TU makes list of top regional universities in latest Princeton Review ranking.
With students touting "a diverse and inclusive community" that offers "a never-ending fountain of free resources," Towson University is listed among the colleges and universities Princeton Review selected for its 2020 Best Regional Colleges.
TU is one of 225 colleges and universities selected for the Best Northeastern category. Princeton Review does not assign numerical rankings.
“Towson University continues to be recognized as one of the best colleges in the northeast,” said President Kim Schatzel. “This recognition is particularly meaningful because it reflects that students value the benefits of our inclusive campus culture and world-class faculty.”
The Princeton Review honor comes within the same week as the Center for World University Rankings, which placed Towson University in the top 9 percent in the world.
In addition to a thriving culture of volunteerism, active student organizations and opportunities to get involved on the campus, the Princeton Review listing also notes that despite approximately 20,000 undergraduates, students say “there are enough professors here [such] that learning is as personalized as it would be a smaller campus.”
Students surveyed speak highly of small classes sizes in which “you can get to know your professors and classmates;” group work that “allows you to replicate the skills that you have been learning in class;” and teachers who “relate the material to the real world and show how we will use the material in real-life situations.”
Students also say they like having “a lot of resources at our disposal if we ever need help academically, physically, or emotionally.” They boasted of TU’s proximity to Baltimore and D.C. for internships and job opportunities as well as the many ways “to get involved on campus, both academically and socially.”
The website feature consists of 656 schools in five zones—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and International—that Princeton Review considers academically outstanding and well worth consideration.
This year, the University of Maryland, College Park, UMBC and Salisbury joined Towson University among those in the University System of Maryland on the regional list.
TU has appeared in several Princeton Review publications over the years, including the Guide to Green Colleges.
This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel's priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland and Strategic Plan Alignment.