The Honors College Orientation is held twice a year: once in late August for students
joining the Honors College for the fall term and again in late January for new Honors
students for the spring term. 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
Fall Orientation for Honors students admitted for the fall is typically held in 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 during the first week
Honors Orientation is free and 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 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.
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 admitted to the Honors College, have separate
move-in dates and times. 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. Incoming students can purchase this book
on Amazon or other online resellers, at local retail stores, or borrow it from the
The 2018 Honors College Read is Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil.
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.