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How Well Is Towson University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Towson University was awarded 111 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Towson is ranked #490 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 26 colleges in Maryland, Towson is ranked at #11.

See all of the rankings for Towson University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Towson?

Acceptance Rate

Towson University has an acceptance rate of 77%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 83% of students accepted to Towson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 535 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Towson University  ( 535 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Towson University  ( 520 to 600 )
Towson received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Towson University  ( 21 to 25 )

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Towson University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Towson University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Towson University is 53%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  53 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Towson University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Towson University has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Towson the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 45%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  45 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Towson University.

Good Overall Diversity at Towson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,818 undergraduates at Towson with 17,350 being full-time and 2,468 being part-time.

Towson Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Towson is 81.33 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.33 out of 100
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How Much Does Towson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Towson is $18,186. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Towson

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,390 $12,546 $18,091 $22,844 $23,694

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Towson, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Towson, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $7,308 a year. That adds up to $29,232 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Towson is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Towson Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Towson make about $50,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Towson students since it is 28% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Towson University make the most money.

Location of Towson University

Located in Towson, Maryland, Towson University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Towson University

Contact details for Towson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252-0001
Phone: 410-704-2000

Towson University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Towson University. Of these students, 4,786 received undergraduate degrees and 910 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 535 $46,100
General Psychology 376 $29,500
Communication & Media Studies 341 $37,200
Health & Physical Education 299 $30,400
Nursing 271 $66,100
Other Social Sciences 233 $33,000
General Biology 200 $27,800
Teacher Education Grade Specific 193 $43,300
Fine & Studio Arts 172 $30,200
Computer Information Systems 157 $51,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Towson University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Towson

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 4,379 students took at least one online class at Towson University. This is an increase from the 3,862 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,379 484
2016-2017 3,862 478
2015-2016 3,498 509
2014-2015 3,827 543
2013-2014 2,977 500

Learn more about online learning at Towson University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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