Towson University is the largest nationally recognized comprehensive university in the Baltimore area. The university was established in 1866 in downtown Baltimore and was then known as Maryland State Normal School. The school was set up with the primary objective of preparing teachers for Maryland public schools. The school was shifted to Towson in 1915. By 1963, the school had started offering various arts and sciences programs and was therefore rechristened as Towson State College. The college was granted university status in 1976 and in 1988 Towson State University was made part of the University System of Maryland. In 1997, Towson State University was renamed as Towson University.
Towson University is located in Towson, Md., a suburb of Baltimore and is spread over a beautifully landscaped area of 328-acres. The university has a total enrollment of 21,840 students as of fall 2010. Towson University comprises eight colleges, namely: Honors College, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Business and Economics, College of Health Professions, College of Fine Arts and Communication, The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, College of Graduate Studies and Research.
Towson University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education.