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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
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.
About Bowie State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Address
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715
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Bowie State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
860-1040
ACT Range
16-20
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,137/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,330/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.80 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.98 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,389Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
798
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    40%
  • Unique
    20%
  • On the go
    8%
  • Curious
    8%
  • Always sticking together
    5%
  • Ready to go
    5%
  • Unspirited
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
41%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.105 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.120 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 70 responses
Report
  • Interesting
    30%
  • Dedicated staff for student success
    17%
  • Balanced between fun and and academics
    13%
  • Complicated at times
    13%
  • Family
    10%
  • Fun
    6%
  • LIT
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
40%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.63 responses
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Bowie State University Reviews

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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.
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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.