Towson University is the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland – the 12th-largest public university system in America.
Some of the best students in America pursue 64 undergraduate majors, 46 master’s programs and four doctoral degree programs at Towson University. Founded in 1866 as a teacher’s college, today's students can also study majors like business administration, psychology, mass communications and nursing. Towson's educational experience also branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options.
Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance are a few of the publications that have consistently recognized Towson as one of the best values in higher education. Towson has been ranked among U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges every year since the guide's inception in 1985. For the academic year 2014-15, TU received the following honors:
- Ranked 15th in the public regional universities (north) category by U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked in the top five of the north region by U.S. News & World Report for successful management of financial resources, despite reduced state budgets
- Named one of the top 100 "best values in public colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
- Towson University ranks 235 out of nearly 1,500 four-year institutions in Money magazine's "Best Colleges for your Money" list.
Towson University is located in Towson, Md., a suburb of Baltimore, in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Washington, D.C. is less than an hour away. New York City is about three hours by train or car. Located within walking distance of the Towson campus is the Towson Town Center shopping mall, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, coffee shops, restaurants and a public library. More than 20 colleges and universities can be found in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
- Baltimore Collegetown
- Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association
- Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
- Maryland Tourism
- College of Business and Economics
- College of Education
- College of Fine Arts and Communication
- College of Health Professions
- College of Liberal Arts
- The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics
- Honors College
Au.D., B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.T.P.S., Ed.D., M.A., M.A.T., MBA, M.Ed., M.F.A., M.M., M.S., Sc.D.
Popular Undergraduate Programs (programs with 500+ majors in fall 2015)
- Art + Design
- Business Administration
- Elementary Education
- Mass Communication
Popular Graduate Programs (programs with 120+ majors in fall 2015)
- Applied Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Early Childhood Education
- Human Resource Development (professional track) (educational leadership track)
- Instructional Technology
- Occupational Therapy
- Reading Education
- Special Education
- Teaching (MAT)
Tuition and Financial Aid
Estimated Annual Tuition and Fees (2015-2016 academic year)
Average Annual Room and Board (2015-2016 academic year)
Over $23 million per year in scholarships and grants
Albert S. Cook Library (fall 2015)
53,028 journals (print and electronic)
9,439 films and videos
8014 sound recordings
236 research databases
Fiscal Year 2015 — $18,010,921
Fiscal Year 2014 — $14,447,113
Fiscal Year 2013 — $24,840,125
Fiscal Year 2012 — $21,788,837
Fiscal Year 2011 — $30,454,640
19 NCAA Division I athletic teams (13 women's sports, six men's sports)
The school colors are black and gold, and the mascot is the Tigers.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Maryland State Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for both business and accounting programs, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Health Education/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (AAHE/NCATE), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The university is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Association of American Colleges.