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Bowie State University

14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD

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Bowie State University is a public historically black institution located in Bowie, Maryland. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were established after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Over 5,600 students enroll at BSU annually.

Students may select from several areas of study, including:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Communication Technology
  • Health And Clinical Professions

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to Bowie State University. Scores within the range of 17 - 21 on the ACT or 1160 - 1420 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of around 50 percent of which only 37 percent decided to attend.  A full suite of  information from the admissions office can be found by calling BSU or by requesting information here.

Tuition & fees at this school vary for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs approximately $7,000 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $19,000 per year. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $6,600 for the year. This school may offer financial aid for students that are eligible by way of grants and loans.

The Bowie State University Bulldogs participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)

To see a full list of programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please visit the school's website at bowiestate.edu.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the students Bowie State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Bowie State University is around 5,400 students, with undergraduate students making up about 79% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

$12,200

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $5,200-$6,300
    • Out-of-State: $16,000-$18,840
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $230-$280 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $660-$790 per credit unit
  • May offer prepaid tuition, allowing students to purchase tuition at current rates for future years.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid92%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships74%$8,189
Receiving Student Loans77%$6,844
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Bowie State University may offer student services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Bowie State University is close to 35%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years13%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Bowie State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Track and Field (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Football (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Bowie State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Psychology

    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    57.47%

    FINANCIAL AID RATE
    92%

    STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
    16:1

    DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
    2

    FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
    $7,238