Admitted Freshmen & Transfers FAQs

We've created this page as a one-stop shop for answers to your most frequently asked questions about academics, housing, student life, tuition, billing and more. 

FAQs for Freshmen and Transfers

Academics:

What does a typical freshman schedule look like? Do I get to pick my schedule?
Most of your first year classes will fulfill our Core Curriculum at Towson University.  If you have identified a major or field you are interested in our advisers will also register you for introductory or lower level perquisite requirements. Freshmen must complete an Academic Interest Form to be scheduled for classes for their first academic term. Based on your responses, as well as Towson's academic requirements, an academic adviser will select and enroll you into appropriate courses for you.

Am I required to take placement testing?
Math: All incoming freshmen are required to take an online math placement test to determine their appropriate math level and course. 

Reading: All freshman must take the exam unless they have an SAT evidence-based reading and writing score of 550 or ACT reading score of 21 or higher. (For incoming spring 2021 students, Towson University has waived all Reading Placement requirements.)

I’d like to change the major I indicated on my application, is that possible?
Sure! Towson University Admissions is major blind in the review process; we do not admit students into a specific major. When you fill out your Academic Interest Form, we will ask you again what your intended major is and the advisers will use that to create your schedule. During your summer orientation, academic advisers can assist you with the procedure to officially change your major.

I took dual enrollment credits while in high school, will those transfer?
Most dual enrollment courses transfer, provided they were taken at a regionally-accredited institution. Please request an official transcript from that college/university be sent directly to Towson University Admissions. Your dual enrollment credits will be posted to your account in late August. You should also indicate those courses and grades on your Academic Interest Form so our advisers are aware of your advanced credit.

Will my AP or IB credits transfer to TU?
For more information about how AP or IB credits transfer, please visit this web site: https://www.towson.edu/admissions/undergrad/freshmen/credits/. If you have additional questions, please email .

Housing:

Is on-campus housing guaranteed?
To request on-campus housing, students must submit a housing application. On-campus housing will not be guaranteed should the university need to de-densify this fall. The priority deadline to apply for housing is April 1, 2021. Students will be notified of their status by April 27, 2021. The final application deadline is May 1, 2021 (notification date is May 18, 2021). If offered housing, students must sign a housing contract and submit a $350 non-refundable deposit.

Do I register for housing and request a roommate at the same time?
When you apply for on-campus housing there will be a section in the application to request a roommate.  You will need to know their full name and TU ID. Both you and your prospective roommate must enter each other’s information on the housing application. If you need to make changes to your housing application, you must do so by the May 1 deadline. If you have questions, please email or call 410-704-2516.

What is the difference between capstone housing and university housing?
Towson University offers 16 residence halls on campus that represent an eclectic mix of old and new architecture. Three of these buildings, West Village 1/Tubman Houses and Millennium Hall, are managed in collaboration with Capstone On-Campus Management. Thus, they are physically located on our campus but not operated by TU so they are considered to be “off-campus” options.  The application process for West Village 1/Tubman House is different than traditional on-campus housing so make sure you read the application information carefully before getting started.

Student Life:

Are there any activities for incoming freshmen over the summer?
We encourage students to check out Project Serve and Project Explore as a way to connect with fellow Tigers before the fall semester starts.

Where can you find a job on campus?
We hold a campus job fair at the beginning of each semester and use Handshake. Handshake is a free, online job and internship database. In addition to job and internship searches, Handshake also offers resume databases, on-campus recruiting events, career event registration and more. 

Do students stay on campus on the weekends? Is there a lot of school spirit?
Close to two-thirds of our undergraduate students live on campus or off campus in privately owned housing in Towson.  Many students stay in the area on weekends to cheer on TU Athletics or participate in events organized by student organizations.  Exciting events and a host of student activities are yours for the taking on TU's campus. Learn more about student life at TU!

