Freshman Information

Summer Orientation and Registration Dates for

New Freshman Entering Fall 2014

Academic Advising and Class Registration is your next step after Placement Testing

Academic Advising is a key component to student success and progress-to-degree, and is inseparably linked with student learning and retention.  Academic Advising is mandatory for all new students entering Bowie State University. We advise new freshman and transfer students upon entry, and will continue to advise you each semester, until you complete 48 credits.  If you are majoring in Nursing, Computer Science, English or Social Work, you will always be advised by your department.  If you have additional questions, please email us at or call 301  860-4072

Freshman Seminar

The Freshman Seminar (FRSE 101) course is designed to engage students in learning, acquaint them with the learning tools and resources available at Bowie State University, and orient them to the scholarly community from the outset of their undergraduate studies in a way that will bridge to later experiences in their chosen majors. In addition, FRSEfacilitates students‘ adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life and introduce them to their responsibilities as members of the University community. Full-time staff, including Academic Advising Specialists, teach FRSE and, as the name implies, conduct sections in the fall and spring semesters, thus providing opportunities for students to develop relationships with full-time staff and other students in academic areas of interest to them.

Each baccalaureate student must complete at least three (3) credits (one class) of the Freshman Seminar.

Freshman Student Advising

The Freshman Student Advising Syllabus is made available to ensure students understand the intended relationship between them and the Academic Advising Center.  In addition to working with students on developing academic plans and scheduling courses each semester, advisors are instrumental in nurturing life skills, identifying resources, and making necessary referrals.


Students are required to meet with an academic advisor each semester, prior to registering for classes, to discuss:

  • confirmation of major/minor/concentration
  • academic standing
  • academic requirements
  • class schedule for upcoming term(s)
  • student concerns

Students are expected to self-register for classes through Bulldog Connection.