Forbes has ranked Towson University among the top higher education institutions, both public and private.
Towson University is one of the nation’s best, according to Forbes researchers.
The magazine ranked TU 305th out of the 650 public and private schools it selected for its 2018 America’s Top Colleges list. The number represents about 22 percent of the nation’s approximately 3,000 colleges and universities.
"Towson University continues to be recognized as among the top universities in our region and our nation," said President Schatzel. "The inclusion on Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges—following our recent ranking as one of Princeton Review’s best colleges in the northeast and one of Money Magazine’s best investments in higher education—is a sign that Towson University is indeed at an inflection point."
TU joins three other University System of Maryland schools on the list: University of Maryland, College Park (61), UMBC (240), and Salisbury University (350).
The Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges focuses on the direct benefits schools provide their graduates, with a methodology emphasizing outputs rather than inputs. Instead of acceptance rates and SAT scores (“inputs”), Forbes aimed to measure how students fared during and after college (“outputs”).
Forbes researchers ranked only public schools and private not-for-profits. They excluded schools with fewer than 300 undergraduates as well as those that retained fewer than 60 percent of their students over a three-year period. They also eliminated schools with six-year graduation rate below 25 percent.
The 650 colleges and universities that remained were scored on alumni salary (20 percent), debt (20 percent), student experience (20 percent), Forbes’ American Leaders List (15 percent), academic success (12.5 percent), and graduation rate (12.5 percent).
In April Forbes named TU to its annual list of America’s Best Value Colleges.
Here's how Towson University stacks up in other rankings:
This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel's priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland and Strategic Plan Alignment.