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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Education is the main reason I go to Towson

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am going for education. Towson has an excellent education program.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Business program is good.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers and academics are awesome.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It really depends on the teacher and the major

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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
94
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: 4%
  • 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 168 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 115 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 115 responses

  • 16% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 17% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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