We accept transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions and institutions
that are candidates for regional accreditation.
A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from community colleges or other two-year
institutions, and a maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another four-year
institution or combination of two and four-year institutions. However, your final
30 units (senior year work) must be completed as a Towson University degree candidate.
- Transferable Courses or Credits
- If you have earned a grade of D or higher in any previous course or credit, your
credit is transferable to TU as general education or elective units (English composition
requires a 2.0 or higher for graduation from TU). However, any major course transferred
to TU with a grade of less than a 2.0 must be repeated at TU in order to count for
major credit. This will increase the number of units required for graduation.
- Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and general CLEP credit
may be awarded. Credit for AP is usually awarded on the basis of scores of 3 or above,
with a score of 3 often requiring a review of the test booklet. For general CLEP or
AP credit, you must provide the University Admissions with an official report from
the Educational Testing Service.
- If a course was taken as upper-level at your previous four-year institution and numbered
as such, you will automatically be awarded upper-level units at TU. For community
college courses that have upper-level equivalents at TU, the content of these courses
will be recognized as satisfying specific course requirements; however, the credits
will not count toward the 32 upper-level units required for graduation .
- As a transfer student, you may request potential major credit or elective credit to
satisfy courses in your major program. Simply contact your intended major department
to determine which of these credits will apply toward your program. Complete a Transfer Course Equivalency Request Form (PDF) and take this form to your intended major department.
- Evaluation of Transfer Credit
- The University Admissions Office will prepare an official evaluation of transfer credit
post-enrollment. This evaluation is divided into a Core Curriculum requirements section,
and a free elective/potential major credit section. Completion of a two-year degree
does not guarantee the transfer of all course work completed. In addition, an A.A./A.S.
degree by itself will not satisfy all of TU’s Core Curriculum requirements.
- Transfer credits will be awarded for most academic courses completed. For course transferability
regarding Maryland community colleges, access the ARTSYS Articulation System. Towson ARTSYS is an online database with approved course equivalencies from a variety of community
colleges and four-year institutions, outside of the Maryland community colleges. We
are constantly updating this website as new equivalencies are approved.
Transfer students are required to complete Towson University’s Core Curriculum (40
units). General Education courses taken at the transferring institution will be applied
to the Core Curriculum and the Towson Seminar (Core 1) will be waived.
A completed general education program leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
from a Maryland public institution will transfer without the need for a course-by-course
match. Students transferring from Maryland public institutions who have completed
their general education requirements at the transferring institution will be required
to take Towson University’s Advanced Writing Seminar (Core 9) and additional units
necessary to complete the minimum number of Core Curriculum units. No more than
18 additional units will be required, with the total number of Core Curriculum units
not to exceed 40.
Advanced Placement, CLEP, or division exams that satisfied general education requirements
at a Maryland public institution will be applied to the Core Curriculum as needed.
Any of these test credits not transferred toward Core Curriculum must be evaluated
individually. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.
- Non-Transferable Courses or Credits
Courses that are not parallel or discipline-compatible with TU courses are considered
nontransferable. These include:
- Developmental or remedial course work, personal development
- College orientation, technical/occupational courses
- Selected business courses
- Separate 1-credit lab science courses will not transfer without their companion
- Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
- College Level Examination program (CLEP) credit is selectively transferred. Credit
for CLEP subject exams will not be awarded in transfer; however, units will be awarded
for the general exam of each test if the following minimum scores are earned:
A maximum of 24 credits (6 units for each successfully completed section) will be
awarded in transfer as free elective only, CLEP credit for ENGL 102 or writing for
a Liberal Education will not be awarded in transfer.
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- Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions
Coursework completed at institutions that are not regionally accredited but hold national
or specialized accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or
the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may be considered for transfer
credit in consultation with the academic department on a case-by-case basis.
Coursework completed at an international institution may also be considered for transfer
credit on a case-by-case basis. If such individual review is requested, the student
must submit an institutional catalog or program of study and copies of course syllabi
for those courses for which transfer credit is desired.
- Advanced Credit
Transfer students who have completed advanced-level work and would like academic credit
and advanced placement are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement (AP) administered
by the College Entrance Examination Board. The university receives the results of
these tests in mid-July, and notifies students about advanced placement and credit
prior to the change of schedule period. Additional information may be obtained by
contacting the director of admissions or the chair of the appropriate academic department.
A bulletin of information about Advanced Placement Tests may be secured from the
College Entrance Examination Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
See Towson University's AP Standards
- International Baccalaureate
Towson University recognizes that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program represents
achievement beyond the standard American high school program and regularly awards
advanced standing to students who successfully complete IB course work.
Students who earn an IB diploma will be awarded 30 units toward the bachelor's degree
and receive sophomore standing. Some of these units may be applied toward Towson's
Core Curriculum requirements; each student's IB units will be individually evaluated
for Core Curriculum applicability.
Students who earn an IB certificate will be eligible to receive units based on the
results of their higher level exams only. At least 6 and as many as 8 units will be
awarded for each higher level exam completed with a score of 4 or above. A score of
5 or above is required to receive units for the physics higher level exam.
See Towson University's Higher Level IB Equivalency
Maryland Community College Transfers
If you're a graduate of a Maryland public community college and in good academic standing
with at least 56 transferable credits, you will receive admission priority at Towson
Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree holders from a Maryland Community College are guaranteed
admission, provided the student has applied by the application deadline or space is
still available for the given term. If a student has attended another institution
of higher education after earning an A.A. from a Maryland community college, they must maintain a minimum cumulative
combined GPA of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Guaranteed admission applies to admission to the university only and does not guarantee
admission to competitive majors. If you plan to pursue a competitive major, you must
contact that department for specific screening procedures and GPA requirements for
entrance into the major.
- Students who have earned less than 55 transferable credits or are transferring from
an institution other than a Maryland community college will be admitted based upon
their combined cumulative GPA, amount of transferable credits and space availability.
Credits from two-year institutions may not be used to fulfill the upper-level requirement
of 32 units. Lower-level courses from four-year institutions that have upper-level
TU equivalents can transfer as lower-level credit. However, this coursework can count
toward requirements for your major. Faculty from your major will make this determination.
A.A.T. Degree (Associate of Arts in Teaching)
Maryland public community college students who have earned A.A.T. degrees (Associate
of Arts Degree in Teaching) will be awarded 64 credits in transfer “without further
review,” in accordance with MHEC policy. Community college students should contact
the appropriate education department chair at their institution for specific details
and program deadlines. Course work for students who do not complete all requirements
of the AAT degree will be applied toward Towson’s GenEd/Core Curriculum and major
requirements on a course-by-course basis.