Admissions

When can I apply to Habib University?

Admissions for Fall 2023 are open from 16th October, 2023. If you fulfil the admission criteria for Fall 2023 , you can apply for admission by filling in our e-application . You can access our e-application from the home page of our website www.habib.edu.pk.

See the detailed Admission Schedule

Which Round should I prefer to apply?

The admission process remains the same for both rounds. However, prospective students are encouraged to opt for Round 1 of the admissions cycle because of several advantages.

Round 1: Round 1 applicants receive a 45% discount on their enrolment fee (enrolment fee is paid only after Admission is offered). They are also eligible for participation in the HU Summer Program (SPLASH) 2023. This program is designed to prepare students for university life.

Round 2: This will be the final round of admissions at Habib University. No discount is offered for the enrolment fee of this round.

What are the general admissions criteria?

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply to Habib University for Fall 2023

  • Applicants who have completed or will complete HSSC/A Levels/High School Diploma/International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualifications by August 2023.
  • Applicants must meet the grade and subject requirements as mentioned below and on Admissions Criteria page.

What are the subject requirements for degree programs at Habib University?

Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Programs: Students must have taken Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as Higher Secondary School/High School subjects and Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Computer Science at Secondary level.

Computer Science Program: Students who have studied three subjects including Mathematics in their Higher Secondary/High School can apply for the CS degree program.

Social Development & Policy, Communication & Design and Comparative Humanities programs: There are no specific subject requirements for these three degree programs. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Am I eligible to apply if I have completed a Diploma of Associate Engineer (DAE)?

Applicants with a diploma may apply if they have obtained a minimum 70% or above. Applicants with this diploma are also required to submit a necessary equivalence certificate issued by the IBCC, Pakistan.
For further information, please contact our team at admissions@habib.edu.pk.

Can I apply if I don’t meet the admissions criteria?

Those students who do not exactly meet our admissions criteria can contact the Office of Admissions. Such decisions are made on case-by-case basis.

Can I apply if I have not yet completed my HSSC/A level/High School Diploma/International Baccalaureate Diploma?

Yes, those applicants who are still in High School/College or who may be taking or retaking their exams are encouraged to apply if they can reasonably meet our requirements by Fall-2023. However, please be aware that if there are admissions requirements outstanding, any offer of admission will be conditional on meeting the necessary requirements.

What does the admissions process entail?

To apply for admissions at Habib University, you will need to:

  1. Register online following the “Apply for Admissions” tab to select a program and create an account.
  2. Complete the e-application and submit it before the deadline mentioned in the admission schedule.
  3. Pay the application fee online or send a copy of payment receipt to the Office of Admissions or upload it in the manage upload section.
  4. Take the Habib University Entrance Test OR submit your official SAT/ACT DSSE applicants must take the math component of HU entrance test.
  5. Appear for the interview at the designated time and location (shortlisted applicants only).You are required to completely fill in and upload the meta-curricular form once you have attempted Habib University’s entrance examination. The meta-curricular experience form can be accessed from the compulsory section of the e-application.

View more details here

How do I proceed with my online application?

Once you have registered for an account with Habib University, you will be assigned an Applicant ID number, username (your e-mail address) and password. Be sure you save these details as the system will allow you to complete parts of your application, save your information, and return to your application at your convenience.

What supporting documents do I need to submit with my e-application?

You need to attach the following documents with your e-application section of the ‘Upload Documents’:

  • Attested copies of original Secondary and Higher Secondary School Certificates/Diploma as per your examination board.
  • Attested Secondary and Higher Secondary School Transcripts/Mark Sheets as per your examination board. You also need to bring original copies for verification.
  • Your CNIC/Passport

What should I include in my Meta-Curricular Experience Form?

