I am posing this experience as a cautionary note to anyone who is interested in Towson. I am also looking to hear from others who have applied to Towson this fall to see if their experience has been similar or different.
This is the first year that Towson has accepted the Common Application. We decided to take advantage of that and S2 applied to Towson using the CA in early August. More than 2 months have elapsed and we have not heard one word from Towson Admissions - either confirming receipt of his application or verifying that his file is complete. By contrast - every other college that he applied to sent an email confirmation confirming receipt of his application within 24 hours and has also confirmed that his file was complete by early October.
I called Towson in early September and was told that they had not started downloading from the CA website yet and would start doing so by early October. This begs the question - why start accepting the CA - knowing that students will apply in August - if you are not going to touch it for 2 months? I did log into my son's CA account at the end of September and was able to see that Towson had finally downloaded his app on 9/21.
The next issue is that we are in-state. The CA supplement did not have a section to answer the questions to confirm in-state residency. I called Towson admissions in August with this question and at first they did not believe me that the supplement lacked this section - then they told me to print out the pdf of the Towson application from their website - have my son fill out the section on Maryland residency by hand - and mail that to Towson! Really - could they find a more convoluted and inefficient way to handle this? Thought it was absurd - but we did so.
Now we are in early October - and still no communication from Towson. I called again this past week and was told they are still "creating files" and that my son should hear something "soon". I find it hard to comprehend how Towson is unable to do what the other universities have done by now - confirm receipt of the application and confirm that his file is complete. This experience with Towson has been annoying at best and while Towson was not at the top of my son's list anyway - it really sours me on the school. Plus I feel like I threw $50 out the window.
So - has anyone else applied to Towson? Did you use the CA or Towson's own application? What has your experience been so far?
If you are interested in applying to Towson and have not done so yet - I strongly recommend that you use their own application - which ties right into their online status checker - rather than the CA. I was told at one point that applicants who applied using the CA would receive instructions on how to use the online status checker in September - obviously that has not happened.