Applying to TU

Towson University welcomes those who have served our country in the military and their family members. TU believes they should be provided outstanding support and services – from applicants to alumni.

Why Towson University?

Towson University is recognized U.S. News and World Report as the #5 best school for veterans in the region. Moreover, TU currently has “Gold" status with . Extensive course offerings, flexible class schedules, and veteran support services make TU a great choice for pursuing your undergraduate or graduate education.

Support for Veterans

  • Top 100 Public University, as ranked by "U.S. News and World Report"
  • Admission fees waived for veteran applicants
  • Priority registration for all veteran students
  • Active, engaged veteran community

The Towson University Military & Veterans Center (MVC) was the first-of-its-kind in Maryland, and it remains at the forefront of the next generation of military and veteran programs. The MVC is a one-stop shop for community, growth, and support, providing 100 percent fulfillment of all educational benefits claims, peer support, and career and professional development opportunities. Towson University is close to Washington, D.C., other major cities, and military installations, where many of our alumni begin successful careers with the federal government or private enterprise.

Apply as a Freshman or Transfer Student

You are eligible for admission consideration based on high school or transfer course work or upon placement testing in several skill areas (writing, reading, mathematics, etc.). Please review the requirements for freshman or transfer admission. (Note: for Admissions-related reasons, most veteran students are considered transfer students.)

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Credit for Your Military Service

Towson University is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC). Students who have served or are currently serving in the United States military may receive college credit for basic training, military occupational specialties, and other military course work. Official documentation must be submitted via a Joint Services Transcript from the DoD. Work will be evaluated per the DoD recommended best practice of using the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services by the American Council on Education (ACE). To request an evaluation, contact .

Apply as a Graduate Student

Towson University offers more than 80 graduate programs in the fields of education, health, business, science, mathematics, fine arts, communication and other professional studies. Flexible formats and evening classes are available to help students balance work, life and their studies. Find out how to apply to graduate school as a veteran.

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Application Fee Waiver

Towson University waives the fees for military affiliates. To have your application fee waived, you can attach a copy of your military orders or your DD-214 form to your online application to verify your service. You can also send it separately to University Admissions by fax to 410-704-3030 or upload it to your TU Admissions Portal.

In-State Residency for VA Benefits

Any student who is has been awarded or benefits are automatically eligible for in-state tuition.

For residency questions please contact the Admissions Office at 410-704-2113 or email

How to Use VA and Other Military-Related Benefits

The Towson University Military & Veterans Center are your experts in processing benefits, advising on how to maximize them, and for learning about other benefits resources that might be available to you. Learn more about benefits.

The MVC welcomes all military-affiliated applicants to call us at 410-704-2992, email us at , or simply stop on by during normal hours. Additionally, you may to meet (in-person or virtual).