The Honors College Orientation is held twice a year: once prior to the start of the
fall semester for new and transferring Towson University students and again prior
to the start of the spring semester for current Towson University students admitted
to the Honors College as well as new and transferring students. Honors Orientation
is a required program designed to introduce incoming students to the foundations of
undergraduate honors education at Towson University. Honors Orientation provides new
students and students transferring from other institutions opportunities to:
Learn about important requirements and specialized Honors resources
Meet upperclass Honors students and Honors alumni
Start building relationships with Honors faculty and staff members
Gather information about distinguished scholarships and fellowships
Fall Orientation for Honors students admitted for the fall term is typically held
in August on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the start of the fall term. Spring
Orientation for students admitted for the spring term is typically held in the first
week of the term.
Honors Orientation is separate from campus-wide Orientation overseen by the office of New Student and Family Programs. That orientation is mandatory
for all students and incurs a fee. Please contact New Student and Family Programs with any questions regarding general Orientation.
Fall 2018 Orientation
Fall Orientation is required for incoming freshmen and students transferring from
other institutions. There is no cost to attend. Enrolled incoming students are required
to register online to confirm their attendance at Honors Orientation. Registration
for Honors Orientation will open on May 1.
Honors Orientation is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, August 22
and all day on Thursday, August 23. Confirmed dates and times, schedule details, and
additional information will be provided to incoming students in the summer.
Incoming Honors students who elect to live on-campus are tentatively scheduled to
move in early to their assignments on Wednesday, August 22, one day earlier than incoming
TU students who are not members of the Honors College. Details on move in will be
provided to students in early August. Returning Honors students, and all incoming
students living in Douglass House but not part of the Honors College, have separate
move-in date and time. All students must follow the move-in timeline provided to them by Housing & Residence Life.
HONORS COLLEGE READ
A common read is a required part of the Honors Orientation experience in August. This
program provides an opportunity for Honors students to read and explore issues that
contribute to broad intellectual development while also fostering intellectual ties
between Honors students, faculty and staff.
The 2018 Honors College Read will be announced by June 2018.
Incoming students must prepare a written, typed response to the a series of question
prompts provided after the Honors College read is announced. Please write as much
as you'd like. Some questions may only require a sentence or two while others may
need a longer response. Responses will be collected, so be sure to include your full
The goals of the Honors College Read are:
Provide incoming students a chance to connect with other students
Provide incoming students simulated classroom discussion experience led by faculty
Provide students with a learning opportunity that relates to the academic expectations
of the Honors College
Create an opportunity for critical thinking and ethical engagement
If you have any questions about Honors Orientation programs, please feel free to contact
us at 410-704-4677 or at honors AT_TOWSON.