How to Apply

Towson University welcomes international applicants who hold or seek an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.

We encourage you to apply early, especially if you have international transcripts, need previous course work assessed by a credential evaluation service, or plan to apply for on-campus housing at TU. Admissions decisions are made within two weeks of receiving all required documents.

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New/Initial International Applicant Requirements


Submit your bachelor's degree application and $45 fee online.

International students must complete the Towson University online application.


Submit your secondary and post-secondary academic record(s).

Freshman Applicants:  At the time of application, secondary school students who have international transcripts may e-mail an in-progress or final PDF copy of their unofficial transcripts to . Transcripts that are not in English will need to include a certified English translation.  If admitted, an official transcript will be required at the completion of the student's first semester at the university in order to register for their second semester.  Towson University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission or dismiss an enrolled student if there is a discrepancy between the unofficial transcript and the official transcript and/or the certified English translation.

Transfer/2nd Bachelor Applicants: You must submit all official college transcripts and a course-by-course credential evaluation. If you attended or are currently attending a non-U.S. college, you must have your transcript evaluated by one of the following international credential evaluation companies: WES, SpanTran, IERF, or ECE. You must send your final transcripts to University Admissions at the end of your current semester. A final evaluation of transfer credit will be prepared when your final transcripts are received.

*NOTE: A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from community colleges or other two-year institutions in the U.S. or abroad, while a maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from a four-year institution or combination of two and four-year institutions in the U.S. or abroad. A student’s final 30 credits must be completed at TU as an enrolled student.


Submit test results of English proficiency.

TU reserves the right to request updated scores if test results are older than two years.  If you are not a native English speaker, you must demonstrate English-language proficiency by one of the options listed below.

English Language Proficiency Options

TOEFL 70 IBT with subscores of 17 (Towson code: 5404)
IELTS 6.0 with band scores of 5.5
PTE 49
Duolingo (DET) 105
SAT 540 EBRW (Towson code: 5404)
ACT 21 English (Towson code: 1718)
IB 5 SL English
GCSE/IGCSE C on O, AS, A level English
U.S. university coursework C in college-level composition course from accredited U.S. institution
TU English Language Center (ELC) TU ELC Level 5 completion or Academic Pathway to TU (APTU) Level 2 Completion

Apply to the Honors College

Applying to Towson University’s Honors College is an opportunity for talented international applicants to challenge themselves through an innovative, elite curriculum focused on professional development and experiential learning. You will be mentored by TU's finest faculty members with individual attention and specialized advising designed to help you succeed in your personal and professional goals. Additional benefits may include scholarship support and access to the Honor’s Residential Learning community.

Submitting Documents

All documents submitted with your application will be kept on file and cannot be returned. Applicants who have attended a secondary or post-secondary school outside the U.S. may submit original or certified true copies of marks sheets or transcripts. 

Mail all documents to the following address: 

University Admissions-International
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001