Rankings & Achievements

Our Tigers do amazing things every day, and we'd like to share them with you.

  • The U.S. News & World Report 2016 America’s Best Colleges guide ranked Towson University 12th in the public Regional Universities (North) category, placing it among the best of the 48 institutions surveyed.
  • Towson University ranks 235 out of nearly 1,500 four-year institutions in Money magazine's Best Colleges for your Money list.
  • For its delivery of a quality education at an affordable price, Towson University was named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the 100 "best values in public colleges."
  • G.I. Jobs magazine named Towson University as a Military Friendly School® for 2015 — the fifth year in a row.
  • The university was commended for its commitment to sustainability in The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The Student Government Association (SGA) became the first student government organization in the nation to become a Safe Haven — promoting awareness and providing communities with tools to combat the expansive growth of human trafficking.


  • Towson University's 2013 Part 1 Uniform Crime Statistics were the lowest — 5.2 per 1,000 students — among the University System of Maryland's 10 campuses.
  • Towson University is Maryland's largest producer of teachers.
  • More than 65 percent of the classes offered at Towson enroll fewer than 29 students.
  • The Towson University Police Department has received the Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention for 31 consecutive years, more than any other higher education institution in the state.
  • More than five percent of the total electricity used at Towson University comes from renewable resources. Ten percent of Towson University’s solid waste is incinerated and used to produce electricity for use on campus.
  • Towson University's radio station, WTMD FM (89.7), boasts one of the largest listening audiences of any public radio station in Maryland and won an Emmy in 2013 for its Concert for the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Towson University has committed to achieve LEED Silver certification on all new campus buildings. The first building was the LEED-Gold certified College for Liberal Arts, which features a “green” or planted roof, low flush toilets, and a high-performance HVAC system with automated central controls.
  • On August 1, 2010, Towson University became the first four-year institution in Maryland to go completely smoke-free.
  • Towson University is the first university in Maryland, and one of the first 10 nationwide, to sign the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce energy consumption of campus buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.


  • Now in its 35th year of NCAA Division I competition, the Tiger intercollegiate athletics program sponsors 19 sports. Tiger athletic teams compete in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), the nation's top mid-major conference.
  • In 2013, the Towson football team reached the FCS National Championship game for the first time in program history. The Tigers set a program record with 13 wins for the season.
  • The Towson University dance team is now 17 for 17, having won the 2015 National Cheerleading Association Collegiate National Championship in Daytona, Florida.
  • SECU Arena opened in May 2013. The arena is home to Towson's basketball, gymnastics and volleyball teams, and features 5,200 seats, a state-of-the-art court and training facilities and an enhanced fan experience.
  • Since joining the CAA in 2001, the Tigers have won conference tournament titles in football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming, women's volleyball and men’s golf.
  • During an athletics history that traces its roots to the 1920s, Towson has sent teams and individual student-athletes to NCAA post-season competition in baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.
  • Tiger student-athletes distinguish themselves in the classroom as well as on the field of competition. More than a dozen Tigers have been named CAA Scholar-Athlete Award winners for their respective sports.

College of Business and Economics

  • The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International for both its business and accounting programs. It is the highest seal of quality business schools can receive and ensures continuous improvement. Less than five percent of schools are AACSB International-accredited and less than one percent are accredited in both programs.
  • Towson University is the only University of Maryland System (USM) institution with an undergraduate degree in e-business.
  • CBE offers three graduate programs (M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services, M.S. in Marketing Intelligence and M.S. in Supply Chain Management) and four undergraduate majors (Accounting, Business Administration, e-Business and Economics).
  • The T. Rowe Price Finance Lab allows students to virtually trade stocks and manage portfolios in real time using 12 Bloomberg terminals.
  • CBE has hosted 11 rounds of “The Associate” competition, TU's rendition of the TV series The Apprentice. The competition provides students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their business acumen while learning from successful business leaders of local, national and international companies.
  • Students in the Towson University Investment Group manage a portfolio of more than $100,000 of real money for the Towson University Foundation.
  • Every year, CBE partners with the Baltimore Cash Campaign to offer free federal and Maryland state income tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families.

