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Admission Requirements and Policies 

First-Time-in-College Students 

The requirements for the admission of first-time-in-college students (and students with fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit) are a SAT score of at least 1020 or an ACT score of at least 22 and a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). These requirements are effective for the class entering in Fall 2000 and are subject to change for students applying for admission to the School after that date. The School will admit under a special admissions program a small percentage of students who do not meet the minimum requirements. 

Students also are expected to have completed at the secondary level the following courses with the assigned unit requirements: English (4) Science (2) Mathematics (2) Social Science (2) Foreign Language (2) and any other academic course counted toward graduation (3). 

Transfer Students 

Students transferring to the School of Business from another institution must have earned from that institution at least 30 semester credit hours and at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The School from which the student seeks to transfer must be either a two-year or four-year regionally accredited institution. These requirements are effective for those students transferring to the School for the Fall 2000 Semester and are subject to change for students who apply to transfer to the School after that date. The School will admit under a special admission program a small percentage of students who do not meet the minimum requirements. The School accepts credit for comparable courses completed at schools accredited by the AACSB-International Association for Management Education. Students may transfer credits from non-AACSB Schools, regionally accredited two-year colleges, or regionally accredited four-year colleges. However, only credits approved by the School of Business will count toward a business degree. Transfer students must complete at least fifty percent of their degree credits at Howard University in order to obtain a degree from the institution. 

Students transferring to the School of Business from other units within the University must have earned at least 30 semester credit hours at Howard University and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. These requirements are effective for those students transferring to the School for the Fall 2000 Semester and are subject to change for students who apply to transfer to the School after that date. 

Placement Test Policy 

All new students, both first-time-in-college and transfer students, are required to take placement tests to determine the level of their skills in reading, English, and mathematics. Students who do not achieve minimum scores—as determined by the Mathematics or English Departments—are recommended for the appropriate Center for Academic Reinforcement course. It is the policy of the School that all students recommended for any course by the Center for Academic Reinforcement successfully complete such course. Reading Improvement (ACAD-003) may be taken concurrently with Freshman English, but the Center for Academic Reinforcement Verbal (ACAD-008) must be taken prior to taking Freshman English. Mathematics courses that may be recommended are Basic Mathematics I (ACAD-014) or Basic Mathematics II (ACAD-015), or College Algebra I (MATH-006), each of which must be taken in the order listed and prior to College Algebra II, as applicable. 

Transfer students will not obtain credit for courses in math or English taken at other schools if they do not achieve the specified minimum score on the applicable placement examination. 

Foreign Language Policy 

All students, except International Business majors, are required to take two semester courses of a single modern foreign language in order that a working understanding of a language other than English may be achieved. 

For students who are not International Business majors and have previously studied a language, the requirement may be fulfilled by demonstrating fluency in a modern foreign language through satisfactory achievement on the applicable University-wide foreign language placement examination. In this case, the student may be encouraged to continue study of the same modern foreign language, take two semester courses of another language, or may take other general education electives to fulfill the hours required for graduation. 

International Business majors are required to take four semester courses of modern foreign languages and must reach fluency in at least one modern foreign language. 

Course Load Restrictions 

The maximum number of hours that a student in the School of Business can enroll in per semester without special permission is 18. In order to exceed 18 semester hours, a student in the School of Business must:  

1. have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and  

2. have obtained the approval and signature of the Dean.  

Any student who has exceeded 18 hours without satisfying the above criteria is subject at anytime to have the number of courses in his/her schedule reduced in order to achieve the appropriate course load. 

The maximum number of hours in which any student can enroll per semester is 22. 

Students on probation and/or returning from suspension are restricted to a total of 13 credit hours per semester. 

Enforcement of Prerequisites 

Students in the School of Business must satisfy any and all prerequisites for the courses in which they enroll. Students who have enrolled in a course without the proper prerequisite(s) will be withdrawn from the course. A list of the curricula and prerequisites for particular courses can be obtained in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 222, in the School of Business.

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