Finances:

Does the $300 enrollment fee and $350 housing deposit both go towards my first semester bill?
The $300 enrollment fee is not applied to your tuition; it is a mandatory one-time fee. Your housing deposit will go towards your room and board if you return for the spring semester.

When will I receive my financial aid package?
If you complete the FAFSA by January 15 and are admitted by February 15, your Financial Aid notification will be mailed to you in early to mid-March.

The Financial Aid Office will also email your Financial Aid notification to your personal email address. The email does include an attachment, so we encourage you to check your SPAM folder for messages from .

Note: If you have filed a FAFSA, but did not receive your award notification, please check your TU and personal email for outstanding items or contact Financial Aid.

When should you accept your financial aid package?
We encourage you to accept or decline your award as soon as possible but no later than May 15.

How can I find the cost of attendance?
If you and your family are trying to decide if TU is a good fit for you financially please review our cost of attendance website.

Deferrals:

How do I request a gap year or defer my admission?
Email . One of our admission counselors will work with you to discuss your deferral options.

Will I lose my financial aid package if I defer?
If you are deferring from fall to spring, you do not need to submit your FAFSA again, but your financial aid package may change. If deferring from fall to following fall, spring to fall, or spring to spring, you will need to submit a new FAFSA and your financial aid package will be based on that new FAFSA.

Do I need to complete the New Student To Do List items now? No, you do not. You will complete your checklist items leading into the new term that you plan to begin at TU.

Will I get advising and when do I register for classes?
Each student at TU is assigned an academic adviser. Students will meet with an academic adviser and register for upcoming courses at orientation. Your specific adviser is assigned and posted to your myTU Student Service Center before the first week of classes concludes.

Am I required to take placement testing?
Towson University has two placement tests, Math and Reading. We strongly encourage all incoming students, regardless if they have previously completed a college math course, to take our online math placement test to determine their appropriate math level and course. Failure to do so could delay registration at orientation. Most student may be exempt from taking the reading placement if they are transferring in more than 30 college credits or if they have less than 30 college credits but completed a 100 level college English course equivalent to TU ENGL 102 with a "C" or better.

How can I check what major I was accepted to?
Towson University Admissions is major blind in the review process, we do not admit students into a specific major.  Please check our website to see if your intended major has specific admission requirements.

How will I know what credits will transfer?
Transfer credits will be awarded for most academic courses completed from a regionally accredited institution. For information about courses that will transfer from Maryland community colleges, access the ARTSYS Articulation System. We are constantly updating this website as new equivalencies are approved. Once you are enrolled and registered for orientation, an official evaluation of your credits is prepared and posted to your myTU Student Service Center.

Are transfer students guaranteed on-campus housing?
On-campus housing is not guaranteed and extremely limited for transfer students. As an admitted student, you can access our Off-Campus Housing portal to search for opportunities in the surrounding area.

Are there scholarship opportunities?
Students who complete the application process by December 1 are automatically considered for a merit-based admissions scholarship.  These scholarships are highly competitive. Students will be notified by mid-February if they will receive a merit-based admissions scholarship.  TU also offers over 250+ additional scholarship opportunities which students can explore.

Does the $300 enrollment fee go towards my first bill?
The $300 enrollment fee is not applied to your tuition; it is a mandatory one-time fee.

Can I take courses over the winter Minimester or during Summer Sessions?
Yes! You can take classes during the summer or winter at Towson University. Please email  after you have submitted your enrollment contract in order to be activated. You will still be required to attend your new student orientation.

How do I request a gap year or defer my admission? 
Email . One of our admission counselors will work with you to discuss your deferral options.

When will I receive my financial aid package?
If you complete the FAFSA by January 15 and are admitted by February 15, your Financial Aid notification will be mailed to you in early to mid-March.

The Financial Aid Office will also email your Financial Aid notification to your personal email address. The email does include an attachment, so we encourage you to check your SPAM folder for messages from .

Note: If you have filed a FAFSA, but did not receive your award notification, please check your TU and personal email for outstanding items or contact Financial Aid.