Towson University in Towson

Towson, MD

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Towson University offers 417-degree programs and 87 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 59%. The most popular test is SAT - 90% of students submitted it in comparison to 28% of students who submitted ACT. 38.9% are women, and 61.1% are men. 3% percents of international students. Towson University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Towson University is 16363$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $12720 and $23706 per year. 67% of full-time Towson University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $49,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Towson University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Towson University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,034
$30,001 - $48,000$10,957
$48,001 - $75,000$15,245
$75,001 - $110,000$19,803

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 6488

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


8795 of Towson University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 47 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Towson University number 5 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Maryland.

Students at Towson University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Towson University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Towson University graduation rate is above the national average.

67% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Towson University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Towson University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 64%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 5% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Towson University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 8%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Towson University full-time retention rate is 86% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Towson University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1490 - 1750

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 500 - 580
Math: 500 - 590
Writing: 490 - 580

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Towson University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 21 - 25
Math: 20 - 25
Writing: 7 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Towson University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Towson University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Towson University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Maryland.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Towson University

The campus located by 8000 York Rd address in Towson, Maryland.


Towson University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Towson University with 0.12% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Towson University are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Towson University offers 417 programs in total: 186 are for Bachelor's degree, 129 - for Master's degree, 72 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 15 - for Post-master's certificate, and 12 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 98 universities in Maryland state. Towson University is one of the few institutions in Maryland that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 87 distance learning programs that are offered in the Towson University: 39 are for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 24 - for Master's degree, 18 - for Bachelor's degree and 6 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Maryland state average data to help you compare.


Towson University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 17927 students with 537810 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1968 with 47227 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 53 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Towson University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

So excited to start at Towson in the Fall!The admissions group has been incredibly helpful and supportive. Especially for someone with special needs. Great School!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Went here for my undergraduate years. I loved every part of this school: the location, the professors, and course studies. My maturity developed in this school and changed my perspective towards being more of an adult. Towson University is also the 2nd largest public university in Maryland, with funding towards the newly development of learning infrastructure buildings and expanding of size economically, makes it an ideal university for future generational students. Thank you Towson University. -Proud Alum

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I must start off by saying I love this school and I'm very proud to be a tiger. I attended the campus in Harford County but I really like the main campus, overall I get good vibes from the place, I plan on taking grad classes. However, the main campus itself is really confusing and hard to navigate. The buildings are poorly labeled. My mom and I must've drove around 2 or 3 times looking for Hawkins Hall. I looked at the map on my phone the night before and understood the location (it's behind the liberal arts building), simple enough, right? But we had such a difficult time finding it, we rode by it more than once. Finding buildings can also be stressful because in my case it's usually time sensitive, since on that particular day I wanted to talk to the instructional technology program director, and her office is located in Hawkins Hall, she would only be there for an hour. I had plenty of time, but nonetheless being lost is really frustrating. Another thing that bugs me is how the interior of the buildings makes you feel like you took a time machine back to the 70s. Even Hawkins Hall, where all of the educational technology and multimedia classes are taught, looks outdated, with walls that are all white brick, and the offices have such a creepy appearance. I know the school is old, but maybe a renovation could be on the horizon? I don't know, hopefully. Lol. On the plus side the faculty is nice and down to earth, they respond to emails in a timely manner. Nothing like the professors or faculty at the northeastern campus, who generally seemed unprofessional. The students also seem different, but in a positive way, considering how the people at the Harford County campus were stuck up and unfriendly. Like I said I want to take graduate courses here so I'll be editing my review as needed, I'm just commenting on my experience so far. My only peeves are the poor labeling and the old looking buildings, but besides that I love this school. Great place to get an undergrad or graduate degree.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

WORST parking that a college campus could possibly have .. make sure you are willing to miss class and be late Bc prez Schatzel could care less about the parking situation.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The international advisor is a big fat liar. She will lie to your face and later on deny it. Had to pay $12000 for nothing. Parking garage is a joke and the money you pay for it is another joke. They are very hungry for money. I even tried to contact the dean of the university but she avoided me. Everyone there is a liar and cheat. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY HERE.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 8000 York Rd


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +4107042000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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