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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:

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 of classes.

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.


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 local library. 

The 2018 Honors College Read is Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil.

“O’Neil’s book offers a frightening look at how algorithms are increasingly regulating people… Her knowledge of the power and risks of mathematical models, coupled with a gift for analogy, makes her one of the most valuable observers of the continuing weaponization of big data… [She] does a masterly job explaining the pervasiveness and risks of the algorithms that regulate our lives.” ”

New York Times Book Review

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 name.

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 .