This program thoroughly prepares international students and non-native undergraduate
students for academic success by assisting their transition into the United States
The Academic Pathway to Towson University (APTU) supports students by combining academic
studies with high-quality English instruction.
If you do not meet the English Proficiency requirements for direct admission, you
will be placed in the appropriate level of the Intensive English Program or a level
of the Academic Pathway.
If you are at a beginner level of English proficiency, it will be necessary to start
your studies in our Intensive English Program, Levels 1 - 3.
If your English is at an intermediate level, you could choose the Academic Pathway
to Towson University program, with a combination of academic English language and credit-bearing
Why Choose the APTU program?
The program gives you the opportunity to begin academic studies at Towson University
supported by highly qualified English language teaching specialists.
The pathway increases your chances of success at Towson University with courses designed
to support your academic development and faculty mentors who understand the challenges
of learning a second language and of adjusting to a foreign academic culture.
You can earn up to 20 university-level credits while taking intensive academic English
A dedicated academic support advisor will help and support you as you transition through
You will be a part of a rich 150-year tradition at Towson University, experiencing
the opportunity to study with world-renowned faculty mentors who are driven to see
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. Review the options below:
Intensive English Program: Levels 1 - 3
Students with foundational levels of English proficiency will begin by taking English only courses in Levels 1 - 3. After completing Level 3 (35-47 iBT, 4.0 -4.5 IELTS), students may either decide to study English exclusively and enroll in Levels 4 and
5 before matriculating to the university, or students may choose the academic pathway
APTU: Level 1
English for Academic Purposes & Up to Four College Credits: Students with intermediate proficiency level scores (48-59 iBT, 4.5-5.0 IELTS) will
be enrolled in APTU 1 and will spend 75% of their classroom time focusing on English
for academic purposes and 25% of their time pursuing academic undergraduate coursework
before continuing on to APTU 2.
APTU: Level 2
English for Academic Purposes & Up to Eight College Credits: Students with upper intermediate proficiency scores (60-69 iBT, 5.0-6.0 IELTS) will
be enrolled in APTU 2 and will spend 50% of their classroom time focusing on English
for academic purposes, and 50% of their time pursuing academic undergraduate coursework
before continuing on to full time academic studies at the university. Please note: Students who do not meet the graduation requirements for APTU 2 must complete APTU
3. (See below.)
APTU: Level 3
English for Academic Purposes & Up to Ten College Credits: Students who complete APTU 2 with an overall GPA below 2.5 in their university courses
and grades below 80% in their English courses will be enrolled in APTU 3. They will
spend 25% of their classroom time focusing on English for academic purposes and 75%
of their time pursuing academic undergraduate coursework before continuing on to full
time academic classes at the university.
Students may be exempt from the Academic Pathway Program with English proficiency
scores that meet or exceed one of the following: TOEFL 70 iBT (Minimum 19 subscores),
IELTS 6.0 (Minimum 5.5 bandscores) when they apply to Towson University.
The university reserves the right to make adjustments to the noted admission criteria.