Incoming classes increase in size
The University has increased the number of freshman admitted in accordance with the goal to increase the size of the college to 25,000 students by 2025.
“We are looking at Towson to grow but doing it in a responsible way,” Director of Admissions David Fedorchak said. “We always talk to housing in regards to what is going to be available. All those factors go in to play.”
Towson had about 22,000 students enrolled as of fall 2012 and the freshmen class has increased by about 200 students, Fedorchak said.
Fedorchak said that each year there is a targeted growth goal on how many students should be admitted based on how much the institution wants to and can grow.
This fall 10,709 freshman students were admitted, in comparison to 9,462 last fall and 8,622 in 2011.
“Each year we kind of know how many people we need to admit to reach that targeted goal for that class,” he said. “Even though we have gone up in the number of offers and students going here, the academic criteria has not changed.”
Although they do have a target number of admissions, based on the pool of applicants they can go above or below that number, he said. This year’s target for the freshman was 2,724 and last year’s was 2,450. The transfer target was 2,208 this fall and 2,050 last fall.
“It’s definitely not exact science,” he said. “It’s really working through with the population of students you have applying here.”
University President Maravene Loeschke said that they take into account if students who are admitted are commuters, residents and graduate students. It is also important to take into account the physical campus expanding to accommodate the growth of the University.
“We’re only growing in areas that there’s growth money,” Loeschke said.
There was a 338 student increase in transfer admissions this year from last, with 3,697 admitted this year and 3,359 last year.
The physical growth of the campus allows for the growth, the president’s Deputy Chief of Staff Marina Cooper said.
“One of the things we really get right here is the amount of attention we give the students,” Loeschke said.