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.97 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 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.104 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.119 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 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.