Towson University

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8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252-0001

Phone: (410) 704-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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#54 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Towson University is a public institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,988, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 328 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Towson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 54. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,342 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,020 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Towson University is a large university with a small, hometown feel. Small classes (nearly three quarters of our classes have fewer than 30 students) provide opportunities for close interaction between highly qualified faculty and highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds. All Towson undergraduate degrees are grounded in the Liberal Arts and provide the type of educational experiences that are critical to long-term personal and professional success. This philosophy is reflected in Towson's stellar retention and graduation rates, which are among the highest in the nation of all comparable universities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $52,896,577


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 52.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.2%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Towson University is 17:1, and the school has 32 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Towson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 39%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Social Sciences 12%
Education 11%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%

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Student Life

Towson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,988, with a gender distribution of 39.3 percent male students and 60.7 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Towson University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 21,960
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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Paying for School

At Towson University, 51.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,816.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,342 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,020 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,662 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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