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Bowie State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Bowie State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bowie State University Ranked?

2023 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 104 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Other computer and information sciences and support services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bowie State University as #1,281 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bowie State University held the #1,334 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bowie State University also holds the #27 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

See all of the rankings for Bowie State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Bowie State University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bowie State University is 81%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Bowie State University is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 92% 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 410 and 500.

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

SAT Math Scores for Bowie State University  ( 410 to 500 )
Bowie State University received ACT scores from 4% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 19.

ACT Composite Scores for Bowie State University  ( 16 to 19 )

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Bowie State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Bowie State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Bowie State University has a freshmen retention rate of 77%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 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 15% for first-time, full-time students at Bowie State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Bowie State University.

Bowie State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

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 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,768 a year. That adds up to $27,072 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?

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

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

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 283 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

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 2019-2020, 6,215 students took at least one online class at Bowie State University. This is an increase from the 1,967 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 6,215 4,822
2018-2019 1,967 59
2017-2018 1,971 56
2016-2017 1,870 65
2015-2016 1,814 81

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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