TU recognized as one of nation's best by Washington Monthly

By Jan Lucas on August 28, 2018

D.C. magazine recognizes Towson University as one of nation’s best, ranking TU 47th among the 150 colleges surveyed for its Master’s category.

Towson University recognized for Masters programs

Towson University continues to get high marks from Washington Monthly.

In its just-released 2018 College Guide and Rankings, the Washington, D.C.-based magazine ranked TU 47th among the 150 colleges surveyed for its Master’s category.

The University of Baltimore (41) and Frostburg State University (84) were the only other University System of Maryland schools in the category, which included both public and private colleges.     

Washington Monthly ranks four-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research, and Service.  

The magazine aims to call attention to those “that serve the best interests of taxpayers and the country as a whole … smart, well-run colleges that enrolled students from all walks of life and helped them earn a high quality diploma at an affordable price. Colleges that instilled a sense of service and public obligation while producing groundbreaking research.”

“This ranking focuses on what Towson University does best: creating opportunities for students from all walks of life and inspiring them to use their ambition on behalf of others,” Towson President Kim Schatzel said. “The repeated national recognition and accolades TU is receiving for its quality and academic excellence is a sign of TU’s inflection point.”  

Washington Monthly rankings give high marks to colleges that enroll lots of low-income students and help them graduate and earn a good living without too much debt. The rankings factor in pure research spending and the number of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.’s. Extra weight is given to colleges that send their graduates out into the world to serve the community at large. 

TU has appeared in the Washington Monthly rankings every year since 2010.

Read more about where TU ranks in various publications' lists of higher education standouts.

This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel's priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland, World-Class Faculty Development Center and TIGER Way.