Towson University

Towson University

Towson University, or TU, also referred as Towson, is an American public university located in Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. It is part of the University System of Maryland. TU was established in 1866. The U.S. News & World Report (2009) ranked Towson University 8th in the Public Universities-Master's (North) category for its 'America's Best Colleges'. TU offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, more than 35 masters degree programs, and more than three doctoral programs through the following academic divisions:

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

Tigerfest is the annual spring festival that features interactive activities and live musical entertainment for students at TU. Their official mascot is Doc and their sports teams are nicknamed the Towson Tigers.

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Contacting Towson University

Towson University
8000 York Rd
Towson , MD 21252-0001
General Phone: (410) 704-2000

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Towson University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching809education, instructional media design, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Business and Management634business management, business administration, accounting, accounting and related services, organizational behavior, human resources development
Liberal Arts606American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, humanities, liberal arts and humanities, ...
Media406communication studies, mass communication, public relations, communication and journalism, radio and TV tech
Therapy and Counseling330psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy272sports and fitness management, exercise science, health and fitness, athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering232computer and info science, information science, web design, database administration, computer networking, computer security, computer support, software engineering
Science227biology, biochem/biophysics courses, ecology, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine153registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology145speech pathology, physician assistant
Art Studies109art studies
Medicine69gerontology, health professions
Family and Social Work61family systems
Drama and Performing Arts60dance, drama, various performing arts
Mathematics45mathematics, applied mathematics
Music29music, music performance
Medical Administration20health care administration
Religion and Philosophy20philosophy, religion
Fine Arts16fine arts, art history and criticism
Security and Law Enforcement9forensic science

Number of programs and degrees for Towson University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,20457
Postbaccalaureate certificate9318
Master's degree92436
Doctor's degree143
Post-master's certificate175

Towson University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Towson University had a total enrollment of 19,758 students (17,352 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 12%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 25%
20-21 29%
22-24 22%
25-29 12%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Towson University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 50 %

Towson University Room and Board (2007)

Towson University offers campus housing for 3,360 of its 17,352 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Towson, Maryland for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maryland Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Towson University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480570
SAT Math490590
SAT Writing500590
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT13%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Towson University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,314
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,860
Room and board $ 8,306
Room charge $ 5,054
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,046
Books and supplies $ 984
Other expenses $ 3,780

Financial Aid:
Towson University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 209900)

Towson University Faculty

Towson University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track90124
Non-tenured and not on tenure track84148

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year16$114,76915$108,309
Associate professorcalendar year8$112,2323$89,992
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year24$113,92420$101,922

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year95$92,38751$86,382
Associate professoracademic year75$75,09678$71,148
Assistant professoracademic year107$63,071159$59,712
Instructoracademic year5$48,23716$49,287
Lectureracademic year70$40,61988$38,853
All faculty totalacademic year352$68,870392$60,349

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Towson University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports70139209

Towson University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Human Resources Development
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Information Science/Studies
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Family Systems

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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