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Bowie State University Data & Information Overview

125 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
87% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bowie State University Ranked?

#1,467 Best Colleges in Nation
#30 Best Colleges in MD
Computer & Information Sciences Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Bowie State University was awarded 125 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer & information sciences.

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Overall Quality

Bowie State University is ranked #1,467 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

Bowie State University also holds the #30 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bowie State University?

87% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Bowie State University has an acceptance rate of 87%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Bowie State University.

Average Test Scores

About 17% 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 430 and 520. Math scores were between 410 and 500.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bowie State University  ( 430 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Bowie State University  ( 410 to 500 )
Bowie State University received ACT scores from 1% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for Bowie State University  ( 17 to 20 )

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Bowie State University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
50% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Bowie State University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bowie State University is 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bowie State University

72% Freshmen Retention
16% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Bowie State University is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at Bowie State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Bowie State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,429 Full-Time Undergraduates
93.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,354 undergraduates at Bowie State University with 4,429 being full-time and 925 being part-time.

How Much Does Bowie State University Cost?

$15,773 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
$23,344 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bowie State University is $15,773. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bowie State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,099 $13,890 $18,560 $21,711 $21,633

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bowie State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bowie State University, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,836 a year. That adds up to $23,344 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bowie State University is 11.1%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Bowie State University Graduates Make?

$49,154 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Bowie State University make around $49,154 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Bowie State University students since it is 16% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Bowie State University make the most money.

Location of Bowie State University

Maryland State
4,429 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Bowie, Maryland, Bowie State University is a public institution. Bowie is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Bowie State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715-9465
Phone: 301-860-4000

Bowie State University Majors

36 Majors With Completions
882 Undergraduate Degrees
254 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 36 majors graduated from Bowie State University. Of these students, 882 received undergraduate degrees and 254 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 186 $45,731
Criminal Justice & Corrections 89 $35,964
Audiovisual Communications 88 $31,607
General Psychology 83 $34,359
General Biology 66 $26,782
Other Computer & Information Sciences 58 $51,055
Human Development & Family Studies 49 $34,158
Teacher Education Grade Specific 39 NA
Nursing 35 $68,584
Design & Applied Arts 35 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bowie State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bowie State University

82% Take At Least One Class Online
16% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 5,173 students took at least one online class at Bowie State University. This is a decrease from the 6,215 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,173 1,025
2019-2020 6,215 4,822
2018-2019 1,967 59
2017-2018 1,971 56
2016-2017 1,870 65

Learn more about online learning at Bowie State University.

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Notes and 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.


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