Towson University campus

Overview

Applicants
18,134
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
28%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 590
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,671
with Terminal Degree
907

935
Women
736
Men
285
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family Systems

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

With an undergraduate student population of nearly 19,000, Towson University provides “a diverse community” while the school’s “resources and faculty ratio makes it feel like a small liberal arts school.” “The average academic workload in Towson can be tough,” but students say that they often feel the benefits of a large university with the intimacy of a smaller school. “Small class sizes make for a personal experience with professors even as a freshman,” while the school’s proximity “to Baltimore where there are a lot of internship opportunities” helps students tap into the resources of a major metropolitan area. However, the school also feels some of the squeeze of a large student population—the school is known among students and alumni for its trouble with parking and housing. However, students say that the school is beginning to address some of these issues, as “two new residence halls are opening up in the next year, and Towson has increasingly made an effort to resolve the parking issue for commuter students” with services like “shuttles that run all around popular off-campus apartment places (some up to 15 minutes away) to bus students to campus all day and night.” While students rate many of their professors as “very good,” some suggest doing some research before selecting classes. “I tend to go for highly recommended professors based on word of mouth from my peers,” one political science senior told us. But a large student body also means that some classes can be difficult to get into, especially for freshmen. Still, “class selection [is] extremely accessible” for anyone in the university’s Honor College. “It is true that freshman often struggle getting into certain classes,” one sophomore told us, “but in the Honors College, we never do. Honors freshmen get to choose their classes before regular seniors even do.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Glover
Stage/Film Actor

Charles Dutton
Stage/Film Actor

Barbara Hoffman
Former State Senator

John Schuerholz
General Manager of the Atlanta Braves

Dave Meggett
NFL Player

Amy Schumer
Comedian/Actor

Mike Rowe
Actor/ TV Spokesperson

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 21

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,725

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,316

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,010

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,926

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,723

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,430
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,036
Required Fees
$2,752
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,080

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,807
Out of State
15%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

5.06%
Asian
16.47%
African-American
6.05%
Hispanic
64.51%
Caucasian
3.58%
Unknown
1.80%
International

60% female
40% male
15% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Students Say

While most agree that “it’s hard to generalize about 19,000 people,” everyone agrees that “there is a lot of diversity” among these “focused, driven and generally social” students, and Towson students are “friendly and accepting of others.” “Students fit in well once they find their respected niche,” and “nobody is judged for what they do or who they are.” “Despite the growing Greek Life on campus,” students say that participation in sororities and fraternities is not necessary, and “many students are involved in lots of different” campus activities “that help shape their personality and values.” “The majority of students who attend Towson University are involved on campus in at least one group on campus,” and students recommend making friends and socializing through campus activities or groups. “New students fit in well with other new students,” one Towson freshman told us, “but otherwise people tend to befriend others only when they get involved.” But getting involved is easy: “There is a mix of people and . . . there is a group for every kind of person.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

Students Say

Students tell us “there is a lot to do within walking distance from campus,” including “tons of shops and places to eat” as well as “a strip of bars . . . where people dress up and go dancing.” Some students say that the university’s reputations as a “party school” is undeserved; nevertheless, “no matter what day of the week, people are interested in partying and going out and finding the next fun thing to do,” “but there are a ton of other fun activities to do if that is not your scene.” Students also have easy access to “concerts, restaurants, sports games,” “various bars, clubs and venues in Baltimore and D.C.” Campus itself “offers a variety of multicultural organizations, major-related organizations and frats/sororities,” as well as “many recreational clubs to join.” The school’s “gym is always busy with people working out,” and students “can relax by going for a walk on campus or the trail that is [nearby].”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Susan Willemin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current psycho-educational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Current psychiatrist or psychologist report

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
284
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
16

10% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

12% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Swimming
Women's Sports (Tigers)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Our Support Groups include cultural organizations such as the Black Student Union; LASO the Latin American Student Organization; SASA the South Asian Student Association; ADC the African Diaspora Club and FCAT the Filipino Cultural Assoc.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Loyola University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland College Park

