As of Fall 2012, the enrollment of black students at Towson was listed as approximately 14% of the overall student population. In recent years, the university has been recognized for the high graduation and retention rates among black students. There is considerable diversity within the black community, as these students come from many parts of the world, including Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. It is clear that black students come to campus with an array of strengths.
Given the success of black students at TU, some may overlook the challenges that these students may face. These may include:
Heightened awareness of one’s status as a minority
Balancing family obligations with the academic and social demands of the university
Experiences with prejudice or discrimination
Exploring intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender
Negotiating the financial costs of college
It is normal to experience obstacles in the path to graduation. As such, several resources are available to aid in the transitions.