Admitted Student FAQs

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faqs for freshmen and transfers

COVID-19 FAQs for fall 2020 Incoming Students

(Updated 06/22/2020)

Has the May 1 enrollment deadline been extended?
Yes, we have extended our deadline. The deadline for freshmen is July 15. Transfers should submit their contracts ASAP. ENROLL NOW!

Is housing still available?
No, on-campus housing is currently at capacity for fall 2020. There are many housing options adjacent to campus within walking distance and on TU’s shuttle route. Explore off-campus housing options.

I can’t afford the $300 enrollment fee, what do I do?
Email  to request a deferral of the fee to your first semester bill.

If my financial situation changes, will I receive more financial aid?
There is a Special Conditions Form on the Financial Aid website to submit if your financial situation has changed since you submitted the FAFSA. 

Is orientation online this summer?
Yes, New Student Orientation will be fully online this summer. Details will be emailed to you from New Student & Family Programs.

Has all the placement testing been waived?
The Reading Placement testing has been waived, but Math placement testing is still required for all freshmen and some transfers. Placement testing notifications are sent out on Thursday afternoons with details.

If students can’t live on campus this fall, will the housing deposit be refunded? 

Are classes online this fall?
TU will use a highly flexible instruction model that supports both in-person and remote learning and teaching to ensure a lower-density classroom environment. Some courses will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning experiences; others will be online-only. This model ensures TU faculty have flexibility to provide the highest-quality instruction options to students who are seeking an on-campus experience while offering a safe environment for members of the campus community who choose to learn and teach remotely.

If classes are online this fall, what will be my new cost of attendance?
The USM Board of Regents voted in June to not increase tuition and fees for the 2020–2021 academic year. TU will keep tuition and fees level at the fiscal year (FY) 2020 rates throughout the next academic year.

Freshman FAQs


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?
For Fall 2020, Towson University has waived all Reading Placement requirements. All incoming freshmen are still required to take an online math placement test to determine their appropriate math level and course. 

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: If you have additional questions, please email .


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, Paca/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 Paca/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!


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?
Financial aid packages are mailed by March 1 to students who completed a FAFSA by the priority deadline of January 15. Remember to activate and check your TU email account for important communications from the Financial Aid Office.

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.


How do I request a gap year or defer my admission? Email Admissions Counselor, Sam Chaplin, at . He 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.

Transfer FAQs

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 Admissions Counselor, Sam Chaplin, at . He will work with you to discuss your deferral options.


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