Transfer Policies

Criteria for Admission

This course work cannot include remedial or preparatory courses or non-traditional courses such as Credit for Prior Experience/Learning, Military Science, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or DANTES, USAFI or ACE evaluations. Students with fewer than 30 transferable credits must comply with the requirements for incoming freshmen and possess the minimum transfer GPA.

The requirements for transfer admission vary, depending on the total number of transferable credits completed and the cumulative combined GPA from all institutions attended.

Priority admission is reserved for transfer students from a Maryland community college who have earned at least 55 transferable credits, are in good academic standing, and have maintained a GPA that meets the policies set by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the University System of Maryland. Students who have earned fewer than 55 transferable credits or who are transferring from an institution other than a Maryland community college will be admitted based upon combined cumulative GPA of transferable credits and space availability.

Upon official acceptance to Towson University, a transfer student must maintain the established cumulative GPA required for admission (inclusive of current course work) and remain in good academic standing at his or her current institution, or the university’s offer of admission will be withdrawn.

Any transfer applicant who has attended Towson as a non-degree student must possess at least a 2.00 GPA for all course work attempted through the university, even if the applicant is admissible based on course work completed at other institutions. A transfer applicant who is denied admission may not attend as a non-degree student.

If you have been academically dismissed from another college or university, you must complete 24 transferable college credits or obtain your Associate's degree after your dismissal in order to be eligible for admission to Towson University.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

A maximum of 90 credits of college work may be accepted from students transferring to Towson University from other institutions. However, no more than 64 credits may be transferred from community colleges or other two-year institutions. Only courses transfer, not grades.

Each student’s final 30 units (senior-year work) must be completed at Towson University; the final 15 units must be completed as a degree candidate. Transfer credit will be allowed for most academic courses completed at any regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university. 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. Courses that are not parallel or discipline-compatible with TU courses do not transfer. In addition, college orientation, developmental/remedial, personal development, technical/occupational and selected business courses do not transfer. After students are admitted to Towson University and have returned the enrollment contract and fee, they receive a preliminary Evaluation of Transfer Credit from the University Admissions office. A final Evaluation of Credit will be forwarded when the final grades for the current term are received from the student’s most recently attended institution. All final official transcripts are due in the University Admissions office before the course scheduling date. Courses that are eligible for transfer from Maryland public community colleges are identified in ARTSYS.

Questions About the Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Transfer students can request to have courses reevaluated for potential TU equivalencies. You must complete a Transfer Equivalency Request Form (PDF) and take it to the appropriate department for review. Once the review is completed, the form must be forwarded to University Admissions.

For all other questions or concerns regarding your Transfer Credit Evaluation, please contact the Transfer Team in University Admissions.


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