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Freshman Transition Program FAQs

Q:   When do I register for my classes?

A:    As a FTP student, you do not register for classes yourself. Ms. Ann Gamble creates the class schedules for all FTP students.

Q:   Who is my Academic Adviser and when do we meet?

A:    Each new freshman student is assigned a First-Year Experience (FYE) Adviser for his/her entire freshman year at Towson. You will meet with your adviser during your FYE Meeting at Welcome to Towson.

During the semester, you should plan on meeting with your adviser to discuss any challenges that you experience and get help, so that you can meet the transition criteria and make the most of your opportunity being in this program.

Q:    When is Orientation?

A:    Welcome to Towson is what we call our orientation program, and it takes place on Saturday, August 27 through Tuesday, August 30. Unlike many other schools, we do not have a summer program for new freshman students. By providing orientation during the four days before classes begin we maximize the amount of time that you have to get to know other new students, and staff. This also assures that you know how to get around campus, which buildings contain which services and departments, and the keys to becoming successful at Towson. There will be chances to interact just with other FTP students and other times when you will be integrated will all new students.

Q:   Am I required to attend all of Orientation?

A:    The Welcome to Towson program has been specifically designed for your benefit and to address your transition needs as a new student. Please note, there will be specific meetings for FTP students. While attendance at orientation is required there are opportunities in the schedule for you to choose between the activities that appeal most to you. Rest assured, you will be glad that we require your participation!

Q:   What is an "OL"?

A:   OLs, or Orientation Leaders, are upperclass students who are here to help you adjust to college life. Some of the OLs were students in the Freshman Transition Program. They will facilitate discussions, give you advice, and lead you through Welcome to Towson. These students applied and interviewed for these competitive leadership positions. They also went through extensive training in preparation for your arrival at TU.

Q:   How do I get involved on campus?

A:   There are many different ways to get involved on campus - joining a student organization, working on campus, attending events and programs. Be sure to ask your OL and FYE Advisor for their advice. Also, given the timing of your classes, you will have free time during the day that you can use to get involved, so be sure to use this to your advantage!

Q:   Are there any involvement restrictions as an FTP student?

A:   There are a few activities that you are not allowed to participate in as a FTP student. The restricted activities include:

  • Intercollegiate sports
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • The LeaderShape Institute
  • Club Sports (*limited participation)
  • If you have any questions about these restrictions, or would like assistance in getting involved, contact Katie Dauka, coordinator of New Student Programs at Towson.

If you would like to suggest additional questions to be posted on this page, please send an email to New Student Programs with "Requested FTP FAQ" in the subject line.

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