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Towson University is a public institution situated in Towson, Maryland. The city atmosphere of Towson makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

356 Undergraduate Degrees
357 Graduate Degrees
$34,049 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
79% Acceptance Rate

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Towson University Rankings

According to our 2023 analysis, Towson is ranked #47 out of 958 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Towson also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Towson has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Towson.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Instructional Media Design Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Value Special Education 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
#1 Best Elementary Special Education Schools College Factual
#4 Best Special Education Schools College Factual
#11 Best Instructional Media Design Schools College Factual
#21 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#46 Best Education Schools College Factual
#263 Best Schools Course Advisor

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
With an acceptance rate of 79%, Towson may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

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 )
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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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ACT Math Scores for Towson University  ( 18 to 24 )
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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
2.7% 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 2.7%. 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
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 2nd 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 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
Instructional Media Design #49 #94
Educational/Instructional Technology #49 #94
General Educational Leadership & Administration #58 #101
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 #87 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Towson regardless of major.

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
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision #4
Instructional Media Design #4
Educational/Instructional Technology #4
Educational Administration #9
General Educational Leadership & Administration #9

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 Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Elementary Special Education 97 0 0 0 97
Early Childhood Education 70 0 26 0 96
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 5 86 1 92
Elementary Education 76 0 0 0 76
General Education 0 0 70 0 70
General Special Education 16 0 45 0 61
Music Education 38 0 3 0 41
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 38 0 0 0 38
Reading Teacher Education 0 4 34 0 38
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 0 21 0 0 21
Art Education 13 0 8 0 21
Secondary Education 0 0 20 0 20
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 0 16 0 0 16
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 4 7 0 11
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 8 0 0 0 8
Mathematics Education 0 0 7 0 7
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented 0 0 0 0 0
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 0 0 0 0 0
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 356 50 306 1 713

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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