TU recognized in nation's top 100 by prestigious Washington Monthly

By Jan Lucas on August 30, 2017

University jumps 20 spots in contributing to the public good” category, also cited for ”helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

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In its latest rankings of public and private schools released this past Wednesday, prestigious Washington Monthly magazine ranked Towson University 64th — up 20 spots from 84th one year ago — among the 632 colleges and universities surveyed for its National Universities-Master’s category.

Towson University was the highest ranked public university in Maryland.

These rankings reflect the extent to which schools are contributing to the public good by recruiting and graduating low income students, and by encouraging students to give something back to their country and community.

We are proud of our tremendous success in attracting and graduating students of diverse backgrounds and income levels, said TU President Kim Schatzel. Our students are known for caring about each other and the world. They are generous and compassionate. They look beyond themselves. Those traits and characteristics are positively reflected in these new Washington Monthly rankings.”

Towson University finished in the nation's top 100 in an important additional category.  TU ranked 56th out of 363 U.S. public and private universities on the magazine’s 2017 Best Bang for the Buck -Northeast list.

Washington Monthly identifies the “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges as those “doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Towson University was the second highest ranked university in Maryland in the Best Bang for the Buck category, behind only the University of Baltimore (14th).

Since 2005, Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and Rankings in which it rates schools based “not on what they did for themselves, but on what they did for their country.”

Towson University has appeared in the rankings every year since 2010.

Washington Monthly’s editors say the rankings are “meant to be more than just a guide for potential students. An educated, enlightened society is a better society, for everyone. We all have a stake in how well our colleges succeed.”