Enrolled Freshman (Main Campus) To-Do List

Congratulations on your decision to attend Towson University. In order to make your transition to TU as smooth as possible, we have created the Freshman To-Do List with important tasks for you to complete as listed below.

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Please complete all applicable tasks by the deadline listed or the start of classes. If you have questions about completing the To-Do List tasks, contact the department directly or email New Student Programs, .

Freshman To-Do List:

  • Spring term To-Do List tasks are updated by mid-October.
  • Fall term To-Do List tasks are updated by early April.


  1. Complete admitted student enrollment steps
    Required to access TU email, submit housing request and deposit, Enrollment Contract and fee and final high school transcripts.
  2. Apply for and/or review award guide and accept financial aid package
    Review mail/email notifications, accept or deny aid package by the deadline, or apply for aid if you have not already done so.
  3. Complete placement testing:
    1. Complete mathematics placement testing (if notified)
      Required for new all new students to ensure that first semester classes best suit their needs. 
    2. Complete reading placement testing (if notified)
      Students with an old SAT score less than 500 in critical reading, a new SAT score less than 550 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or an ACT Reading score less than 21 are REQUIRED to take the reading placement test. 
  4. Complete academic interest form (by December 12, 2017)
    You must complete the Academic Interest Form so that advisors can create your first semester schedule.
  5. Register for new student orientation 
    All new students are required to attend a summer orientation session at TU.

  6. Complete Strengths Quest assessment 
    This 20 minute assessment will be used to learn, utilize and build on your strengths. Your results will be used during New Student Orientation.
  7. Download the Guidebook app
    Download the app prior to orientation to view the orientation schedule, sessions, maps, participate in live polls and access orientation materials.
  8. Register for Honors College orientation 
    This program will introduce new Honors College students to TU. Complete only if you have been admitted to the Honors College.


  1. Get your OneCard 
    Students should bring a photo ID to orientation, complete the OneCard application and have their photo taken in order to receive your card.
  2. Sign up for emergency text alerts and download the Safer Mobility app  
    The TU Police Department encourages you to register prior to your arrival on campus.


  1. Complete online to-do list
    In addition to the tasks listed here, log into your online account to see your online To-Do List. 
  2. Complete immunization requirements  
    It is mandatory for you to upload your immunization records to the TU Health Portal.
  3. Purchase or change dining plan
  4. If you are living on campus, you are required to select a dining plan when submitting your housing contract. Commuting or off-campus students can also purchase dining plans here. 
  5. Learn about your online bill and billing schedule, enroll in the e-rebate/refund program, complete 1098-T consent
    It is important for you to understand the billing schedule and procedures, and the rebate and refund program. 
  6. Purchase parking permit 
    On-campus freshman are not permitted to have a car on campus. Commuter students may purchase a permit at the link above.
  7. Request Disability Support Services (optional)
    Reasonable accommodations are available to ensure that you are receiving equal access to education at TU. 
  8. Order course materials 
    Visit the online University Store to find, price and order your textbooks.
  9. Prepare for move-in and living on-campus 
    You are expected to review residence hall policies, move-in details, and view the list of permitted, prohibited and suggested items for your room. 
  10. Review Student Code of Conduct, policies and expectations 
    You should review and familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures before arriving on campus.


  1. Register for Project Serve (fall term only) 
    This three-day community service experience takes place before “Welcome to TU.” 
  2. Register for Project Explore (fall term only) 
    This week-long “Wilderness Pre-Orientation” program is run by student guides and provides you with outdoor living and travel skills. 
  3. Complete religious interest card 
    Complete this task if you would like to become involved with religious organizations on campus.
  4. Download the TU mobile app 
    This app is used to register for classes, view grades, see the campus map, find events, see athletics scores and more.
  5. Learn about technology resources at TU 
    Visit this Web page to learn about tech support and free services available to you. 

Freshman Transition Program with CCBC

If you are participating in the Freshman Transition Program with Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore County, please refer to the Freshman Transition Program To-Do List

Future Notifications and Communication

During your transition to Towson University, we will communicate important information to you using your TU and personal email account. Please note the following date(s) when email notifications will be sent to your TU account only:

  • Students entering TU for the spring term will receive email notifications to their TU email account beginning January 30
  • Students entering TU for the fall term will receive email notifications to their TU email account after July 1  

If you do not receive TU notifications and need to check or change your email address, please email