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 .

Find answers to questions you might have about enrolling at Towson University as a new student.

COVID-19 Immigration Information

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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.


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. 


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.


New Student Orientation

All students must register for New Student Orientation.  For transfer students, orientation is required to schedule courses and review your transfer credit evaluation.


Submit Official Transcripts to University Admissions

Arrange to have your final transcript sent to University Admissions. 


Immunization Requirements

Deadline - August 15

It is mandatory for you to complete and upload your immunization records through the TU Health Portal.

See COVID Vaccination Requirements


CliftonStrengths Assessment

Complete the CliftonStrengths assessment.  The results of this 20 minute assessment will be used during Orientation.


Prevention Programs

Deadline - August 15

Complete the Prevention Programs.


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.


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.


Parking Permit

Freshman students who live on-campus are not permitted to have a car on campus. Commuter students may purchase a parking permit.


Accessibility & Disability Services (Optional)

Reasonable accommodations are available through Accessibility & Disability Services to ensure that you are receiving equal access to education at TU. 


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.


Review Student Code

You should review and familiarize yourself with the Code of Student Conduct before arriving on campus.


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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. 


Attend TU's New Student & Family Programs Orientation

*held virtually

All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation. 


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.


Attend Honors College Orientation

For 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).


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.


Order Course Materials

Visit the online University Store to find, price and order your course materials.


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

  • 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.
  • Complete a Religious Interest Card: Complete a religious interest card if you would like to become involved with religious organizations on campus.
  • Learn about TU’s Technology Resources: Learn about tech support and other technology resources at TU available to you.
  • Access StudentApps: Access StudentApps to register for classes, view grades, see the campus map, find events, see athletics scores and more.
  • Download the TUTigerRide app: The TUTigerRide app is available in the App Store or Google Play to track the shuttle in real-time.
  • 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)