Honors College

Exceptional Minds. Extraordinary Futures.

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Joining the Honors College

Apply to the Honors College

The Honors College application for incoming students is available through the Towson University application. Current TU students can apply through the Honors application for current students. Applicants seeking admission in spring 2024 must apply by November 15. Applicants seeking admission in fall 2024 observe the following deadlines: first-year Early Action November 15; first-year Regular Decision February 1; and transfer applicants March 1.

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.

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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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 Living Learning Community, is where you can live, work, and learn with other Honors students in pursuit of your passions with the guidance of faculty and staff.

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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. Almost all Honors seminars have 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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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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Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Opportunities for advanced research projects and theses, study abroad, internships, and service-learning courses offer direct experiential learning shaped by a student’s interests. The experiences and the products resulting from these courses better position students for career opportunities or graduate school.



Celebration of Scholarship and Learning/Honors College Family Breakfast


10 a.m. - 12 p.m., UU 3rd Floor Ballrooms D&E

Invite your family to join us at the Fall Celebration of Scholarship and Learning! The Honors Rector will provide welcoming remarks, and Honors students will display and discuss their research, internship, study abroad, and capstone experiences. Pre-registration for family members required with the New Student & Family Programs office. Students presenters will receive information on presenter registration.

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First Year Flapjacks


6 - 8 p.m., Douglass MPR

Enjoy some pancakes made by Honors staff, find out about resources, and catch up with your friends from Honors Orientation. Prizes awarded for the best Orientation book discussion responses.

Sophomore Soups


6 - 8 p.m., Douglass MPR

Learn about academic and engagement opportunities for sophomores over homemade soup made by Honors staff.


Contact Information

Honors College

7800 York Road, Suite 134

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Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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