Transfer Student Orientation

Welcome to Towson University! No matter where you are coming from, Transfer Orientation will get you and your family ready for your experience at TU. Orientation is a mandatory, one-day program designed to prepare you for your journey at TU! Along with creating your academic schedule, you will meet with advisors, campus partners and learn what it means to be a part of the TU community!

Orientation leader and two students smiling at lunch

 

Winter Orientation 2020 Dates:

  • Monday, January 13
  • Tuesday, January 14
  • Thursday, January 16
  • Friday, January 17
  • Tuesday, January 21
  • Thursday, January 23

Not all dates are available for all students. Only the dates available to you will be shown when you register for orientation.

Parking for New Student and Family Orientation is located in the University Union Garage. Please follow the directions located linked in the Orientation FAQs to enter the garage.

The program will begin in West Village Commons. A shuttle will be available to transport students and families as needed from the parking garage and throughout the day.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 the Transfer Student Center (TSC) at 410-704-3229 or
  • 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 the TU Events app 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. 

Do I need to anything to finalize my transfer credit evaluation? 

You can find the status of your credit evaluation by referring to the transfer credit report in your online student center. The “Transfer Evaluation Status” field will show whether your evaluation is preliminary or final.

If your evaluation is final, then you do not need to submit any additional transcripts.

If your evaluation is preliminary, then the Transfer Student Center is waiting on a final transcript. This typically means that your evaluation was completed while you still had courses in progress at your previous school. To finalize your evaluation, an official transcript with your final grades must be submitted to University Admissions. Schools do not automatically send updated transcripts, so you must request that your previous school sends an official updated transcript after your final grades have been posted. The To-Do List in your student center will list which transcript is required.  Your final transcript should be sent directly to University Admissions, or you may bring an official copy in a sealed and signed envelope with you to your new student orientation.

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. 

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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