Freshman Transition Program
The Freshman Transition Program (FTP) is a partnership between Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore County. Freshman applicants who fall just short of admission to Towson may be selected by TU’s University Admissions to participate in the program.
Freshman Transition Program students take CCBC courses taught by CCBC faculty (which take place at or after 5 p.m.) on the main TU campus. They live in TU’s residence halls and receive the same support services as TU students. After successful completion of the program, Freshman Transition Program students may enroll at Towson University and transfer their CCBC credits to TU.
How to Participate
If you are selected for the Freshman Transition Program, you will receive an invitation to participate from Towson University. There is not a separate application process for the FTP. Towson University selects participants from its regular applicant pool, and students may not opt-in to the program.
If you receive an invitation to participate in the FTP, simply complete the following five steps to accept our offer.
1. Submit your Participation Agreement and fee.
If you are selected for the FTP program, you will receive a Participation Agreement package in the mail during the spring. Sign and return this agreement along with your $300 participation fee to Towson University no later than April 22 if you plan to live on-campus. If you do not plan to live on campus, please submit your agreement and fee by May 1.
2. Register for placement testing.
The letter you receive with your offer of participation will indicate if you need to complete placement testing. If you are required to be assessed in more than one area, you will take all of your rests the same day. Space is limited, register now.
3. Activate TU Email Account.
The university will use this account to contact you about important business, so it is imperative you activate it as soon as possible. To set up your account, visit Activate Your NetID. (Note: Your TU student ID number is located on your Offer of Participation letter.
4. Reserve TU housing by May 1.
As a new freshman in the FTP program, you are guaranteed space in TU’s on-campus university housing. To reserve your space, students must: submit the online Housing Request Form and submit $350 housing deposit by 5 p.m. EST on May 1. Contact TU’s Department of Housing and Residence Life for more information. Please note: Freshman Transition Program students may not live in Capstone affiliated housing.
Please note: Your Participation Agreement and $300 enrollment fee must be received and processed by University Admissions in order to request housing. You must also include your TU Student ID Number (located on your Offer of Participation letter).
5. Direct all financial aid to CCBC by April 1.
All financial aid for the FTP program will be administered by CCBC.
6. Submit final high school transcript.
Please make arrangements for your high school to send your official final high school transcript to University Admissions. The official transcript must be sealed in your high school’s official envelope and mailed to: University Admissions, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252-0001.
7. Complete all items on the Freshman Transition
Program To-Do List
After you've accepted our offer of participation, you should visit the Freshman Transition Program To-Do List Website and complete all required tasks. This website will provide important information to help your transition to college life, including details about parking on campus, getting your OneCard ID, registering for classes, and more.
Students may participate in the Freshman Transition Program for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. Academic progress while in the program is governed by CCBC academic standards. View the CCBC College Catalog for a full description of academic standards.
Students will be eligible to transfer to Towson if they meet either of the following criteria:
- By the conclusion of the fall term, complete at least 9 transferable credits with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), a minimum grade of C and a grade of Pass in Pass/Fail courses
- By the conclusion of the spring term, complete least 15 total transferable credits with a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA and a grade of Pass in all Pass/Fail courses
Students who do not successfully complete the Freshman Transition Program requirements or who discontinue the program at Towson University must make arrangements to continue attending CCBC or re-apply to Towson under the university's regular criteria for admission. Students who do not complete the program will not be accorded FTP transfer admission criteria to TU.
Students in the Towson University Freshman Transition Program are CCBC students who also receive a Towson identification card (OneCard) and access to all TU campus services. However, students in the Freshman Transition Program may not be able to participate in some organizations, including Army ROTC, Greek life, intercollegiate sports and compete with club sports.
Both TU and CCBC comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA/Buckley Amendment), as amended. Student information is shared between Towson and CCBC when it pertains to participation in the Towson University Freshman Transition Program.