Towson University Reviews
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Towson University was definitely an ongoing learning experience. The school itself is not too small and not too large so it is easy to get to know the people within your major and graduating class but it is a challenge to run into the same person twice at times. In terms of the exercise science department, I was highly satisfied with the knowledge I gained and the classes within the department. Many of the professors working with the exercise science students truly care about their job and ensuring each student maximizes their education. I met my lifelong mentor through the exercise physiology course and I am forever grateful for the experience. One of the major downfalls of the school is gaining access to classes in a timely manor. Since it is a quickly expanding school sometimes there are way more students than there are professors. The same problem trickles down into parking as there are more students (especially commuters) attending the school than there are parking spaces. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend Towson University for incoming students.
Towson, as a school, is sub-par compared to other Maryland state schools. The school lacks diversity in their staff and administration that is far from reflective of the student body. The student body isn't extremely diverse itself, but the representation is skewed either way. In terms of the quality of education, speaking on all majors, it is well-discussed that Towson is a fairly sleep-inducing institution as it relates to coursework. There are certainly plenty teachers and educators that try and get the most out of each student. however, this is undermined as it does not carry through with most departments. if you're coming to Towson for a mental challenge, look elsewhere. High school AP courses are more difficult than the majority of the 300-level courses available. Specifically speaking to my degree, in Electronic Media and Film, I could speak on the disappointing curriculum, the lack of effort required for "A" work, and the disinterest from faculty to promote a community and workspace that represents that in which each student is attempting to enter in a career as filmmakers. However, I will speak solely to one experience that I believe sums up how valuable an education from Towson in Electronic Media and Film gets you. I graduated with my Bachelor's, then I applied to a technician position at the school's arena to utilize the lighting and sound techniques that I had gained from 4 years education. I interviewed for the position, and I never got a call back. A degree from Towson will not even get you a job from Towson. All the best.
My undergraduate program was a very rare program, unlike any public university within my region. While I was able to grab a wonderful degree that pushed me into a realm I never really knew was out there, with just a Bachelors degree in Deaf Studies--I can't do much. Towson has a wonderful community for students who live on campus, great level of diversity and majority of the buildings have been renovated or are brand new. It's a great school for specific majors and those close to the Baltimore or D.C. Metro area. Moderately affordable, however, it offers a lot of help in the way of financial services and sources achieve all you need to achieve.
While I did not live on campus, Towson was still a familiar and friendly place to be. I spent most of my days on campus and was able to make friends in classes easily. I had many knowledgeable professors that were passionate about their field of study.
I had the time of my life while attending Towson University. During my freshman year, I was sure to get involved in on-campus activities so that i could meet people. Towson is diverse; from Caribbean Student Union to Queer Student Union to the Muslim Student Union. Being an African American woman, I was given the opportunity to develop relationships with people from all walks of life. I expanded my views on some topics and developed a view on others. Towson helped shape me to be the young adult and educator that I am today. I will forever be a Towson Tiger!
Although Towson is certainly making strides in the sciences, I feel I had to be an independent learner. Professors were often if not always available in person and/or by email. I felt comfortable with the vigor of study and preparedness after earning my degree. Like any college, or life experience, the more motivated students performed better and succeeded after graduation. They do have resources to help with deciding your career/achieving your goals but it did take a lot of foot work on my part. I would recommend for students who have a clearer vision of their prospective careers.
Towson University is a place where you get a great balance of the city life and the "homey" life. Not only are you a couple of minutes away from the Chesapeake Bay, but you are also not far from the country's capital. The diversity here is plentiful. From my years with two presidents, they have forged a basis in which students are respectful to each other and given the opportunity to voice their opinions. So many changes had been made by students coming together, even professors, at Freedom Square. There has even been times where student organizations would go right up to the President's office to call for change. And it was all peaceful. The President kindly sat down with them face-to-face and once a consensus was made, the President would send an email to all students and university staff announcing what had been discussed and accentuating the point of how our voice is important to the university. They never barred students, but encouraged them to face the uppers in peace. Change will then come. You don't have to be shy here at Towson. Towson Tigers have pride and they have the peace of a dove in their hearts.
I would not recommend Towson University to other students interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree in English. While the college has some good programs, English is not one of them. They do not fund the department well and they offer very few higher-level courses. I only attended Towson for the last two years of my undergraduate degree and I ran out of classes to take. The courses overlapped far too much; for example, there were two different British Literature courses AND a Victorian lit course not to mention the Shakespeare courses, but only one "diversity/global" course focusing on global literature. How about a Russian lit course? I simply found the program lacking. There were very few resources for those students who wished to pursue graduate study. Overall, my English degree was adequate in refining my writing skills and getting me a job straight out of college, but it was no where near as challenging, interesting, inspiring as it could have been.
The campus life at Towson is great! There are tons of organizations to join. There is something there for everyone, from anime to modeling teams. The community surrounding the university is an ideal college town filled with bars and cheap but great food. There is a major mall in walking distance for those who need to work throughout the semester as well. It is kind of hard to get the classes you need, so be on top of enrolling on the day it opens for you. Always go with your gut, don't take a class just because an adviser says it could be useful. Remember you're paying for the class not them. Utilize your resources as well, career center, writing center and the tutoring center. Teachers LOVE when you come to office hours, it shows you actually care about your grade and progress.
Towson is known for being a great institution academically. The nursing and child development program there is known to be a great program. If you plan to study journalism, I'd say go elsewhere. The program is old school and need some serious revamping. You can utilize a mass communications/journalism degree in so many fields. But neither the career center or the classes prepare you for a career. They just teach you how the basics. The program there is very subpar. The career center need to step it up as far as connecting students with potential jobs after graduation. I also have a problem with how Towson wouldn't allow students to take an internship until junior year. Being in the setting of a newsroom, radio station, publishing office, government agency or wherever else at the beginning of your college journey really helps as far as knowing what exactly you want to do by the time you graduate. Until someone wakes this program up and get with the times I would say to pass on this university as far as the journals field goes. Journalism is way too competitive to go to a subpar school especially if you want to be an on air reporter. As far as diversity and extracurricular on campus: this school is Greek life heavy and not very cultural. Also, a lot of commuters are here too.