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 – the 12th-largest public university system in America.

Some of the best students in America pursue 64 undergraduate majors, 46 master’s programs and four doctoral degree programs at Towson University. Founded in 1866 as a teacher’s college, today's students can also study majors like business administration, psychology, mass communications and nursing. Towson's educational experience also branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options.

Media Honors

Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance are a few of the publications that have consistently recognized Towson 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 2016-17, TU received the following honors:

  • The U.S. News & World Report 2017 America’s Best Colleges guide ranked Towson University 14th in the public Regional Universities (North) category, placing it among the best of the 62 institutions surveyed.
  • The U.S. News & World Report 2017 Top Graduate Schools in Education report ranked TU in the top 100 in the nation.
  • Towson University ranks 56th out of 386 U.S. public and private universities onWashington Monthly's 2016 Best Bang for the Buck – Northeast list.


Towson University is located in Towson, Md., a suburb of Baltimore, in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Washington, D.C. is less than an hour away. New York City is about three hours by train or car. Located within walking distance of the Towson campus is the Towson Town Center shopping mall, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, coffee shops, restaurants and a public library. More than 20 colleges and universities can be found in the Baltimore metropolitan area.



Undergraduate students: 19,198
Graduate students: 3,145
Total: 22, 343


Degrees Offered

Au.D., B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.T.P.S., Ed.D., M.A., M.A.T., MBA, M.Ed., M.F.A., M.M., M.S., Sc.D.

Popular Undergraduate Programs (programs with 500+ majors in fall 2016)

Popular Graduate Programs (programs with 120+ majors in fall 2016)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Estimated Undergraduate Annual Tuition and Fees (2016-17 academic year)
$9,408 in-state
$20,788 out-of-state

Average Annual Room and Board (2016-17 academic year)

Financial Aid
Almost $19 million per year in scholarships and grants


Albert S. Cook Library (fall 2016)
495,861 volumes
244,999 E-books
61,612 journals (print and electronic)
9,703 films and videos
9,977 sound recordings
194 research databases

Sponsored Research
Fiscal Year 2015 — $18,010,921
Fiscal Year 2014 — $14,447,113
Fiscal Year 2013 — $24,840,125
Fiscal Year 2012 — $21,788,837
Fiscal Year 2011 — $30,454,640


19 NCAA Division I athletic teams (13 women's sports, six men's sports)

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


The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre,Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for both business and accounting programs, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Health Education/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (AAHE/NCATE), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The university is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Association of American Colleges.

Updated 6/2017