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: There is great diversity in what is offered.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The UTeach program is amazing! They have great teachers and you get to teach freshman year.

Math can be difficult, however, if you have a good teacher and get help when you need it you'll be fine.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Getting into the classes you want as a freshman or sophomore really sucks. The professors are okay, some are horrible but I have had good ones.. really just hit or miss.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: I was a Psych major for undergrad and am doing Education for grad school. The psych program is great, and Towson is one of the best teaching schools.

1 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are often difficult and don't seem to care about teaching. The workload is ridiculously easy and I often feel like I'm taking classes I had in middle school. I'm in the Honors college and unfortunately those classes don't provide much of a challenge either.

1 person found this useful Report
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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 28% Mike Rowe - host, "Dirty Jobs" TV show
  • 24% Amy Shumer - Comedian
  • 12% Joe Vitt - Assistant Head Coach, New Orleans Saint
  • 12% Jermon Bushrod - NFL Offensive Tackle
  • 8% Stacy Keibler
  • 4% Charles Dutton - actor
  • 4% John Glover - actor
  • 4% Kevin Clash
  • 4% W. Lee Hammond

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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