Towson at a Glance

Founded in 1866, Towson University is ranked among the nation's best regional public universities, offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields.

With nearly 22,000 students, Towson University is one of the largest public universities in Maryland. Towson combines research-based learning with practical application, and its many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs.

Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, the university's beautifully landscaped setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson's educational experience also branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options.

Important Dates
1866  founded in Baltimore as the State Normal School
1915  moved to Towson 
1935  State Teachers College at Towson
1963  Towson State College
1976  Towson State University
1997  Towson University

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Total Enrollment (fall 2013)

Undergraduate Enrollment (fall 2013)


Graduate Enrollment (fall 2013)

Faculty (fall 2013)
870 full-time 
784 part-time
More than 78 percent of Towson University's full-time, permanent faculty members have earned the highest degree of academic preparation expected for their fields of specialization.

Student-Faculty Ratio (fall 2013)

Staff (fall 2013)
1,337 full-time
447 part-time (includes 238 graduate assistants)

College of Business and Economics, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Health Professions, College of Liberal Arts, The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Honors College
Degrees Offered
Au.D., B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.T.P.S., Ed.D., M.A., M.A.T., MBA, M.Ed., M.F.A., M.M., M.S., Sc.D.

Degree Programs (fall 2013)
65 undergraduate
41 master's  
4 doctorates
5 certificates of advanced study
23 post-baccalaureate certificates

Popular Undergraduate Programs

Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Mass Communication, Nursing, Psychology

Popular Graduate Programs
Information Technology, Business Administration, Human Resource Development, Instructional Technology, Occupational Therapy, Teaching

Estimated Annual Tuition and Fees (2013-2014 academic year)
$8,342 in-state
$20,020 out-of-state

Average Annual Room and Board (2013-2014 academic year)

Financial Aid Recipients (fall 2013)
13,563 undergraduate students
4,948 graduate students

Sponsored Research
Fiscal Year 2013   $24,840,125

Fiscal Year 2012   $21,788,837
Fiscal Year 2011   $30,454,640
Fiscal Year 2010   $29,958,263

Fiscal Year 2009   $26,097,960

Physical Plant
329-acre campus
50 structures, including 25 academic/support, 17 on-campus residence halls, 4 dining halls, 4 parking garages

Albert S. Cook Library
774,919 volumes
147,317 e-books
577 print journals and newspapers
10,280 electronic journals
49,466 journals (print and electronic)
9,612 films and videos
7,371 sound recordings

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Maryland State Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Council  on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, AACSB  International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for both business and accounting programs, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Health Education/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (AAHE/NCATE), the Commission on  Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and the Computing  Accreditation Commission of ABET. The university is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Association of American Colleges.

School Colors
Gold, white and black


19 Division I athletic teams (13 women's sports, 6 men's sports)

Updated 6/2014.



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Towson University’s beautifully landscaped, 329-acre campus is a blend of traditional and modern architecture, open space, woods and streams.


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