Towson University

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#76, overall score 54.42/100

Fun Fact:

Tamir Goodman, known as the “Jewish Jordan,” started at Towson as a freshman before moving to Israel.

Why should Jewish students attend Towson? “Towson University has a thriving Jewish population that continues to grow. In addition to an active Hillel, there are Jewish fraternities and sororities and a proud Jewish community with strong leadership. This year, Towson University was ranked in the top 15 best campuses for Jewish Students in North America. There is a strong emphasis on leadership and professional development that is supported by Towson Hillel’s Incubator Cohort. A program that supplies students a platform to create initiatives they are passionate about and gain unparalleled experience in logistics and planning.” - Scott Black, assistant director, Towson University Hillel

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Towson, Md.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 19,198
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 86% in-state / 14% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Towerlight
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tigers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Pandamonium / Hammertime

What Students Say:

“The Center for Student Diversity at Towson has brought incredible speakers to campus this year. Opening the floor for discussion about diversity, speakers like Roxane Gay, Laverne Cox and Hasan Minhaj have given students a way to speak up. Providing discussions for after the event, Towson has taken a huge step to embrace diversity.”

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,694
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,140
  • Room & board costs: $12,184
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,346
  • Average loan debt: $24,460
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 77%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1055-1210
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 100
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Tigers for Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never proposed

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 0.90/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 65.59/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

What Students Say:

“Towson University is not faced with BDS or anti-Israel student organizations like most other universities across the campus are. However, this does not stop us from promoting and defending the State of Israel. Recently, we started an advocacy group on campus, Tigers for Israel, that aims to educate the campus community on Israel without being in a divisive, political environment.”

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.6/34

  • Score: 22.6/34
  • Hillel: Towson Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of Towson and Goucher
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 2
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 19 (10 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Amy Schumer
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Towson’s Challah 4 Hunger chapter has seen great success in recent years. They have built up a strong following and take pride in collaborating with other student groups around campus and teaching them the significance of aiding in food insecurity in relation to Judaism. This year they baked over 500 loaves of challah.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over, however there is a large portion from Maryland and the North East region of the United States.
  • Kosher food details: Towson University Dining has a dedicated kosher kitchen and dining area located in Newell Dining Hall. The Kosher Korner offers meals prepared by our qualified Mashgiach and is certified by Star K of Baltimore.

What Students Say:

“The Jewish community at Towson is very large. We draw a crowd no matter the event, and truly enjoy each other’s company. We have all sorts of events, and genuinely like to be together no matter the cause.”…”The Jewish community in Baltimore is very large. We work with many different organizations in the area and are given lots of opportunities in the larger Baltimore community. From work and internship opportunities, to volunteering and service, to scholarship, the Baltimore Jewish community makes our campus community so much stronger.”

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