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Rankings, Awards and Honors 2013-2014

  • Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly Campus Guide Index awarded Towson University five out of five stars in 2013 for its ongoing efforts to produce a safer, more inclusive campus. Towson was one of 381 colleges and universities rated using data from the Campus Pride Index.


  • Towson University's 2011 Part 1 Uniform Crime Statistics are the lowest —6.38 per 1,000 students—among the University System of Maryland's 10 campuses.
  • Towson University is Maryland's largest producer of teachers.
  • Seventy-one percent of the classes offered at Towson enroll fewer than 29 students.
  • The Towson University Police Department has received the Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention for 27 consecutive years, more than any other higher education institution in the state.
  • More than 5 percent of the total electricity used at Towson University comes from renewable resources. Ten percent of Towson University’s solid waste is incinerated and used to produce electricity for use on campus.
  • Towson University has committed to achieve LEED Silver certification on all new campus buildings. The first building was the LEED-Gold certified College for Liberal Arts, which features a “green” or planted roof, low flush toilets, and a high-performance HVAC system with automated central controls.
  • Towson University is the first university in Maryland and one of the first ten nationwide to sign the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce energy consumption of campus buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.


  • Now in its 33rd year of NCAA Division I competition, the Tiger intercollegiate athletics program sponsors 19 sports. Tiger athletic teams compete in the Colonial Athletic Association, the nation's top mid-major conference.
  • For the first time in program history, the Towson football team reached in FCS National Championship game in 2013. The Tigers set a program record with 13 wins on the season.
  • The brand new, high-tech Tiger Arena opened in May 2013. The arena is home to Towson's basketball, gymnastics and volleyball teams, and features 5,200 seats, state-of-the-art court and training facilities, and an enhanced fan experience.
  • Since joining the CAA in 2001, the Tigers have won league titles in football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming, men’s soccer and men’s golf.
  • During an athletics history that traces its roots to the 1920s, Towson has sent teams and individual student-athletes to NCAA post-season competition in baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.
  • Tiger student-athletes distinguish themselves in the classroom as well as on the field of competition. More than a dozen Tigers have been named CAA Scholar-Athlete Award winners for their respective sports.

College of Business and Economics 

  • The College of Business and Economics is the only institution in the University System of Maryland accredited by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for both its business and accounting programs.
  • The T. Rowe Price Finance Lab allows students to virtually trade stocks and manage portfolios in real time using 33 Bloomberg terminals.
  • CBE has hosted nine rounds of The Associate competition, TU's rendition of the TV series "The Apprentice." The competition provides students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their business acumen while learning from successful business leaders of local, national and international companies.
  • CBE students completed 597 internships in 2012-2013.
  • CBE awarded $86,142 in scholarships for students in 2012-2013.
  • Every year, CBE partners with The Baltimore Cash Campaign to offer free federal and Maryland state income tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families.

College of Education

  • The College of Education is the oldest, largest and preeminent producer of teachers in the state of Maryland. Across the nation, thousands of educators trained at Towson University are now at the head of the class.
  • The college is nationally recognized for its network of more than 110 professional development schools. In their year-long PDS experience, interns are immersed in real-world classrooms and are guided by mentor teachers and university supervisors.
  • The Center for Leadership in Education offers practical workshops for school administrators, teachers and parent groups across the state. Its members serve as unpaid consultants and advisors to school leaders and system administrators.
  • Nancy Grasmick, former superintendent of Maryland State Schools and current Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Education, is working to transform the university's teacher preparation and early career support program into a national model.

College of Fine Arts and Communication

  • During the 2012-2013 debate season, the TU Forensics team won the coveted West Point sword. The team defeated some of the best teams in the country to finish in the top eight and the top 16 in the National Debate Tournament.
  • Broadcast journalism students produce newscasts in the new state-of-the-art HD TV studio, which allows students to produce HD-quality video identical to professional live television broadcasts.
  • Jazz majors won first place in the Battle of the Bands and will perform in the prestigious Takoma Park Jazz Festival.
  • Recent theatre graduate Matthew Jeffers won the prestigious Kennedy Center's Regional Irene Acting Award and competed for one of two national Irene Ryan scholarships.
  • Department of Theatre Arts alumni include award-winning actors Roc Dutton, John Glover and Amy Schumer.

College of Health Professions


  • The College of Health Professions enrolls more bachelor’s and master’s health care and sport-related students than any other institution in Maryland.
  • The Department of Health Science has the only program in Health Care Management certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
  • Towson's gerontology program is one of only 100 such undergraduate programs in the United States.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Under the leadership of psychology faculty member Ellyn Sheffield, the College of Liberal Arts works in partnership with NPR Labs to provide more accessible radio for people who are hearing impaired or deaf and blind. This includes the development of captioned radio as well as contributions to the design and functionality of radio equipment.
  • TU political science professor Martha Joynt Kumar directs the White House Transition Project, a non-partisan organization that provided technical assistance and advice to President Obama's transition team. She and fellow TU political science professor Michael Korzi have each won the prestigious Richard E. Neustadt Best Book Award (2008) for presidential politics.
  • Towson University is one of only three universities in Maryland certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to offer foreign language education programs in French, German and Spanish for secondary teacher candidates.
  • Students in Towson's writing program help Baltimore City Police cadets learn the most effective and efficient ways to write polic reports. The students are trained in police writing and help the cadets make sure their reports can withstand scrutiny for future legal cases.
  • Psychology professor Bethany Brand is leading the largest and longest worldwide study on the treatment of Dissociative Disorders.

Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics

  • The Fisher College has established state-of-the-art interdisciplinary labs in materials science, nanotechnology and biogeochemistry to conduct faculty/student research in environment and high tech technology.
  • The Fisher College also operates the Towson University Field Station in northern Baltimore County to provide education, outreach and research opportunities for students, faculty and the public.

Honors College

  • Approximately 700 students from all academic colleges and major departments participate in the Honors College.
  • The Honors College received a National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Grant in 2010 to support the development of a community garden on campus. Produce from the garden is organically grown and sustainably harvested, and is donated to area homeless shelters.
  • Jeffry Bothe, a 2011 Honors College graduate, was the only undergraduate from a four-year institution in Maryland selected to receive the Regina Lightfoot Student Service Award. Jeffry was recognized for his efforts in establishing the TU Veggie Garden and for his numerous community service projects.
  • Several Honors College students presented their research at professional conferences in 2010-2011, including the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference, the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, and many others.

Updated 4/14.



U.S. News Rankings


Towson has been ranked among U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges every year since the guide's inception in 1985.

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• Founded: 1866
• Located: Towson, Md.
• Total Enrollment, fall 2012: 21,960

17,988 undergraduates

3,972 graduate students
• Student:faculty ratio: 17:1
• Degree programs: 65 bachelor's, 47 master's, 5 doctoral
• Campus: 328 acres
• Internet: wireless campus
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