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Located just eight miles outside of Baltimore, Towson University is the second-largest school in Maryland’s public university system, offering its nearly 20,000 students more than sixty undergraduate majors. The “proximity to Baltimore and D.C. are great for job opportunities,” and students find “many internships” there too. Since the school offers “a never-ending fountain of free resources,” they also have access to tutoring, skills classes, “essay proofreading, [and] laptop repairs” on campus. This support extends beyond the classroom, too: “There are a lot of resources at our disposal if we ever need help academically, physically, or emotionally.” This is the result of initiative the school takes in “catering to the students’ needs.” As another student says, “The campus is constantly striving to improve.”

The majority of students agree that faculty are “well-educated and know how to further explain concepts.” Professors ensure that when students sit down in class, it “isn’t just boring slides,” and it “often involves different forms of technology.” If a student can’t grasp a concept, teachers usually “are willing to go the extra mile until it is understood.” And while Towson may be sizable, “there are enough professors here [such] that learning is as personalized as it would be on a smaller campus.” That means small class sizes in which “you can get to know your professors and classmates”; group work that “allows you to replicate the skills that you have been learning in class”; and teachers who “relate the material to the real world and show how we will use the material in real-life situations.”

Student Body

“Diverse and inclusive” Towson consists of “mostly in-state and commuting students.” But the school is large, which means there’s quite a range in the student body. And students find “having people from all over is very eye-opening and is a very valuable experience.” But rest assured that there is still “a sense of community even though it is a large campus.” Here, “being yourself is highly encouraged.” Students find they “can meet people anywhere on campus and make friends, receive help on homework, or just make casual conversation.” One student says, “It's always easy to see old friends and meet new people at the same time.” Overall, people here “are open to any and every other person on campus” and most “are really energetic and share a lot of school pride.”

Campus Life

Towson offers “plenty of … ways to get involved on campus, both academically and socially.” These can range from quirky events like “petting goats [or] Carnival-like games at the library” to things you might expect like “talent shows, dance shows, football games, [and] plays.” For those who live on campus, “there are a ton of really unique floor events and building events,” like “DIYs … and game nights.” But whether they live on campus or not, students tend to “fill their days with class, and the gym is very popular in the evening.” When Friday rolls around, “some students will spend their weekend relaxing as well as completing some homework,” whereas others will head to the bars and “the abundance of restaurants in Uptown Towson.” Other pastimes in town include going to the Towson Mall, which “is right up the street from campus [and] is also a popular hangout spot.” Those looking for more outdoorsy things to do can rest easy. The school’s location provides “both natural outdoor beauty and city life,” and “in the springtime and … the fall there’s lots to do outside on campus.”

Overview

Applicants
12,747
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
535 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Testing Policies


Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — January 17


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,711
with Terminal Degree
920

972
Women
739
Men
323
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, Other.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Natural Resources/Conservation, 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.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • 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.


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 Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


John Glover
Stage/Film Actor

Charles Dutton
Stage/Film Actor

Brian Stelter
CNN chief media correspondent

John Schuerholz
Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Atlanta Braves

Kacy Catanzaro
American Ninja Warrior

Amy Schumer
Comedian/Actor

Mike Rowe
Actor/ TV Spokesperson

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,674

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,412

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,010

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,295

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,842

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,962
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,098
Required Fees
$3,236
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,446
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,556
Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

5.91%
Asian
20.90%
African-American
7.78%
Hispanic
56.63%
Caucasian
2.18%
Unknown
1.43%
International

60% female
40% male
14% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan Willemin

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Current psycho-educational evaluation which includes assessments of cognitive skills and academic performance.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation provided by a licensed mental health provider stating the diagnosis, severity of the diagnosis, educational impact and recommended accommodations.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
326
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
26

10% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

8% 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)
14 Sports

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

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
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.

94/99
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
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kristen Hughes
Associate Director of Admissions Communications and Visit Experiences

Address
University Admissions
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001

Phone
410-704-4696

Email
admissions@towson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Johnny Unitas Stadium/SECU Arena
University Union
Burdick Hall-athletic facilities
West Village Commons
College of Liberal Arts Building

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
Local Attractions: http://www.towson.edu/visit/local/index. html

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
dates and times vary; schedules are available online

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 I-695 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 I-695 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 hotels are located 10 minutes from campus. Sheraton Baltimore North 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 888-627-7147 Best Western Towson 1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson 800-780-7234 / 410-823-4410 The following hotels are within a 15-minute drive of campus. Courtyard by Marriott, Hunt Valley 221 International Circle, Hunt Valley 410-584-7070 Embassy Suites, Baltimore-Hunt Valley 213 International Circle Hunt Valley,MD 21030 410-584-1400 Holiday Inn Timonium 9615 Deereco Road Timonium, Md 21093 410-560-1000 Hunt Valley Inn 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley 410-785-7000 Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys 100 Village Square, 5100 Falls Road, Baltimore 800-967-9033 / 410-532-6900 Residence Inn by Marriott 45 Schilling Road, Hunt Valley 800-992-2694 / 410-527-2333 410-785-7000 Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys 100 Village Square, 5100 Falls Road, Baltimore 800-967-9033 / 410-532-6900 Residence Inn by Marriott 45 Schilling Road, Hunt Valley 800-992-2694 / 410-527-2333


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