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Towson University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Towson University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Towson University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Towson University was awarded 104 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

Towson is ranked #479 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Towson held the #501 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 27 colleges in Maryland, Towson is ranked at #10.

See all of the rankings for Towson University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Towson?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Towson University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 77%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 17 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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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 19,596 undergraduates at Towson with 17,106 being full-time and 2,490 being part-time.

Towson Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Towson is 70.66 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  70.66 out of 100
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How Much Does Towson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Towson is $17,893. 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 +
$8,827 $12,285 $16,957 $22,118 $23,052

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Towson, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $7,252 a year. That adds up to $29,008 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Towson is 4.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Towson make around $50,800 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Towson students since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Towson University make the most money.

Location of Towson University

Towson University is a public institution situated in Towson, Maryland. Towson is a great location for students who prefer city over country 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 65 majors graduated from Towson University. Of these students, 4,819 received undergraduate degrees and 934 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 532 $46,100
General Psychology 393 $29,500
Health & Physical Education 328 $30,400
Communication & Media Studies 308 $37,200
Nursing 271 $66,100
Other Social Sciences 255 $33,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 233 $43,300
General Biology 182 $27,800
Fine & Studio Arts 166 $30,200
Accounting 164 $53,400

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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