TU at a Glance

Towson University is the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland.


Towson University is located in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. TU is about an hour north of Washington, D.C., and three hours south of New York City. Located within walking distance of the TU campus is the college town of Towson, with tree-lined residential streets, restaurants, shopping and a branch of the public library. More than 20 colleges and universities can be found in the Baltimore metropolitan area. See information about local accommodations and attractions


Program Offerings

  • 66 undergraduate majors
  • 47 master's programs
  • 36 graduate certificates (PBC and CAS)
  • 6 doctoral degree programs


Undergraduate students: 17,907
Graduate students: 2,949
Total: 20,856


Degrees Offered

Au.D., B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.T.P., CAS, Ed.D., M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed., M.F.A., M.M., M.S., OTD, PBC, Sc.D., UDC

Popular Undergraduate Programs 

Popular Graduate Programs 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Estimated Undergraduate Annual Tuition and Fees 
$10,464 in-state
$25,516 out-of-state

Standard Annual Room and Board 

Financial Aid
TU undergraduates received over $92.7 million in aid, including grants, scholarships, tuition waivers and athletic aid. Read more about financial aid


Sponsored Research
Towson University received 118 awards totaling $14.7 million in FY 2021. Read more about sponsored programs and research


Albert S. Cook Library offers resources that support learning and scholarship. The collection includes more than 600,000 books, 190 electronic databases, and access to 50,000 streaming videos and over 50,000 electronic journals. 


TU offers the most comprehensive sports program in the metropolitan Baltimore area, fielding 19 NCAA Division I varsity teams that compete in the Colonial Athletic Association, the nation’s top mid-major conference.

TU has 500+ student-athletes. The graduation rate among athletes is 91%, the highest among all Division I USM institutions. 

The school colors are black and gold, and the mascot is Doc the Tiger. 


View information about Towson University accreditation

Media Honors

Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance are a few of the publications that have consistently recognized Towson University as one of the best values in higher education. Towson has been ranked among U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges every year since the guide’s inception in 1985. For the academic year 2019-20, TU received the following honors:

  • U.S. News & World Report named TU one of the best public universities in the country. The publication’s 2021 rankings placed TU 100th among national public universities. Compared to last year, TU jumped 25 spots in the magazine’s social mobility rankings to No. 161.
  • Money magazine ranked TU 103rd on its 2020 Best Colleges for Your Money list—four spots higher than its 2019 spot—and in Maryland, second only to Johns Hopkins University.  
  • Forbes ranked TU 320th in a field of 650 public and private colleges surveyed for its 2019 America’s Top Colleges list. TU also placed 137th out of 299 public and private institutions on the Forbes 2019 America’s Best Value Colleges ranking.
  • Washington Monthly ranked TU No. 30 among national public universities and No. 55 among all national universities in its 2020 College Rankings. TU was also recognized as No. 31 in the sub-category of social mobility and one of just nine institutions in the nation with a student voter registration rate above 85%.
  • Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education’s 2020 student-sourced rankings put TU in the No. 394 slot on a national list of more than 800 U.S. colleges.
  • Princeton Review included TU among the 224 colleges selected for its 2021 Best Regional Colleges for the Best Northeastern category. Princeton Review does not assign numerical rankings. TU was also placed in the top 9% of universities worldwide in the Center for World University Rankings for 2020-2021.