Enrolled 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

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 December 1. 

2. Mathematics Placement Testing

If notified, students must complete mathematics placement testing. Required for new all new students to ensure that first semester classes best suit their needs. Notifications will begin later this year. 

3. Reading Placement Testing

If notified, students must complete reading placement testing. Students with an old SAT score less than 500 in critical reading, a new SAT score less than 550 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or an ACT Reading score less than 21 are REQUIRED to take the reading placement test. Notifications will begin later this year.

4. Academic Interest Form

Freshman students only must complete the Academic Interest Form so that advisors can create your first semester schedule. Due by December 12.

5. Submit Official Transcripts to University Admissions

Please arrange to have your final transcript sent to University Admissions. 

6. Online To-Do List

In addition to the tasks listed here, log into your online account to complete your online To-Do List.

7. Immunization Requirements

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

8. 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

9. Become Familiar with Billing Schedule and Procedures

It is important for you to understand your online bill, the billing schedule, enroll in the e-rebate/refund program and complete the 1098-T consent.

10. Parking Permit

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

11. Disability Support Services (Optional)

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

12. 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. 

13. 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.

14. Review Student Code

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

Complete when You Arrive at TU (or During Orientation)

Orientation activities begin on the program start date on your I-20/DS-2019. 

1. Attend TU's New Student Programs Orientation

All new students are required to attend orientation at the beginning of your first semester.

2. Attend the International Student & Scholar Office New Student Orientation

During this check-in we will update your local address in your TU Online Services account, complete your immigration documents check-in (this includes receipt of a copy of your visa and I-94 print-off or I-94 card), complete the online ISSO Emergency Contact Form, and transfer students will review an Evaluation of Transfer Credit. For more information see the Orientation Calendar of Events.

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

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.

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.

Download the TU mobile app

Download the TU mobile app to register for classes, view grades, see the campus map, find events, see athletics scores and more.

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.