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?
- Students at Towson have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
- The highest award offered at Towson is the doctor's degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 53% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Towson makes roughly $50,800 a year. This is 25% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
Towson University Rankings
We have ranked Towson as #311 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Towson also holds the #5 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.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Towson.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Towson has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Towson University?
Contact details for Towson are given below.
|Address:||8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252-0001|
How Do I Get Into Towson?
You can apply to Towson online at: https://www.towson.edu/admissions/undergrad/
Admission Requirements for Towson
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||considered but not required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Towson?
Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.
Average Test Scores
About 92% 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 530 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 590.
Can I Afford Towson University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Towson, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,604 a year. That adds up to $30,416 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Towson is 3.8%. 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
There are also 3,187 graduate students at the school.
Of the 16,238 full-time undergraduates at Towson, 40% are male and 60% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Towson University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||4,322|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,500|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Towson has changed over the last few years.
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 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Towson
During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Towson University was $9,182 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $20,788. The following table shows how Towson is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Allied Health Professions||#22||#16|
|Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions||#34||#46|
|Health Sciences & Services||#40||#64|
|Human Resource Management||#46||#100|
Online Affordability Rankings of Towson Rankings
During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Towson University was $10,198 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $24,334. The following table shows how Towson is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Health Sciences & Services||#27||#50|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#43||#56|
|Instructional Media Design||#49||#94|
|Computer Information Systems||#50||#77|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#56||#92|
Online Growth Rankings of Towson
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Towson University was 819.3%. This is the #122 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly 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||5%|
|Computer & Information Sciences||9%|
|Computer Information Systems||18%|
|Computer Software & Applications||6%|
|Radio, Television & Digital Communication||5%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Towson ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Towson.
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.
*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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