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 TU’s 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 after 5 p.m. They live in TU’s residence halls and receive the same support services as TU students. 

After successful completion of the program, students may enroll at Towson University and transfer their CCBC credits to TU.

Registration for the March 29, 2018 FTP Information Session will open in late January.

How to Participate

If you are selected for this program, 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. Submit your participation agreement and fee.                                
    If you are selected for the program, you will receive a 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.

    Note: If you will be living on-campus, there is an additional $350 deposit as referenced in Step 5 below). Submission of your FTP Participation Agreement and $300 participation fee must be mailed by the April 20 deadline.  You will be able to reserve housing online after University Admissions processes your agreement and fee.  You will be notified via email when you can activate your TU NetID.  

  2. 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.

  3. Activate TU Email Account.                                                            
    The university will use this account to contact you about important business, so it is imperative that you activate your account as soon as possible. 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 by May 1.

    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 the online Housing Request Form and submit $350 housing deposit by 5 p.m. ET on May 1. Contact TU’s Department of Housing and Residence Life for more information. 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. The official transcript must be sealed in your high school’s official envelope and mailed to: University Admissions, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252-0001.

  7. Complete all items on the Freshman Transition Program To-Do List.                         After you've accepted our offer of participation, you should visit the Freshman Transition Program To-Do List and complete all required tasks. This list will provide important information about orientation and your transition to college life.

    Please note: Fall semester To-Do List tasks are updated by mid-March.

  8. If you have questions after  the FTP Information Session (see Step 1 above), please email:

    a. Ann Gamble, Director, University Collaboration: 
    b. Jeanne Gyr, Advisor, Freshman Transition Program:

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 to transfer to Towson University if they meet either of the following 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.

Students who do not successfully complete the program requirements or who discontinue the program at Towson University must make arrangements to continue attending their local community college or CCBC or re-apply to TU using regular criteria for admission. Students who do not complete the program will not be accorded FTP transfer admission criteria to TU.

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, students in the FTP  are not able to participate in some organizations, including Army ROTC, Greek life, and intercollegiate sports. Students are 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 Towson and CCBC when it pertains to participation in the Towson University FTP.