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IPEDS ID: 164076
OPE ID: 00209900
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Towson University
8000 York Rd, Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
General information:  (410) 704-2000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  22,499 (18,779 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty870784
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-77
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,080$1,080$1,080$1,0800.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,614$9,942$10,338$10,6623.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,614$9,942$10,338$10,6623.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$21,948$22,028$22,650$23,1662.3%
Off Campus$21,948$22,028$22,650$23,1662.3%
Off Campus with Family$12,258$12,036$12,262$12,4541.6%
On Campus$33,406$33,540$34,272$34,8441.7%
Off Campus$33,406$33,540$34,272$34,8441.7%
Off Campus with Family$23,716$23,548$23,884$24,1321.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$6,570
In-state fees$1,890
Out-of-state tuition$13,518
Out-of-state fees$1,890
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,84475%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,15947%$8,572,463$7,396
Federal grants57423%$2,379,437$4,145
Pell grants55022%$2,283,676$4,152
Other federal grants502%$95,761$1,915
State/local government grant or scholarships48320%$1,453,538$3,009
Institutional grants or scholarships84934%$4,739,488$5,582
Student loan aid1,31954%$8,836,404$6,699
Federal student loans1,30453%$7,033,942$5,394
Other student loans1215%$1,802,462$14,896
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid17,94544%$55,860,819$7,031
Pell grants4,49325%$17,851,056$3,973
Federal student loans9,07850%$58,269,948$6,419
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$13,418$13,566$13,945
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,194$8,250$9,455
$30,001 – $48,000$11,014$11,204$10,892
$48,001 – $75,000$14,337$14,750$14,499
$75,001 – $110,000$18,843$18,864$19,588
$110,001 and more$20,048$20,028$20,552
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment22,499
Undergraduate enrollment18,779
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,299
Graduate enrollment3,720
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 15%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 65%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 89%
25 and over: 11%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 74%
Out-of-state: 25%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 32%
Part-time: 68%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 10%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 83%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $45
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants17,7506,73711,013
Percent admitted60%56%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%26%25%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading490580
SAT Math500590
SAT Writing500580
ACT Composite2125
ACT English2125
ACT Math2125
ACT Writing78
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 86%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 53 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 65%
Transfer-out rate: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 39%
6-year: 64%
8-year: 66%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 61%
Female: 68%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 70%
Asian: 53%
Black or African American: 60%
Hispanic/Latino: 71%
White: 67%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 64%
Non-resident alien: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization15---
Women's Studies54-0
Category total204-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other18---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General14725--
Category total21039-0
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Related Services, Other-19--
Business Administration and Management, General44522d-22d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other14--20
Human Resources Development-100-0
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-1-4
Operations Management and Supervision-0--
Organizational Behavior Studies---2
Project Management---2
Category total569142d-50d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician131---
Category total131---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other---9
Mass Communication/Media Studies206---
Public Relations/Image Management-16--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric107---
Category total31316-9
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other---24d
Computer and Information Sciences, General5240--
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance---36d
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications---5d
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration---25d
Information Science/Studies3999d10-
Information Technology50---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design---10d
Category total141139d10100d
Art Teacher Education289--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching9579-2
Education, General-91--
Education, Other103---
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision---0
Educational/Instructional Technology-416-
Elementary Education and Teaching1646--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching10---
Mathematics Teacher Education-32--
Music Teacher Education237-2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching29---
Reading Teacher Education-68-1
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0--
Secondary Education and Teaching-39--
Special Education and Teaching, General4745--
Category total49941765
Computer Software Engineering---6d
Category total---6d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General135---
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-23-0
Category total13523-0
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development-5-17
Family Systems9--10
Category total95-27
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General19---
Spanish Language and Literature1---
Category total20---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer15---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other8340--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management38---
Nursing Education---22
Occupational Therapy/Therapist418249
Physician Assistant-30--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse18426--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist924010-
Category total4532181431
History, General82---
Category total82---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Forensic Science and Technology109--
Category total109--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-4--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-16--
Category total-20--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-9--
Mathematics, General52---
Category total529--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other37---
Category total375-0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science1162--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management100---
Category total2162--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0712
Religion/Religious Studies5---
Category total22712
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General45---
Chemistry, Other2---
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other5---
Geology/Earth Science, General5---
Physics, General17---
Physics, Other-2--
Category total742--
Counseling Psychology---2
Psychology, General34569--
School Psychology---14
Category total34569-16
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General110---
Category total110---
Social Sciences
Economics, General54---
International Relations and Affairs38---
Political Science and Government, General74---
Social Sciences, General249--
Social Sciences, Other221---
Urban Studies/Affairs3---
Category total45616--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation14---
Art/Art Studies, General89---
Dance, General14---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General373--
Fine/Studio Arts, General568--
Music, General338--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other---9
Category total24319-9
Grand total4,1471,16131255
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined122
Field Hockey23
Swimming and Diving2937
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)1/1/1949 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs1/1/1978 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs10/1/1984 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs4/1/1991 -  Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs4/1/1999 - 4/1/2001Resigned
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology4/1/2001 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2004 -  Accredited
Maryland Board of Nursing
Registered Nursing Programs(!)7/1/1972 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1974 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)3/1/2003 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession200
Drug law violations334752
Liquor law violations344920
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations284337
Liquor law violations302612
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible272
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault634
Motor vehicle theft002
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible151
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault102
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate5.2%5.8%3.0%
Number in default18517882
Number in repayment3,5143,0232,716
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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