One of the nation’s top regional public universities, Towson University offers a welcoming environment for living and learning, close to the area’s top educational, cultural and community resources.
Towson University offers students the best of both worlds. We have the academic programs and exceptional faculty typical of a large university coupled with the close-knit community and personalized approach of a small college. Research-based learning and practical application ensure that each student gets a well-rounded academic experience. TU’s wide range of programs and extracurricular activities contribute to a dynamic student experience. Students can pursue diverse interests and cultivate undiscovered talents.
The backdrop for learning is TU’s beautiful 329-acre suburban campus, located eight miles north of Baltimore and less than an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. Throughout the entire region, Towson University’s strong partnerships with public and private organizations provide unique opportunities for research, internships and jobs. The Towson Learning Network extends beyond its main campus to five off-campus locations throughout the state. Transfer students can complete their degrees at the university’s new state-of-the-art building in Northeastern Maryland.
Towson University is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland, the 12th-largest public university system in the United States. TU is also a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and offers employment opportunities at all levels.
Maryland law authorizes the establishment of a State Normal School for the formal training and certification of teachers of public schools. Maryland becomes the seventh state to establish such a training school.
The Maryland State Normal School opens its doors on Jan. 15 in downtown Baltimore near present-day Lexington Market. McFadden Alexander Newell serves as the school's first principal.
The Carrollton Building, constructed at the corner of Lafayette and Carrollton Avenues houses the State Normal School, including 10 classrooms, meeting rooms, a library and enough space to accommodate 300 students.
One of the school’s first graduates, Sarah Richmond, serves as the school’s first female principal and makes moving to a larger campus in Baltimore County her major priority.
Three farms were transformed into the Maryland State Normal School at Towson with the construction of the Administration Building, Newell Hall and the Power Plant.
Doc Minnegan, father of Towson athletics, is hired as a part-time physical education teacher. He fielded the first soccer team, followed by baseball, gymnastics, track, wrestling, football, and lacrosse teams. Minnegan, who died in 2002, was the first member of the Towson Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Maryland State Normal School changes its name to the Maryland State Teachers College and implements a four-year course leading to a Bachelor of Science degree under the leadership of Lida Lee Tall.
Indicative of the school’s growth and broadening scope, State Teachers College is renamed Towson State College. Towson is the second largest public institution of higher education in Maryland. The Towson Tiger mascot debuts in the fall.
Under the leadership of President James L. Fisher, in 1976 the college changes its name to Towson State University, further signaling the development and expansion of the institution.
President Hoke Smith creates a new governance structure and organizes the university’s academic programs into six colleges. During his administration, Towson adds 20 new undergraduate programs, 19 new master’s programs and 3 doctoral programs.
To underscore Towson’s increasing independence and reduced state funding, President Hoke Smith advocates for another name change. Following years of discussion and debate, the school’s name is changed to Towson University.
Robert Caret, who spent more than 20 years as a Towson faculty member, dean, executive vice president and provost, assumes the presidency.
Maravene Loeschke becomes the third alumna and fourth female president in the school’s history.
SECU Arena, a new 5,200-seat venue for athletics, sporting events, concerts and commencements, opens on campus.
Provost Timothy J.L. Chandler assumes the role of interim president, and a search committee is formed to recruit a new Towson University president.
Kim E. Schatzel is appointed president of Towson University.
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Kim Schatzel became Towson University's 14th president in January 2016. Learn about her priorities and plans for the university in the coming years.