Freshman Transition Program | Towson University

The Freshman Transition Program is a partnership between Towson University and the
Community College of Baltimore County.

A select group of freshman applicants may be invited by University Admissions to participate

in the program. Towson University Freshman Transition Program (FTP) students take
Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) courses taught by CCBC faculty on TU’s
main campus in the late afternoon and evening. They live in TU’s residence halls and
receive the same support services as TU students.

After successful completion of the program, students have a seamless transition into
Towson University and transfer their CCBC credits to TU.  Students do not have to
reapply to TU.

How to Participate

If you are offered FTP, you will receive an invitation to participate from Towson
University. There is not a separate application process for the FTP. Towson University
selects participants from its regular applicant pool, and students may not opt-in
to the program.

If you receive an invitation to participate, simply complete the following steps to
accept our offer.

Steps to follow:

  1. Register for FTP Placement Testing.
    Placement testing for fall 2021 FTP students is closed as of May 1, 2021.
  2. Submit your Participation Agreement and pay your $300 nonrefundable enrollment fee. 
    The deadline to join the FTP for fall 2021 was May 1, 2021. We are no longer accepting
    enrollment contracts.
  3. Activate TU email account.
    Your participation agreement must be received and processed by University Admissions
    before you can activate your account.  The university will use this account to contact
    you about important business.
  4. Apply for on-campus housing (optional).The application for on-campus housing for fall 2021 opens on February 1, 2021 and
    closes May 1. Students who apply for housing by April 1, 2021 will be notified by
    April 27 whether or not they will be granted housing. Once housing is granted, a non-refundable
    $350 housing deposit will be required to secure your spot. Housing may not be guaranteed
    should the university need to reduce capacity in accordance with health and safety
    guidelines. Please note: FTP students may not live in Capstone affiliated housing (West Village
    1/Tubman Houses and Millennium Hall).
  5. Submit your FAFSA application immediately. Direct all financial aid to CCBC ASAP – if possible before May 1. Learn more. All financial aid for the FTP program will be administered by CCBC.
  6. Submit final high school transcript.
    Please make arrangements for your high school to send your official final high school
    transcript to University Admissions.  It can be sent via mail or electronically directly
    from your school.
  7. Complete your FTP To Do List.
  8. If you have questions about FTP, please email; Jeanne Gyr, Coordinator, Freshman Transition

Academic Requirements

Students may participate in this program for a maximum of two consecutive semesters.
Academic progress while in the program is governed by CCBC academic standards. View
the CCBC College Catalog for a full description of academic standards.

Students will be eligible for a seamless transition from CCBC to Towson University
if they meet either of the following FTP criteria:

  1. By the conclusion of the fall term, complete at least 9 transferable credits with
    a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), a minimum grade of C and a grade
    of Pass in Pass/Fail courses, or
  2. By the conclusion of the spring term, complete at least 15 total transferable credits
    with a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA and a grade of pass in all pass/fail courses.

*All students are enrolled in 5 FTP courses and must maintain full-time enrollment.

Students who do not successfully complete the FTP requirements or who discontinue
the program must make alternate arrangements or re-apply to TU using regular criteria
for transfer admission.

Additional Information

Students in this program are CCBC students who also receive a TU identification card
(OneCard) and access to all TU campus services. However, FTP students are not able
to participate in some organizations, including Army ROTC, Greek life, and intercollegiate
athletics. Students are also not allowed to practice or compete with club sports or
TU competitive teams. Federal work-study is not available until after a student transitions
to TU.

Both TU and CCBC comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
(FERPA/Buckley Amendment), as amended. Student information is shared between TU and
CCBC when it pertains to participation in the Freshman Transition Program.

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