Towson University

Towson University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Towson University Ranked?

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2022 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 446 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is deaf studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Towson is ranked #224 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Towson held the #490 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Towson is also ranked #6 out of 39 schools in Maryland.

See all of the rankings for Towson University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Towson?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Towson University is 77%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Towson is a good fit for you.

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 at Towson University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 86% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Towson University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 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.

Towson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,619 undergraduates at Towson with 17,209 being full-time and 2,410 being part-time.

How Much Does Towson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Towson is $18,233. 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 +
$9,206 $12,632 $18,052 $22,972 $24,232

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 3.8%. 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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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, 4,869 received undergraduate degrees and 841 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 549 $46,100
General Psychology 392 $29,500
Communication & Media Studies 357 $37,200
Nursing 313 $66,100
Health & Physical Education 280 $30,400
Other Social Sciences 226 $33,000
General Biology 217 $27,800
Teacher Education Grade Specific 194 $43,300
Computer Information Systems 191 $51,700
Fine & Studio Arts 143 $30,200

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

Online Learning at Towson

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 5,202 students took at least one online class at Towson University. This is an increase from the 4,379 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 5,202 591
2017-2018 4,379 484
2016-2017 3,862 478
2015-2016 3,498 509
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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