Students can request verification of enrollment by logging onto their student account through Towson Online Services.
Towson University is using the National Student Clearinghouse to report student data. To verify a student's degree, contact the clearinghouse as listed below:
National Student Clearinghouse
13454 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300
Herndon, VA 20171
703-742-4200 - phone
703-218-4058 - fax
Foreign countries may require documents to be certified in order to be accepted in the foreign jurisdiction. An "Authentication" and "Apostille" certifies the signature and the position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a document. Please check with the the country in which you will be working or studying to find out if they will require an Apostille or Authentication.
The sole function of an apostille or authentication is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document, the capacity in which the person signing the document acted, and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.
The educational documents usually requested for certification are the diploma, official transcript and/or enrollment/graduation verification letter.
Certification should only be done if the organization receiving the document requires you to provide an Apostille or Authentication.
The United States is part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention. Under the Hague Convention, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those public documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an "apostille." The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.
Countries that are not signatories to the Hague Convention may require that the documents undergo an additional step for obtaining an "authentication." The authentication validates the document for use in the foreign country.
To obtain an apostille or authentication for TU documents, complete & submit the Request Form for Apostille or Authentication to the Registrar’s Office. Please allow at least two business days for processing. Because of the complexity involved with this process, walk-in requests will not be honored. The requestor is responsible for ordering/providing a copy of the document requiring authentication.
For information regarding our state’s apostille and certification process, please visit the website for the Maryland Secretary of State.