Towson University

Towson University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Maryland, Towson University is a 4-year, public university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Is Towson University the School for You?

Towson University is a mid-sized, liberal arts school located in Towson, Maryland. At Towson, there are 64 undergraduate majors, 41 master's degree programs, and four doctoral degree programs. Get the facts about attending Towson University, including both pros and cons, and decide if it's the school for you.


  • Average debt at graduation is $2,848 less than the national average
  • Accepts dual and AP credits, and offers credit for life experience
  • Offers a daycare service for students, a career center, and disability support services
  • Low number of TAs teaching classes


  • Total cost is $4,790 more than the national average for in-state students
  • Acceptance rate is 9.8 percentage points lower than the national average

Towson University at a Glance

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost of attending Towson University during the 2012-2013 school year was $22,650 for in-state students. This price included tuition, fees and living expenses. It is higher than the national average of $17,860. However, the average debt for the 2012 graduating class was $23,812, which is less than the national average of $26,660.

At Towson, the student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1, which you can compare to a national average of 15 to 1. Additionally, graduate teaching assistants (TAs) make up only about 14% of instructors, meaning that most of your classes will likely be taught by members of the faculty. The majority of your classes, about 66%, will have between 20 and 49 students, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2012. About 32% will have less than 20 students, and less than 2% will have more than 50 students. If you need additional academic help outside of the classroom, the Academic Achievement Center can help with tutoring, coaching, workshops, and study groups.

In addition to academic help, a career services center is available for students and recent alumni to aid in the transition from school to the work world. It can help you to explore career options that are possible with your major, give you information about a particular industry, and help you to network in your field. If you need help adjusting to school, dealing with stress, or with life in general, Towson offers a mental health counseling service. If you're trying to balance school and family life, Towson's daycare service may help you to keep it all together.

Of students who began their undergraduate career during the Fall of 2006, 39% completed their bachelor's degree within four years, which is comparable to the national average of 40% as reported by U.S. News and World Report. After six years, 66% of students had completed their bachelor's degree.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Towson University

Towson accepts the common application, but you can also apply online via their website. You application will include high school transcripts, SAT scores, an essay of at least 250 words, and an application fee. Letters of recommendation are optional. Certain majors at Towson are considered 'screened' and have additional requirements, such as more rigorous academic criteria, an audition, or submission of a portfolio.

The average GPA was 3.6 for the entering class of Fall 2011. For the school's standardized test requirement, 94% of students submitted their SAT scores, and 20% submitted their ACT scores. The average ACT composite score was 23, and the average SAT scores for critical reading, math, and writing were 540, 547, and 546 respectively.

You will need to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 to begin the process of applying for need-based aid. In 2012, 77% of students received financial aid, according to NCES. On average, 60% of students' financial aid need was met in 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report. Non-need-based aid is available in the form of grants and scholarships.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) February 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) February 15*
Application Fee (2013) $45*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 52%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $8,132 in-state
Average Financial Aid Package (2012) $9,227***
Percent of Students with Full Need Met (2012) 12%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $23,812***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.0%**

Living at Towson University

While Towson is located in a small city, if you want to spend some time in a larger metropolis, you can do so easily because you will be less than 10 miles from Baltimore. Additionally, the total student population is over 20,000 people, so you will likely be able to find friends on campus, especially if you take advantage of the extracurricular activities that are offered to help you find other students with similar interests. If you're interested in going Greek, there are 13 fraternities and 17 sororities on campus. There are also varsity and club sports.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city**
Student Population (2012) 17,988 undergraduate students
3,972 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 39% to 61%**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 88%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 74%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 86%**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus (2012) 25%***
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities About 200***

Sources: *Towson University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***US News and World Report

Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 7800 York Road, 2nd Floor, Towson, MD 21252
  • Phone number: (410) 704-2113