|“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.