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Towson University Overview

Towson University is a public institution located in Towson, Maryland. The location of Towson is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Towson University Known For?

4,786 Undergraduate Awards
$33,348 Avg Cost After Aid
77% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Towson is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Towson.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 53% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Towson with a bachelor's degree make about $50,800 a year. That's 25% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Towson University Rankings

We have ranked Towson as #356 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. Towson also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Towson has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#82 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#104 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#258 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Towson.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Geography & Cartography Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Towson has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#29 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Towson University?

Location of Towson University

Contact details for Towson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252-0001
Phone: 410-704-2000
Website: www.towson.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/towsonuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TowsonU

How Do I Get Into Towson?

You can apply to Towson online at: https://www.towson.edu/admissions/undergrad/

Admission Requirements for Towson

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Towson?

77% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
83% Submit SAT Scores
Towson has an acceptance rate of 77%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 83% of students accepted to Towson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 535 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Towson University  ( 535 to 610 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Towson University  ( 520 to 600 )
200
800
Towson received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 21 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Towson University  ( 20 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Towson University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Towson University  ( 21 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Towson University?

$33,348 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Towson is $33,348. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Towson, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $7,308 a year. That adds up to $29,232 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Towson is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Towson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,209 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,619 undergraduate students at Towson, with 17,209 being full-time and 2,410 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Towson

There are also 3,090 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,209 full-time undergraduates at Towson, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Towson

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Towson University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Towson Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,162
Black or African American 4,278
Hispanic or Latino 1,483
White 8,765
International Students 301
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,220

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at Towson University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 87 countries are represented at Towson. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Towson University

484 Took All Classes Online
4,379 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Towson. In 2017-2018, 4,379 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Towson has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 17th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Towson

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Towson University was -0.6%. This is the #2,240 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Towson regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Towson majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 8%
Computer & Information Sciences 9%
Computer Information Systems 10%
Education 4%
Health Professions 0%
Health Sciences & Services 21%
Human Resource Management 7%
Information Technology 22%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 6%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Towson ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Towson.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #24
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #55
Health Sciences & Services #60
Homeland Security #63
Computer Software & Applications #74
Health & Physical Education #99
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #114
Information Technology #122
Human Resource Management #137
Communication & Journalism #151
Computer Information Systems #183
Special Education #185
Educational Administration #243
Computer & Information Sciences #409
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #457
Nursing #463

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Towson University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 535 2 12 0 549
General Psychology 376 0 30 0 406
Communication & Media Studies 341 0 0 0 341
Health & Physical Education 299 0 1 0 300
Nursing 271 7 8 0 286
Teacher Education Grade Specific 193 0 47 0 240
Other Social Sciences 233 0 0 0 233
Computer Information Systems 157 6 60 9 232
General Biology 200 0 21 0 221
Fine & Studio Arts 172 0 4 0 176
Computer Science 142 0 32 0 174
Health Sciences & Services 145 0 26 0 171
Accounting 151 0 19 0 170
Special Education 106 21 26 0 153
Teacher Education Subject Specific 57 8 68 0 133
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 117 2 0 0 119
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 37 0 77 1 115
Communication Sciences 53 0 45 10 108
Health & Medical Administrative Services 99 7 0 0 106
Human Services 103 0 0 0 103
Political Science & Government 92 0 0 0 92
General English Literature 90 0 0 0 90
Human Resource Management 0 2 82 0 84
Instructional Media Design 0 0 71 3 74
Economics 74 0 0 0 74
General Education 0 0 68 0 68
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 29 34 0 63
Mathematics 58 0 0 0 58
Human Development & Family Studies 28 15 13 0 56
Allied Health Professions 13 0 43 0 56
History 55 0 0 0 55
Information Science 52 0 0 0 52
Information Technology 0 50 0 0 50
Ethnic Studies 42 0 7 0 49
International Relations & National Security 49 0 0 0 49
Natural Resources Conservation 45 0 0 0 45
Chemistry 45 0 0 0 45
Drama & Theater Arts 40 0 0 0 40
Criminal Justice & Corrections 22 0 16 0 38
Other Education 36 0 0 0 36
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 35 0 0 0 35
Music 22 0 4 0 26
Interdisciplinary Studies 25 0 0 0 25
Physics 19 0 4 0 23
General Social Sciences 18 0 5 0 23
Geography & Cartography 18 0 4 0 22
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21 0 0 0 21
Geological & Earth Sciences 20 0 0 0 20
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 19 0 0 0 19
Dance 18 0 0 0 18
Writing Studies 0 0 17 0 17
Philosophy 17 0 0 0 17
Computer Software & Applications 0 15 0 0 15
Area Studies 13 0 0 0 13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 12 0 0 12
Homeland Security 0 5 6 0 11
Religious Studies 9 1 0 0 10
Other Visual Art 0 1 9 0 10
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 9 0 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 8 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 6 0 6
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 4 0 4
Urban Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 1 0 1
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,786 183 887 23 5,879

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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