Military Affiliated Applicants

Towson University welcomes those who are serving or have served in the military.

In fact, we’re recognized by GI Jobs magazine as one of the top military-friendly universities in the United States. The Military and Veterans Center (MVC) provides educational, social and personal enrichment opportunities for the military community of Towson University.  Contact the Military and Veterans Center to find out more.

Admission Requirements

For admissions purposes, active duty refers to full-time duty in the active military, including members of the Reserve Components on full-time training duty. It does not include full-time National Guard duty.

A veteran is defined as a former member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services who has seved over 30 days or more of active duty.

Application Fee Waiver

Towson University waives the fees for military affiliates. To have your application fee waived, you can attach a copy of your military orders or your DD-214 form to your online application to verify your service. You can also send it separately to University Admissions office by fax, 410-704-.3030, or email it to

Are you Applying as a Freshman or Transfer Student?

You are eligible for admission consideration based on high school or transfer course work or upon placement testing in several skill areas (writing, reading, mathematics, etc.). Please review the requirements for freshman or transfer admission. 

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Placement Testing

Active military and veterans may be eligible for admission under the Non-Traditional Admissions policy which allows consideration for admission based on placement testing rather than high school GPA and test scores (SAT/ACT), if you choose to submit them.  If you would like to be considered for placement testing for admission, please email Kaila Miller at .

Students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to ensure adequate processing time for the evaluation of the placement tests. Referrals for testing cannot be made until your formal application has been filed, complete with all appropriate academic credentials in transcript form. 

GED Recipients

The General Equivalency Diploma (GED) may be used as an alternative to high school graduation. Applicants possessing a GED must present a partial high school transcript to be considered for admission. GED recipients without these credentials are referred for placement testing before an admission decision is made.

Residency Requirements

Persons with the following status shall be accorded in the benefits of in-state status for the period in which they hold such status:

Full Time Active Member

A full-time active member of the armed forces of the United States whose home of record is Maryland or one who resides or is stationed in Maryland, or the spouse or financially dependent child of such person. Students that qualify under this provision will retain in-state status for tuition purposes as long as they are continuously enrolled regardless of a change in military assignment or status of the active member of the military.

Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

A veteran of the United States armed forces with an honorable discharge who, within one year of discharge, presents documentation that he or she attended a secondary school in the state for at least three years, and graduated or received the equivalent of a high school diploma from a secondary school in the state. The veteran must present documentation and register at a USM institution within one year of discharge for this provision to apply.

For residency questions please contact the Admissions Office at 410-704-2113 or email