Your meta-curricular experience represents the activities you participated in outside the classroom and the learning opportunities you gained. Meta-curricular experience may include the following:

  1. Participation and learning from Co-curricular activities such as debates, dramas, sports, MUNs, singing, dancing, painting, writing etc.
  2. Participation and learning from Community Service or Voluntary work such as initiatives taken to help people and communities around you, find ways to better the environment, raise awareness of important issues and other activities which may support your community and society.
  3. Participation and learning from Work experience such as internships, part-time jobs, private tutoring, running your own organization/project or any other freelance work.

Please download the template for ‘Meta-curricular Experience’.

What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of works that you assemble in order to demonstrate that you have the appropriate prior learning and skills and/or showcase your learning in or out of the classroom. It is the creative expression of you and your work up until the time of submission. A portfolio could be a collection of your poems, articles, drawings etc. It could be videos you have developed, photographs you have taken or any other creative product you have designed.

If I don’t submit a portfolio, will it have a negative impact on my application?

The portfolio will add value to an application, but it is not a requirement. Applicants who do not submit a portfolio will not be disfavored in the admissions process in any way.

What should be included in my portfolio?

Habib University asks that you submit up to 15 samples of creative and/or intellectual work that you have produced up until now. Remember: quality, not quantity. If your work received wider recognition that was beyond your high school, we’d love to see it!’ Start the new paragraph with ‘What is to be submitted. What is to be submitted, however, relies mostly on what your intended school or program is. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to, an article published in a newspaper; a research paper; a photo or video of a science project; a poem or song that you have written and/or performed; samples of code that you have had significant influence in writing and have permission to share; original works of art or photography; a computer program or game you developed; a film/video that has significant input from you or that you starred in.

Submit each sample alongside a brief description that provides context for the sample: e.g. how and when it was produced.

How can I pay the application fee?

There are two ways to make the application fee payment:

  1. Pay online through the e-application system using a credit or debit card. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For further details, please click on the following link: Click Here
  2. Applicants can pay the fee at the nearest Habib Metropolitan Bank branch, using the payment voucher downloaded and printed from the e-application account.

Where do I find my Application ID Number?

The Application ID number is visible on the top right corner of each page of the e-application. In case an applicant is unable to access the e-application, s/he should contact the Office of Admissions at:

Phone: 021 111 042242 (HABIB) Ext. 4515, 4520, 4547, 4571
Email: admissions@habib.edu.pk

How do I find my Invoice Number?

If an applicant chooses to pay the application fee through Habib Metropolitan Bank, a payment voucher can be downloaded from the ‘Pay Application Fee’ section of the e-application. The applicant’s Invoice Number can be found on the payment voucher.

Can I make changes to the online e-application once I have pressed the “Submit” button?

No, you cannot make any changes to your e-application once it has been submitted. However, if some critical information needs to be corrected/altered (example: your mailing address or phone number), you can contact the Office of Admissions and put in a request.

Will I receive a confirmation after submitting my e-application?

Yes, you will receive a text message and an email notification stating the successful submission of your e-application.

Does Habib University have an entrance test as part of its admissions process and can I get an exemption from test?

Yes. Habib University will require the applicant(s) to appear for the entrance test. You may be exempted from the Habib University Entrance Examination based on SAT Scores or High Grades. Learn more about the Habib University Entrance Exam and Exemption from HU Entrance Test.

Does Habib University help me prepare for its Entrance Examination?

Yes, our admissions team provides a comprehensive guide for Entrance Exams. We also offer preparatory sessions to help students get ready for the test. To learn more, email us at admissions@habib.edu.pk.

What are the assessment criteria for admissions?

The application screening procedure at Habib University is individualized and holistic in nature. Our admissions criteria are based on a number of factors, including:

  • Academic potential (transcripts, board exam results, entrance test or SAT scores, and academic achievements)
  • Intellectual, creative and personal pursuits and passions (co-curricular/extra-curricular involvement and interests)
  • Writing competencies
  • Admissions interview

Will I be required to appear for an interview as part of the admissions process?

Yes, an interview is a key part of our holistic admissions process. Unfortunately, we cannot interview all of our applicants. After the Entrance Examination, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and informed of the date, time and location of their interview.

What should I expect at my interview?

The interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential in a multi-dimensional way. Our interview sessions are more like discussions with applicants about their interests, experiences and the thoughts they express in their essays.

What is the duration of Habib University’s Undergraduate degree program?

All undergraduate programs at Habib University are four-year programs.

I am already enrolled in another university and want to transfer to HU – am I eligible and will my credits transfer?

Habib University takes transfer students. For more details, please visit ‘Transferred Students

What is the fee structure?

Visit our Tuition Fees page for a detailed fee structure.

Are there any scholarships or financial assistance/aid available at Habib University?

At Habib University, we offer generous scholarships and financial assistance and aid packages that are customized for each individual’s merit or unique needs. For more information, explore our Financial Aid & Scholarships Program

Can I apply through a paper application?

We do not accept paper application, you must login to complete your e-application.

When will I receive my admission decision?

The admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, which means that admissions applications are evaluated as they are received. The decisions are communicated to each student through their emails and via the post.

How will I receive my admission decision?

Decisions are communicated to you via email and through post. We will not release admission decisions via the phone.

Can I re-take the entrance examination if I could not pass it in my first attempt?

We only provide one re-take opportunity to those who did not pass their entrance examination in their first attempt. The re-take opportunity is only available for Round 1 candidates

What is the process of re-taking the entrance examination?

You do not need to re-apply for re-taking the entrance examination.
All you have to do is pay your admission test fee, fill in the re-taker’s page on your e-application and send us an email at admissions@habib.edu.pk or contact our Admissions counselor.

Whom should I contact if I need any information related to admissions?

You can contact us through any of the following means if you require any help or information:

Visit the Office of Admissions 
Habib University
Block 18, Gulistan-e-Jauhar
University Avenue, Off Shahrah-e-Faisal
Karachi, Pakistan

Call Us: +92 21 111 042242 (HABIB) Ext. 4515, 4520, 4547, 4571

Talk to our Counselors: +92 322 2850247 | +92 321 8203568 | +92 321 8203545 
Email Us: admissions@habib.edu.pk
Web: www.habib.edu.pk

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get regular updates about our events and admission related information.

Scholarships

Who can apply for Habib University’s scholarships?

All students eligible for admission at Habib University can apply for its scholarships.

When should I apply for a scholarship?

You should submit your Scholarship application before the submission deadline. That is to make sure that your application can be reviewed and the decision can be made on time.

How can I apply for a scholarship?

The process to apply for scholarship is easy and simple. Follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1. Gather details about the scholarships Here

Step 2. Gain access to the online scholarship application by logging into your e-application.

Step 3. Fill in and submit the online scholarship form.

What type of scholarships are offered by Habib University?

Habib University offers three types of scholarships

  1. HABIB MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
    These scholarships cover up to approximately 50% of tuition & laboratory and/or studio fees of the recipients.
  2. HABIB EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
    These scholarships cover 60% to 80% of tuition & laboratory and/or studio fees of the recipients.
  3. HABIB YOHSIN SCHOLARSHIP
    These are 100% scholarships available for exceptionally well-rounded and highly meritorious students. At Habib University, being a distinguished Yohsin scholar is the highest honor for incoming students.

Do I also need to fill in the Financial Aid Application if I am applying for a Scholarship?

You do not need to fill in the Financial Aid Application if you are only applying for Scholarship.

What documents do I need to submit?

All required documents are listed on the e-scholarship form that can be accessed via the e-application.

What are the criteria for awarding scholarships?

The Scholarships awarded by Habib University at the time of admissions are not determined just on the basis of High School Grades. Key factors that contribute in determining the eligibility of students for the Scholarship include the following:

  • Grades obtained in secondary/higher secondary schools
  • Performance in Habib University’s Entrance Examination/SAT Scores
  • Communication skills including writing
  • Thoughtfulness about self and the society
  • Passion and initiatives taken for community service, and participation in diverse activities such as sports, poetry, performing arts, visual arts, etc.

When and how will I know if I have been awarded a scholarship?

