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Tiger Talks and Supporting Your Tiger: Family Orientation

Tiger Talks is a great opportunity for newly admitted first-year students to learn about Towson from their peers. Designed and led by students, Tiger Talks is a fantastic way for new students to learn about how TU can support them before August orientation! Students learn about meal plans, get tips from academic advisers about getting ready for Towson classes, get their OneCard, learn about choosing a major and career options, and meet new friends! In 2014, over 1200 new first-year students attended Tiger Talks!

Students who want to attend Tiger Talks will be charged $25 on their fall Bursar's bill. Sorry, but family, guests, transfer students, or friends (unless they are new TU students entering in Fall 2015!) cannot attend Tiger Talks. Families, guests, and friends are strongly encouraged to attend our Family Orientation highlighted below.

Supporting Your Tiger: Family Orientation is a new program specifically for family members who are sending their students to Towson University. Running concurrently to Tiger Talks, family members will hear from current students, TU staff, and Towson Family Network board members on what to expect once students move in and start their academic journey. Families will also get a free guide on helping students transition from high school to college. Weekend events are designed for out-of-state families to attend. New Student Programs encourages our out-of-state families to spend a weekend in Baltimore, attend Tiger Talks/Family Orientation, and spend some time on campus and in the Towson community. We STRONGLY encourage that families within a 1 hour drive of Baltimore attend our weekday events!

Click here for the Towson University Marriott reservations site

Click here for additional lodging options in the Towson area

Students' picks to eat in Baltimore and Inner Harbor dining options

Families have two payment options. Each payment option includes the guide book and dinner:

  • $10/person (limit of 4 people)
  • $30/person (limit of 2 people) and includes membership into the Towson Family Network


No on-site registrations for both Tiger Talks and Family Orientation will be available!

STUDENTS ONLY: Click here to register for Tiger Talks (Students need to activate their TU e-mail first!)

FAMILIES ONLY: Click here to register for Supporting Your Tiger: Family Orientation

Download a sample schedule here for Tiger Talks and Family Orientation

Dates and times for Tiger Talks/Supporting Your Tiger are:


Monday, July 13
Thursday, July 16
Friday, July 17
Saturday, July 18
Tuesday, July 28
Thursday, July 30
Friday, July 31
Saturday, August 1




SAGE (Students Achieving Goals through Education)

The SAGE Program is a signature program run by the Center for Student Diversity designed to attract, retain, and support a diverse student community at Towson University. SAGE offers entering first-generation students peer mentor support, programming designed to help students adjust to the collegiate environment, and understanding staff and allies that makes this program beneficial for all participants. Students and families can learn more about SAGE and students can apply to be a part of this coming academic year's program at the SAGE website.


Project Serve

Project Serve is a wonderful pre-orientation service project coordinated by Student Activities. Students spend three days before summer orientation doing service projects around Baltimore City and County. Students also gain teambuilding skills and have the option to live in a residential learning community through the academic year where they can also continue serving their community. Applications will be available on April 1 and can be accessed at the Project Serve website.

Project Marj

Project Marj is one of the longest running traditions at Towson University. Begun in 1977, Project Marj is a “Wilderness Pre-Orientation” program for incoming freshman and transfer students of Towson University and is managed by the Department of Campus Recreation.

Entering its 38th year, Project Marj 2015 will return to Shenandoah National Park, its original location, for the first time in ten years. Participants join together into groups of eight on the first day of the trip and then spend five days and four nights camping and backpacking throughout the park. Each group will be led by two student Project Marj Instructors who will provide instruction in backcountry living and hiking skills, as well as an introduction to life as a Towson student. Along the course of their hike, Project Marj participants will encounter the cliffs at Little Stony Man and get to step outside of their comfort zone even further and experience rock climbing and rappelling under the guidance of our experienced rock climbing instructors.

We are currently accepting registration forms which can be accessed at the Project Marj website.


If you need any assistance, please visit us in the University Union, room 217 or contact us by phone at 410-704-2309 or at

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