TU named a top 50 “best value” public university by Princeton Review


Teacher-student ratio, wealth of program options, diverse student population cited

TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 9, 2008)—Towson University is one of the 50 “best value” public universities in America, according to a list released today by The Princeton Review, the education services and test-preparation company known for its annual college listings.

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private college and university campuses. Overall selection criteria included more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs and financial aid. Academic ratings were based on student surveys about such issues as professors' accessibility and class sizes, as well as institutional reports about student-faculty ratios and percent of classes taught by teaching assistants (TAs).

In its profile of Towson University, the editors of at the Princeton Review proclaimed:

“TAs teach exactly 0% of the classes, quite a feat for a school with an undergraduate enrollment of 16,219. In fact, many students claim the best part of their academic experience is that the professors actually teach the classes; TAs are not teachers like at some other similarly sized schools, and the student faculty ratio is a reasonable 18:1.”

The editors also noted that:

[With] “more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate programs, chances are good that any student can find his or her educational niche. Such a wealth of program options has attracted a fairly diverse student population… a growing number of both foreign and older, returning students have significantly altered the make-up of a once homogenous student body."

Financial aid was also cited as a factor in Towson University’s ranking, with The Princeton Review noting that the 72 percent of Towson’s undergraduates obtaining some form of financial aid received $5,506 on average.

“This recognition only reaffirms what has always been part of Towson University’s mission: to create a high-quality education experience that is both affordable and accessible, with the added bonus of being a big place with a small feel,” said President Robert Caret.

The full story, which appeared in the Jan. 8, 2009 issue of USA Today, can be found here.






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