Bowie State University

Bowie State University

Bowie State University is a public university located in Bowie, Maryland. It was established on January 9, 1865. The campus comprises more than 24 buildings, and is spread across an area of over 350 acres. BSU offers more than 20 undergraduate majors and 15 masters programs in diverse areas of study. BSU was the first university in the country to offer a bachelors degree in pedology. The university is organized into the following academic units:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies

Bowie State's athletes participate in the Eastern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the NCAA Division II. They are nicknamed the Bulldogs.

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Contacting Bowie State

Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie , MD 20715-9465
General Phone: (301) 860-4000

Bowie State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management263business, business management, human resources development, MIS
Education and Teaching173educational administration, superintendency and administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, reading teaching, science teaching ...
Therapy and Counseling115psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology
Liberal Arts98English, sociology, social studies, history
Family and Social Work98child development, public administration, social work
Media82communication and journalism, radio and TV tech
Computer Science and Engineering43computer and info science, information science, computer support
Nursing and Emergency Medicine37registered nursing
Art Studies8art studies
Mathematics5mathematics, applied mathematics
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Number of programs and degrees for Bowie State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree33316
Bachelor's degree61619
Postbaccalaureate certificate05
Doctor's degree91
Post-master's certificate02

Bowie State Student Body

Bowie State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Bowie State had a total enrollment of 5,464 students (4,538 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 85%
Part-Time 15%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 6%
Black 87%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 25%
20-21 21%
22-24 20%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Bowie State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 40 %

Bowie State Room and Board (2007)

Bowie State offers campus housing for 1,400 of its 4,538 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bowie, Maryland for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maryland Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bowie State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal447800
SAT Math470800
SAT Writing423800

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Bowie State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,005
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,226
Room and board $ 7,153
Room charge $ 4,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,552
Books and supplies $ 2,784
Other expenses $ 1,876

Financial Aid:
Bowie State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 206200)

Bowie State Faculty

Bowie State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$112,4231*
Associate professorcalendar year2*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*3$83,929
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year8$101,1917$88,418

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year19$89,8918$89,243
Associate professoracademic year17$72,32810$70,609
Assistant professoracademic year38$62,70642$61,522
Instructoracademic year0*3$62,025
Lectureracademic year28$55,95628$52,240
No academic rankacademic year2*9$59,322
All faculty totalacademic year104$67,389100$61,866

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bowie State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02626

Bowie State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Human Resources Development
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Superintendency and Educational System Administration

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Social Sciences, Other

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Bowie State Apart:

% of degrees in family and social work
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Minority % of student body
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% of degrees in media
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Top 10%Bowie State % of degrees in media
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 11%Bowie State Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 13%Bowie State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 14%Bowie State % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Number of students
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 17%Bowie State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
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Top 19%Bowie State % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 19%Bowie State Dorm rooms per full-time student
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 19%Bowie State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)

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