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Applying to Towson University is easy. Make sure to read the following instruction carefully before beginning your application. If you have questions, contact us at 410-704-2113, admissions AT_TOWSON, or get in touch with your admissions counselor. 

Be sure to read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application:

  1. Complete your application and submit the application fee. A $45 non-deferrable, non-refundable fee is required with your application. Students applying with a fee waiver will have the option to choose the type of fee waiver to be used during the payment section of the application.  If you hold a permanent residency card or other visa type (not including F or J student visas); hold DACA or Dream Act status; or are undocumented, please check this Admissions Requirements (PDF) document for important information related to your application process.
  2. Apply, if interested, to the Honors College. If you’re interested in the Honors College, you will need to complete the Honors section of the regular application for admission, no later than Dec. 1.
  3. Know the deadlines. To be considered for merit-based scholarships offered through University Admissions, you must apply and submit your transcripts and standardized test scores by Dec. 1. The final application deadline is Jan. 17 for fall admission and Oct. 15 for spring. (Applications may remain open on a space-available basis.) See all deadlines. 
  4. Send official high school transcripts. Please have your school counselor submit to University Admissions your official high school transcript via Parchment/Naviance.  If your school does not have Naviance, transcripts can be sent to admissions_documents AT_TOWSON.
    1. If you attended or are currently attending a non-U.S. high school, you must have your transcript evaluated by one of the following international credential evaluation companies: WES, ASCISS, ECE. You may also request that your high school send an official transcript by mail to: University Admissions, 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252.
    2. If you were home-schooled, you must submit an official transcript from your home-schooled program/agency or official documentation from your county school district verifying your curriculum.
  5. Submit standardized test scores. Towson accepts either the SAT and/or ACT. SAT and ACT scores must be sent from the testing agency to be considered official. We will not accept test scores reported on high school transcripts. Towson University test ID for SAT:  5404, Towson University test ID for ACT: 1718.  *Please note that it usually takes 2-3 weeks (from the day scores were requested) to be uploaded into our system.
  6. Write your college essay. Towson requires one essay with a 500 word maximum. Please refer to the application for the essay prompt.
  7. Create a resume. Applicants have the option to upload a resume or activities list before submitting the application. Although this is optional, any document submitted will be considered during the application process.
  8. Submit your ZeeMee link (optional).  At TU we want to get to know our applicants better. That’s why we’ve partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that lets you easily add short videos and photos to your college application. Just create your free profile and paste your link into your application.
  9. Provide OPTIONAL letters of recommendation. Up to two letters of recommendation may be sent via Parchment/Naviance or to admissions_documents AT_TOWSON.
  10. Find out if your intended major has additional requirements. Please refer to our complete list of screened majors to determine if there are additional requirements for the major you wish to study.
  11. Determine if you need to take the TOEFL exam.  If your native language is not English, you are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE. However, one of the following SAT or ACT scores exempt you from submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE scores:                                                             
    1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing SAT score of 530
    2. A 21 on the English section of the ACT

The TOEFL code for Towson University is 5404.


Application Deadline Extended

  • Fall 2018: Application closes on March 16.


The Honors College accepts applications from late August through December 1 of each year. Admission is open to first-year students, students transferring from other institutions, and current Towson University students with 60 or fewer units completed.

Admission to the Honors College is competitive. Honors College students make up about five percent of the incoming freshman class, and the approximately 750 active Honors students represent just over four percent of all undergraduate students at Towson University. Our application looks holistically at an applicant's experiences and considers quality of engagement over sheer quantity, self-awareness and reflection of involvement, and authenticity.

Most Honors students apply in high school and are admitted for their freshman year, but transfer students and current Towson University students may also apply to the Honors College. To be considered, an applicant must complete the Honors College application for admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Enrollment is not available to students who are pursuing second bachelor's degrees at Towson University. Students must complete Honors seminars at the main Towson University campus.

Internal transfer applicants with more than 60 units at the time of application will not be considered for the Honors College. Options for Towson University students with more than 60 units include departmental honors programs and, for students who have transferred in to Towson, the Towson chapter of the Tau Sigma National Honors Society.


Admission for First Year Students

Most first-year students admitted to the Honors College have:

  • Received a grade of “A” in the majority of their high school core courses, including honors and AP courses
  • Earned a minimum Old SAT score of 1890, a New SAT score of 1270, or an ACT score of 28

There are no minimum scores that a student must meet in order to apply. Students meeting only one of these criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for admission. Applications from first-year students receive a comprehensive review that also includes the following:

  • Course selection and the rigor of the student's high school curriculum
  • An assessment of the quality of the essay submitted in support of the application, a resume that demonstrates engagement in co-curricular and leadership experiences, and the optional letter of recommendation specifically for Honors

Admission for Students Transferring from Other Institutions

Transferring students with fewer than 30 units are evaluated based on their high school academic record and the items listed below. Transferring students with 30 units or more of graded, college level courses must have at least a 3.5 GPA and will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their collegiate record, in addition to the items listed below.

  • Standardized test scores
  • An assessment of the quality of the essay submitted in support of the application, a resume that demonstrates engagement in co-curricular and leadership experiences, and the optional letter of recommendation specifically for Honors

The Honors College at Towson University recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of students currently participating in Maryland Community College Honors Programs. In acknowledgment of these achievements the Honors College at TU has developed Memoranda of Understanding between the following Maryland Community College Honors Programs:

Students applying from one of the above college programs will be granted admission into the Honors College at TU provided the student has met each of the following criteria:


  • Has been accepted to Towson University
  • Has applied to the Honors College by the published deadline
  • Has met or will meet all requirements of their community college honors program prior to transfer to Towson University
  • Will complete an Associate Degree and/or a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits from their community college before joining the Honors College
  • Has at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application to the Honors College at TU

Students applying to Towson University who will enter with more than 60 units must apply to the Honors College at the same time as submitting the application to join Towson.

Admission for Current Towson University Students

Current Towson University students may apply to the Honors College if they have been enrolled at Towson University for no more than four semesters, have earned 60 or fewer units, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants with more than 60 units are ineligible. Applicants are evaluated based upon:

  • Towson University academic record
  • Standardized test scores
  • An assessment of the quality of the essay submitted in support of the application, a resume that demonstrates engagement in co-curricular and leadership experiences, and the optional letter of recommendation specifically for Honors

Current TU students must complete an Honors College Application that is separate from the TU Admissions Application. This application is available online. The deadline for submission is December 1.

Acceptance Information

Applicants are notified of the Honors College admission decision by early February. To accept your offer of admission to the Honors College, please follow these simple steps.

1. Review the Honors College scholarship, curricular and co-curricular requirements.

2. Return your Towson University Enrollment Contract by May 1. By submitting the Towson University Enrollment Contract, you are confirming your enrollment in the Honors College.

3. Learn more about living in Douglass House and the Honors Residential Community, and complete your Housing Request by Housing & Residence Life's posted deadline (usually on or around May 1). Incoming freshman are guaranteed housing in Douglass House if they submit all of the housing deposit and forms by the Housing & Residence Life deadline. Students transferring from other institutions may be able to live in Douglass, based on space availability. Transfer students interested in living in Douglass should contact Housing & Residence Life.

4. Request one or two Honors courses on your Academic Interest Form. A complete list of fall semester courses is usually published by early March each year.

Honors College Application Timeline

The Honors College application process for fall 2018 is closed. Applications for spring 2019 and fall 2019 for outside applicants and current TU students will reopen on September 1, 2018.


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