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Towson University is a public institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,517, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 328 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Towson University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 44. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,132 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,754 (2012-13).
Downtown Baltimore is less than 10 miles away from the suburban campus of Towson University, a public school in the University System of Maryland. On campus, students have more than 200 clubs and organizations to consider joining, including more than 30 fraternities and sororities. Students can also participate in campus events like The Associate competition, the university’s own version of the reality TV show The Apprentice. The Towson athletic teams, the Tigers, compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association and are traditionally strong on the lacrosse field. Graduate students can complete degrees through Towson’s College of Business & Economics, College of Education, Department of Art, and more. Notable alumni of Towson University include W. Lee Hammond, president of the nonprofit AARP, and producer Joy Lusco, who has worked on television shows including The Wire.
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Towson University is a medium-size university that offers large university advantages with a small liberal arts college experience. Small classes (70% smaller than 30) provide opportunities for close interaction with highly qualified faculty and highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds. The University's "commitment to a sound liberal arts education...helps students develop a range of intellectual skills that will continue to enrich and shape their lives long after their formal education has ended." This philosophy is reflected in Towson's retention and graduation rates, which are among the highest in the United States of all comprehensive metropolitan universities.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Towson University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Towson University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 54.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||54.2%|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Towson University is 17:1, and the school has 36.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Towson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.8 percent.
Towson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,517, with a gender distribution of 39.9 percent male students and 60.1 percent female students. At this school, 26.9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73.1 percent of students live off campus. Towson University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Towson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, and health service. Towson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Towson University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Towson University, 50.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,750.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,132 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$19,754 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,338 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data