Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 74.77

Towson University

Over the past century and a half, Towson University outside Baltimore has grown from a teachers college to an institution with more than 65 undergraduate programs, nearly 50 master’s programs, and 6 doctoral programs. The state's second largest public university, it has about 18,000 undergraduates and plans to continue growing. Towson is still well-known for its teaching program, and it produces the most teachers in the state of Maryland. Other popular degrees include business, health, social sciences, and psychology. Students can choose from more than 300 clubs and organizations including arts and cultural groups, club sports teams, and Greek life. TU is also home to the Glen Arboretum, 10 acres of woods located in the center of campus, open to both students and the community as an educational and recreational resource. The arboretum contains more than 100 species of Maryland-native trees. Visitors should be sure to also check out the Albert S. Cook Library, which has over half a million books. Out of the 165,000 – and counting – Tiger alumni, two of the most notable include comedian Amy Schumer and journalist Brian Stelter.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$29,500
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,000
Average price for low-income students
$7,960

Admissions

Acceptance rate
76%
Median SAT/ACT score
1140/23
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
19,460

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
61%
% of need met
60%
% of students who get merit grants
7%
Average merit grant
$4,850

Student Success

Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Median student debt
$18,750
Early career earnings
$57,870
% earning more than a high school grad
78%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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