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Rankings, Awards and Honors 2013-2014

  • The U.S. News & World Report 2015 America’s Best Colleges guide ranked Towson University 12th in the public Regional Universities (North) category, placing it among the best of the 48 institutions surveyed.

    • For its delivery of a quality education at an affordable price, Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Towson University one of the 100 "best values in public colleges."

    G.I. Jobs magazine named Towson University as a Military Friendly School® for 2015 - the fifth year in a row.

    • The university was commended for its commitment to sustainability in The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

    • Towson University occupies position No. 201 in a list of 684 U.S. public and private institutions (Master’s University category) in Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Rankings.

    • Towson University ranks 35th of 402 U.S. public and private master’s universities in Washington Monthly’s 2015 “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” (Northeast Schools) list.


  • Towson University's 2013 Part 1 Uniform Crime Statistics are the lowest —5.24 per 1,000 students—among the University System of Maryland's 10 campuses.

    • The Towson University Police Department has received the Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention for 31 consecutive years, more than any other higher education institution in the state.

    • One hundred percent of TU’s landfill waste is used to generate electricity from methane (CH4) recovered at the landfill. Towson University composted 86 tons of organic material from dining locations in 2014.

    • TU currently has seven LEED buildings on campus: two Gold (West Village Commons and SECU Arena) and five Silver (Public Safety Building, the Health Center at Ward & West, Barton House, Douglass House and College of Liberal Arts Building). Three more are under construction.

    • The university has the second most ChargePoint EV charging stations on-campus in the US. Towson University signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050. The university has met its first goal of 25 percent Greenhouse Gas reduction by 2020.

    • TU partnered with BGE and became an early signatory of the BGE Smart Energy Saver Rebate Program. To date, TU has received energy rebates for 57 projects totaling over $1.8 million.


  • Now in its 35th 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.

    • The Towson Football program will enter the 2015 football season ready to continue its recent success. In 2013, the Tigers reached the FCS National Championship and recorded a program-high 13 wins. Their talent had been noticed, as the Tigers had players selected in the NFL Draft in 2014 and 2015 NFL Drafts.

    • Towson’s motto for the 2015 season is “Building to Greatness.” The Tigers did that in 2015 by winning three championships. The Men’s Lacrosse Team won its second CAA championship in three years, while The Women’s Swimming and Diving Team won their third consecutive CAA Championship. The Towson University Dance Team also continued its dynasty, winning its 17th consecutive national championship.

    • 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.

    • In 2015, seven student-athletes earned All-American recognition, five individuals made NCAA appearances, three Tigers earned CAA Athlete of the Year awards and three head coaches garnered recognition as Coach of the Year in their conference.

    • 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.

    • Towson’s student-athletes continue to shine both in athletics and in academics. Towson led all public Division I institutions in the country with a 74 percent graduation rate among African-American student athletes in 2014-15. Towson also boasts the highest graduation rate for student athletes in the University System of Maryland.

College of Business and Economics 

  • The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International for both its business and accounting programs. It is the highest seal of quality business schools can receive and ensures continuous improvement. Less than five percent of schools are AACSB International-accredited and less than one percent are accredited in both programs.

    • Towson University is the only University of Maryland System (USM) institution with an undergraduate degree in e-business.

    • CBE offers four graduate programs (the UB/TU MBA, M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services, M.S. in Marketing Intelligence and M.S. in Supply Chain Management) and four undergraduate majors (Accounting, Business Administration, e-Business and Economic).

    • The T. Rowe Price Finance Lab allows students to virtually trade stocks and manage portfolios in real time using 12 Bloomberg terminals.

    • CBE has hosted 11 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.

    • Students in the Towson University Investment Group manage a portfolio of more than $100,000 of real money for the Towson University Foundation.

    • 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 125 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 preparation and support for school administrators, teachers and education groups across the state. Its members serve as consultants and advisors to school leaders and system administrators.

College of Fine Arts and Communication

  • TU Debaters Kevin Whitley and Troi Thomas won the national Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) championship in 2015. This is the second TU win in two years. In 2014, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson became the first black women to win the national CEDA championship.

    • The new Master of Arts-Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion program is a one-of-a-kind graduate program designed for classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, administrators and arts entrepreneurs and blends professional development coursework with advanced, trans-disciplinary arts practice.