The scholarship decision (if you have applied for it) will be communicated to you after you have secured admissions at the university via an official email. A discussion can be held with you and your parents to address any queries that you may have in this regard.

Are scholarship decisions negotiable?

Scholarship decisions are non-negotiable.

Are scholarships awarded for four years or one year?

Scholarships awarded at the time of admission are for four years, provided the recipient fulfills the following conditions:

  • Being enrolled as a full-time student, unless the University has approved part-time enrollment
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for Yohsin scholarships, CGPA of 3.0 for Habib Excellence scholarships and 2.75 for Habib Merit Scholarships
  • Actively participating in meta-curricular activities beyond the classroom
  • Being on good academic standing and follow the University’s policies and procedures
  • Being on good conduct standing

How will the University support me if I am struggling to maintain the GPA required to continue with the scholarship?

We trust the capabilities of all our students and facilitate them in their academic endeavours through a variety of ways. Habib University’s Writing Centre and EHSAS Centre provide remedial support to students in overcoming their academic problems. Faculty Advisors provide one-on-one guidance to students in different areas.

In case students are not able to maintain the required CGPA, their scholarship will not be withdrawn immediately. They will be provided a probationary semester to improve their performance and achieve the required CGPA.

Will my scholarship be reviewed each semester?

Scholarships awarded at the time of admission are not reviewed every year. They are renewed each year against your performance. Depending of your performance, it may change accordingly. If you maintain the required CGPA, your scholarship will automatically be renewed after every semester.

If I have been awarded with some scholarship at the time of my admission, will I be able to apply for other University-based scholarships during my four-years of study at Habib University?

You can apply for other scholarships too, depending upon the criteria specified for those scholarships.

Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?

Our Financial Aid Program supports the students enrolled at Habib University to meet tuition and other fee requirements of the University. Under its Financial Aid Program, the University offers Grants and/or student loans if they are meeting the requirements.

Who can apply for Habib University’s Financial Aid?

All students who apply for admission at Habib University are eligible to apply for Financial Aid if they can demonstrate genuine financial need hindering their ability to fulfil their university tuition expenses.

When should I apply for Financial Aid?

You should submit your Financial Aid application with all of the supporting documents before the submission deadline. That is to make sure that that your application can be reviewed and the decision can be made on time.

How can I apply for Financial Aid?

Applying for Financial Aid is a simple and easy process. Follow the steps mentioned below

Step 1. Gather details about the financial aid here

Step 2. Gain access to the online financial aid application by logging into your e-application.

Step 3. Fill in and submit the online Financial aid form.

If I have not applied for Financial Aid at the time of admission, can I apply for it during the course of my study at Habib University?

You can apply for Financial Aid any time during the 4-year program if your financial circumstances change. Your application will be reviewed as per Habib University’s policy and decisions will be taken accordingly

Do I also need to fill in a Scholarship form if I am applying for Financial Aid?

It is not essential. You can apply for just financial aid as well.

What documents do I need to submit?

You need to submit several documents along with your application for a fair assessment of your application. All documents that need to be attached with the online financial aid form are listed on the online financial aid form.

What if my parents are unwilling to disclose information on the Financial Aid form?

For a fair assessment of your application, it is essential that you provide complete information in your application. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All financial information and documents submitted to the Student Finance Office will be treated as confidential.

What can I expect during the verification stage of my application?

While evaluating student applications, the Student Finance Office may conduct verification from a recognized source or third party to ensure that the information submitted is genuine. They may also request additional documents or explanation of information from the student.

Failing to provide information, giving incomplete or incorrect information, or concealing of information will result in the withdrawal or denial of Financial Aid. The University also reserves the right to take strict disciplinary action against such applicants or students.

When and how will I know if I have been awarded a Financial Aid package?

The financial aid decision (if you have applied for it) will be communicated to you after you have secured admissions at the university via an official email. A discussion can be held with you & your parents to address any queries that you may have in this regard.

Are Financial Aid decisions negotiable?

