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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.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

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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