Sustainability

Several years ago, Towson Energy Activists—along with other student organizations in the University of Maryland system—collected 12,000 signatures requesting that the university system adopt a carbon neutrality policy. Chancellor Kirwan concurred, implementing a system-wide sustainability initiative, and shortly thereafter Towson became an ACUPCC signatory, setting a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. How’s that for student sustainability leadership? Today, every incoming freshman participates in a “Green” orientation program in which they learn about the campus’ sustainability initiatives and what they can do to help. Those initiatives include a single-stream recycling program that allows any standard recyclable to be thrown into any campus recycling container, a composting program, and participation in the national RecycleMania competition. Every year the university hosts the Conservation Contest, pitting residence hall against residence hall to see who can achieve the greatest reduction in energy use. Interested students can also participate in the Eco-Rep program, a peer-to-peer environmental education group. Not only does this group educate their peers, they also act as change agents, identify issues, and promote solutions. Students can also participate in a variety of environmentally focused events held throughout the year. In order to reduce water consumption and food waste, dining halls promote Trayless Tuesdays. Additionally, Dining Services only uses trans-fat-free soy oil, antibiotic-reduced pork and chicken, and cage-free shell eggs. The used fryer oil is collected (more than 6,300 gallons per year) and processed into biodiesel. Fair trade coffee is served in the Susquehanna Food Court and Cook Library. In fall of 2014, Towson expanded its successful compost program and converted all of it’s to-go packaging at the University Union to compostable materials. In order to promote food waste reduction, Towson signed on the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, pledging to divert food waste from the landfill. Students took it a step further and joined the Food Recovery Network. Now unused prepared food is donated to a local shelter instead of being composted. Students also have access to the campus urban farm and orchard. Towson University was the first university to sign on to the DOE’s Better Building Challenge. The goal of this challenge is a 20 percent energy reduction by 2020. More information about building performance and consumption can be found on the interactive Eco-Screens, located throughout campus. Towson’s annual Stream Clean-Up gives every student an opportunity to support the university’s greening efforts. Presented in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Stream Clean Up recruits participants to assist with a regional project stream clean. Towson’s Career Center provides links to environmental/ ecology jobs through its Envirolinks Green Dream Jobs resource.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
5%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
91

Average Number of PC's per Lab
23

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
David Fedorchak
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admission
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001

Phone
410-704-2113

Email
admissions@towson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Johnny Unitas Stadium/SECU Arena
University Union
Burdick Hall-athletic facilities
Cook Library
Towson Center-events

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Towson Town Center (shopping)
Baltimore Inner Harbor - National Aquarium
Washington, D.C.
Orioles-Camden Yards / Ravens-M&T Stadium
Fort McHenry

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
dates and times vary; schedules are published on the Hire@TU student portal

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
BWI Airport-20 miles from campus, www.bwiairport.com Amtrak-Baltimore's Penn Station 8 miles from campus, www.amtrak.com Greyhound Bus-Baltimore's West Fayette Station-10 miles from campus, www.greyhound.com Local Transit and Rail: www.mtamaryland.com 410-539-5000 Local Taxi: Jimmy's Cab 410-296-7200

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions to Towson University Admissions Office: From I-95 (northbound and southbound) Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 west (toward Towson). Take exit 25, Charles Street, south. Proceed approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towson Boulevard, and proceed to the first stoplight. Turn right on Osler Drive and make the first right to the Enrollment Services Center Parking Lot. From I-83 (northbound and southbound) Take the Baltimore Beltway 1695 east (toward Towson). Take exit 25, Charles Street, south. Proceed approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towsontown Boulevard and proceed to the fist stop light. Turn right on Osler Drive and make the first right to the Enrollment Services Center parking lot. From I-70 (eastbound) Take the Baltimore Beltway 1695 north (Toward Towson). Take exit 25, Charles Street south. Proceed approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left on Townsontown Boulevard, and proceed to the first stoplight. Turn right on Osler Drive and make the first right to the Enrollment Services Center parking lot.

Local Accommodations
The following are accommodations in the Towson area: Marriott (10 West Burke Ave,. 800-435-5986) is across the Street from campus; Sheraton (903 Dulaney Valley Rd., 888-627-7147); Best Western (1100 Cromwell Bridge Rd., 800-780-7234); Days Inn (8712 Loch Raven Blvd., 410-823-8750); Comfort Inn (8801 Loch Raven Blvd., 410-882-0900).