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When new Honors students are surveyed at the beginning of their first semester on why they chose to join the Honors College at Towson University, one word appears over and over again: "challenge."

Honors students seek academic, co-curricular, and personal challenge, and the Honors College provides a framework for success for students who want to push the bounds of their education.

Here at the Honors College we appreciate the crucial role you play in helping students seek our the right fit for the challenges they seek, and have provided this page as a resource for you to learn more about the Honors College and our student body.

What ideas define the Honors College?

The Honors College provides students the unique opportunity to think big ideas, seek out deep inquiry and discover how innovation leads to achievement. Honors students explore their interests and cultivate their talents through a distinct blend of academic and co-curricular activities supported by a meaningful community of motivated students and faculty. Honors students have the opportunity to live and learn with their fellow students while pursuing valuable internship, leadership, research and service opportunities, and strive to make the world a better place.

Application procedures

What are the admission criteria?

Applicants to the Honors College are assessed using a holistic review process that takes several factors into account:

  • Academic profile*: GPA, high school curriculum, SAT/ACT scores, post-secondary coursework (if any), class rank (if provided)
  • Demonstrated leadership, service and other work/co-curricular pursuits
  • Written essay
  • Teacher Letter of Recommendation (optional)

There are no minimum academic criteria required to apply, and no cut-off scores that guarantee admission. Our application process is designed to thoughtfully recognize students who may fall short in one aspect of their application but can nonetheless succeed in the Honors College and be an engaged member of our community.

Freshmen admitted to the Honors College for the fall of 2017 had the following middle-50% scores for academics:

  • Old SAT: 1840-2040
  • New SAT: 1240-1380
  • ACT: 26-31
  • Weighted GPA: 4.0-4.44

*Applicants from a post-secondary institution with over 30 credits completed are only assessed in terms of academics based on their college-level transcripts.

How do students apply?

Incoming students apply for the Honors College as part of their completion of the primary Towson University application. The application deadline for Honors applications is December 1.

Individuals who do not apply as incoming students, or who are not admitted to Honors as incoming students, may apply to join the Honors College as internal transfers during any fall semester as long as they have completed fewer than 60 college-level credits.

What's involved in the Honors application?

Section 15 of the Towson University application is a Yes/No question asking students if they would like to apply to the Honors College. Students who select Yes are given the prompts for the Honors application materials.

All applicants must upload a 500-750 word essay answering one of three available prompts, and a one-page resume providing information on the following items: academic and extra-curricular awards; activities that enhance global awareness; leadership; community service/civic engagement; employment (if applicable). Resume format does not matter.

Applicants are also given the option to provide the name and email address of a major subject area teacher to write a letter of recommendation. We strongly encourage applicants to identify a recommender for their application. If recommender information is provided, the Honors College contacts that recommender with information on submitting their letter and a request that the letter address the following points:

  • Does the student show curiosity in reaching beyond what is immediately required or expected?
  • Does the student contribute constructively in groups? Can you provide an example?
  • Would you look forward to having this student in class again? Why or why not?
  • If you could suggest an improvement in this student’s approach to his or her education, what would it be?

Are there any fees associated with the Honors College application?

No. Applying to the Honors College is free.

When do students get a response from their application?

Honors College applications are reviewed by TU faculty and staff during Towson's January Minimester session. Decisions are transmitted no later than the beginning of February.

Please note: Honors College applications are reviewed on a different timeline than TU admissions, and applicants will receive an admissions decision from TU much earlier than they will receive their Honors College decision. Only applicants who are admitted to TU may be admitted to the Honors College. If an application is still incomplete in mid-January for any reason (missing transcripts, unpaid application fees, etc.) that applicant will automatically be denied admission to the Honors College.

Benefits of Honors College membership

Members of the Honors College receive a number of what we affectionately refer to as #honorsperks related to both their academic and co-curricular college experience. These benefits include:

  • Seminar-based courses limited to a maximum of 20 students
  • Priority course registration
  • Guaranteed four years of on-campus housing in Douglass House as long as the student resides there consecutively (the only offer of four years of housing at TU)
  • Classes held in Douglass House
  • Honors-only computer lab and study lounge in Stephens Hall
  • Additional academic advising with Honors advisors, including distinguished scholarship and fellowship advising
  • Slate of academic and co-curricular programming throughout the academic calendar year
  • Participation in Honors-only receptions and other opportunities with invited speakers and prominent campus guests
  • Access to the Honors Alumni and Honors Parent network for internship/career opportunities
  • Placement on a separate Honors-only list for employers accessing student resumes through Hire@TU

Schedule an information session

In order to schedule an in-person or virtual information session with your students, please contact Dr. Abram Fox at  or 410-704-4865. At this point we are only able to hold in-person sessions at schools located in the following Maryland counties, pending staff availability: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's.

One-on-one advising

Interested students are always welcome to schedule a personal appointment to meet with an Honors staff member or student. Our offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Speak to a current Honors student

The Honors College maintains a wonderful cohort of Recruitment Officers who are always willing to discuss the Honors experience from a student perspective. Your students can contact our students directly at  to set up a conversation. Our recruitment officers are drawn from all academic majors, demographic and interest groups, and from across the country, so regardless of your student's background there is a recruitment officer who has something to offer.