Freshman FAQs

 Here are a few commonly asked questions and answers to help you with the application process.

FRESHMAN FAQS

COVID-19 FAQs for fall 2021

Will TU be test-optional for fall 2021?
Yes. 

Because of COVID-19, I will take the SAT in August 2020 for the first time. Can I retake the test and send new scores to TU?
Yes. If you choose to submit scores, you’re encouraged to retake the SAT/ACT to improve your score. For fall 2019, our average 2-part SAT was an 1140 and our average ACT was a 23.  We superscore both the SAT and ACT; thus, it’s in your best interest to submit all test scores. The November SAT will be the last test before our December 1st scholarship deadline.

Due to COVID-19 and the transition to remote learning, my school doesn’t require 4th quarter if we’re happy with our GPA. I’m confident in my grades and chose not to complete 4th quarter. Can I still be admitted to TU without 4th quarter grades?
We’re glad to hear that you were doing well in your classes before the pandemic happened and we hope this trend continues for the remainder of your high school career. We understand that both schools and students have to make adjustments in response to the pandemic and we will be flexible in our admissions review process.

My school gave students Pass/Fail (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory) grades for 3rd and 4th quarter due to COVID-19. How will TU evaluate my transcript?
All coursework from grades 9 to 11 will be taken into consideration. Besides your cumulative GPA, we look for rigor of your schedule and trends in grades. If you’re looking to improve your GPA, you’re encouraged to work hard in your senior year and consider submitting your first quarter senior grades.

The transition to remote learning was difficult for me and it affected my performance. What should I do?
We understand that the transition to remote learning can be difficult for some students. You’re encouraged to work hard in your senior year and consider submitting your first quarter senior grades. Feel free to reach out to your admissions counselor for application advice.

Can I tour campus?
Campus tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19 federal & state guidelines. We will resume campus tours when it is safe to do so. For now, please explore TU virtually. It’s a great way to start learning more about Towson U. 

Will you be pushing back your Early Action deadline to leave time for students to retake the SAT this fall?
TU is test-optional for fall 2021. Our Early Action deadline is December 1 which allows students to potentially take the exam 4 times between August and November ifthey choose to. We do not have plans to adjust our Early action deadline.

General FAQs

What GPA is Towson University looking for?
We look at your cumulative weighted GPA, course rigor, trends in grades and school profile. For fall 2020, our average cumulative weighted high school GPA was a 3.72.

What SAT/ACT scores do I need?
TU is test-optional. If you scored a 1000 or higher on your SAT (19 ACT or higher), you are encouraged to submit your test scores. We super score both the SAT and ACT. Our fall 2020 applicants had an average 2-part SAT score of 1130 and the average ACT was a 23. 
*Please note that TU will not receive the November SAT results until December. Any student who requested their November scores be sent to TU prior to December 1 will still qualify for the early action deadline, provided all other documents were received on time.

What high school courses am I required to complete?
4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 3 years of Lab Science, 3 years of Social Science, and 2 years of the same Foreign Language.

Do you look at the major I select on the application as part of my admission decision?
No. We do not consider your major when reviewing your application.

When can I expect to hear from Towson University?
We have an early action deadline of December 1.  After that date, we work on a rolling basis for admissions based on available space in the class. Once we have received all required documents, we will then review your application package and make a decision. Typically, applicants will receive a decision letter three to four weeks after we have received all required documents for your application. We begin mailing decision letters in November.

How do I know if you have received everything you need? 
Please use our online status checker to verify the status of your application.

I would like to visit your campus. How do I schedule a tour?
Campus tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19 federal & state guidelines. We will resume campus tours when it is safe to do so. For now, please explore TU virtually. It’s a great way to start learning more about Towson U. 

Is the essay required? What is the topic?
Yes.  The essay is a topic of your choice ranging from 300-800 words.  If you apply to the Honors College, you will need to complete the Honors specific essay only.  Essay Advice

I am taking AP or IB classes. Will I receive credit?
Towson University awards AP and IB credit provided a student meets the minimum score requirement. To learn more about earning credit, please see Advanced Placement and IB.

Who is my admissions counselor?
Visit Our Admissions Counselors page to find out who your admissions counselor is and please do not hesitate to contact them directly with your questions.

Is housing guaranteed?
Under normal circumstances, on-campus housing for freshmen admitted in the fall is guaranteed for your first two years, as long as you meet the required deadlines. On-campus housing for students admitted in the spring term is based on a space-available basis. If we are still under COVID-19 restrictions & guidelines, housing is not guaranteed due to the reduced capacity.

Test-Optional FAQs for fall 2021
 

Is this a temporary or permanent change?
At this time, the change applies to fall 2021 only. The Academic Senate will discuss whether TU should make this a permanent change for future terms. (This does not apply to spring 2021.)

Do I need a specific GPA to be test-optional?

No. You may apply with any GPA.

If I applied test-optional but change my mind, can I submit scores? 
Students can change their mind prior to receiving an admissions decision. Please contact your Admissions Counselor immediately if you now prefer to send scores. Once an admissions decision has been mailed, students cannot appeal to send their scores.

Will I still be considered for scholarships if I apply test-optional?
Yes, all students who submit their application and official transcript by the December 1 Early Action deadline will be considered for our competitive merit-based scholarships. 

Can I still apply to the Honors College as test-optional?
Yes, the Honors College will consider students who apply with and without test scores. 

How do I know if I should apply test-optional or not?
If you have taken the SAT or ACT and have a 1000 SAT or higher (19 ACT or higher), you are encouraged to submit your test scores. We encourage students to reach out to their admissions counselor if you would like to discuss your academic record in more detail.