Diversity at Towson University is broadly defined to include: race, ethnicity, country
of origin, religion, gender, ability, sexuality and sexual orientation. Programs,
resources, and opportunities are offered to foster a receptive environment; facilitate
recruitment, retention and graduation of students; and promote multiracial learning
for all students, faculty and staff.
Accessibility and Disability Services
Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) serves students with various disabilities and some temporary impairments that
substantially limit one or more major life activities. Our staff is available to answer
questions about accommodations and services as well as to provide information about
other resources on and off campus.
Asian Arts and Culture Center
The Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University engages the university and surrounding communities in cross-cultural
dialogue through a broad range of artistic and cultural experiences related to Asia.
The Career Center is committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive learning environment
for all students. We recognize, respect, and integrate students’ diverse backgrounds,
identities, experiences, and perspectives into quality career development and planning.
Our events, resources, and opportunities are designed to ensure that all students
have equal access, regardless of culture, national origin, race/ethnicity, religion,
disability, sexual orientation/identity, and gender/gender expression.
Center for Student Diversity
Center for Student Diversity was established to aid the university in its efforts to foster inclusion, collaboration,
and relationship building. We provide academic, social, and transition support for
underserved students and promote exchanges and dialogue between individuals of diverse
backgrounds and identities.
African American Student Development
Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American Student Development
Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American Student Development Program offers programming and activities that focus on creating dialogue and awareness around
issues pertaining to the APIDA and diaspora communities. We empower students to explore
leadership roles through community service, student organization membership and co-curricular
Cultural Competency Education
The Cultural Competency Education Program provides trainings, workshops, and resources that build cultural consciousness for
students, staff, and faculty around diversity, inclusion, identity, and social justice.
The Program works collaboratively to enhance the cultural capacity on campus to address
the needs of underrepresented and marginalized communities.
Campus Ministries represents a variety of faith communities on campus through support staff assigned to the university.
Our campus ministers advise religious student organizations as well as provide personal
ministry in counseling, theological discussions, and support students in other areas.
In addition, several campus ministers lead discussions on contemporary issues and
sponsor guest speakers or social events.
Latinx Student Development
Latinx Student Development Program works to recruit, engage, retain, and graduate students from Latinx backgrounds and
to ensure their academic, sociocultural, personal, and professional success. We advocate
for the Latinx community, encourage K-12 students to attend college, advocate for
Latinx students to take on leadership and service roles, and nurture students' during
their adjustment to college life.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) Student Development
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) Student Development Program sstrives to create an inclusive and educated campus community where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer, Intersex, etc. (LGBTQ+) and all students regardless of sexual
orientation, gender identity/expression, and sex are welcomed, supported, valued,
Mature and Non-traditional Students
The Mature and Non-traditional Students Development Program is committed to your success as an older or non-traditional student. We offer a number
of services and resources tailored to your needs as we know it can be challenging
to balance the demands of a job or family while pursuing your education.
Multicultural Student Organizations
The Women’s Resources Program is responsible for coordinating campus programming that addresses the unique needs
of female college students, providing a space for all students to discuss issues of
gender, and building the leadership capacity of female students.
Undocumented, Immigrant and DACA Students
Towson University is committed to its undocumented, immigrant, and DACA students and
has dedicated itself to ensuring all members of the TU community can thrive and achieve
Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH) is a voluntary housing option where students can be assigned to live in the
same room with any other student regardless of sex, birth gender, biological gender,
gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Towson University is home to over 400 international students from over 80 countries
and to 30 foreign faculty, exchange scholars, and visiting faculty each year. The Office of International Initiatives is dedicated to cultivating a global learning community and international focus in
programs and curricula at Towson University.
Military and Veterans Center
One of the top initiatives of Towson University is to provide outstanding support
and services to all student veterans and qualified dependents. The Military and Veterans Center (MVC) promotes a safe and like-minded community, personal growth and career development
opportunities, and comprehensive in-school support.
Applying to Towson University
Towson University is recognized by GI Jobs magazine as one of the top military-friendly universities in the United States. Extensive
course offerings, flexible class schedules, and veteran support services make TU a
great choice for pursuing your education.
Veterans Affairs Benefits
At Towson University, we take pride in partnering with veterans and military-dependent
students to make sure you get the most of the veterans benefits available to you.
There are many ways to supplement your Veterans Affairs educational benefits, including financial aid and scholarships. It is advised that all student veterans apply for both.
Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity
The Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity strives to foster a culture of integrity that values shared responsibility as a critical
element of an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community. This vision, built on the
belief that a diverse and inclusive campus community enhances our institution, will
strengthen us all in immeasurable ways.
Residential Learning Communities
Residential Learning Communities are intentional communities within the residence halls that enhance a student's Towson
experience in a variety of ways. The learning and academic activities within the community
are structured around an assortment of themes and student interests. Additionally,
the specialized Residence Life Staff in these communities work continuously with campus
partners to create a meaningful and unique learning environment.
Student Success Programs
At Towson University, the success of our student population matters. From encouraging
personal and academic development through mentorship to providing a family-oriented
community, Student Success Programs are dedicated to serving TU students.
Students Achieve Goals through Education (SAGE)
Students Achieve Goals through Education (SAGE) program is one component of Towson University's cultural diversity and student retention
plan, fostering academic achievement, personal development, and campus-wide involvement
among entering students from diverse backgrounds.
College Readiness Outreach Program (CROP)
The College Readiness Outreach Program (CROP) program connects 9th graders from Baltimore City Public High Schools with TU students
who serve as mentors. The program also provides a series of college readiness workshops.
Man 2 Man
Offered in collaboration with the Student Success Programs and Counseling Center,
Man 2 Man is a peer program geared toward men of color at Towson University. This support group
serves as a confidential space for male-identified students of color to develop a
better understanding of themselves and other in the context of gender, race, culture,
and social pressure.
Generation One connects students who share similar experiences to share strategies to deal with
difficult situations, and provide encouragement during challenging and rewarding times.
The Generation One group meets on the second and fourth Thursday each month during
the fall and spring semesters.
Scholarships and Awards
- The Community Enrichment and Enhancement Partnership Award (CEEP) is administered by Towson University's Student Success Programs. CEEP (pronounced
KEEP) is designed to increase the access and success of culturally diverse undergraduate
students attending Towson University.
- The Barnes-Harris Scholarship was established in the names of Marvis Evon Barnes ’59 and Myra Ann Harris '59, Towson
University's first African-American graduates. Both Ms. Barnes and Ms. Harris wanted
the scholarship, set at $500 per academic year, to be awarded to a freshman who possessed
“a strong allegiance to the African-American culture.”
WOMEN IN SCIENCE PROGRAM
The Women in Science Program creates a cooperative and women-friendly learning and working environment for both
students and faculty while increasing the enrollment and retention of female students
in the experimental sciences.
WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COLLECTIVE
The Women’s Leadership Collective at Towson University provides leadership skills and experience to women throughout
their academic and professional lives—while creating a collective of women supporting
TU DIVERSITY PROFILE
See data about TU's diverse student population using the student enrollment data provided by the Office of Institutional Research.