Transfer Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for answers to common questions about applying, transferring credits and coming to campus.

This information is designed to help new applicants with their questions. If you have already been admitted or have accepted an offer of admission to TU, you may find more helpful information at our Admitted Students and Enrolled Students pages.

application and admission questions

When can I apply? What are the application deadlines?

Applications for both fall and spring open in August of the prior fall term. You can apply any time before the deadline. There are two deadlines for fall applications: the priority deadline of December 1 for scholarship consideration (Maryland community colleges only) and Honors College applicants, and the regular deadline of January 15. The deadline for spring applications is October 15. 

I missed the deadline! Is it too late to apply?

Our application may remain open on a space-available basis after the deadline has passed. Priority consideration is given to students who apply before the deadline.

How many credits are required to apply as a transfer student?

In order to be a competitive applicant, we strongly encourage that you have at least 24 completed college credits before applying to TU. This doesn't include coursework that is in progress at the time of your application. If you apply with fewer than 24 completed credits, you must also submit an official high school transcript with your graduation date. Once you have completed 24 college credits, we will only require college transcripts. 

Is an essay required? What is the topic?

An essay is not required for transfer applicants. Because the essay is optional, there is no assigned topic. 

How do I know if you have received everything you need after I submit my application?

You can find out what we have received and what we still may need from you by using our online status checker.

When can I expect to receive an admission decision?

Our admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Once your application is complete, a decision will typically be made and mailed to you in three to four weeks. Early fall applicants may expect a slightly longer wait since we begin mailing decision letters on December 1. 

Does my major have any impact on the admissions decision? 

Our application review process is major blind. You must indicate your intended major on your application, but we do not consider it as a factor in our decision. Some of our majors have additional screening requirements, which means admission to the university does not guarantee admission to that major. If you select a screened major on your application, we would admit you as a pre-major student. 

What if I still have questions after being admitted?

We also have an Admitted Students FAQ page where you can find more information to help you with this important decision. 

Transfer Credit questions

Will my credits transfer to Towson University?

Transfer credits will be awarded for most academic courses completed at a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university. You can visit the Transfer Credit page to read about our transfer credit policies and evaluation procedures.

I did not attend a regionally accredited school. Does that mean my credits will not transfer?

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. See Non-traditional Credit & Experiences for more information.

How many credits can I transfer?

We will accept up to 64 credits from a two-year college and up to 90 from a four-year institution (or from a combination of two- and four-year institutions). 

How do I find out how my courses will transfer?

We have many resources to help you understand your transfer credit evaluation even before you apply. Visit our transfer credit page to read about our transfer credit evaluation process. You can use TES to see if your courses already have transfer equivalencies. And most importantly, the Transfer Student Center offers pre-transfer advising via phone, e-mail, walk-in visits, and appointments.

campus questions

Can transfer students take tours of campus?

Of course! We would love to see you. Head over to our campus tours page to sign up for an available tour date. If you don't see a date that works for you, consider our online virtual tour option. After all, we know transfer students can have pretty busy schedules. It's no substitute for the real thing, but it can help give you an idea of what TU is all about.

Is on-campus housing available for transfer students?

Transfer students must apply to live on campus, and housing is awarded on a space-available basis. Space for transfer students is very limited. There are also a variety of off-campus housing options. Many of our students choose to live in apartments near campus or in surrounding communities. We offer a helpful Off-Campus Housing page with information and tools to help with your search.

If I live off-campus, does that mean I will have to buy a parking permit?

A parking permit is only required if you want to drive to and park on campus. Many students who live off-campus use our free shuttle service, which offers eight off-campus routes for traveling between campus and the surrounding community. TU also partners with the Collegetown Shuttle service for free transportation between the TU campus, other Baltimore area colleges, and select local destinations. Click here to learn more about our off-campus transportation options.

What campus resources and activities would be available to me as a transfer student?

Once you enroll at TU, you would have full access to the same campus resources and activities that current TU students have. Being a transfer student is an important part of how you get here, but once you're on campus, you're a Towson University Tiger like everyone else. 


Transfer Student Center

Enrollment Services, Room 331
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.