College of Education

  • The College of Education is the oldest, largest and preeminent producer of teachers in the state of Maryland. Across the nation, thousands of educators trained at Towson University are now at the head of the class.
  • The college is nationally recognized for its network of more than 110 professional development schools. In their year-long PDS experience, interns are immersed in real-world classrooms and are guided by mentor teachers and university supervisors.
  • The Center for Leadership in Education offers practical workshops for school administrators, teachers and parent groups across the state. Its members serve as unpaid consultants and advisors to school leaders and system administrators.
  • Sean McComb, an English teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk and an adjunct instructor for the College of Education, was named the 2014 National Teacher of the Year

College of Fine Arts and Communication

  • The College of Fine Arts and Communication's Department of Dance offers a B.F.A. degree in dance performance accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Students interested in teaching may take advantage of an optional teacher certification program.
  • TU Forensics team members won two straight Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • Broadcast journalism students produce newscasts in the new state-of-the-art HD TV studio, which allows students to produce HD-quality video identical to professional live television broadcasts.
  • Jazz majors won first place in the Battle of the Bands and performed in the prestigious Takoma Park Jazz Festival.
  • Graduate Matthew Jeffers won the prestigious Kennedy Center's Regional Irene Acting Award and competed for one of two national Irene Ryan scholarships.
  • Department of Theatre Arts alumni include award-winning actors Roc Dutton, John Glover and Amy Schumer.

College of Health Professions

  • The College of Health Professions enrolls more bachelor’s and master’s health care and sport-related students than any other institution in Maryland.
  • The Institute for Well-Being is the only on-campus inter-professional training facility in the region where students from different majors work in teams in clinical programs to serve the Greater Baltimore community.
  • The Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science has the state’s only combined B.S./M.S. program in occupational therapy.
  • The Department of Nursing is Maryland’s second-largest nursing program.
  • The Department of Health Science has the only program in health care management certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
  • The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program is one of only two state-supported programs and the only one to provide clinical training to both graduate students and select undergraduate students at new, state-of-the art, training centers, the Speech and Language Center and the Hearing and Balance Center, both located in the Institute for Well-Being.
  • The Department of Health Science is one of three programs in Maryland nationally recognized for school health and is the largest producer of school health teachers in the state. Its school health program assessments are listed on the NCATE SPA Assessment Library as “excellent examples.”
  • The Health Care Management program is one of only two AUPHA-certified programs in the state, and nearly 50 percent of its students are offered positions in the field prior to graduation.

College of Liberal Arts

  • College of Liberal Arts political science professor Martha Joynt Kumar directed the White House Transition Project, a non-partisan organization that provided technical assistance and advice to President Obama's transition team. She and fellow TU political science professor Michael Korzi have each won the prestigious Richard E. Neustadt Best Book Award (2008) for presidential politics.
  • Towson University is one of only three universities in Maryland certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to offer foreign language education programs in French, German and Spanish for secondary teacher candidates.
  • Students in Towson's writing program help Baltimore City Police cadets learn the most effective and efficient ways to write police reports. The students are trained in police writing and help the cadets make sure their reports can withstand scrutiny for future legal cases.
  • Psychology professor Bethany Brand is leading the largest and longest worldwide study on the treatment of dissociative disorders. 

Honors College

  • Members of the Honors College participate in the University’s most groundbreaking research, regularly presenting their findings at national, regional and local conferences. They also frequently publish their work in scholarly journals and texts.
  • Nearly all of the university’s prestigious award winners and finalists are members of the Honors College. The awards represented include the Fulbright Award, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, the Critical Language Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship.

Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics

  • The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics annually receives nearly $2 million in external grants and contracts to support pure and applied research and curriculum development.
  • The Department of Chemistry offers the only B.S. program in forensic chemistry in Maryland.
  • Towson University and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences have been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in information security and assurance and in cyber operations by the National Security Agency.
  • Out of 16 chemistry programs certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Maryland, Towson has consistently been the third-largest producer of chemistry bachelor’s degrees over the last five years, behind only UMCP and UMBC.
  • Fisher College operates the Towson University Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, a science and math outreach and education research unit located in the Columbus Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
  • Fisher College also operates the Towson University Field Station in northern Baltimore County to provide education, outreach and research opportunities for students, faculty and the public.
  • Out of more than 350 institutions granting only bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, the TU Department of chemistry ranked in the top 10 for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded from 2009-2013. For three of those years TU was ranked third in this category.

Updated 10/2015