Honors College

Exceptional Minds. Extraordinary Futures.

The Towson University Honors College is committed to the intellectual and character development of highly engaged undergraduate students. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary study, research and co-curricular experiences, we seek to cultivate inquisitive minds and foster broad knowledge that strengthens students’ scholarly interests, nurtures their talents, develops their sense of ethical responsibility, and enables them to navigate an increasingly complex globalized world.

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Incoming freshman and transfer students

Apply to the Towson University Honors College through your TU application. Already submitted your TU application? Contact us at honors@towson.edu.

Current TU students

Apply to the Honors College through our internal transfer application. This option is only available to students who will have 60 or fewer completed college credits at the end of the fall 2018 academic term.

Five reasons to choose the Towson University Honors College:

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Enriched Seminar Classes

Seminars are the core of the Honors curriculum, and each one is designed to explore topics from multiple scholarly points of view. Our discussion-based, collaborative classes examine creative topics that you’ll only find here, in small settings of 10 to 20 students.

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Outstanding Faculty

Honors faculty represent a range of disciplines and scholarly outlooks. What they share is a passion for teaching and for advancing student learning. Faculty work with students in the Honors College by choice, and they bring to the program examples of intellectual curiosity and professional accomplishment. Most importantly, they are eager to support students who seek opportunities for growth.

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Perspectives from Multiple Disciplines

Honors courses not only reflect the different disciplines that faculty draw upon in creating the courses but also the different academic perspectives of students within the courses. 97% of Honors seminars contain students from at least four of the six degree-granting colleges at Towson University, offering a rich mix of student ideas seldom found in American higher education.

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Community Engagement

We are a small community of highly motivated individuals within a large university setting. Honors students are athletes, leaders, and dedicated members of their campus, local, and international communities. Douglass House, the Honors residence hall, is the heart of our community. It’s where you can live, work, and learn with other Honors students in pursuit of your passions with the guidance of faculty and staff.

News & Events

Seminar and Experiential Learning Night


6:00-8:00 p.m., Douglass MPR

Honors College faculty will provide short presentations on their upcoming seminars and Honors staff will explain the process for completing experiential learning opportunities for Honors credit. Free pizza!

Creating a Balanced Schedule workshop


7:00-8:00 p.m., Douglass MPR

Join Rachael Daudelin, the Honors College's resident "schedule nerd" and Student Director, for a short presentation and workshop on building a balanced schedule while answering questions about your long-term academic plan at TU. Followed by office hours from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Preparing for Graduate School Mini Conference


4:00-8:00 p.m., Burdick 0133

Come learn what it takes to be a competitive graduate school applicant. A personal statement writing workshop will take place at 4:00 p.m. followed by networking and refreshments with TU alumni currently in or finished with graduate school. At 6:30 p.m. a panel of alumni and graduate school admissions counselors will take questions from the audience. Sponsored by the Career Center, Provost's Office, and the Honors College.

Generation Jeopardy


6:00-8:00 p.m., Douglass MPR

This annual event pits students, faculty, and staff against each other in a battle of wits. Come see if you have what it takes to be a Generation Jeopardy champion!