Enrolled Undergraduate International Students To-Do List

We are pleased that you have enrolled at Towson University. The International Student To-Do List below has been developed to assist you in making your transition to TU as smooth as possible. All applicable tasks must be completed by the start of classes or by the deadline specified. If you have questions about completing any of these tasks, contact the International Student & Scholar Office at 410-704-2121 or email us at .

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  1. ISSO Pre-Arrival Orientation - REQUIRED
    This workshop is on Blackboard. All new students have been enrolled in the workshop. You must complete all items and receive a score of 100%. This workshop will be available on July 1 for the fall start and December 1 for the spring start. 
  2. Mathematics Placement Testing
    Students must complete mathematics placement testing. Required for all new students to ensure that first semester classes best suit their needs. Notifications will begin later this year. 
  3. Academic Interest Form
    Freshmen students only must complete the Academic Interest Form so that advisors can create your first semester schedule. Due by June 1.
  4. All students must register for New Student Orientation.  For transfer students, orientation is required to schedule courses and review your transfer credit evaluation.
  5. Submit Official Transcripts to University Admissions
    Please arrange to have your final transcript sent to University Admissions. 
  6. Immunization Requirements: Deadline - August 15
    It is mandatory for you to complete and upload your immunization records through the TU Health Portal.
  7. Complete the CliftonStrengths assessment.  The results of this 20 minute assessment will be used during Orientation.
  8. Complete Prevention Programs: Deadline - August 15
  9. Dining Plan
    If you are living on campus, you are required to select a dining plan when submitting your housing contract. Students can also purchase commuter dining plans.
  10. Become Familiar with Billing Schedule and Procedures
    It is important for you to understand your online bill, the billing schedule, and enroll in the e-rebate/refund program.
  11. Parking Permit
    Freshman students who live on-campus are not permitted to have a car on campus. Commuter students may purchase a parking permit.
  12. Accessibility & Disability Services (Optional)
    Reasonable accommodations are available through Accessibility & Disability Services to ensure that you are receiving equal access to education at TU. 
  13. Prepare for Move-In 
    To prepare for living on-campus undergraduate freshman students only are expected to review residence hall policies, move-in details, and view the list of permitted, prohibited and suggested items for your room. International students may move into housing on August 19 for the fall start and January 20 for the spring start.
  14. Prepare for Off-Campus Housing
    Search off-campus housing listings, create and view roommate profiles, post and search for household items, and download the Off-Campus Housing Living Guide.
  15. Review Student Code
    You should review and familiarize yourself with the Code of Student Conduct before arriving on campus.
  16. Subscribe to Towerlight Today.

Complete when You Arrive at TU (or During Orientation)

Orientation activities begin on the program start date on your I-20/DS-2019. Students must arrive in the U.S. on or before the program start date listed on your I-20/Ds-2019. 

  1. Attend TU's New Student & Family Programs Orientation (held virtually)
    All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation. 
  2. Participate in International Student & Scholar Office New Student Orientation (to be held virtually, with information sent to new international students in August)
    During this period, you will be able to update your local address in your TU Online Services account, complete your immigration documents check-in online (this includes submitting a copy of your visa and I-94 print-off or I-94 card), complete the online ISSO Emergency Contact Form. Links to New International Student Orientation details will be available during the first week of August.
  3. Attend Honors College Orientation (Honors College Students Only)
    The Honors College Orientation will introduce new Honors College students to TU (complete only if you have been admitted to the Honors College).
  4. Get your OneCard
    To get a OneCard, students should bring a photo ID to orientation, complete the OneCard application and have their photo taken in order to receive your card.
  5. Order Course Materials
    Visit the online University Store to find, price and order your course materials.
  6. Learn More about TU
    Attend optional programming and events to learn more about Towson University, Maryland, the United States, and to meet fellow students.

Optional Preparations

  1. Download the Guidebook
    Download the Guidebook app prior to orientation to view the orientation schedule, sessions, maps, participate in live polls and access orientation materials. Guidebook is available online shortly before each semester begins.
  2. Complete a Religious Interest Card
    Complete a religious interest card if you would like to become involved with religious organizations on campus.
  3. Learn about TU’s Technology Resources
    Learn about tech support and other technology resources at TU available to you.
  4. Access StudentApps
    Access StudentApps to register for classes, view grades, see the campus map, find events, see athletics scores and more.
  5. Download the TUTigerRide app
    The TUTigerRide app is available in the App Store or Google Play to track the shuttle in real-time.
  6. Sign Up for Emergency Text alerts
    The TU Police Department encourages you to sign up for emergency text alerts and download the Safer Mobility app prior to your arrival on campus:

    SaferMobility (Apple App Store)
    SaferMobility (Android App Store)