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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?

4,869 Undergraduate Awards
$34,049 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Visual & Performing Arts Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Psychology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#205 Best Business, Management & Marketing 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
#11 Best Special Education Schools College Factual
#33 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#43 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#63 Best Education Schools College Factual
#74 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#161 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Towson University?

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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 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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Towson?

79% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Towson University is 79%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Towson University  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Towson University  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800
Towson received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Towson University  ( 20 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Towson University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Towson University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Towson University?

$34,049 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Towson is $34,049. 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

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

16,238 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,730 undergraduate students at Towson, with 16,238 being full-time and 2,492 being part-time.

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There are also 3,187 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,238 full-time undergraduates at Towson, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,089
Black or African American 4,322
Hispanic or Latino 1,500
White 7,945
International Students 237
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,145

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

19,858 Took All Classes Online
21,881 Took At Least One Class Online
819.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Towson. In 2019-2020, 21,881 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 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
Homeland Security #22 #34
Information Science #25 #40
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
Homeland Security #27 #42
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
Educational Administration #63 #150

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%
Education 2%
Information Technology 19%
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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Homeland Security #1
Human Resource Management #1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #1
Computer Information Systems #1
Computer Software & Applications #1
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #1
Health Sciences & Services #2
Instructional Media Design #4
Information Technology #4
Computer & Information Sciences #7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #7
Educational Administration #9
Communication & Journalism #10
Health Professions #21
Education #37
Business, Management & Marketing #43

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 549 2 0 0 551
General Psychology 392 0 56 0 448
Communication & Media Studies 357 0 0 0 357
Nursing 313 0 3 0 316
Computer Information Systems 191 3 73 15 282
Health & Physical Education 280 0 0 0 280
General Biology 217 0 16 0 233
Teacher Education Grade Specific 194 0 36 0 230
Other Social Sciences 226 0 0 0 226
Special Education 117 18 66 0 201
Computer Science 138 0 36 0 174
Health Sciences & Services 122 0 34 0 156
Fine & Studio Arts 143 0 5 0 148
Accounting 129 0 17 0 146
Teacher Education Subject Specific 55 18 65 0 138
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 120 5 0 0 125
Human Services 119 0 0 0 119
Communication Sciences 61 0 38 11 110
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87 5 0 0 92
Economics 89 0 0 0 89
Political Science & Government 83 0 0 0 83
General English Literature 80 0 0 0 80
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 40 0 39 1 80
Human Resource Management 0 1 67 0 68
Human Development & Family Studies 29 18 17 0 64
Natural Resources Conservation 63 0 0 0 63
Information Technology 0 62 0 0 62
Instructional Media Design 0 1 53 1 55
Chemistry 53 0 0 0 53
History 52 0 0 0 52
Allied Health Professions 18 0 33 0 51
Mathematics 48 0 0 0 48
Geography & Cartography 40 0 7 0 47
Drama & Theater Arts 40 0 7 0 47
General Education 0 0 46 0 46
Ethnic Studies 43 0 3 0 46
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 22 23 0 45
International Relations & National Security 44 0 0 0 44
Other Education 42 0 0 0 42
Information Science 41 0 0 0 41
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 39 0 0 0 39
Music 31 1 4 0 36
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 31 0 0 0 31
General Social Sciences 27 0 4 0 31
Physics 24 0 6 0 30
Other Visual Art 0 15 5 0 20
Philosophy 18 0 0 0 18
Interdisciplinary Studies 17 0 0 0 17
Computer Software & Applications 0 16 0 0 16
Dance 16 0 0 0 16
Writing Studies 0 0 13 0 13
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 13 0 0 0 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 13 0 0 0 13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 13 0 0 13
Area Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 11 0 11
Educational Administration 0 10 0 0 10
Religious Studies 7 1 2 0 10
Homeland Security 0 5 4 0 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 8 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 7 0 7
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 6 0 6
Urban Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 3 0 3
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,869 216 813 28 5,926

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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