Generally, financial aid decisions are non-negotiable. However, you can get in touch with the Office of
Admissions to have your concerns addressed in regards to your financial aid package.

Will the Financial Aid awarded at the time of admissions be continued for the complete four-year undergraduate program?

Financial Aid awarded at the time of admission will continue for the four-year period if the following conditions are met:

  • Being enrolled as a full-time student, unless the University has approved part-time enrolment
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.33
  • Being on good conduct standing and following University’s code of conduct
  • The financial situation of the family as assessed at the time of admissions remains the same

How will the University support me if I struggle in maintaining the GPA required to continue the Financial Aid program?

We trust the capabilities of all our students and facilitate them in their academic endeavours through a variety of ways. Habib University’s writing Centre and EHSAS Centre provide remedial support to students in overcoming their academic problems. Faculty Advisors provide one-on-one guidance to students in different areas.

In case students are not able to maintain the required CGPA, their financial aid will not be withdrawn immediately. They will be provided a probationary semester to improve their performance and achieve the required CGPA.

Will my Financial Aid be reviewed every year?

Yes, your Financial Aid will be reviewed every year. You will be expected to submit an undertaking every year about your financial situation. If your financial situation remains as it was declared at the time of admissions, Financial Aid will continue without any change. If your circumstances change either positively or negatively, your Financial Aid will be reviewed accordingly.

Habib University’s Deferred Fee Plan and Grants

Does Habib University offer grants?

Yes, Habib University does offer grants to students based on their financial condition and the University’s criteria.

How can I apply for grants?

You only need to apply for Financial Aid. There is no need to submit a separate application for grants.

Is there any maximum or minimum range for the amount of grants awarded?

The amount of grants awarded depends on your demonstrated financial need.

Student Employment at Habib University

What is the Student Employment option?

Under the Student Employment Program, a student is employed on campus for a maximum of 16 hours a week during semester and 40 hours a week during summer & winter breaks. Students are paid an hourly wage in exchange for their work. Students can avail student employment opportunities from Semester II if their academic performance is satisfactory and they have scored at least 2.33 CGPA.

Will the Student Employment Program engage me in on-campus or off-campus jobs?

Under the Student Employment Program, you will be engaged in on-campus jobs.

What type of work will I be engaged in if I opt for the Student Employment option?

The nature of work will vary from student to student depending upon their interests, skills, available time and opportunities. The opportunities could include working at the Habib University Library with library staff; working in laboratories with laboratory staff; providing services in the gymnasiums, sports courts and swimming pool; working as a peer tutor for specific skills; assisting the technology team; and becoming a student ambassador for Student Recruitment.

How much time can I spend weekly on my Student Employment Program?

16 hours a week during semester and 40 hours a week during summer & winter breaks.

How much can I earn from the Student Employment Program?

Earnings from the Student Employment Program depend on the nature of the job and the amount of time spent. On an average, if a student consistently spends 16 hours a week throughout the year and a little more time during semester breaks, s/he may earn between PKR 50,000 -200,000 per year.

In what form will payments be made to students engaged in the Student Employment Program?

Payment is made via bank cheque in favor of student or parent (either one having a bank account).

Will I be required to do work during my semester breaks?

Students can work on campus during semester breaks. You can work during the semester breaks to engage yourself in the Work-Study Program as per your financial need, interest and availability.

How will I be selected for one of the available Student Employment options?

Our Office of Career Services manages all Student Employment activities. Students will be asked to apply for available positions. There will be an assessment process to ensure that you possess the required skills to perform the selected tasks. If your assessment results are good, you will be considered for the position you have applied for.

If I am not a recipient of a Financial Aid package, can I be a part of the Student Employment Program?

Yes, you can apply for available opportunities in the Work-Study Program. Your selection will depend on the priorities set by Office of Career Services.

Will the Student Employment Program affect my studies?

Many students undertake studies and work together and successfully manage both. Your Student Employment timings will not clash with your classes and other academic activities. You also need to boost your time and work management skills in order to excel at both.