Towson University College Essay Questions


Please read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application. Requirements for admission vary, depending on transferable credits completed and cumulative combined GPA from all institutions attended. If you have questions, contact us at 410-704-2113, admissions AT_TOWSON, or get in touch with your admissions counselor. 

If you are applying to Towson University in Northeastern Maryland (at Harford Community College), please use the Towson University in Northeastern Maryland application.

  1. Complete your application and submit the application fee. A $45 non-deferrable, non-refundable fee is required with your application.  If you hold a permanent residency card or other visa type (not including F or J student visas); hold DACA or Dream Act status; or are undocumented, please click HERE for important information related to your application process.
  2. Apply, if interested, to the Honors College. If you’re interested in the Honors College, you’ll need to complete the Honors section of the regular application for admission no later than Dec. 1.
  3. Know the deadlines. To be considered for merit-based scholarships offered through University Admissions, you must apply and submit your transcripts and standardized test scores (if you have earned fewer than 30 transferrable credits) by Dec. 1. The final application deadline is Jan. 17 for fall admission and Oct. 15 for spring (applications may stay open on a space-available basis). See all deadlines.
  4. Send official documents. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.  They must be sent electronically or by mail to University Admissions.  If your electronic server requires an email address for the receiving institution, please use admissions_documents AT_TOWSON.  Faxes are not permitted.  
    1. If you’ve earned less than 30 college credits by the application deadline, a final high school transcript and standardized test scores are also required.   
    2. If you attended or are currently attending a non-U.S. college, you must have your transcript evaluated by one of the following international credential evaluation companies: WES, ASCISS, or ECE.  You may also request that your high school send an official transcript by mail to: University Admissions, 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252.
  5. Write your college essay (Optional). Submit an essay on the topic of your choice with your application for admission.
  6. Find out if your major has additional requirements. Please refer to our complete list of screened majors to determine if there are additional requirements for the major you wish to study. 

*In light of recent events, Towson University will offer application fee waivers to transfer students impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.  Students may also request an extension of posted spring and fall semester deadlines. Please contact University Admissions at 410-704-2113 prior to submitting your application.

Application Deadline Extended

  • Fall 2018: Application still open on a space available basis.

2017 Freshmen Class 

Applications: 13,845
Admitted: 9,854
Enrolled: 2,741
Average Weighted GPA: 3.59
Average SAT(EBRW, Math): 1133
Average ACT composite score: 23
In State: 79%
Out-of-State: 21%
Minority: 46.73%

What We Look For

Your grades and test scores are the greatest factors in our decision making process, but we seek students who are also well-rounded and involved outside of the classroom. The following five criteria are the components of our admission decision.

  1. Course Work
    Required high school courses: 4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 3 years of Lab Science, 3 years of Social Science, and 2 years of the same Foreign Language. Your cumulative weighted high school GPA is one of the most important aspects of your application. Based on each school’s GPA calculations and grading scale, some GPAs are recalculated to equally compare applicants.  Course rigor and improvement are also considered when reviewing a student’s high school transcript.
  2. SAT or ACT Scores
    We require our applicants to take either the SAT or ACT. The average SAT score is an 1133(2-part) and the average composite ACT score is a 23. SAT/ACT scores are important and we evaluate your test scores in correlation with your cumulative weighted high school GPA.  The Writing section is not required for the SAT or ACT exam.
  3. College Essay
    The essay allows you to show us what makes you exceptional. We enjoy reading essays that present an honest and thoughtful picture of you.  Please be sure to answer the specific essay prompt on your application.
  4. Send your ZeeMee link (optional).  At TU we want to get to know our applicants better. That’s why we’ve partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that lets you easily add short videos and photos to your college application. Just create your free profile at and paste your link into your application. 
  5. Letters of Recommendation (optional)
    A student with a strong letter of recommendation can have a critical advantage in the final stages of the competitive admission process.  We will accept a maximum of 2 letters of recommendation.
  6. Extracurricular Activities list (optional)
    We look for well-rounded students who will enhance the university both inside and outside the classroom. An individual who participates in clubs, sports and activities in high school demonstrates that he or she is just this type of student. Choose clubs wisely and don't try to do too much — we want you to remain focused on your academics. If you choose to submit an activities list or resume, you may upload the document within the admissions application.
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