Freshman Transition Program

The Freshman Transition Program is a partnership between Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore County. 

TU Students

Freshman applicants who fall just short of admission to Towson University may be selected by University Admissions to participate in the program. Towson University Freshman Transition Program (FTP) students take Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) courses taught by CCBC faculty on TU's main campus in the late afternoon and evening. They live in TU’s residence halls and receive the same support services as TU students. 

After successful completion of the program, students have a seamless transition into Towson University and transfer their CCBC credits to TU.  Students do not have to reapply to TU.

How to Participate

If you are offered FTP, you will receive an invitation to participate from Towson University. There is not a separate application process for the FTP. Towson University selects participants from its regular applicant pool, and students may not opt-in to the program.

If you receive an invitation to participate, simply complete the following steps to accept our offer.

Steps to follow:

  1. Register for placement testing.
    The letter you receive with your offer of participation will indicate if you need to complete placement testing. If you are required to be assessed in more than one area, you will take all of your tests the same day. Space is limited, register now.
  2. Mail your participation agreement and nonrefundable $300 fee.     If you are selected for the program, you will receive an FTP Participation Agreement package in the mail. Sign and return this agreement along with your nonrefundable $300 participation fee to Towson University no later than April 20 if you plan to live on-campus. If you do not plan to live on campus, please submit your agreement and fee by May 1.  This is a one-time fee to secure your spot in the incoming class and is not credited to your bill.  
  3. Activate TU email account.                                                            
    Your participation agreement must be received and processed by University Admissions before you can activate your account.  The university will use this account to contact you about important business.  To set up your account, visit Activate Your NetID. Your TU student ID number is located on your Offer of Participation letter. 
  4. Reserve TU housing online and pay nonrefundable $350 deposit by May 1 at 5p.m.

    As a new freshman in this program, you are guaranteed space in TU’s on-campus university housing as long as you meet the housing deadline. To reserve your space, you must: submit your Housing Application and nonrefundable $350 housing deposit by 5 p.m. ET on May 1.  Please note: FTP students may not live in Capstone affiliated housing (Paca/Tubman Houses and Millennium Hall).

  5. Direct all financial aid to CCBC by April 1. Learn more.
    All financial aid for the FTP program will be administered by CCBC.

  6. Submit final high school transcript.                                                
    Please make arrangements for your high school to send your official final high school transcript to University Admissions.  It can be sent via mail or electronically directly from your school.
  7. If you have questions about FTP, please email:

    a. Ann Gamble, Director, University Collaborations: agamble@ccbcmd.edu 
    b. Jeanne Gyr, Advisor, Freshman Transition Program: jgyr@ccbcmd.edu

Academic Requirements

Students may participate in this program for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. Academic progress while in the program is governed by CCBC academic standards. View the CCBC College Catalog for a full description of academic standards.

Students will be eligible for a seamless transition from CCBC to Towson University if they meet either of the following FTP criteria:

  1. By the conclusion of the fall term, complete at least 9 transferable credits with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), a minimum grade of C and a grade of Pass in Pass/Fail courses, or
  2. By the conclusion of the spring term, complete least 15 total transferable credits with a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA and a grade of pass in all pass/fail courses.

*All students are enrolled in 5 FTP courses.  

Students who do not successfully complete the FTP requirements or who discontinue the program must make alternate arrangements or re-apply to TU using regular criteria for transfer admission.

Additional Information

Students in this program are CCBC students who also receive a TU identification card (OneCard) and access to all TU campus services. However, FTP students are not able to participate in some organizations, including Army ROTC, Greek life, and intercollegiate athletics. Students are also not allowed to practice or compete with club sports or TU competitive teams.

Both TU and CCBC comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA/Buckley Amendment), as amended. Student information is shared between TU and CCBC when it pertains to participation in the Freshman Transition Program.