Location: Towson, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore)
Funding: Public University
Percent Women: 60%
Tuition (one year): $8,342 in-state $20,020 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Mass Communication, Nursing, Psychology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 54.2%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Towson's website at www.towson.edu/admissions
Why Choose Towson?
"It was big without feeling overwhelmingly huge, so there was always a lot to do and see without feeling like I was going to get lost. The location--near Baltimore without being right in it--was a plus as well."
"I liked how beautiful the campus is and how small the class sizes are."
"Location was extremely important to me when choosing a college. I love Towson's proximity to Baltimore and DC. Being close to two major cities definitely open up internship and job opportunities.""I chose towson after going to an open house. I loved that it was a really big school, the location, and that it had the option to major in Exercise Science which not all schools have!""I chose Towson because of its early childhood/special education. Second, the campus is so amazing!!! There is so much to do and so many activities and groups to join. "
"My favorite part about Towson is that you get to meet so many different people and get involved in so many different things. Going to such a diverse school has really opened my eyes."
"Towson is a huge school with a small school feel. This means that the campus is huge, you will meet a lot of people, and there are tons of fun activities and opportunities to get involved in. This also means that class sizes stay small and you will always see people who you know and you will make friends!"
"The teachers are phenomenal, and there's always something to do on campus. Because there's such a variety in events, you never feel left out. "
"I love the school itself. I love the faculty and other students as well as the different activities they offer. I love the dorm life and how everything is close on campus. On campus shuttles take u anywhere you need to go on campus. Love the football games and activities towson hosts like TigerFest."
"To me it seems that you either love Towson, or you hate it. The people who choose to get involved and make new friends have great things to say. But for those who choose to just stay in their room and don't try anything new, they always have something bad to say."
"I don't like how many people and how frequently they go home on the weekends. Campus literally feels like a ghost town sometimes."
"The worst part of Towson is class scheduling. If you are not an athlete or in the honors college scheduling is very stressful because classes always fill up and close. Advising at Towson is also terrible. I didn't need help choosing classes because that's not hard to figure out, however I looked for guidance on applying to graduate school and no one could help me. The on and off campus shuttle system could also be improved."
"The traffic can be messy, but you just have to go out around a time where there is no traffic."
"If you live in West Village, getting to class can be REALLY inconvenient."
New Collegiette on Campus
"My first year at Towson was fun, stressful, and a relief when it was over."
"My first semester as a freshman was a little slow: I didn't make as many friends as I thought I would. However, my second semester was awesome. I really connected with more people who lived in my building and had a lot more fun! I also got really good grades so the academic adjustment was not difficult."
"It was a whirlwind of an experience but one of the best years of my life. I was genuinely happy, found amazing friends and got to break out of my shell more than I did in highschool. I could just be me."
"As a transfer student to Towson, my first year has been amazing! I have made a lot of new friends, joined band, and went to all the home football games and concerts the school had. I'm looking forward to my next year!"
"It was a little crazy, a lot of fun, and a little stressful. It was hard for me to move away from home, but once I established my group of friends we were never apart! Your first year is awesome because you don't have to worry about work or difficult classes yet. I wish I took advantage of the easier classes and got better grades."
All About Academics
"Mass Comm, nursing and psychology are some of the biggest programs. Most people you will find will fall into one of those categories and I guess that's why we're good at them."
"It's never easy to get into the classes you want unless you're an athlete or in the honor's college. Other than that you have to struggle with the rest of us. Shoot I even know seniors who struggle! But at least the teachers are nice"
"Everyone studies in the library aka 'Club Cook.' It is definitely the best place to study on campus."
Learn from the Best
What are some of the best classes at TU?
"Exercise for Adults with Autism"
"EMF 120 - Concept and Story"
"MCOM 257 - Journalism and New Media 1 with Broadwater. She's an amazing teacher."
What's scheduling like?
"Hell! You can never get the classes you need at the time you want unless you're an athlete, senior or in honor's college which sucks."
