Towson University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Towson University

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Towson University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 79%. Located eight miles north of Baltimore, Towson is the second largest public university in Maryland. The university offers over 60 undergraduate majors, and fields such as business, psychology, nursing, and communications are popular. Towson has a 17-to-1 student / faculty ratio. The school wins high marks for its safety, value, and green efforts. On the athletic front, the Towson University Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association and Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Towson University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Towson University had an acceptance rate of 79%. For every 100 students who applied, 79 students were admitted, making Towson's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Process (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,933
Percent Admitted 79%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 32%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Towson University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 90% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 610
Math 520 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Towson's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Towson scored between 540 and 610, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 590, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Towson.

Requirements

Towson does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Towson participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Towson University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 23% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 25
Math 18 25
Composite 20 25

This admissions data tells us that most of Towson's admitted students fall within the top 49% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Towson received a composite ACT score between 20 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

Towson does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Towson superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA for Towson University's incoming freshmen class was 3.68. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Towson have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Towson University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Towson University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Towson University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Towson University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has somewhat selective admissions. However, Towson also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and optional letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Applicants may also supplement their application by submitting an optional resume. The university is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Towson's average range. Note that some majors have additional application requirements including auditions and minimum GPAs.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had a combined SAT score (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, an ACT composite of 21 or better, and a "B" or higher GPA.

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