Towson University a top 100 "Best College Buy," says Forbes

Rankings determined by quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rate and overall cost

Towson University studentsTOWSON, Md. (August 2, 2012)—For the third consecutive year, Towson University is one of 100 “Best Buy Colleges” in America, according to a website feature released by Forbes, publisher of a national bi-weekly magazine and other business media.

Forbes also features Towson among the 650 institutions on its 2012 list of “America’s Top Colleges.”

"I am deeply grateful to the faculty and staff of Towson University who continue to make our repeated, prestigious designations by Forbes possible," says Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

"Towson University's commitment to quality and affordability is essential to student access, retention, graduation and continued success."

To create the list, the staff of Forbes’ Center for College Affordability and Productivity divided each school’s overall quality score—used to derive the 2012 "America’s Top Colleges" ranking—by its published in-state tuition and fees. Four-year schools with a graduation rate of less than 20 percent were excluded from the list.

Says Forbes in the feature: "Paying for your kids college education can be a daunting financial burden. Imagine for example, how much Rob and Carol Brady of the Brady Bunch would have to spend today if they were sending their brood to college. Absent any financial aid, it would probably amount to $1.5 million. No surprise then with per student four-year costs hovering around a quarter of a million dollars that return-on-investment ... is front of mind in many households."

The full list of "America's Top Colleges," which appeared in on August 2, 2012, can be found here.



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