Life at TU

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Services for Students and Parents

Tiger Talk Events for Students

We know that during the transition to college, one of your top concerns is meeting other students. that's why we've developed Tiger Talks fun, pre-orientation events that will connect you with current students and other new students who have similar interests. You will be able to ask questions about what to expect from college life and learn strategies for a successful transition to TU. These events are not required and operate on a first-come-first serve basis. Space is limited; therefore early registration is encouraged. We strongly encourage you to kick off your Towson experience with these unique events. Dates for each session will be posted on the New Student Programs site on April 1.

Orientation Events for Parents

Parent Drive-Ins
Parent Drive-Ins are especially helpful for families who have never sent a student to college. During these three hour sessions, parents and guardians will learn what to expect from the college transition, including the best ways to support their student. These events will be held at the same time as the Tiger Talk events and on move-in day; however, parents may attend any session date, even if their student is not attending the Tiger Talk program. Space is limited for the summer sessions so we encourage parents to register early. There will be additional orientation events for parents on move-in day, Saturday, August 23. Watch for the Parent Pride Special Edition newsletter coming your way in June with a complete list of programs and activities.

Beginning April 1, visit the New Student Programs web page for more information and to register for Tiger Talk and Parent Drive-In events.

Student Academic Advisers

Sometimes you may have a quick question about course requirements or want to check on your progress toward graduation. You might like a peer’s perspective about your academic program
or need help understanding a university policy. Student Academic Advisers are available to answer those questions and help you prepare to meet with your faculty adviser. Just stop by the Academic
Advising Center in the Lecture Hall to talk with a Student Academic Adviser—no appointment necessary.

Student LIFE Line

Have a question about TU? An answer is just a phone call away.

  • LIFE Line is a telephone line created to answer your questions about the university.
  • LIFE Line is staffed and ready to assist callers 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, you can leave a voicemail message, and you will get a response the next business day. The LIFE Line number is 410-704-LIFE (5433).

Meet the Parents

The Towson University Parents Association is an advocacy group that seeks to strengthen the relationship between parents, students and the university. Representatives will be at the Parents Association Welcome Tent at the University Union on August 27 to answer questions and provide information. Stop by for a snack! Parents are invited to join the association and can pick up an
application at the tent or online at the Parents Association website,

The Career Center at Towson University

The Career Center provides TU students with:

  • Supportive and encouraging experts who care about your success

  • Insight and empowerment to better understand who you are and where you want to go

  • A personalized job search plan that allows you to navigate the job search process with confidence

  • Connections to employers who are motivated to hire TU students for jobs and internships

  • An advantage over the competition with impressive interview skills, an incredible resume and a polished professional image

  • Visit the Career Center Web site; stop by 7800 York Road, Suite 206; email careercenter@towson.eduor call 410-704-2233.

    Undecided About Your Major or Career Path?
    Explore the “What Can I Do with This Major?” handouts, as well as the other career exploration resources available on the Career Center Web site. Once you’re on campus, you can continue to receive additional, individual assistance by making an appointment with a career counselor.

    Finding an On-Campus Job
    As a Towson University student, you have access to a diverse range of on-campus employment opportunities. Work as a peer educator in the Counseling Center, a lifeguard in Campus Recreation Services, a Phonathon caller for the Towson Fund, or even a cashier in the University Store. Start your job search using your Hire@TU account, the Career Center’s online job and internship database. It is important to start your search early as on-campus jobs fill fast. The best times to search are August for the fall term and January for the spring term. You may also want to expand your options by exploring local, off-campus jobs in Hire@TU. Both on- and off-campus employers will be at TU to recruit students at the annual Part-Time and On-Campus Job Fair just prior to the start of the fall semester. Remember, student employment is more than the path to a paycheck; it’s a learning experience to help you become more organized, accept greater job responsibilities, and develop transferable job skills that you can apply to future career positions. Please feel free to drop by the Career Center during Express Hours for a resume review, help with Hire@TU and job search tips.

    Log in to Your Hire@TU Account
    Your Hire@TU account is your one-stop online shop for finding on- and off-campus jobs and internships, posting your resume, managing career events and finding career mentors. Access Hire@TU and log in with your NetID and password (your Hire@TU account will be created automatically for you once your NetID and password are established). Questions about Hire@TU? Visit the FAQ page or contact the Career Center for individual assistance.

    Towson University Green Initiatives

    Towson University is dedicated to fostering a sustainable, environmentally responsible campus. We’ve already reduced our carbon impact through a state-of-the art single-stream recycling program, green construction projects and a new composting initiative. Our commitment has even earned us
    national recognition in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. But climate neutrality can’t be achieved through institutional practices alone. We need your help—whether you volunteer in the student veggie garden, rent an e-book or bring a bike to campus in lieu of a car, the small steps you take to reduce your daily impact add up to an enormous reduction in campus carbon emissions. Towson’s making great strides toward climate neutrality. What will you do?

    Smoke-Free Campus Policy

    Towson University is the first four-year university in Maryland to be entirely smoke-free. All buildings and exterior grounds owned or operated by Towson University are designated as smoke-free,
    including athletic stadiums and practice fields, parking garages and open spaces.

    Towson’s smokefree policy aims to reduce the health risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke and ensure that all members of the campus community have access to clean air.
    For those who wish to quit, the Dowell Health Center provides free smoking assessments and smoking cessation and education classes in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of
    Health. Free nicotine replacement therapies are also available through the Dowell Health Center.




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