Transfer Student Orientation

No matter if you are transferring from a 2-year or 4-year institution, New Student & Family Programs helps all transferring students and their families get ready for a positive experience at TU.



 Available Orientation Dates:

  • January 14
  • January 15
  • January 17
  • January 18
  • January 22

**Not all dates are available for every major. When logged in to the registration system, only dates available for the indicated major will be shown.**



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, campus resources for transferring students, and what it means to be a part of the TU community. 

What will I need to bring to New Student Orientation? 

You will need to bring the following items

  • Know your TU ID (7-digit number), your Net-ID and password
  • Bring your final copies of your transcripts OR class schedule (if you are currently enrolled in summer classes)
  • Review and print your online copy of your transcript evaluation 24-48 hours before your orientation date. If you have questions about your credit evaluation, contact Admissions at 410-704-2113
  • Wear comfortable clothes and bring a reusable water bottle 
  • Bring photo identification to pick up your OneCard. You will take your photo on site, and image requirements can be found here
  • Don't forget the parking permit emailed to you 3-5 days in advance of your orientation session
  • Download Guidebook on your mobile device 
Will I be able to register for classes at New Student Orientation? 

You will meet with academic advisers from your department and you will register for classes. 

During New Student Orientation, courses and seats that have not been previously viewable will be open for transferring students attending that specific day. Continuing TU students won't have access to those classes. 

After I'm admitted, what do you need to finalize my transfer evaluation? 

Your Evaluation of Transfer Credits from the Transfer Evaluation Office will either say "Final" or "Preliminary". If your evaluation says "Final", then Admissions does not need any additional transcripts to complete your evaluation.

If your evaluation says "Preliminary", then Admissions is still waiting on additional transcripts in order to finalize your evaluation. Once final grades have been posted, you must request that a transcript be sent from your original institution to the Admissions Office or bring a final copy to your orientation date. 

What is the fee for New Student Orientation? 

The fee for students is $100 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. 

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

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

Yes! You 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 must register and attend Family Orientation and will not be able to be a part of student-only portions of New Student Orientation. 

How can I find housing in the Towson area? 

Towson University offers a new Off-Campus Housing Finder for students looking for apartments in the local area. For limited on-campus housing options, visit Housing and Residence Life, or visit Millennium Hall and Paca and Tubman Houses.  

What is Welcome to TU? Is it mandatory?

Welcome to TU is a program designed to welcome every student back to Towson University. Students are encouraged to take part in a variety of fun and relaxing activities so you can get your Fall semester started on a positive note. Certain sessions for transferring students are mandatory and will be noted on the program schedule. 





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