Admission to the Honors College is highly selective. Honors College students make up less than 10 percent of the incoming freshman class, and the 800 active honors students represent about five percent of all undergraduate students at Towson University. Learn about the advantages of joining the Honors College.
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, and
earned a minimum SAT score of 1800 (or an ACT score of 27).
Students meeting only one of these criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for admission. They may be admitted after a comprehensive review focusing on course selection and the rigor of their high school curriculum, the quality of the essay submitted in support of their application, as well as their engagement in co-curricular and leadership experiences.
All new first-year and transfer students admitted to the Honors College for fall 2015 receive an honors scholarship each year in addition to any other scholarships and grants they may receive. Current Towson University students, including those who become full-time TU students in spring 2015, may compete for a limited number of scholarships.
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. All students must complete the Honors College application to be considered for admission to the Honors College. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
High School and transfer students with less than 30 units are evaluated based on their high school academic record, including: SAT scores, participation in leadership, extracurricular, and community service activities, and a well-written application essay.
Transfer Students and 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 4 semesters (60 units) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Learn about the advantages of joining the Honors College.
Transfer students with 30 units or more of graded, college level courses must have at least a 3.5 GPA and will be evaluated on the basis of their collegiate record instead of their high school grades and SATs.
Transferring from a Maryland Community College Honors Program
The Honors College at Towson University recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of students currently participating in Maryland Community College Honors Programs. In acknowledgement of these achievements the Honors College at TU has developed Memoranda of Understanding between the following Maryland Community College Honors Programs:
Carroll Community College, Hills Scholars Program
Community College of Baltimore County, Honors Program
Frederick Community College, Honors Program
Harford County Community College, Honors Program
Howard County Community College, Rouse Scholars Program
Prince George’s Community College, Honors Academy
Students applying from one of the above mention college programs will be granted admission into the Honors College at TU during the Fall semester only provided the student has met the following criteria:
Has been accepted to Towson University.
Has applied to the Honors College by the published deadline.
Has met all requirements of the Community College Honors Program prior to transfer to Towson University.
Will complete an Associates Degree and/or a minimum of 60 undergraduate units 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.
Transfer students who do not meet the above criteria are still encouraged to apply. Their acceptance will be determined upon the review of their application.