Towson University

Towson, MD 21252

Towson University (TU) was founded in 1866. It is a public institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is part of the University System of Maryland. It was the first training school for teachers in the state and has evolved over the years to become a four-year university. It now enrolls over 20,000 students each year, making it one of the largest public universities in the state. Towson University was ranked the 8th-best public university in the Universities-Master's category. It has also been recognized in numerous rankings over the years, including receiving recognition for offering the best value for public colleges.

Prospective nursing students can earn degrees through four different nursing programs. Undergrad options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs, which were accredited by the CCNE in 2001. There is also a CCNE-accredited MSN program for those that already have a BSN. The BSN program requires students to first complete a minimum of 42 undergraduate credits, including 3 laboratory science prerequisites. After these prerequisites are met, students may apply for admission to the BSN program. The school has a 91.22% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate, which exceeds the state average. Students will receive clinical experience through partnerships with Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeLarge
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate85%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 1
Postbaccalaureate certificate 2 10
Master's degree 2 16
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 85.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1949 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1055 to 1210
ACT21 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $45

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$288/credit
In State Students$288/credit
Out of State Students$806/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$398/credit
In State Students$398/credit
Out of State Students$824/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,960 $12,960 $36,270
ADN 70 $20,160 $20,160 $56,420
BSN 125 $36,000 $36,000 $100,750
FNP 50 $19,900 $19,900 $41,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 77% of Towson University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 25% $4,564
Other Federal Grant -- $3,318
State Grant & Scholarships 21% $4,469
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 42% $5,166
Federal Student Loans 55% $5,511
Private Loans 7% $15,593


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,827
$30,001 to $48,000$12,285
$48,001 to $75,000$16,957
$75,001 to $110,000$22,118
Over $110,000$23,052

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Towson University Foundation Scholarship

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State Nursing Scholarship

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Maryland state board of nursing.

Towson University
8000 York Rd
Towson, MD 21252

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