Pharmacy at this time. (Please provide supporting documentation)
  • An official transcript from each college or university previously attended;
  • Scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) [The PCAT should be taken no later than October of the prior year you are seeking admission consideration];
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, of which, one should be from a current school/college faculty advisor and the other the current school/college student affairs dean; plus,
  • A letter from the Dean of any Doctor of Pharmacy program in which you have previously been enrolled, stating that you are in good academic, professional and ethical standing.
  • As with all prospective College of Pharmacy students, an in person interview and criminal background check will be required.

An admissions decision will be based on a thorough review by the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee of all submitted materials. Submission of all required materials does not guarantee admission to the College of Pharmacy.

If Transfer is Approved:

  • Transfer Credits--The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (?) of the College of Pharmacy will determine the courses to be accepted for a credit from a regionally accredited college or university for transfer. Only courses with a grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above will be considered for transfer credit. The College of Pharmacy DOES NOT evaluate foreign transcripts.  Foreign transfer credits MUST appear on a U.S. regionally accredited college or university transcript prior to consideration by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • You will be required to sign an agreement certifying your level equivalency in the College of Pharmacy at Howard University and a registration form with the courses in which you are eligible to enroll.

Revised and Approved by Faculty 01-24-2017


FSR Application Procedure

To apply, please submit all application materials bulleted below, plus a letter from your current Dean stating you are in good academic standing. DO NOT APPLY THROUGH PHARMCAS!

All of the following application materials will need to be submitted directly to the Howard University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs, c/o Admissions Committee, 2300 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059

  • A completed and signed Supplemental Application;
  • A Supplemental Application Fee of $45.00;
  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (minimum 250 words) which sets forth the applicant’s goals and reasons for pursuing a career in pharmacy;
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended;
  • Scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) [The PCAT should be taken no later than October of the prior year you are seeking admission consideration];
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, of which, one should be from a science professor or instructor and the other from a non-relative; plus,
  • A letter from your current Dean stating you are in good academic standing.
  • An in-person interview may be required.

 If Transfer is Approved:

  • Transfer Credits--The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Pharmacy will determine the courses to be accepted for a credit from a regionally accredited college or university for transfer. Only courses with a grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above will be considered for transfer credit. The College of Pharmacy DOES NOT evaluate foreign transcripts.  Foreign transfer credits MUST appear on a U.S. regionally accredited college or university transcript prior to consideration by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • You will be required to sign an agreement contract certifying your level equivalency in the College of Pharmacy at Howard University and a registration form with the courses in which you are eligible to enroll. 

Transfer Credit

The Academic Dean of the College of Pharmacy will determine the courses to be accepted for a credit from a regionally accredited college or university for transfer. Only courses with a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above will be considered for transfer credit. The College of Pharmacy DOES NOT evaluate foreign transcripts. Foreign transfer credits MUST appear on a U.S. regionally accredited college or university transcript prior to consideration by the Academic Dean. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs before submitting foreign transcripts.


Transfer Students

A transfer student is any person who was previously enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at a college or university other than Howard University whose program was accredited by a United States regional accreditation agency and the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE). To qualify for admission consideration as a transfer student, the applicant must be in good academic standing in all institutions previously attended, in addition to meeting all other requirements. To apply, please submit all application materials listed on page 2, directly to the College of Pharmacy. DO NOT APPLY THROUGH PHARMCAS.

Mr. Marlon Prince
Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Howard University, College of Pharmacy
2300 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059
CCH – Rm. 106
Telephone: (202) 806-6533
Email: marlon.prince@howard.edu



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