Katherine McDonald

Areas Served: International Students

Katherine McDonald
Assistant Director 

Contact Information:
Phone: 410-704-6069

I really enjoy telling international students about Towson.
I tell prospective students that Towson University is a large institution with a small-school feel. We offer the educational and social benefits of a large public university with small class sizes, approachable professors, and helpful and caring administrators. Students won’t feel lost here, or like just another number. That’s especially important when you’re traveling half a world away from your home, family and friends. I also emphasize that Towson is close to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, not to mention Baltimore, all of which provide a great taste of what the East Coast has to offer.

Here’s something you may not know about Towson’s international population.
It’s sizable and it’s diverse. We have over 900 international students representing 100 countries, and we’re very proud of that. Our top 10 sending countries, in order from most students to least are: China, South Korea, India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cameroon and Kenya. It’s great to see new countries added to the list.

My advice to anyone who’s applying.
Apply early! We want to provide applicants with personal attention, and we can do that best when we have plenty of time to work with them.

The coolest thing I’ve heard someone say about Towson.
It’s very satisfying to hear from international students who are transferring to Towson because they like the atmosphere of diversity here. Then I know we’ve done our job well.

My “warm and fuzzy” moment.
I was at my first college recruitment fair in Romania—jet-lagged and a bit overwhelmed—when I saw a guy walking toward me wearing a Towson University sweatshirt. He had attended TU a couple of years earlier and was now home working with the company that had organized the fair. He gushed about his Towson experience, then proceeded to make himself indispensable for the rest of the three-day fair. It was nice to see how things came full circle: We’d helped him, and he returned the favor.


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