"The absolute worst. You have to make like 10 schedules to make sure the classes you need don't close and even then you still can't be 100% sure."
"My least favorite part about Towson. That should say it all. Just make sure you have a good advisor to help you through."
Interests & Involvement
"I absolutely love every club I'm in. I definitely recommend getting involved in any organization. You are surrounded by people with similar interests and it's great to be a part of something. I ended up meeting some of my best friends thanks to my participation in certain groups."
"I loved being a part of various organizations that ranged in size from 10 members to 50. There were also a lot of really specific clubs and organizations, so whatever you were into, there was a club for you."
"I love the people I've met. I know I've made lifelong friends and connections that I can benefit from knowing in the future."
"A lot of people attend the sports games. We've gained so much more school spirit now that our teams are winning."
"Between the Men's Basketball team and the Football team having ground-breaking seasons these past few years I would say our school spirit has grown a lot. I was one of the students that rode had the bus to Texas for the championship football game. If we aren't hardcore fans I don't know what is!"
"Our school spirit could be a little better. It was really nice during the football playoffs though. But a lot of people do show up to the games."
"Too many girls. Not enough guys on campus and when or if you find a guy either he's taken or gay. Running joke but so true."
"More boys, please."
The gender ratio has never really bothered me. I don't even notice it that much."
"I don't have a problem with the gender ratio on campus. As a woman on campus, I am always concerned about my safety but the police dept. on campus are phenomenal. They offer a variety of services to ensure your safety."
"There are way too many girls on this campus. It doesn't give me much of an opportunity to socialize with guys and I don't think it's a fair ratio."
Food & Drink
"The food here is better than most other campuses. My favorite place to eat is Susq. Gotta love the variety."
"I mostly cook my own food but Ptux and Susq are great!"
"[I like the food here] For the most part! [My fav place is] Definitely Admin Cafe."
"Inner harbor or take a train to DC are the best things to do on the weekend."
"A lot of people go Uptown but there are also usually a lot of random house parties happening if you know where to look and who to ask. And I wouldn't say people feel pressured to drink...we're all adults here. You can say no."
"Towson hosts many weekend activities and there are always sporting events to attend. Being in Baltimore there are always fun things to do!"
"It's so hard to find parties without frat housing but we make it work. It also sucks to have to take a cab everywhere an it can be pricey."
"I lived in all kinds of different dorms, so it depended. Be open to making new friends and working with people. Even in a small space, you can store everything and make it your own (there are plenty of Buzzfeed lists that can help you)."
"I lived in Tower A for my freshman and sophomore years. The towers have really nice big rooms suit style. I've heard however it's easier to make friends if you live in Res Tower or somewhere else where you don't have your own bathrooms. I loved living in the towers but by the end of sophomore year I was very ready to move into an apartment."
"Dorm life for me was great! I enjoyed my roommate. My best advice is to set up rules with your roommate in regards to guests and lights out and cleaning. That way, there is open communication and everyone gets along.""It was very...different. It's living on your own with people you probably wouldn't choose to live with in real life and learning how to live with each other."
"I love Baltimore! It's a really fun place. The Oriole’s games are really fun and easy to get to and they can be cheap on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you like to go to bars then power plant and fed hill are easy to get to as well. Towson has a lot of great places to eat. My favorites are Towson Hot Bagel and Bahama Breeze. The Towson mall is really big and has a huge Forever 21! But Towson has had a lot of crime lately! It's not as safe as it used to be. You should never go anywhere at night alone."
"Living in Towson is awesome because you are living in a mini city, without the bad parts of a real city. We have our own nightlife scene, shops, and restaurants. Sometimes it is hard living mixed in with residents; Sometimes they don't understand college students and we don't understand them."
"I love how full of life it is there. There are plenty of things to do in Baltimore and the little towns inside as well."
"I love how Towson is centrally located. The mall is nearby as well as target. Towson offers off campus shuttles to take u to the inner harbor and the mall. Towson also offers places to eat and restaurants around the school. Easy to get to (walking distance). I haven't had a problem yet with the city of Towson itself."
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