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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?

17,106 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,186 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 one 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.

Towson University Rankings

College Factual ranked Towson as #490 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #11 out of 26 schools in Maryland.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Towson has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Towson

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 19
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 26
Best Colleges for International Students 384
Best Colleges 490
Best Colleges for the Money 640
Best Colleges for Diversity 657

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?

$18,186 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Towson is $18,186. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Towson

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,390 $12,546 $18,091 $22,844 $23,694

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

17,106 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,596 undergraduate students at Towson, with 17,106 being full-time and 2,490 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,109 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,106 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 1,002
Black or African American 3,587
Hispanic or Latino 1,345
White 9,633
International Students 284
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,255

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Towson University awarded 9,572 undergraduate degrees and 1,820 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 151 19 0
Allied Health Professions 0 13 43 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 6 0
Area Studies 0 13 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 35 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 535 12 0
Chemistry 0 45 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 341 0 0
Communication Sciences 0 53 45 10
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 1 0
Computer Information Systems 0 157 60 9
Computer Science 0 142 32 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 22 16 0
Dance 0 18 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 40 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 8 0
Economics 0 74 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 42 7 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 172 4 0
General Biology 0 200 21 0
General Education 0 0 68 0
General English Literature 0 90 0 0
General Psychology 0 376 30 0
General Social Sciences 0 18 5 0
Geography & Cartography 0 18 4 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 20 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 99 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 299 1 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 145 26 0
History 0 55 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 6 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 28 13 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 82 0
Human Services 0 103 0 0
Information Science 0 52 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 71 3
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 25 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 49 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 9 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 19 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 34 0
Mathematics 0 58 0 0
Music 0 22 4 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 45 0 0
Nursing 0 271 8 0
Other Education 0 36 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 21 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 233 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 9 0
Philosophy 0 17 0 0
Physics 0 19 4 0
Political Science & Government 0 92 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 4 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 117 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 37 77 1
Religious Studies 0 9 0 0
Special Education 0 106 26 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 193 47 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 57 68 0
Urban Studies 0 4 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 17 0
Total 0 9,572 1,774 46

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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