TU at a Glance

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TU Today

Founded in 1866, Towson University today is the fastest-growing university in the state of Maryland and a recognized leader in student learning, diversity and community service.


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 (fall ’21)

Faculty and Staff

Faculty (full-time): 911
Faculty (part-time): 762
Staff (full-time): 1,330
Staff (part-time): 112
Total: 3,115 (fall ’21)

Faculty:Student Ratio – 16:1


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 (2022-23)
$10,818 in-state
$26,820 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. Individualized research help is available via text and instant messaging, email and telephone. A 24/7 Study Space is located on the main floor and the Data Studio contains four individual workstations and one group station to support mapping, data analysis and data visualization projects. The library’s collection includes more than 390,000 books and 950,000 electronic books. Students also have access to over 380 electronic databases and approximately 100,000 electronic and print journals. Special Collections & University Archives gives students an opportunity to experience history through digital collections, rare books, and historical TU documents and photographs.


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

Rankings and Achievements

Towson University is recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation and a best value in higher education by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Money magazine and more. Read about TU’s rankings and achievements