    • AileyCamp Baltimore welcomed 64 middle-school age campers from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the surrounding area to the Center for the Arts for two weeks in 2015 to explore their creativity, master their bodies, and strengthen their respect for themselves and others within a supportive framework. The camp began in 2014 with 50 campers.

    • The Towson University mace was designed and constructed by Art + Design faculty members Josh DeMonte, Jenn Figg, John Lundak, and Kim Hopkins for the 150th anniversary of the university. It was unveiled at the spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies.

    EMF assistant professor Lynn Tomlinson, ’14, MFA, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Student Academy Awards for her animated film “The Ballad of Holland Island House.”

    • Jordan Klumpp, a communications major focusing on advertising and strategic public relations, received a $3,000 scholarship from the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore (AAFB) at the 2015 Addys Awards dinner.

    BFA Dance Performance major Arielle Israel ‘15, became a performing associate with the high-energy, high-impact Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), “America’s original jazz dance company that captivates audiences worldwide with dynamic performances,” according to its web site.

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 Institute for Well-Being is the only on-campus inter-professional training facility in the region where students from different majors work in teams in clinical programs to serve the Greater Baltimore community.

    • The Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science has the state’s only combined B.S./M.S. program in occupational therapy.

    • The Department of Kinesiology has over 1400 students, who through their educational programs provide important services to the community by teaching in our schools, providing health care to the injured, helping our sports organizations and leading health and wellness programs.

    • The College of Health Professions has the only entry-level program to prepare registered occupational therapists in the state of Maryland. The program is ranked 21st by "US News and World Report."

    • The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program is one of only two state-supported programs and the only one to provide clinical training to both graduate students and select undergraduate students at the state-of-the art Speech & Language and the Hearing & Balance centers - both located in the Institute for Well-Being.

    • The Department of Health Science is one of three programs in Maryland nationally recognized for school health and is the largest producer of school health teachers in the state. Its school health program assessments are listed on the NCATE SPA Assessment Library as “excellent examples.”

    • The Health Care Management program is one of only two AUPHA-certified programs in the state, and nearly 50 percent of its students are offered positions in the field prior to graduation.

College of Liberal Arts

  • The College of Liberal Arts became the first college in the university to successfully complete a tech transfer. A psychology professor and several students developed an innovative new closed captioning system and transferred the rights to BTS Software Solutions. The system is now known as Verb8tm.

    • Grub Street, Towson’s literary magazine edited in conjunction with an English department course, has won high honors year after year in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association competition for both the magazine as a whole and for individual authors or artists.

    • The Department of Geography and Environmental Planning and the College of liberal Arts have for 28 years hosted the TUgis Conference, a gathering of people from universities, government, and private industries who work with Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

    • The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice includes courses and programs on visual anthropology. Professors Matthew Durington and Sam Collins led a four-year community immersion project in which area students created documentaries to give voice to communities in need; the professors also wrote a book on cutting-edge visual anthropology practices. Professor Harjant Gil produces documentary films, particularly on India, and has been named a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow for 2015-16.

    Psychology Professor Bethany Brand is leading the largest and longest worldwide study on the treatment of Dissociative Disorders, the results of which have already won her national recognition. Dr. Brand teaches courses on trauma, involves students in her work, and is writing the first major book on the subject.

Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics

  • The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics annually receives nearly $2 million in external grants and contracts to support pure and applied research and curriculum development.

    • The Department of Chemistry offers the only B.S. program in forensic chemistry in Maryland.

    • The Department of Computer and Information Sciences have been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in information security and assurance and in cyber operations by the National Security Agency.

    • Out of 16 chemistry programs certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Maryland, Towson has consistently been the third largest producer of chemistry bachelor’s degrees over the last five years, behind only UMCP and UMBC.

    • The Fisher College operates the Towson University Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, a science and math outreach and education research unit located in the Columbus Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

    • 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.

    • Out of more than 350 institutions granting only bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, the TU Department of Chemistry ranked in the top 10 for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded from 2009-2013. For three of those years TU was ranked third in this category.

Updated 10/15



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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Quick facts

Founded: 1866
Located: Towson, Md.
Enrollment, fall 2014: 22,285
Student:faculty ratio: 17:1
Degree programs: 64 undergraduate, 41 master's, 4 doctorates
Campus: 329 acres
Internet: Wireless


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