Freshman FAQs

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

Freshman Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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. 

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 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

What SAT/ACT scores do I need?
TU is test-optional through fall 2022 (this does not include spring 2021). 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.

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

My school year was disrupted due to COVID-19. How will TU evaluate Pass/Fail (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory) grades or a significant change in my academic performance due to transitioning to remote learning?
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.

We understand that the transition to remote learning can be difficult for some students. Feel free to reach out to your admissions counselor for application advice.

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.

How do I know if you have received everything you need? 
Please use our online status checker to verify the status of 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. All decisions are sent via postal mail.

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.

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. For more information about fall 2021 housing, view Housing & Residence Life updates.


Is this a temporary or permanent change?
At this time, the test-optional change applies to applicants for fall 2021, spring 2022, and fall 2022. The Academic Senate will discuss whether TU should make this a permanent change for future terms. (This does not apply to spring 2021.)

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.

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.