This is such a tough decision. You would think it would be an easier decision because Maryland is more reputable than Towson, there are a couple external factors that impact decision making.
As for Towson, I started out here, so I've had the chance to make friends, get adjusted to it, and get aquainted with people who are either in or have finished nursing here. To top that off, like you said, it's not in the city, so the traffic won't be nearly as bad, and I think the hospitals we would be going to for clinicals would be a bit closer.
On the other hand, though, my sister is at UM for pharmacy, and she knows people who went to UMSON. The hospitals one of the girls listed for me seemed to be pretty far, but I'm just as new to this whole thing, so I have no idea if they'll send us out that far if they'll choose to send us to hospitals that are closer to us.
I actually feel more stressed choosing a school, than I did waiting for an answer.
I guess to summarize, if you're looking at the school itself, I would say go with UMSON, but if external factors are weighted pretty heavily to you, than Towson could be a better fit. I know this doesn't really give an answer as to which school I'm picking becuase to be honest, I have no idea at this point. This is just some info. I wanted to share. Maybe it would help others in making their decisions?
Also, sorry this is so long! :/