Freshman Transition Program Orientation

Welcome to Towson University! Freshman Orientation is an interactive, one-day experience designed to introduce you to TU's campus, expectations and help you meet fellow incoming students. You will learn more about your FTP requirements, academic standards, living on/off campus, and what it means to be a part of the TU community!

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Students will be eligible to transition to Towson if they meet either of the following criteria:

  • By the conclusion of the Fall 2019 term, complete at least 9 transferable credits with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), a minimum grade of C and a grade of "Pass" in Pass/Fail courses
  •  By the conclusion of the Spring 2020 term, complete at least 15 transferable credits with a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA and a grade of "Pass" in all Pass/Fail courses

For questions about the Freshman Transition Program, contact Ann Gamble at 443-840-1735 or at





What is New Student Orientation? 

New Student Orientation is a mandatory one-day program designed to introduce you to TU's academic expectations and help you meet fellow incoming students. You will learn about your course schedule, academic standards, living on/off campus, and what it means to be a part of the TU community. 

FTP students must register for specific orientation dates so that students can recieve the appropriate information.

Will I register for classes during New Student Orientation?

No. You will automatically be registered for your first semester classes by FTP staff. 

Can I bring a family member, guest, or friend to New Student Orientation? 

Yes! Students can bring up to two (2) guests to New Student Orientation. Each guest must pay the $25 fee to attend, which covers supplies and lunch.

You must register your guest at the same time you sign up for your New Student Orientation session. Each guest will attend Family Orientation and will not be able to attend student-only sessions. 

What is the fee for New Student Orientation? 

The fee for students is $110 and is charged to your Fall semester bursar's bill. Guests are charged $25 per person and must pay when they register for a program date. Guest fees are nonrefundable. Download our fee policy here. 

For students, family members, and guests who may need a fee waiver in order to attend, please complete this form.

More information about the guest program can be found at the Family Orientation page. 

How can I get involved on campus as a FTP student? 

As an FTP student, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved! You can join student organizations, work on campus, and attend campus events. 

FTP students cannot be involved in certain activities:

  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Club Sports
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • LeaderShape
  • Army ROTC
What is Welcome to TU? 

Welcome to TU is comprehensive program that will begin on August 22, 2019 that will help you get acclimated to campus, meet more new students, learn required safety policies, and have some fun during the first week of classes. Certain events are mandatory and will be noted on the program schedule

How do I find housing on campus? 

FTP students can apply for on-campus housing through Housing and Residence Life by the MAY 1 deadline. 

What will I need to bring to New Student Orientation?
  • Know your TU ID (7-digit number), your Net-ID and password
  • Wear comfortable clothes and bring a reusable water bottle 
  • Required documentation to get your OneCard
  • Parking permit (it will be e-mailed to you 3-5 days before your orientation date)
  • Download the TU Events app on your mobile device 


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