Freshman Applicants

Welcome to your first step toward becoming a Tiger!



Our Review Process

We conduct a holistic review to determine first-year admission to TU. The primary factors in our evaluation include your high school performance, curricular options, and academic rigor, as well as the Common Application essay and activity list. We consider your application within the context of your high school environment as we seek to offer admission to students who will be successful and engaged members of the TU community.  

Application Process


Submit Your Freshman Common Application by the Deadlines

The Fall 2024 application is open on a space-available basis only. Contact Admissions for more information.

  • Early Action and Honors College Deadline — November 15, 2023 
  • Regular Decision Deadline — February 1, 2024 

Note: International freshman deadline — June 1, 2024

To be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, your application must be complete by the November 15 Early Action Deadline. Applications complete after November 15 may not be considered for merit scholarships. Scholarships are competitive and are awarded based on academic rigor and a holistic review of your submitted credentials. 

A $50 non-refundable application fee is required when you apply. You may also be eligible for an application fee waiver, please see information on our waivers and requirements.


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 in completing these sections, as these items are part of our holistic review process. 


Send Your Official High School Transcripts

High school transcripts are required to complete your application and must be official in order to be reviewed. Transcripts sent to us by students are not considered official. 

Please have your school counselor or other school official submit your official high school transcript electronically through Common App (strongly recommended) or through another electronic service (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. 

Students who intend to graduate high school early are also required to submit a letter from a school official to certify the student's completion plan and graduation date.

Please note and review these additional requirements for International students and Home-school students.


Submit Test Scores (Optional)

We do not require 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 

Students that attend school outside of the United States may be required to provide proof of English-language proficiency. Review more information on these requirements. 


Check Your Admissions Portal

To view your application status, log in to your TU Admissions Portal account using the email address and password you created after submitting your application.

If you have not created an account, please refer to the email from Towson University confirming your application was submitted and follow the steps to enter your PIN and create a password.

If you are unable to access your account, please contact Towson University Admissions at 410-704-2113 or


View Your Admission Decision

  • Early Action decisions are made available by mid-January
  • Merit-Scholarship award notifications are made available by the end of February
  • Regular Decision decisions are made available by early March  
  • Applications submitted after the regular decision deadline receive decisions on a case-by-case basis.  

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