Towson University

8000 York Rd, Towson, MD

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Towson University (TU) is a large, comprehensive public university near the Baltimore metro area in the suburban community of Towson, Maryland. TU is nationally recognized for many of its academic programs, including those in the arts and sciences, business, communications, education, health professions, and computer information systems, among others. TU is situated on a 328-acre campus that is attractively landscaped with woods and streams, and characterized by buildings of both traditional and modern architecture.

More than 60 undergraduate majors are available at Towson University, with 44 master's programs and four doctoral programs. The most popular undergraduate programs at TU are Business Administration, Mass Communications, Psychology, Nursing and Elementary Education. The most popular TU graduate programs are Human Resources Development, Teaching, Reading Education, Applied Information Technology and Instructional Technology. Towson University is the largest producer of teachers in Maryland.

Towson University has been listed as one of the top ten public master's degree institutions in North America by U.S. News & World Report.  Towson is considered one of 100 "Best College Buys" in America by Forbes magazine, and 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.


Towson University was founded in 1866 as the State Normal School. It was founded in Baltimore, but moved its location to Towson in 1915. In 1935, the school changed its name to State Teachers College at Towson. In 1963, the name changed to Towson State College to reflect the development of a broader and more varied curriculum over the years. In 1976, the name was changed again to Towson State University to reflect its status in the University System of Maryland. In 1997, the name was updated to its current Towson University.


The academic calendar for Towson University follows a semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There is a short "Mini-mester" in the month of January. The summer semester is actually a "Trimester" - a semester comprised of three shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Business & Economics
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts & Communication
  • College of Graduate Studies & Research
  • College of Health Professions
  • Honors College
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Student Life

There are more than 200 student clubs and organizations available for involvement at Towson University, and more than 30 sororities and fraternities. Students can participate in anything from leadership activities with the Student Government Association, or journalism opportunities with the student newspaper, The Towerlight. There are a cappella singing groups or marching bands, a Frisbee club, and more.

Campus housing is available in a variety of options including residence halls and apartments. Students who prefer to live off campus will also find assistance in locating rooms or apartments to rent. There are 17 dining halls on the Towson campus, offering a full range of eating options.


The traditional school colors for Towson University are gold, white and black. The school mascot is the tiger, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Towson "Tigers."


The Towson "Tigers" athletic teams compete in twenty Division I sports for men and women, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

The location of Towson University is ideal for college students. The campus is situated in a suburban town that offers easy access to a shopping mall, entertainment, dining venues and recreation. At the same time, Towson is eight short miles from Baltimore and just a one-hour drive from the Washington, D.C. area. This means that students can enjoy the city's culture, history and entertainment, while also utilizing some of the best internships and job opportunities in the country.

There are many off-campus programs under Towson University's "Thinking Outside" initiative, offering students opportunities for community service in the areas around campus and beyond.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Towson University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Towson University is around 22,000 students. The student body is made up of 85% undergraduate students and 12% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $45 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $6,400-$7,700
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $18,000-$21,640
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $280-$330 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $760-$910 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships44%$8,180
Receiving Student Loans55%$6,905

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Towson University may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

Towson University has an overall graduation rate which is around 65%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years40%
Graduating in 5 Years20%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Towson University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Basketball (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Track and Field (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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