Freshman Applicants

Towson University is now a member of the Common App. Apply now! 


Test-Optional for Fall 2022

A holistic review process is used to determine freshman admission. The primary factors in our evaluation are based on your high school courses, grades and supplemental materials submitted with the application. We will evaluate the academic rigor in the context of the high school environment, extracurricular involvement, college application essay, and other information provided on your application.

Application Requirements


Submit the Common Application 

Submit your application with all required materials by TU’s December 1 Early Action deadline to be considered for merit-based Admissions scholarships or the Honors College. A $45 non-refundable application fee is required when you apply. See our application fee waiver options.

Apply Now with Common App


Include your activities and essay

On the Common Application, you will be required to list your activities and write a college essay. We encourage you to be as thorough as possible as these items are part of our holistic review process.


Send your official high school transcripts

  • Please have your school counselor submit your official high school transcript electronically (e.g., Naviance, Parchment, ACT, Scoir, Scribonline, etc.). If your school cannot send electronically, transcripts can be mailed to: University Admissions, 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252.
  • If you attended or are currently attending a non-U.S. high school, you must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation.


Submit test scores (Optional)

There is no requirement of the SAT or ACT for admissions review. If test scores are submitted with an application, they will be considered but will not negatively impact an application for admission.
See our Test-Optional FAQs.


Provide proof of English language proficiency

Applicants who are non-U.S. citizens may be required to provide proof of English-language proficiency

Home-schooled Students

Please see additional admission requirements if you are home-schooled.

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