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Honors College Application
For Freshman Applicants, Transferring Students and Current TU Students
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Towson University Honors College. Please fill out all required fields on this page and click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page to complete your application.
All new first-year and transfer students admitted to the Honors College for fall 2015 receive an honors scholarship each year in addition to any other scholarships and grants they may receive.  Current Towson University students, including those who become full-time TU students in spring 2015, may compete for a limited number of scholarships. 
Be sure to apply to the Honors College by December 1, 2014, even if you have not yet been admitted to Towson University.  In order for your application to be received, you must click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.  You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Students who apply to the Honors College must also apply for general admission to Towson University. You are encouraged to apply to Towson University by December 1, 2014.

Student Information

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Academic Records

The Honors College will receive your high school or college transcript and SAT or ACT scores from University Admissions.  The Honors College will only consider GPAs reported by Towson University Admissions.


Please attach a resume that clearly lists the following items within one page:
(1)  Awards (academic and extra-curricular)
(2)  Activities that enhance global awareness (such as international travel, participation in a multicultural organization, coursework with an international focus, or other activities that promote a global perspective)
(3)  Leadership positions
(4)  Community service/civic engagement
Please note when you received the awards listed or the amount of time in which you participated in the activities.  TIP: The Honors College is interested in those activities that were most meaningful to you.  In other words, the length of the lists in each category is less important than the experiences themselves. Here are some online resource examples of resumes:



Please attach a 500-word essay that answers one of the questions listed below.  TIP: Students who write outstanding essays directly answer the question, present a clear thesis at the beginning of the essay, and support that point throughout the essay. 
Essay Option 1: Imagine you are a top Presidential advisor, and you are drafting the President’s remarks for the State of the Union.  Leaving aside the political obstacles of passing legislation through Congress, what would you advise the President to include as the top three initiatives for the country’s blueprint for the next year? Why are these the issues and solutions that carry the greatest impact? 

Essay Option 2: Towson University’s Honors College helps prepare students to make a difference in a global society. What coursework, reading, or other experiences have had the greatest impact on how you view global issues and relationships?  Which curricular, co-curricular, and other experiences do you plan to pursue in college to prepare yourself for successful functioning in an increasingly globalized world?  How will these choices contribute to your potential for making positive contributions to a globalized society?

Essay Option 3: Many of the problems of the 21st century will require creative approaches from scholars and professionals in many fields who are able to think critically and to draw upon the insights of multiple areas of study. Describe a problem that you have studied or would like to study whose solution needs an interdisciplinary approach. What three disciplines or areas of study might be most important to addressing this problem and why? How do you plan to use your college experience to develop the skills, knowledge, and perspectives necessary to address that problem or problems of similar complexity?


Teacher Recommendation (Optional)

A letter of recommendation is optional, but strongly encouraged. The letter must be from a teacher of a major subject area and should address the questions listed below. If you are applying as a current TU student, you may request a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or a Towson University faculty member.
1. Does the student show curiosity in reaching beyond what is immediately required or expected?
2. Does the student contribute constructively in groups?
3. Would you look forward to having this student in class again?
4. If you could suggest an improvement in this student’s approach to his or her own education, what would it be? 
Letters of recommendation should be submitted by mail (to Honors College, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD  21252).  Letters of recommendation must be unopened and sent directly from the high school (or other institution if transferring).

Please tell us how you learned about the Honors College. (Select all that apply.)

Applicant Agreement

By submitting this application, you are confirming that all of the information that you have provided is complete and accurate.  Failure to give complete and accurate information on this application will result in cancellation of the application or dismissal from the Honors College if enrolled.

IMPORTANT: You must click "Submit" in order for your application to be processed.
You will receive a confirmation email that your Honors College application has been received. Please make sure to check your email for this confirmation to ensure that we have received your application. Late applications will not be considered.
Questions?  Contact us at or 410-704-4677.

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