Academic Pathway to Towson University

The Academic Pathway to Towson University (APTU) supports international and non-native English speaking undergraduate students by combining academic studies with high-quality instruction in English.

What if I Don't Meet the English Proficiency Requirement?

If you do not meet Towson’s English proficiency requirement for direct undergraduate admission, you have two options:

  • Take the Academic Pathway to Towson University Program, with a combination of intensive academic English and university courses.
  • Study exclusively in our Intensive English Language Program until you successfully complete level 5, meeting the English proficiency requirement.

Why Choose the APTU Program?

The program provides international and non-native English-speaking undergraduate students the opportunity to begin their academic studies at Towson University supported by highly qualified and experienced English language teaching specialists.

The academic pathway increases your chances of success at Towson University with English courses designed to support your academic development and faculty mentors who understand the challenges of learning a second language and adjusting to a foreign academic culture.

Undergraduate students can earn up to 18 university-level credits while taking intensive academic English coursework.

You will be a part of a rich 150-year tradition at Towson University, experiencing the opportunity to study with world-renowned professors and faculty mentors driven to see you succeed.

Eligibility & Participation Requirements

If you are academically admissible to Towson University, but your English proficiency test scores are just below the requirements for direct admission, then APTU is for you.

Academic Pathway Options to Towson University Courses

APTU Level 1: Academic English & up to Three College Credits

  • Students with intermediate proficiency level scores (48-59 iBT, 4.5-5.0 IELTS)

  • Organization of classroom time:
    • 75% devoted to English for Academic Purposes, and
    • 25% pursuing academic undergraduate coursework

Students must pass all APTU 1 courses with a B before continuing on to APTU 2

APTU Level 2: Intensive English & up to Six College Credits

  • Students with upper intermediate proficiency scores (60-70 iBT, 5.0-5.5 IELTS)
  • Organization of classroom time:
    • 50% focused on English for Academic Purposes, and
    • 50% pursuing academic undergraduate classes before continuing on to full time academic coursework at the university.

Students who complete APTU 2 with a GPA below 2.5 may be required to complete APTU 3.

APTU Level 3: Intensive English & Up to Nine College Credits:

  • Students with a GPA below 2.5 and grades below a B in their English language courses will take APTU 3.
  • Organization of classroom time:
    • 25% English for Academic Purposes, and
    • 75% pursuing academic undergraduate classes before continuing on to full time academic coursework at the university.

Students may be exempt from the Academic Pathway Program if English proficiency scores meet or exceed one of the following: TOEFL 70 iBT (Minimum 19 subscores), IELTS 6.0 (Minimum 5.5 band scores)

Intensive English Only: Levels 1-3

If you do not meet the minimum APTU proficiency level scores (48-59 iBT, 4.5-5.0 IELTS), you can enter the APTU by completing Intensive English, levels 1-3.

Before entering the academic program as a fully qualified undergraduate, students with beginner to elementary level English proficiency will start by taking foundational English courses in Levels 1-3.

After completing Level 3, students may either decide to:

  • choose the Academic Pathway.
  • study English only and enroll in Levels 4 and 5, or

Towson University reserves the right to make adjustments to the noted admission criteria.