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Bowie State University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Bowie, MD

$5,760

Avg in-state tuition

$16,500

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About Bowie State University

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

HBCU: YesHistorically Black Colleges and Universities are accredited schools established prior to 1965 whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans. Explore our HBCU resource hub to learn more.

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

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Bowie State University is a medium-sized public university located on a suburban campus in Bowie, Maryland. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,381, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 87%. The university offers 29 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 42%, and a student-faculty ratio of 18:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $5,760, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $16,500.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

87% of students were accepted during the 2021-2022 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

72% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2020 and returned in Fall 2021.

Graduation Rate Insight

42% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2015. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school transcript Required

High school rank Not required or recommended

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Recommended

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Considered (not required)

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Yes

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 17-20

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 840-1020

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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6k

Students enrolled

82%

Online student enrollment

18:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold

Demographics

Black

81%

Hispanic

5%

Two or more races

4%

White

3%

Unknown

3%

Non-U.S. Citizen

3%

Asian

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

62%

Socio-economic diversity

53% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $5,760 $16,500
Graduate $7,758 $12,888

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $2,500
On-campus room and board $12,458
On-campus other expenses $1,600
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $13,846
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $1,600
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $1,600

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $22,318 $33,058
Off-campus without family $23,706 $34,446
Off-campus with family $9,860 $20,600

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

73%

State Grant Aid

31%

Institution Grant Aid

48%

Pell Grant

53%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,288
State Grant Aid $5,192
Institution Grant Aid $3,359
Pell Grant Aid $4,820

Financial Outlook

$23k

Average student debt after graduation

$34k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

Varsity Athletic Teams

NCAA Division II with football

of the overall student body is a member of an athletic team.

Participation

Men Women
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • All Track Combined

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees given for the 2021-2022 academic year.

1

Biological And Biomedical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

2

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services

BA

MA

DOC

3

Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs

BA

MA

DOC

4

Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services

BA

MA

DOC

5

Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services

BA

MA

DOC

6

Education

BA

MA

DOC

7

English Language And Literature/Letters

BA

MA

DOC

8

Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

9

Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

10

Health Professions And Related Programs

BA

MA

DOC

11

History

BA

MA

DOC

12

History

BA

MA

DOC

13

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services

BA

MA

DOC

14

Mathematics And Statistics

BA

MA

DOC

15

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies

BA

MA

DOC

16

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, And Kinesiology

BA

MA

DOC

17

Psychology

BA

MA

DOC

18

Public Administration And Social Service Professions

BA

MA

DOC