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Class of 2012: Howard University New Student Q&A!! Posted on 04-01-2008
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WELCOME TO HOWARD UNIVERSITY!!!! This Question and Answer thread was developed to answer ANY and EVERY inquiry from those who have officially selected Howard University as their place for academic growth! And for those who are still undecided about where you will be in the fall, hopefully this thread will help you lean towards furthering your education at HU If you have any questions pertaining to Howard University, registration, athletics, Greek life, campus life, Homecoming, Washington, DC, clubs, shopping malls, classes, majors, minors, roomates, etc. DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK QUESTIONS! Although Howard alumni and students are not experts in all areas of college life, we will try our best to answer your questions directly and in a timely manner. There are many current Bison and HU alums who post on this board.If you have a question that you are not comfortable posting in the open forum, utilize the PM (private messaging). Us Howardites are very friendly and responsive! Also, feel free to post your Myspace, Facebook, YIM, AIM or any other method of contact (if your feel comfortable doing so) in an effort to network, meet and greet others who are or will be associated with Howard University. I only make this thread ONCE a year so BE SURE TO ASK QUESTIONS! WELCOME TO THE BISON FAMILY CLASS OF 2012!
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04-03-2008 12:14AM [Reply]
Phylicia215

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Damn, Phylicia...six questions all at once?? No problem, I got cha... Howard University 101--The New Student Orientation Program is the official Howard orientation for first time undergraduate students (Freshman and Transfers). The official program has no fee or cost and takes place in August, one week before classes officially begin in the fall. The Center for Academic Reinforcement offers an optional program during the summer for new students at a cost of $325 per person for those that feel the need for extra assistance in preparing to attend college. Please note, however, that all new students will still be required to attend all sessions of the official program. During Pre-O all new students take placement exams, receive their academic advisor and get info on their intended majors and school. I didnt go to the Summer Pre-O when I was a freshmen, but for $325 I would have more than likely stayed my azz at home... I'm not sure abou the number of grants offered to Howard students. But If you dont have a scholarship, there are other options. Such as loans, grants, etc. It costs about $20,000 for Howard...if you dont have a scholarship your freshmen year, GET GOOD GRADES AND APPLY FOR UPPERCLASSMEN SCHOLARSHIPS. Howard has LOTS of them so please take advantage!
Thanks for the reply! I thought of some more also... How good of grades do you need for those upperclassmen scholarships? Is the administration really that bad? Can I change my undecided major before I register for classes, so I can start on my major or do I have to wait?

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04-03-2008 12:40AM [Reply]
chelsey_nicole

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Soo i have a question about donor scholarships. How likely will it be for me to get one seeing as how i heard alot of them are targeted towards upperclassmen?

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04-03-2008 01:08AM [Reply]
theTRUTH

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Phylicia215 wrote:
Thanks for the reply! I thought of some more also... How good of grades do you need for those upperclassmen scholarships? Is the administration really that bad? Can I change my undecided major before I register for classes, so I can start on my major or do I have to wait?
The grades for upperclassmen scholarships depend on the requirements for that particular scholarship. Some may require a 2.5 and some a 3.8....it just depends. The administration isnt all that bad in my opinion...they are just SLOW! I think the A-Building is extremely understaffed and could get a lot more done with more people. I havent had any negative incidents with them, so its all good to me. I think that if you were accepted as an Undecided major, you have to begin that way. You will have an opportunity to declare a major in the second semester of your Freshmen year. As undecided, you will automatically be placed in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you wish to transfer to another school/college within the university, you will need a 2.5 GPA.

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04-03-2008 01:14AM [Reply]
theTRUTH

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chelsey_nicole wrote:
Soo i have a question about donor scholarships. How likely will it be for me to get one seeing as how i heard alot of them are targeted towards upperclassmen?
I think you may be referring to Donor Based Scholarships. I dont know too much about them because they are private scholarships and they each have a different criteria. This link may help you more: Donor Based Scholarships - Howard University From the link, it appears that most of them are for upperclassmen. But thats a good thing....if you dont get a schoarship freshmen year, or if you happen to lose one that you had, their are plenty of options for funding your education.

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04-03-2008 05:52AM [Reply]
Jamaican Shawty
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They sent me a letter requiring verification....is that a bad thing?? I recieved a HUSA staff application and I was wondering can incoming freshmen hold a HUSA staff position, because I dont want to waste my time filling out the application.
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04-03-2008 07:58AM [Reply]

babigurl870
Osceola, AR
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theTRUTH wrote:
The accelerated BS/MD program requires that you finish undergrad in 2 years, then you must go on to Howard School of Medicine (I think that is another 3 or 4 years). You are still required to take the MCAT and your 2 years of undergrad are VERY intense. Summer school is required throughout undergrad to ensure you graduate within the two-year time frame. I'm sure you can do it! You have to be very focused, though...
Do u know if I have to major in Biology? I hope not becuase like I said I would like to minor in French and/or maybe Marketing. I saw the brochure for the program online but it doesn't give deadlines or contact information so.....
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04-03-2008 08:47AM [Reply]
chelsey_nicole

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Thanks! And have you heard anything about the pre-law program? I know you cant major in prelaw but you can major in political science with prelaw advising?

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04-03-2008 11:00AM [Reply]
theTRUTH

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chelsey_nicole wrote:
Thanks! And have you heard anything about the pre-law program? I know you cant major in prelaw but you can major in political science with prelaw advising?
Yes, there is a Pre-Law program. Click this link for more info (It is a PDF and if you cannot open it just click the second link) http://www.coas.howard.edu/politicalscience/polisci_undergraduate.pdf HU: Political Science

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04-03-2008 11:05AM [Reply]
theTRUTH

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Jamaican Shawty wrote:
They sent me a letter requiring verification....is that a bad thing??
Verification for what exactly?
Jamaican Shawty wrote:
I recieved a HUSA staff application and I was wondering can incoming freshmen hold a HUSA staff position, because I dont want to waste my time filling out the application.
Because HUSA is elected in the Spring and starts in the fall, I dont think freshmen are able to hold staff positions. However, I do believe you can be a HUSA Volunteer which is good because you get to know staff members and if you choose to run for an office they can give you tips and pointers as to how to go about it. Lots of folks start out as volunteers and go on to hold HUSA positions their junior and senior year.

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04-03-2008 11:08AM [Reply]
theTRUTH

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babigurl870 wrote:
Do u know if I have to major in Biology? I hope not becuase like I said I would like to minor in French and/or maybe Marketing. I saw the brochure for the program online but it doesn't give deadlines or contact information so.....
I'm not sure if you HAVE to be a Bio major to do the BS/MD program but I would think so because everyone I talked to about it kept mentioning Biology Pre Med majors. Marketing cannot be your minor. Last time I checked, students cannot have a major in Arts and Sciences and a minor in the School of Business. Your majors and minors must all be in the same school/college.

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