Bowie State is a public university located in Maryland. As a historically black college, BSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,389 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bowie State acceptance rate is 36%. Popular majors include Business, Radio and Television Broadcasting Technician, and Psychology. Graduating 40% of students, Bowie State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,100.
Bowie State University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.80 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.98 responses
Most Popular Majors
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technician101 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies59 Graduates
Social Sciences52 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services49 Graduates
Child Development46 Graduates
Computer Systems Technician24 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.105 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.120 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.63 responses
Bowie State University Reviews
The administration at this university is absolutely terrible. It seems as though they are under staffed, because no one answers your calls, or responds to your messages with any sense of urgency. The administrative faculty at BSU is also very rude, and inconsiderate of the students. I am a current graduate student here and I have been trying to contact the office of financial aid for TWO WEEKS! They give out misinformation and hold your financial disbursement for no apparent reason, and for some students like myself this is a major inconvenience. At most reputable institutions, your refund is disbursed before classes even begin. The attitude of the staff is very unpleasant after finally speaking with someone from the office, I was rushed off the phone, and my questions were answered with uncertainty. They did not the office of financial aid gave me an uncertain answer, leaving me in the exact same position confused and stressed.
I graduated from Bowie State University in 2018. Bowie State university is a historically black college located in PG county Maryland. I started Bowie excited to be a bulldog and full of hope at 18. I liked the idea of going to a HBCU especially one that was affordable. There were alot of opportunities for students to engage with peers. The student center had several halls, groups, and organizations to make students have purpose. Campus life was a little strict. Freshman had a curfew, and the other resident halls had scheduled visitation hours throughout the entire week. The professors were engaging and had easy to follow rubrics. Our athletic teams were easy to get into and they were always looking for new players. Our school pride was off the charts. I still say "aye aye aye boowayee"(schools mantra) when I see a fellow alum. Overall I enjoyed my college experience and miss it dearly.
I am happy with BSU considering how distant yet conveniently close to home it is. Bowie is affordable, & Marc Train and Metro accessible. However they need to be more strict on who they hire for professors, some are too lax and expect nothing from the students. Others are just too hard on students and it’s one thing to hold students accountable but it’s something else when you fail your entire class. The dorms are decent but only that. The food services program is getting better & staff and administration at Bowie is renovating Bowie to make it look more appealing. All of the organizations on campus could be promoted more because all of them are exciting. Bowie provides a lot of wonderful experiences & opportunities for finding yourself & helping you prepare for your future but it has to be advertised otherwise students won’t take advantage since they are unaware. I fell in love with Bowie because it’s a close nit school and the education program there is amazing.