About Towson University

Founded in 1866, Towson University. is a Public college. Located in Maryland, which is a city setting in Maryland, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 19,198 full time undergraduate students, and 3,145 full time graduate students.

The Towson University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 879 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Towson University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate73%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
SAT Range980-1160
ACT Range21-25

Admissions at TU are considered Selective, with ,132% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 23 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 58% were in the top quarter, and 22% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Towson University.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
21%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
39%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
53%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
46%
“We bought the gear”
52%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
9%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
65%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
22%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
21%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
64%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
10%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
31%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
17%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
26%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
21%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
39%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
53%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
46%
“We bought the gear”
52%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
9%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
65%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
22%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
21%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
64%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
10%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
31%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
17%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
26%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Towson University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    281 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    238 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    326 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    332 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    333 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    332 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    334 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    334 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Towson University?

152 Students rated Towson University

Cristal - 12/26/2021

Towson University is a school that is somehow both big and small. The campus is beautiful and expansive, but it still feels like everyone is close. The facilities at the school are great, my favorite is the fitness/recreation centers, both for the large variety of equipment and the awesome acai bowls. Most of my professors are both competent and compassionate, making most of my classes manageable and enjoyable. My only complaints are that the food isn't always that great, and parking is a nightmare. The surrounding area can also be dangerous if you're not careful; like most urban areas, travel in groups, stay aware of your surroundings, and avoid wandering aimlessly at night.

Jessica - 11/17/2021

Towson University is an amazing college with so much diversity, and plenty of opportunities to grow and find yourself and better yourself to do what you love. I’m currently a freshman, and let me just say, if you enjoy friendly interactions and putting yourself out there, Towson is the college for you! Towson University is a type of place that gives you an opportunity to think, and even learn outside of the box, contrary to a boring way of learning and speaking your mind. There are tons of organizations, clubs, and sports to join and amazing campus facilities and foods! I am a commuter but as far as I know about the dorms, they’re all pretty good, and very communal in a sense that you feel safe and get along well with your neighbors. There are also plenty of events to attend if you like a little bit of nightlife, and the events themselves are pretty safe, but as far is it goes at any college, always stick in groups and make sure someone knows where you are. If you are considering Towson, go for it! You wont regret your decision. :)

Derrick - 10/25/2021

As it is my first year at Towson university, so far so good, I have not really had any problems what s ever. It has a good community, and making new friends wasn't as hard as I expected. I am loving the new life, and adjusting pretty well on campus away from home. I do think there are some problems, that the school needs to overseer. Like the cost of getting new supplies, and school store prices are way too high and they should be cut down.

Isabella - 06/26/2021

Despite being a big school, Towson has a small town feel which was comforting and fun at times, although it also felt clique-y at times. However, I wouldn't trade my experience there for anything in the world. I met some of my best friends there, and I had some professors that inspired me to pursue the career path that I'm currently pursuing. I am grateful to Towson, and if I had to choose a university again, I would choose Towson in a heartbeat.

Towson University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Towson University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Towson University is 73%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Work on your study habits because they will be important in college. On a more realistic and general note I would practice using an alarm clock more effectively and getting up early so actually getting up for classes would have been easier.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    They are very diverse and generally friendly people.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Towson has atleast one person from every ethnicity, is friendly and commuter oriented but is accepting way more students then classes are offered which is starting to become a problem during registration time.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Everyone should attend this school. Not only is everyone excited to be here, but the friendships you make will last forever and the education you receive is irreplacable. Because of where the school is located, it is easy to find ways to have a good time while still keeping an academic focus.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The cost compared to the level of education students receive. It is fairly inexpensive to go to Towson (at least for in-state) and I think that students leave Towson with much more than just a degree. Most students work at least part time, so they know what the "real world" is like before they graduate from college.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing. You got the information you needed about the school and campus life, so making the decision was easy and I was not disapointed in what I received.

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Parking, advising, and expensive food. It is difficult to find a decent parking space during the school day, and teh campus is really strict about parking tickets. A $75 ticket for a first time offense. The advising is not up to par. I know of many students who must stay an extra semester/year, due to bad advising. And the food is expensive.

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  9. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The single most frustrating thing about my school, indeed all schools is a lack of funding availability for white males. I am financially secure by my own accord (I saved 80% of those Army checks), debt free and attending school on the GI Bill. I've seved my country only to be discriminated against based on my gender and race. There are minority student unions yet I would be disbarred trying to start one of my own. The ladies get their own special orientation but where's one for the guys (to warn them about college girls for instance!)?

