Freshman Applicants

Towson University is now a member of the Common App.


Test-Optional through Fall 2023

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


Freshman Common Application

The Fall 2023 application is now open. You can submit an application through Common App (login required).

  • Early Action & Honors College Deadline – November 15, 2022
  • Regular Decision Deadline – February 1, 2023

To be considered for merit-based scholarships, students should submit a completed application by the early action deadline.

A $45 non-refundable application fee is required when you apply. See our application fee waiver options.


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 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.
  • 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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