Transfer Student Orientation

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Welcome to TU Updates

In light of the announcement on August 22 that in-person events and classes are suspended until August 30, we have canceled all in-person W2TU events. 

Whether you're joining TU on campus or online this semester, Welcome to TU is your next step as a Tiger. 

Did you miss a suggested event during W2TU? Here's what to do.

    • Convocation: Watch the Recording
    • Success Starts Here- LIVE on August 21: Watch the Recording
    • Success Starts Here- Campus Safety on August 23: Watch the Recording
    • Tigers Care/OneCard Pick-Up: Tigers Care package pick up has been suspended until further notice. OneCards will be available for pick-up between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm in the University Union on the 1st floor. Please ONLY pick up your OneCard if absolutely necessary and wait until classes proceed in-person if possible.
    • All students who will be coming to campus need to be tested for COVID within 10 days prior to their arrival on campus and upload their test results to the Tiger Health Portal . The TU Health Center is offering free COVID testing at an outdoor testing site located in front of the Health and Counseling Centers. Students may reserve a registration time and learn more at




What is New Student Orientation? 

New Student Orientation is a mandatory program designed to introduce you to TU’s academic expectations. For summer 2020, this program will be held virtually. 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. 

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. 

When do I meet with an advisor?

You will have virtual access to an advisor or faculty member from the department of your major during the Transfer Orientation who will guide you through registration.

After orientation, you will then be assigned a permanent advisor in your major department within the first two weeks of your first semester. You should prioritize meeting with your advisor to create a degree completion plan and help you navigate your new department. Please contact your major department after the term begins if you are not assigned a permanent advisor within the first two weeks.

Do I need to do 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 the Office of University Admissions.

Schools do not automatically send updated transcripts; 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 the Office of University Admissions.

What is the fee for New Student Orientation? 

The fee for students is $110 and is charged to your fall term bursar’s bill. Guests participating in virtual Family Orientation will not be charged a fee. Download our fee policy here. 

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

Can a family member, guest or friend participate in New Student Orientation?

Yes. Each guest must register and attend virtual Family Orientation and will not participate in 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 term started on a positive note. Certain sessions for transferring students are mandatory and will be noted on the program schedule.  

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What Do I Need to Know?

Learn more about transition information from orientation leaders, fellow parents and students.

Make TU Feel Like Home

Meet Dan Kolton, an Orientation Student Director, who will show you TU's campus and various offices on the New Student and Family Programs Youtube channel.

Watch the Video

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