Admissions Policies

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.

Former Student Returning (FSR) Policy

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

Duration for Completion of the Program

  1. Students admitted to the professional entry level Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, upon completion of pre-requisites, have a maximum of seven (7) years from the initial date of entry to complete the program and receive the degree.
  2. Students with pharmacy licensure, admitted to the professional Post-B.S., or Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) degree program have a maximum of five (5) years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the program and receive the degree.

FSR Application Procedure

  • A completed and signed Supplemental Application;
  • Former Student Returning Explanation Statement (minimum 250 words) which sets forth the applicant’s reasons 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;
  • Any Additional Supporting Documentation


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 College of Pharmacy whose program is 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 (cumulative and semester GPAs of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or better) in all institutions previously attended, in addition to meeting all other requirements. 

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 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 evaluates 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.


ARRC Petition for Readmission Form

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