Towson University: Narrative Description

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8000 York Rd.
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Tel: (410)704-2000; 888-4TOWSON
Admissions: (410)704-2113
Fax: (410)704-3030
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1866. Setting: 321-acre suburban campus with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, DC. Endowment: $4.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4486 per student. Total enrollment: 17,667. Faculty: 1,259 (624 full-time, 635 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 10,663 applied, 67% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 12,405 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,906 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 106 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 10% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 12% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at all state colleges in Maryland, other institutions of higher education in the Baltimore metropolitan area, members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.75 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $4890 full-time, $212 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,570 full-time, $508 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1782 full-time, $69 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6468. College room only: $3816. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 175 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Black Student Union, Student Government Association, Habitat for Humanity, Circle K, University Residence Government. Major annual events: Homecoming Weekend, Welcome Week, Tiger Fest (spring festival). Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 3,266 students; 3,347 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Cook Library with 574,096 books, 880,434 microform titles, 4,154 serials, 16,413 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5 million.

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