Institutional Name Changes

Towson University has undergone several name changes since it was founded in 1866. In historic records you will find the school reffered to by various names to indicate its changing size and academic focus.

 

Use the guide below to pinpoint names, acronyms, and time periods for the school over its 150-plus year history.

 

 

Name

Acronym

Dates

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Maryland State Normal School

MSNS

1866 (founded) -1935

Maryland State Normal School logoMaryland State Normal School 42nd Commencement, Spring 1907

Maryland State Teachers College at Towson

STC or STCT

1935 - 1963

State Teacher's College at Towson logoState Teachers College at Towson 93rd Commencement, Spring 1954

Towson State College

TSC

1963 - 1976  

Towson State College LogoFirst Plaque Showing New Name of College (Towson State College), 1963

 

Towson State University

TSU

1976 - 1997    

Towson State University logo1983-1984 Towson State University Undergraduate catalog

Towson University

TU

1997 - present

Towson University logo2001-2002 Towson University undergraduate course catalog