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Bowie State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Bowie State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. 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?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bowie State University was awarded 10 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

Bowie State University landed the #1,206 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bowie State University held the #1,277 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bowie State University also holds the #21 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

If you're applying to Bowie State University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 36%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 )

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

ACT Composite Scores for Bowie State University  ( 16 to 20 )

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Bowie State University Faculty

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 16 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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bowie State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bowie State University

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

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Bowie State University is 11%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

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Bowie State University Is Not Very Diverse

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,187 undergraduates at Bowie State University with 4,389 being full-time and 798 being part-time.

Bowie State University Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 19.79 out of 100, Bowie State University is one of the least diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  19.79 out of 100
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How Much Does Bowie State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Bowie State University is $14,974. 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 +
$10,757 $13,008 $17,373 $19,392 $20,059

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 69% of students took out student loans averaging $6,327 a year. That adds up to $25,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bowie State University is 11.8%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Bowie State University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,800 in their early years. This is good news for future Bowie State University graduates since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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

Location of Bowie State University

Bowie State University is a public institution located in Bowie, Maryland. Bowie is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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

Bowie State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 32 majors graduated from Bowie State University. Of these students, 782 received undergraduate degrees and 253 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 113 $45,100
Audiovisual Communications 108 $25,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 82 $31,400
General Psychology 74 $34,000
General Biology 61 NA
Nursing 58 $61,700
Social Work 47 NA
Sociology 39 $33,500
Other Computer & Information Sciences 36 $55,600
Human Development & Family Studies 32 $34,900

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 2017-2018, 1,971 students took at least one online class at Bowie State University. This is an increase from the 1,870 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,971 56
2016-2017 1,870 65
2015-2016 1,814 81
2014-2015 1,801 69
2013-2014 1,583 62

Learn more about online learning at Bowie State University.

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