Honors College

Exceptional Minds. Extraordinary Futures.

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Applications for the Honors College for spring and fall 2018 are now open. Incoming freshman and transfer students should apply through the main Towson University application. Current TU students should apply through our internal transfer application.

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

Here are five reasons to choose Towson University Honors:

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Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Opportunities for advanced research projects, 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 for graduate school.

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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 – 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. 95% of Honors seminars contain students from at least five 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

Generation Jeopardy


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

This annual event pits Honors 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! Pizza will be provided.

Scarves for Sickle Cell: Scarf-Making Program


8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Douglass MPR

Join the Honors College Leadership Council's Honors Helping Hands service committee to make scarves for local children with sickle cell disease.

Smoothie Saturday


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Douglass Lobby

The Honors Parents Council is back with their Smoothie Saturday program! Take a break from studying for finals and enjoy delicious smoothies prepared by Honors parents right in Douglass lobby.

Caffeine, Cookies, and Confidence


8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Douglass MPR

HCLC's semester-ly program to get students ready for finals. Stop by for snacks, caffeine (or non-caffeinated beverages if that is your thing), craft-making, or just to blow off steam.