Freshman - Main Campus To-Do List

Congratulations on your decision to enroll at Towson University. The Freshman To-Do List below has been developed to assist you in making your transition to Towson University as smooth as possible. All applicable tasks below must be complete by the deadline date or the start of classes.

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If you have questions about completing the To-Do List tasks, contact the department directly or email the  department.

Please note:

  • Spring semester To-Do List tasks are updated by mid-November
  • Fall semester To-Do List tasks are updated by mid-March


  1. Complete Before Orientation

    1. Complete Admitted Student Enrollment Steps
      Required to access TU email, submit housing request and deposit, Enrollment Contract and fee and final high school transcripts.
    2. Apply for and/or Review Award Guide & Accept Financial Aid Package
      Review mail/email notifications, accept or deny aid package by the deadline, or apply for aid if you have not already done so.
    3. Complete Placement Testing:

      i.   Complete Mathematics Placement Testing 
           Required for new all new students to ensure that first semester classes best      suit their needs. 
      ii.  Complete Reading Placement Testing (if notified)
           Students with an old SAT score less than 500 in critical reading, a new            SAT score less than 550 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or an          ACT Reading score less than 21 are REQUIRED to take the reading              placement test.
    4. Complete Academic Interest Form by May 15, 2017
      You must complete the Academic Interest Form so that advisors can create your first semester schedule.
    5. Register for New Student Orientation 
      All new students are required to attend a summer orientation session at TU.
    6. Complete Strengths Quest Assessment
      This 20 minute assessment will be used to learn, utilize and build on your strengths. Your results will be used during New Student Orientation.
    7. Download the Guidebook App
      Download the app prior to orientation to view the orientation schedule, sessions, maps, participate in live polls and access orientation materials.
    8. Submit Official Final High School Transcript to University Admissions
      Please request that your high school send a final transcript to University Admissions. 
    9. Register for Honors College Orientation 
      Scheduled for August 24, this program will introduce new Honors College students to TU. Complete only if you have been admitted to the Honors College.
  2. Complete at Orientation

    1. Get Your OneCard 
      Students should bring a photo ID to orientation, complete the OneCard application and have their photo taken in order to receive their card.
    2. Sign-up for Emergency Text Alerts & Download the Safer Mobility App 
      The TU Police Department encourages you to register prior to your arrival on campus.
  3. Complete Before the Start of Classes

    1. Complete Online To-Do List
      In addition to the tasks listed here, log into your online account to see your online To-Do List (left side). 
    2. Complete Immunization Requirements
      It is mandatory for you to upload your immunization records to the TU Health Portal.
    3. Complete AlcoholEDU, Prescription Drug and Haven Programs
      These required programs help you to understand your responsibilities and rights with alcohol and sexual issues in the TU community.
    4. Purchase or Change Dining Plan 
      If you are living on campus, you are required to select a dining plan when submitting your housing contract. Commuting or off-campus students can also purchase dining plans here. 
    5. Learn About Your Online Bill & Billing Schedule, Enroll in the e-Rebate/Refund Program, Complete 1098-T Consent
      It is important for you to understand the billing schedule and procedures, and the rebate and refund program. 
    6. Purchase Parking Permit 
      On-campus freshman are not permitted to have a car on campus. Commuter students may purchase a permit at the link above. 
    7. Request Disability Support Services (Optional)
      Individual services and accommodations are available to ensure that you are receiving equal access to education at TU. 
    8. Price/Purchase Textbooks
      You can visit this web page to find, price and order your textbooks. 
    9. Prepare for Move-In & Living On-Campus 
      You are expected to review residence hall policies, move-in details, and view the list of permitted, prohibited and suggested items for your room. 
    10. Review Student Code of Conduct, Policies and Expectations 
      You should review and familiarize yourself with policies and procedures before arriving on campus.
  4. Optional

    1. Register for Project Serve (Fall Semester Only)
      This three-day community service experience takes place before Welcome to Towson. 
    2. Register for Project Explore (Fall Semester Only)
      This week-long "Wilderness Pre-Orientation" program is run by student guides and provides you with outdoor living and travel skills.
    3. Complete Religious Interest Card 
      Complete this task if you would like to become involved with religious organizations on campus.
    4. Download the TU Mobile App 
      This app is used to register for classes, view grades, see the campus map, find events, see athletics scores and more.
    5. Learn About Technology Resources at TU 
      Visit this web page to learn about tech support and free services available to you.

Freshman Transition Program with CCBC

If you are participating in the Freshman Transition Program with Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore County, please refer to the Freshman Transition Program To-Do List

Future Notifications & Communication

During your transition to Towson University, we will communicate important information to you using your TU and personal email account. Please note the following date(s) when email notifications will be sent to your TU account only:

  • Students entering TU for the spring term will receive email notifications to their TU email account beginning January 30
  • Students entering TU for the fall term will receive email notifications to their TU email account after July 1  

If you do not receive TU notifications and need to check or change your email address, please email