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Academic Advising

The purpose of academic advising is to provide students with opportunities to meet individually with faculty and professional advising staff who support the development of their academic success. Through intentional encounters, valuable information is shared, and relationships are developed that ultimately help shape students’ career trajectories.

Students in the College are encouraged to schedule a minimum of two advising sessions each semester. Advising is offered through your academic department.


Department of Art

Dr. Raimi Gbadamosi, Chair –

Prof. Ronald "Akili" Anderson – Painting (Undergraduate) –

Prof. Mark Bartley, Asst. Chair; Graphic Design –

Professor Jacqueline Carmichael, Interior Design –

Professor Larry Cook, Photography –

Dr. Melanee Harvey, Art History/Museum Studies –

Professor Alexander McSwain – Electronic Studio –

Professor James Phillips, Painting (Graduate) –

Professor Reginald Pointer, Ceramics –

Dr. Elka Stevens, Fashion Design –


Department of Music

Dr. Chinyerem Ohia, Interim Chair –

Dr. William Kenlon, Theory and Composition –

Dr. Matthew Franke, Music History –

Dr. Benita Gladney, Music Education –

Professor Fred Irby, Instrumental Music –

Professor Connaitre Miller, Vocal Jazz Studies –

Dr. Chris Royal, Jazz Studies w/Music Technology Emphasis –

Dr. Eric Poole, Classical Voice –

Dr. Karen Walwyn, Keyboard Studies –

Professor Charlie Young, Instrumental Jazz Studies –


Department of Theatre Arts

Professor Nikkole Salter, Chair –

Professor Kim Bey, Acting –

Professor Dominique Douglas, Theatre Arts Administration –

Professor Anthony Gomes, Theatre Technology –

Professor Brittany Johnson, Musical Theatre –

Professor Royce Zackery, Dance –

Registration Dates and Deadlines

The Office of the Registrar is the official Howard University repository of academic records. Located in Room 105 in the Administration Building, the Office of the Registrar is responsible for recording and reporting grades, issuing transcripts, certifying enrollment, coordinating class scheduling, managing consortia and domestic exchange programs and maintaining official student academic records. Check registration dates and deadlines here by clicking here.

Student Financial Services

Students who plan to enroll for Summer 2022, Fall 2022, & Spring 2022 semesters need to ensure they are enrolled in the minimum credit hours to receive federal aid: UG must enroll in at least 6 credit hours; GR must enroll in at least 4 credit hours (including candidacy/dissertation students). Learn more at the Student Financial Services website.

Question(s) regarding financial aid, please reach out to

Questions(s) about the cost of attendance, learn more here.



Student Conduct

Students in the College of Fine Arts are encouraged to take pride in their artistic and intellectual growth. They are expected to commit to producing original work on papers, research, class projects, exams, and quizzes, without unauthorized assistance, and fully adhere to the University’s academic integrity policies.

Each student is individually accountable for learning and respecting the University’s rules and regulations stipulated in The Student Code of Conduct, published annually in the Student Handbook (The H-Book).

Bison One Card

Where to use your card.

The Bison One Card is the official Howard University ID card for active or registered students, faculty, staff, contractors, and summer program participants.

A valid ID card (US gov't issued ID or valid Passport) is required to receive an initial card.

There is no charge for an initial card for students, faculty, staff, and contractors.

Department of Public Safety

Excellence in truth and service through safety and awareness.

The Department of Public Safety works in partnership with the University community to enhance the safety and quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and visitors through dynamic best practices of safety, preparedness, and prevention methods to protect and serve the University community. See Something, Say Something!

General: (202) 806-1100
Emergencies: (202) 806-7777 
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988

Student Health Center

Your health matters.

Student health is imperative for student success. Get to know the services that are available to help you live your healthiest life at Howard University.

All services at the Student Health Center and University Counseling Service are covered by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR). All students are required to be covered by UHCSR, even if they have other health coverage. Please contact UHCSR to arrange dual coverage.

Student Counseling

There are a variety of services to meet the myriad student needs at Howard University.

The University Counseling Service (UCS) is a (currently virtual) campus resource to support your mental health.

At UCS, we direct students to services depending upon their needs, availability and, local and state guidelines on teletherapy and the best standard of care. UCS services include one-on-one sessions with a counselor, group therapy sessions, and medication management. In some cases, UCS may refer students to providers and resources in the UCS referral network.

Appointments are scheduled by emailing, then replying to the request for scheduling email that is automatically sent from the UCS account. 

To start services, you will meet with a staff member for an initial intake or consultation appointment. This initial interview appointment is used to discuss your needs so UCS can determine the most appropriate services for you. Please plan to spend approximately 45-60 minutes to complete the intake/consultation process at UCS. The appointment is conducted on MS Teams (or phone when required). Your intake interviewer will follow up with you within 1-3 business days after the Tuesday after your intake/ consultation appointment. This after-Tuesday time frame allows the UCS team to review the weekly new cases, and assign them to an appropriate provider. 

Student Affairs

Howard University is about much more than earning your degree.

At Howard,  you'll create experiences that help to shape you into the person you want to be. So who will you become? The Howard University Division of Student Affairs is here to help you find out.

Meal Plans

Dining facilities, Blackburn Cafe and Bethune Annex Cafe, are all you-care-to-eat. Both locations offer an array of options and will gladly work with students to find additional options that suit their individual needs.

Meal (dining) plans are designed specifically to meet the needs of our students and to be convenient, flexible, and loaded with options.

Students receive greater value per meal with a plan and there’s no need to carry cash or a credit card—it’s all on your Bison One Card.  Meal plans are charged to student accounts.

If you are looking to enjoy a meal with friends or just a snack on the go – there is a plan to fit every appetite. Explore our meal plan options to choose the best plan for you.

iLab/Enterprise Technology Services

Help Desk Assistance at 202-806-2020 and the iLab.

Enterprise Technology Services is dedicated to helping, developing, implementing, and supporting technologies to enrich the teaching, learning, and working experience of the Howard community.

Basic IT troubleshooting, incident reporting, and service request submissions.

Residence Life

Moving to campus, especially for the first time, can be overwhelming.

The Office of Residence Life wants to ensure that you have the information necessary to make this transition smooth. Please view their list of items that you should bring with you to campus. Items you should not bring are listed after. 

Howard University Libraries

The world is at your fingertips.

Access thousands of articles, books, magazines, research tools, and so much more through the Howard University Library System. Take a walk on over to the newly renovated Undergraduate Library (UGL) or historic Founders Library on the main campus of the University.

Parking & Transportation

The Office of Parking & Transportation Services (OPTS) primary mission is to give commuters options when making their daily decision on how they will travel around campus.

Howard University Parking and Transportation Office offers a limited amount of parking on campus for students, faculty/staff, and visitors. Our goal is to ensure all patrons receive a fair opportunity to utilize the parking facilities available on campus. Keep in mind that limited parking means limited availability.