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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

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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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.97 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 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 59 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    41%
  • Unique
    19%
  • On the go
    8%
  • Curious
    8%
  • Always sticking together
    5%
  • Ready to go
    5%
  • Unspirited
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.104 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.119 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Interesting
    30%
  • Dedicated staff for student success
    17%
  • Complicated at times
    13%
  • Balanced between fun and and academics
    12%
  • 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 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.
Bowie State University is literally what you make of it. When it comes to the social aspect it's very good. when it comes to communication, housing, cafeteria food, and academics it could use a lot of work. First off Bowie State University's communication for financial aid is terrible. They relay messages late, they process forms late, they even put in your FAFSA late. They won't tell you that you have a balance on your account until its too late. On top of that, they don't value returning students as much as they should. After freshman year you have to literally fight for housing because they give the majority of it to incoming freshman. I am a student-athlete and I struggle every year to get housing. Our academics are bad too. A lot of the professor doesn't know how to actually teach. On top of that, some barely show up for work. The material is either super easy or very hard. A lot of them don't take enough time to actually explain the concept to us, they just rush everything.