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Towson University is very well-known for it's Education Program. However they also have other great qualities, such as the huge, 5-story library! Many of the academics, aside from Education, are also very respectable; such as the College of Computer Science and Mathematics, and many of their Liberal Art areas.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The psychology program at Towson is very strong. I worked with a woman who was an expert in her field and regarded as such around the world. I also minored in Theatre, and I have to say the community within this major would be difficult to replicate anywhere else. As well, our Theatre program was well run and funded.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is interested in a more technical field of study such as engineering or a person who wishes to conduct research as part of their schooling should look at other universities as this one does not provide such oppurtunities.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The only thing that I brag about when I talk about my school to my friends is that in my freshman dorm I only had to share a bathroom with one other person.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    There is said to be typical long island stereotype at our school and they are labeled as sorority members. Even though there are many long island students, it does not mean that they are "mean" girls. Besides this one stereotype I hear often, I think the school has a variety of "groups" where students will find their direction of where they fit in more.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Towson University, my school, is a very well rounded school. In my opinion there is a place for everyone. Whether you are into theater, sports, or greek life, we have it all! Towson is a huge school which I believe gives you many benefits, but at the same time there are many classes that have just 30 people, which gives an intimate feel so you won't get lost in the crowd. It is just the right size. People have a great impression of Towson University. The school is very well liked in the community and it is practically the center of the town. Towson is definitely a college town, with many fun activities and great hang outs. The administration has always been there to help, I have never had a experience where someone was not willing or just didn't have time to work with me. School pride is every where from Greek life to TU shirts and colors. But no worries if you are a grad student or no really into that there are many people who are just here for commuting. I have met inspiring teachers at Towson that had assured me that I am going into the right career. The only complaint that I have ever heard was when I was a freshman/ sophomore on campus everyone would smoke outside of the building, but now we are a smoke free campus which is awesome!!!

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    Classes in my department are wonderful. I am part of the Foreign Language department and I know most of the students in my classes and usually I have more than one class with them. My major is considered relatively small though. Larger major like Business you will not see this AS MUCH, but you may have 1 class the same as a student in the same major. Students who are in upper level courses study a good amount, as it should be because they are getting serious about their career and their passion. Freshman and Sophomores tend to study less and party a little bit more. But this all depends who you hang out with, there are some very serious freshman and sophomores who are all about academia, for instance the honors college. I love my major ( Spanish and Latin American Studies). I had the opportunity to go to Ecuador for study abroad. With every major at Towson, you have the opportunity to travel and study. We have an AMAZING study abroad program, and if you have good grades, you can surely find compensation, there are many scholarships at our school available to you. I do not really spend time with professors out of class, but I know people who have. Although I do have a great relationship with my professors many who I would consider mentors. The most unique class I have ever taken is Capoeira, Brazilian fight dancing. I am taking in currently and receiving three credits. The Arts departments is absolutely amazing and diverse, there are so many great classes to take that will keep you active and on the move.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There are alot of sporting events to attend at Towson and they all usually have a good turn out. the one thing i would complain about in the dorms is that students don't leave there doors open for the most part. but this just means that you have to be proactive about going and meeting the people in your dorm and don't worry the other students in your dorm will be happy that you did. there are plenty of things to do all over campus and every year we have big events homecoming and tigerfest. these are both really fun events with great bands.

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  18. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Because it was the closest to where I live and a good option.

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  19. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The library is great and has multiple floors. Students can get so much done in this atmosphere due to the quiet floors or group floors - based on what you're there for. It's always beneficial to go here and they have great hours of being open and Starbucks is available in the front, which is always nice.

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  20. Describe the dorms.

    Where I lived, in one of the towers, they had nice size rooms to share with a connectif bathroom to another room. We never had an issue with the bathroom or privacy and it was a great place to be on freshmen year. Other buildings that I have went to seemed just as big if not bigger than my room. I never really heard complaints other than there was no air conditioning in a building but that building is now under construction so that will be fixed.

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  21. What are your classes like?

    You will have every type of class at Towson, from big lecture halls, to intimate settings, to rooms set up like a business conference meeting. I love the diversity because each class has it's own style. In addition, they are small enough where you get to know the professor on a personal level, which is great for getting extra help.

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Student Body

Students

60%

female

40%

male

19,198

Total Undergrad Enrollment

3,145

Total Grad Students

22%

Out-Of-State

77%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

198

Student Organizations

14

Fraternities

14

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

21%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
6%
% Black or African-American
19%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
59%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

80% of students attending Towson University receive some sort of financial aid. 26% were awarded federal grants. While 55% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$21,076

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,080

Books and Supplies

$11,754

Room and Board

33,910

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,161
$30 - $48K
$12,151
$48 - $75K
$16,901
$75 - $110K
$20,975
$110K & UP
$22,033

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