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About Towson University

Towson University is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Towson, Maryland. Towson University was founded in 1866 and now enrolls around 21,917 students a year, including 18,730 undergrads.

Towson University offers housing for up to 5,529 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Towson University's endowment was valued at $90.321 million in 2021. The institution spends around $7,103 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Towson University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 79%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 68%
Average GPA 3.7
In-State Tuition $6,962
Out-of-State $21,098

2022 Towson University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Towson University's regular decision application deadline is January 10. All regular decision applicants will be notified by November 10.

Early Admission at Towson University

Towson University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Towson University admits 68% of students that apply early action.

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Towson University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Towson University. Towson University admitted 79% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 12,295 students applied to Towson University and 9,689 were admitted.

Towson University Waitlist

Towson University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Towson University?

Towson University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Towson University, applicants must submit the following items.

Towson University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements resume or activity list
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Towson University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Towson University.

Is Towson University Test Optional?

Towson University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 92% submitted the SAT. 18% submitted the ACT.

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Does Towson University Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Towson University provides on-campus housing for up to 5,529 students.

Towson University students are active in the school's University Residence Government, Latin American Student Organization and Black Student Union. Tiger Fest (spring festival), Homecoming Weekend, and and Summer Orientation are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Towson University.

Financial Aid at Towson University

Towson University meets 59.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,370 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Towson University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Towson University

About 85% of students who start at Towson University come back the next year.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 57% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $50,846 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $22,628 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Towson University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Towson University a good school for you?

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Where is Towson University?

Towson University is located in the suburban setting of Towson, Maryland, less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington and DC.

If you want to see Towson University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Baltimore Beltway 695 to Towson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Towson University and Towson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252-0001

Campus Setting: Suburban

Towson University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Towson University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Towson University is Jan 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Towson University ACT Scores


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Towson University Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Towson University is like? There are approximately 21,917 students enrolled at Towson University, including 18,730 undergraduate students and 3,187 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from MD and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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