Academics

Location
Towson, MD
Undergrads
15,852
Tuition (in-state)
$19,754 ($8,132)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is heavy but the professors are there to help you grow and push you. Internship opportunities are abundant in the area.

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3 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great for the most part. I was a transfer student and registration was taken care of at an orientation of sorts. Orientation is stressful and was difficult to keep a level head at times.

4 College Senior

Academics: There are many opportunities, you just have to so initiative. The professors are great but this major is no breeze in the park. You have to have motivation to handle the work load.

3 College Senior

Academics: There should be many more courses offered. Many students have issues graduating on time because of this.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love my program and I have really learned so much in a semester about how to be an effective teacher.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 270th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 335th
    Best Course Variety
  • 645th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 788th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1173rd
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louise Salbego
Hometown
Baltimore, MD
Major
English Literature
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Towson has some outstanding professors, but every now and then, people encounter some less-intriguing ones. Professors are usually accommodating and accessible to students outside of class during scheduled office hours or even beyond those hours via e-mail. On one hand, students generally agree that the greatest aspect of academics at Towson are the small class sizes because that allows students to establish a relationship with their professors. However, Towson does have some professors that present their material in a dull manner and should be avoided at all costs.

Unlike other universities, it is rare for a class to be taught by a graduate student or teaching assistant. Although there are many good, hands-on learning opportunities that provide interaction with the professors, Towson lacks the close relationships with the academic advisors that can be very beneficial to the students. Although a student is bound to come across some mind-numbing classes, they will also find many more encouraging and understanding professors that make up for it. Classes can be fascinating at Towson, depending on how interested you are in the topic and how far you are into your major.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
841
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
830
Total FT Faculty
841
Faculty with Terminal Degree
77%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,202
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
13%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
85
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 64%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Honors College
  • Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Mass Communication: 2%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Social Sciences, Other: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
Cook Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be sure to check out www.ratemyprofessors.com when scheduling for classes. This Web site will help you find the best professors! Towson has been one of the most rated schools for years.
  • Become familiar with the Towson Web site, as it will provide you with tons of insight regarding the inner workings of the university. You'll be able to find out about the dining halls, the library, housing, athletics, and clubs.
Did You Know?
  • Towson University is ranked seventh among the 65 regional public institutions in the north. Based on academic reputation alone, it ranked second.
  • Seventy-one percent of the classes offered at Towson enroll fewer than 29 students.
  • Towson University is Maryland's largest producer of teachers.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 65 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 27% Mike Rowe - host, "Dirty Jobs" TV show
  • 24% Amy Shumer - Comedian
  • 12% Jermon Bushrod - NFL Offensive Tackle
  • 9% Charles Dutton - actor
  • 9% Joe Vitt - Assistant Head Coach, New Orleans Saint
  • 6% John Glover - actor
  • 6% Stacy Keibler
  • 3% Kevin Clash
  • 3% W. Lee Hammond

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 60 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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