A: Many new students say they wish they had started at TU knowing at least a few other people. During Tiger Talks, Project Serve, and Project Marj you will meet people who are interested in the same things as you. During these experiences you will get to know upper class student leaders and parts of campus. Come fall you will be more confident and prepared for your life as a TU student.
Q: When is Orientation?
A: Welcome to Towson is what we call our orientation program, and it takes place on Saturday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 27. Unlike many other schools, we do not have a summer program for new freshmen. By providing orientation during the four days before classes begin we maximize the amount of time that you have to get to know other new students, faculty and staff. This also assures that you know how to get around campus, which buildings contain key services and departments, and tips for becoming a successful Towson student.
Q: Am I required to attend all of Orientation?
A: The Welcome to Towson program has been specifically designed for your benefit and to address your transition needs as a new student. While attendance at orientation is required for freshmen students there are opportunities in the schedule for you to chose between the activities that appeal the most to you. Rest assured, you will be glad that we require your participation!
Q: What is an "OL"?
A: OLs, or Orientation Leaders, are upperclass students who are here to help you adjust to college life. They will facilitate discussions, give you advice, and lead you through Welcome to Towson. These students applied and interviewed for these competitive leadership positions. They also went through extensive training in preparation for your arrival at TU.
Q: When do I register for my classes?
A: Over the summer you will work with the Academic Advising Center to build your first semester class schedule. To start the process be sure to fill out the Academic Interest Form online. Advisers will register you for your first-semester courses based on your academic interests and course availability.
If you need assistance regarding your class schedule or other academic concerns, please contact the Academic Advising Center:
Q: Who is my Academic Adviser and when do we meet?
A: Each new freshman is assigned a First-Year Experience (FYE) Adviser for his/her entire freshman year at Towson. You will meet with your adviser during your FYE Meeting at Welcome to Towson.
During the semester, you should plan to meet with your adviser to discuss any questions you have about your transition, and also to receive intentional advising and remove your hold in preparation for your spring semester course registration.
Q: Where can I get more information about Housing at Towson?
A: Information about roommate requests, room rates, and other housing related topics is available from University Housing.
Q: What are the Barton, Douglass, Paca, & Tubman Houses and Millennium Hall?
A: These housing locations are in the West Village area of campus, and are managed by Capstone Management. They have a separate application process. More information is available from Housing and Residence Life.
Q: What should I know about moving in and living on campus?
A: Read about Moving In for helpful information on many topics, including preparing to have a roommate and what to bring with you.
Q: What resources are available to students living off-campus?
A: Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS), based out of the Office of Student Activities, is the primary resource for students living off-campus. They offer programs and services to all students that commute to Towson.
If you would like to suggest additional questions to be posted on this page, please send an email to New Student Programs with "Requested Freshman FAQ" in the subject line.
New Student Programs
University Union, Room 217 (map)