The application period for all domestic applicants to the Honors College for the spring and fall 2019 academic terms is closed. Applications for incoming and enrolled TU students for the spring and fall 2020 terms will open on or around August 1, 2019. International applicants should visit our international admissions page for more information on application options.
The review process for applications for fall 2019 is currently underway and decision letters to all applicants will be sent by mail in early February. All decision letters for spring 2019 have been sent.
The Honors College application's prompts for the essay, resume, and letter of recommendation for spring and fall 2019 admission were as follows:
Please attach a 500-750 word essay that answers one of the questions listed below:
Please attach a 2-3 page resume that includes (but is not limited to) the following information:
A letter of recommendation is optional, but strongly encouraged. The letter must be from a teacher of a major subject area and should address the following questions:
If you choose to have a letter of recommendation written by someone who is not a major subject instructor, you must explain to us in writing why you have asked that person to write you a letter. Send your explanation, along with your name and the name of your recommender, to honors AT_TOWSON.
Letter of recommendation requests are sent using the information provided in the Letter of Recommendation section of the Towson University application. You must click "Submit Recommendation Request" on that page to generate the recommendation request email.
If the recommendation request is not received by the intended recommender, letters may also be submitted by email to honors AT_TOWSON or by mail to:Honors College Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252
Letters of recommendation must include your full name, be unopened, and be sent directly from the high school (or other institution if transferring).
The Towson University Honors College provides a challenging curriculum to meet the unique academic needs and interests of Honors students. We provide:
There are many reasons to join the University Honors College. Just over 4% of the TU undergraduate student body belongs to the Honors College and enjoys the following benefits:
Students are encouraged to complete Honors work that includes co-curricular activities such as leadership workshops, service-learning experiences, and civic engagement. Honors students participate in a flexible curriculum.
An engaged community of scholars is a defining characteristic of the Honors experience. We emphasize leadership development, social and civic engagement activities, and programs that build meaningful relationships in and out of the classroom.
All incoming students who choose to live on campus are placed in the Honors Community, the residential learning community in Douglass House created in partnership with the Department of Housing & Residence Life. Living in Douglass House has several advantages, including:
Honors College faculty work closely with students to design and to complete their Honors curriculum. There are also designated Honors College advisers — FYE (First Year Experience) Advisers — in colleges and departments who help students make curriculum decisions that address their interests and needs. Honors advisers can also provide advice on:
Honors advising is available in Stephens Hall and during select office hours in Douglass House.
The Honors College also provides comprehensive advising and preparatory resources for all TU students who wish to apply for prestigious nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship programs, such as the Rhodes, Goldwater, or Truman scholarships. Advising appointments may be scheduled by emailing honors AT_TOWSON or by calling 410-704-4677.
Continuing students in the Honors College are receive priority course registration, thus avoiding many scheduling conflicts. Honors priority registration occurs before the ordinary registration period for continuing students, so even Honors freshmen register for courses before most TU seniors who are not in the Honors College.
Most incoming fall freshmen and transfer students will receive an Honors College Scholarship in the amount of $1,250. The Honors College Scholarship is usually offered in addition to any other scholarships a student may have been awarded by Towson University, and it is an annual award which may only be applied towards educational expenses for full-time fall and spring term undergraduate enrollment at TU. Scholarships may be received for a maximum of eight consecutive terms if entering as a freshman, or up to seven consecutive terms if entering as a transfer student, based on number of completed college credits at the time of entry.
In addition, Honors students are eligible for other Honors-only financial support such as the Cynthia R. Kalodner Honors College Service Learning Scholarship for service-learning activities and the Honors College Study Abroad Award to support study abroad experiences.
The Honors College maintains two rooms in Stephens Hall - ST300 and ST306 - used solely for Honors classes and also available for programs and student groups. In addition, the Honors Computer Lab and Lounge in ST304 provides space for study and relaxation with eight computers and a print station, a conference table, couches, and a refrigerator and microwave for use by Honors students.
Douglass House also includes multiple distinct academic and co-curricular spaces. Several classes are held in the Douglass House Multipurpose Room each term, and the residence hall also houses The Book Exchange, a student-run lending library in the anteroom of the Honors advising suite in DO135.