Incoming International Applicants

Join our global Honors community!

Honors students, including international student, sitting in classroom

The Towson University Honors College values diverse and inclusive education through interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, and community connection. Our community includes students from across the globe, with current or recent students from nations such as Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chad, Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Admission to the Honors College is open to incoming first-year students, students transferring from other institutions, and current Towson University students with 60 or fewer completed or in-progress college credits. Applicants to the Honors College must also apply, and be admitted, to Towson University.

Application Timeline

The international application process is only for students who would attend Towson University with an F-1 or J-1 visa. Other applicants, including those who would attend TU on different visas or who have permanent residency, are ineligible for the international applicant process and may apply through the standard process with the December 1 deadline.

International applicants have two application deadlines for the Honors College for fall admission:

  1. December 1 of the preceding year for priority consideration to the Honors College
  2. May 1 for regular consideration to the Honors College

Admission to the Honors College for students who apply after the priority deadline will be limited based on space availability, and the Honors College cannot guarantee that any admission will be available for appplicants who meet the regular consideration deadline.

All admissions decisions are made after a review of the entire applicant group. Applications by the priority deadline are reviewed in January and decisions sent out in early February. Applications by the regular deadline are reviewed in late May and decisions sent out in June.

Academic Expectations

All Honors students admitted as freshmen are required to complete an Honors curriculum of 24 units, including three units of Honors English within their first year. Honors courses are small, with a maximum of 20 students, and you will receive personalized attention from faculty to help ensure your success in each course.

Housing Options

Accepted students are eligible to live in the Honors residential learning community in Douglass House if they submit their TU application by the priority deadline and submit a housing contract by the posted deadline required by the Department of Housing & Residence Life.

International students who require year-round housing or who apply after the priority deadline should contact the Department of Housing & Residence Life for information on housing options.

Honors College Scholarship

Most admitted Honors students are eligible for an Honors College Scholarship in the amount of $1,250 per year, renewable for up to four academic years. Exact renewal eligibility is listed in the admission letter. Honors College Scholarship recipients are identified by the Honors College, and the disbursement of awards and review of requirements is overseen by the Financial Aid Office. If you have any questions regarding your scholarship disbursement, posting dates, or maintaining eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office.