Bowie State University

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14000 Jericho Park Road

Bowie, MD 20715-9465

Phone: (301) 860-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
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Bowie State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,283, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 339 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bowie State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,483 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,039 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Building on its image as a student-centered institution, Bowie State University will provide its diverse student population with a course of study that ensures a broad scope of knowledge and understanding that is deeply rooted in expanded research activities. The University excels in teacher education and will become the premier teacher of teachers. Through the integration of internal business processes, technology, and the teamwork of administrators, faculty, and staff, the University will be recognized Statewide as a model of excellence in higher education for the effective and efficient use of human, fiscal, and physical resources.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $5,526,357


When applying to Bowie State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 13. The application fee at Bowie State University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 48.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 48.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 13

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bowie State University is 16:1, and the school has 44.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bowie State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Sociology; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 11%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 26%
Sociology 15%
Psychology, General 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 8%

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Student Life

Bowie State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,283, with a gender distribution of 37.8 percent male students and 62.2 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. Bowie State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,421
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Bowie State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Bowie State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bowie State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $6,483 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,039 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,597 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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