Towson University Admissions Essay

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.

Applying to Towson University is easy. Make sure to read the following instruction carefully before beginning your application. If you have questions, contact us at 410-704-2113, admissions AT_TOWSON, or get in touch with your admissions counselor. 

Be sure to read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application:

  1. Complete your application and submit the application fee. A $45 non-deferrable, non-refundable fee is required with your application. Students applying with a fee waiver will have the option to choose the type of fee waiver to be used during the payment section of the 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 check this Admissions Requirements (PDF) document 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 will 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 by Dec. 1. The final application deadline is Jan. 17 for fall admission and Oct. 15 for spring. (Applications may remain open on a space-available basis.) See all deadlines. 
  4. Send official high school transcripts. Please have your school counselor submit to University Admissions your official high school transcript via Parchment/Naviance.  If your school does not have Naviance, transcripts can be sent to admissions_documents AT_TOWSON.
    1. If you attended or are currently attending a non-U.S. high school, you must have your transcript evaluated by one of the following international credential evaluation companies: WES, ASCISS, ECE. You may also request that your high school send an official transcript by mail to: University Admissions, 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252.
    2. If you were home-schooled, you must submit an official transcript from your home-schooled program/agency or official documentation from your county school district verifying your curriculum.
  5. Submit standardized test scores. Towson accepts either the SAT and/or ACT. SAT and ACT scores must be sent from the testing agency to be considered official. We will not accept test scores reported on high school transcripts. Towson University test ID for SAT:  5404, Towson University test ID for ACT: 1718.  *Please note that it usually takes 2-3 weeks (from the day scores were requested) to be uploaded into our system.
  6. Write your college essay. Towson requires one essay with a 500 word maximum. Please refer to the application for the essay prompt.
  7. Create a resume. Applicants have the option to upload a resume or activities list before submitting the application. Although this is optional, any document submitted will be considered during the application process.
  8. Submit 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 and paste your link into your application.
  9. Provide OPTIONAL letters of recommendation. Up to two letters of recommendation may be sent via Parchment/Naviance or to admissions_documents AT_TOWSON.
  10. Find out if your intended 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.
  11. Determine if you need to take the TOEFL exam.  If your native language is not English, you are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE. However, one of the following SAT or ACT scores exempt you from submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE scores:                                                             
    1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing SAT score of 530
    2. A 21 on the English section of the ACT

The TOEFL code for Towson University is 5404.


Application Deadline Extended

  • Fall 2018: Application closes on March 16.


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