Towson University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$6,560

2.02% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,597

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

4.25%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

73.7%

11,897 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

22,343

80.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

70.6%

1,713 Graduates

About

Towson University is a higher education institution located in Baltimore County, MD. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Towson University were General Business Administration & Management (467 degrees awarded), General Psychology (353 degrees), and Other Social Sciences (255 degrees).

In 2016, 5,849 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Towson University. 63.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,838 degrees), 4.63 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (829 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Towson University is $6,560, which is $-13,600 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Towson University is $6,560, which is $-13,600 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,597.

In 2016, 49% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 48% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,560

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Towson University was $6,560. The cost of tuition at Towson University is $-13,600 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$15,597

2016 Value

6.13%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Towson University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,597. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Towson University grew by 6.13%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,306

Room and Board

$1,080

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Towson University was of $11,306 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,080. The cost of room and board increased by 3.38% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

49%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

49% of undergraduate students at Towson University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 4.26% with respect to 2015, when 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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4.25%

2015 Default Rate

192

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Towson University was 4.25%, which represents 192 out of the 4522 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Towson University received 11,897 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 8.68% annual growth. Out of those 11,897 applicants, 8,773 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 73.7% acceptance rate.

There were 22,343 students enrolled at Towson University in 2016, and 89% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Towson University has an overall enrollment yield of 31.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

73.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

8,773

Accepted Out of 11,897

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Towson University was 73.7% (8,773 admissions from 11,897 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 73.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 8.68%, while admissions grew by 9.21%.

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SAT Scores

89%

Submission Percentage

2,457

Scores Submitted

89% of enrolled first-time students at Towson University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Towson University has a total enrollment of 22,343 students. The full-time enrollment at Towson University is 17,974 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,369. This means that 80.4% of students enrolled at Towson University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Towson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.2% White, 18.1% Black or African American, 6.48% Hispanic or Latino, 5.49% Asian, 4.39% Two or More Races, 0.148% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.094% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Towson University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (35.1%), followed by White Male (23.6%) and Black or African American Female (12.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (46.8%), followed by White Male (13.2%) and Black or African American Female (8.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Towson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,343 students. The full-time enrollment at Towson University is 17,974 and the part-time enrollment is 4,369. This means that 80.4% of students enrolled at Towson University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Towson University was 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Towson University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    13,234

  2. Black or African American

    4,047

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,448

The enrolled student population at Towson University is 59.2% White, 18.1% Black or African American, 6.48% Hispanic or Latino, 5.49% Asian, 4.39% Two or More Races, 0.148% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.094% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 855 students (3.83%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1601 more women than men received degrees from Towson University. The majority of degree recipients at Towson University are white (3,838 degrees awarded). There were 4.63 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (829 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Towson University is General Business Administration & Management (467 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (353 degrees) and Other Social Sciences (255 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Towson University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (350 degrees), and Communications (423 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Towson University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,029,144 people), Miscellaneous managers (414,561 people), Secondary school teachers (338,771 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (336,815 people), and Education administrators (319,818 people).

The most specialized majors at Towson University are Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (350 degrees), Communications (423 degrees), Social Sciences (535 degrees), and Education (795 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Towson University are Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Towson University are Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (350 degrees), Communications (423 degrees), Social Sciences (535 degrees), and Education (795 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Towson University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,039,681 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (501,240 people), Hospitals (306,585 people), Legal services (286,747 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (251,322 people).

The most specialized majors at Towson University are Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (350 degrees), Communications (423 degrees), Social Sciences (535 degrees), and Education (795 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 467 degrees awarded

  2. 353 degrees awarded

  3. 255 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Towson University was General Business Administration & Management with 467 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,124

  2. 3,725

In 2016, 2,124 degrees were awarded to men at Towson University, which is 0.57 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,725).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 283 degrees were awarded to men at Towson University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.45 times more than the 195 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 324 degrees were awarded to women at Towson University in General Psychology, which is 3.86 times more than the 84 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%

100% Completion Time

68%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 43% of students graduating from Towson University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Towson University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.28% of graduates (39 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,838 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    829 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    306 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Towson University is white (3,838 degrees awarded). There were 4.63 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (829 degrees).

4.19% of degree recipients (245 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,440 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,398 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    566 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Towson University is white female (2,440 degrees awarded). There were 1.75 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,398 degrees).

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Operations

Towson University has an endowment valued at nearly $70.5M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.85M (4.04%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Towson University had a total expenditure of $381M. Of that $381M, they spent $175M on salaries and $381M on benefits.

Towson University employs 240 Assistant professors, 214 Associate professors, and 204 Lecturers. Most academics at Towson University are Female Assistant professors (144), Female Lecturers(128), and Female Associate professors (119).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Towson University are: Management, with 296 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 279 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 264 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$70.5M

2015 Endowment

0.681%

decline from 2014

Towson University has an endowment valued at about $70.5M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Towson University declined 0.681% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $41.7M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.66M - Federal

  2. $5.44M - State

  3. $196k - Local

As of 2015, Towson University received $2.66M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.44M from state grants and contracts, and $196k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$175M

Salary Expenditure

$381M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Towson University had a total expenditure of $381M. Of that $381M, they spent $175M on salaries and $381M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Towson University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$175M

2015 Salaries

5.48%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Towson University paid a median of $175M in salaries, which represents 45.9% of their overall expenditure ($381M) and a 5.48% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.93% growth from 2013 and a 2.09% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$64M

Instructional Salaries

881

Number of Employees

In 2015, Towson University paid a total of $64M to 881 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

240 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

296 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Towson University were Assistant professor with 240 employees; Associate professor with 214 employees; and Associate professor with 204 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Towson University were Management with 296 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 279 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 264 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Female Lecturer

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Towson University was Female Assistant professor with 144 employees, Female Lecturer with 128 employees, and Female Associate professor with 119 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Towson University.

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