Freshman FAQs

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

  1. What GPA is Towson University looking for?
    We look at your cumulative weighted GPA, course rigor, trends in grades and school profile. Last year, our average cumulative weighted high school GPA was a 3.61.
  2. What SAT/ACT scores do I need?
    Last year, our average 2-part SAT was an 1137 and our 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. How do I know if you have received everything you need? 
    Please use our online status checker to verify the status of your application.
  7. I would like to visit your campus. How do I schedule a tour?
    We can’t wait to show you around. We have campus tours daily, as well as scheduled open house programs in the fall and spring. Reservations are required, and you may register online. You might also like to take our virtual tour. It’s not a substitute for the real thing, but it’s a great place to start learning about Towson.
  8. Is the essay required? What is the topic?
    Yes, Towson University requires all freshman applicants to answer one essay with a 300 word maximum. The essay prompt can be found within the online application.
  9. 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 visit the Advanced Placement and IB web pages.
  10. 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.
  11. Is housing guaranteed?
    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.