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Bowie State University Overview

Located in Bowie, Maryland, Bowie State University is a public institution. Bowie State University is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Bowie State University Known For?

826 Undergraduate Awards
$26,709 Avg Cost After Aid
36% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Bowie State University.
  • In 2017-2018, 50% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Bowie State University with a bachelor's degree make about $45,800 a year. That's 12% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Bowie State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bowie State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Other Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bowie State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Other Computer & Information Sciences Graduates College Factual
#13 Highest Paid Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Graduates College Factual
#15 Best Human Development & Family Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#35 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#97 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#100 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Bowie State University?

Location of Bowie State University

Contact details for Bowie State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715-9465
Phone: 301-860-4000
Website: www.bowiestate.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BowieState

How Do I Get Into Bowie State University?

You can apply to Bowie State University online at: https://www.bowiestate.edu/admissions-and-aid/apply-online.php

Admission Requirements for Bowie State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bowie State University?

36% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
88% Submit SAT Scores
Bowie State University has a fairly low acceptance rate of 36%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 34%, and the acceptance rate for women is 37%.

Average Test Scores

About 88% of students accepted to Bowie State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 520. Math scores were between 420 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bowie State University  ( 440 to 520 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Bowie State University  ( 420 to 520 )
200
800
Bowie State University received ACT scores from 12% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 14 and 20. Math scores were between 15 and 20. Composite scores were between 16 and 20.

ACT English Scores for Bowie State University  ( 14 to 20 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Bowie State University  ( 15 to 20 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Bowie State University  ( 16 to 20 )
1
36

Can I Afford Bowie State University?

$26,709 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
14.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bowie State University is $26,709. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bowie State University, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $6,232 a year. That adds up to $24,928 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bowie State University is 14.1%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Bowie State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,421 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,308 undergraduate students at Bowie State University, with 4,421 being full-time and 887 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bowie State University

There are also 1,012 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,421 full-time undergraduates at Bowie State University, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bowie State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bowie State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bowie State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 51
Black or African American 3,662
Hispanic or Latino 187
White 77
International Students 120
Other Races/Ethnicities 324

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at Bowie State University. At this time, 12 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 28 countries are represented at Bowie State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and India.

Online Learning at Bowie State University

56 Took All Classes Online
1,971 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,971 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bowie State University has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Bowie State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bowie State University was -1.2%. This is the #2,284 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bowie State University regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bowie State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 151 0 0 0 151
Audiovisual Communications 113 0 0 0 113
General Psychology 81 0 0 0 81
Criminal Justice & Corrections 79 0 0 0 79
Nursing 55 1 18 0 74
Human Resource Management 0 6 57 0 63
General Biology 55 0 0 0 55
Human Development & Family Studies 49 0 0 0 49
Social Work 49 0 0 0 49
Other Computer & Information Sciences 48 0 0 0 48
Sociology 40 0 0 0 40
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 14 25 0 39
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22 0 5 0 27
Public Administration 0 0 27 0 27
Management Information Systems 0 0 26 0 26
Computer Information Systems 11 1 12 2 26
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 24 0 24
Health & Physical Education 19 0 0 0 19
Design & Applied Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Mental & Social Health Services 0 3 15 0 18
History 14 0 0 0 14
Student Counseling 0 0 13 0 13
General Business/Commerce 0 0 12 0 12
General English Literature 9 0 2 0 11
Information Science 0 9 0 0 9
Educational Administration 0 0 3 5 8
Special Education 0 0 8 0 8
Fine & Studio Arts 8 0 0 0 8
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 3 0 3
Applied Mathematics 0 0 2 0 2
Mathematics 2 0 0 0 2
Drama & Theater Arts 2 0 0 0 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 826 34 252 7 1,119

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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