Prospective Students

Application Information

Students applying to the Department of Nutritional Sciences may obtain an application from the Howard University Office of Admissions by calling (202) 806-2900 or 1-800-822-6363. The application form can be downloaded from:

Howard University
Office of Admissions
2400 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059

The application should be submitted with a non-refundable fee of $45.00, payable to Howard University by either a certified check or money order.

Deadlines for the application are:

  • November 15 - early action (undergraduate) for the Fall semester
  • April 1st for the Fall semester
  • November 1st for the Spring semester
  • April 1st for the Summer sessions

Call (202) 806-6238 for more information.


Lower Level (all emphases)

CurriculumRequirements for admission to the lower level are consistent with those of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and particularly the Division of Allied Health Sciences. First-time entering freshmen considered for admission to the Department of Nutritional Sciences must submit an application form to the Howard University Office of Admission and present proof of having met the following criteria:

  • Graduation from high school or a G.E.D. certificate.
  • A minimum score of 500 mathematics and 500 verbal on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or an equivalent score on the American College Test (ACT).
  • All students admitted, as freshman must have completed the following high school units with a grade of “C” or better: English, mathematics, biology, chemistry.

Upper Level (dietetic emphasis)

Students who wish to apply to the Upper level of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics must:

  • Complete and submit an application package to the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The package must contain an essay stating goals and reasons for interest in dietetics, 3 letters of recommendation, and the application form.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses or equivalent required by the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Have a grade point average of a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Have a minimal letter grade of “C” in physiology, and nutritional sciences courses. Have no more than one letter grade of “D” in general chemistry, organic chemistry or microbiology.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of prerequisites as prescribed in the curriculum for the program.
  • Participate in an interview with the CP Admission Committee.

Transfer Students

Acceptance of course credits from an accredited college or university for transfer into the program will be determined by the departmental academic advisor. Transfer students will follow all applicable admission procedures related to Howard University and are as follows:

  • complete interdepartmental transfer form or the Howard University general application form and payment of all applicable fees.
  • cumulative grade point average of 3.0, based on a 4.0 scale.
    minimum grade of “C” in required prerequisites.
  • official transcript from all previously attended universities or colleges. (Must have been in good standing at all institutions previously attended).
  • Admission to the lower level of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics does not guarantee admission to the upper level

Howard University has a very clearly defined policy on equal opportunity with reference to student admission. The Department adheres to this policy in its admission of students.


Financial Aid Information and Costs

Cost to Student
Information on the annual cost of education at Howard University and the Division of Allied Health Sciences is clearly defined and disseminated to all applicants. The costs can be found on the Howard University website by clicking on the Tuition and Fees tab under Financial Responsibilities. Also, during the initial interview for admission to the Department, students are apprised of the tuition and fees costs, and the costs of uniforms and travel.

Cost Per Semester
**Tuition (Undergraduate) $9, 575.00
(**Students enrolled prior to Fall 2007) $9, 357.50
** Fees $ 610.50
Books and Supplies $ 500.00
*Professional/Lab fee $ 100.00
Meals (during practicums) $ 250.00
Transportation (to and from practice sites) $ 150.00
Link to HU Tuition and Fees
**The Board of Trustees of Howard University reserves the right to change tuition, fees, and other charges at any time.
*All students enrolled in the Division of Allied Health Sciences must pay a professional fee. In the Coordinated Program in Dietetics this fee is utilized for payment of registration fees for attendance at select professional meetings, copying of materials for students, purchase of Commission Dietetic Registration preparation booklet and other professional student associated expenses.

The above costs for meals, books, and transportation are approximations per semester. The cost for lab coats, uniforms and shoes is estimated at $200.00 for the duration of the program.

Other costs of the program include those associated with graduation.