Towson University is at a crossroads as it drafts a new, five-year campus master plan.
The university of nearly 23,000 students is designated by the Maryland Board of Regents as a growth institution, and already has the second-highest enrollment in the state, after the University of Maryland at College Park with 38,000 students.
Towson University, however, has little room to grow and, at the suggestion of the regents, plans to cap enrollment at 25,000 by the year 2024, meaning it would enroll fewer than 3,000 new students in the next nine years.
Officials are pondering how many more academic and residence halls to build on the main campus and what impact an enrollment cap would have on admission rates. Moreover, they are asking whether more growth is wise for a university that values its neighborhood aesthetic and its ratio of one teacher for every 17 students.