Towson named a top 100 “best value” public university by Kiplinger's

Ranking determined by TU's high academic quality coupled with its low cost

TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 5, 2012)—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance selected Towson University as one of its 100 "best values in public colleges," a list ranking four-year institutions that deliver a stellar education at an affordable price. Towson is ranked at 76, a two-place improvement from last year’s ranking.

In compiling the list, Kiplinger’s analyzes more than 500 public schools for both academic caliber—including admissions and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, test scores of incoming freshmen and graduation rates—and for total cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

“It is this combination of academic quality and affordability—not any desire on our part to exclude a particular school—that determines which schools make our lists for best value,” says Jane Bennett Clark, senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

Recently, tuition at private colleges has cost an average $36,000 a year—a sharp contrast to Towson’s current tuition and fees of just over $7,900 for Maryland residents and $19,000 for out-of-state students.

“It is an honor for Towson University to be named a Kiplinger’s best value and remain in the company of the nation’s top schools in maintaining both quality and affordability for students,”  says Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2012 issue and on its website.




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