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Bowie State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Bowie State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Bowie State University Ranked?

2022 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 68 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is radio and television broadcasting technology/technician.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Bowie State University is ranked #1,334 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 39 colleges in Maryland, Bowie State University is ranked at #27.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bowie State University?

Acceptance Rate

Bowie State University has an acceptance rate of 36%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Bowie State University.

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 17 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 43%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  43 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 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 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 11% for first-time, full-time students at Bowie State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

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Bowie State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,227 undergraduates at Bowie State University with 4,329 being full-time and 898 being part-time.

How Much Does Bowie State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Bowie State University is $15,934. 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 +
$11,527 $14,745 $17,451 $20,571 $21,284

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 70% of students took out student loans averaging $6,232 a year. That adds up to $24,928 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bowie State University is 14.7%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bowie State University make about $45,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Bowie State University graduates since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 35 majors graduated from Bowie State University. Of these students, 871 received undergraduate degrees and 307 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 161 $45,100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 92 $31,400
Audiovisual Communications 89 $25,200
General Psychology 87 $34,000
Human Development & Family Studies 53 $34,900
Sociology 53 $33,500
Nursing 48 $61,700
Other Computer & Information Sciences 47 $55,600
General Biology 44 NA
Social Work 41 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 2018-2019, 1,967 students took at least one online class at Bowie State University. This is a decrease from the 1,971 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,967 59
2017-2018 1,971 56
2016-2017 1,870 65
2015-2016 1,814 81
2013-2014 1,583 62

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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