COVID-19 Update

All university offices have resumed in-person operations. Students, faculty & staff must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption to return to campus in the fall.

New Student Advising

Congratulations on your acceptance to Bowie State University! 

This page provides guidance on steps required to register for a Virtual New Student Advising & Registration session.

Step 1: Pay the $80 acceptance fee (non-refundable) 

All students must pay the acceptance fee prior to registering for a Virtual New Student Advising & Registration session.

  1. Log in to Bulldog Connection using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. Be sure to disable popup blockers.
  2. Select Student Home > Financial Account > Make A Payment.
  3. The system will automatically redirect you to TouchNet. 
  4. Select Deposits > Select a deposit payment.

Step 2: Register for New Student Advising & Registration

Approximately 48 business hours after paying the acceptance fee you will receive an invitation to sign up for New Student Advising & Registration. A secured link to the registration form will be sent to your Bowie State University email address.  Please log into your University email account and look for an email from "New Student Advising".  

How to access your BSU email account: Please use the following instructions for both BSU-owned and personal devices:

  1. Begin on and click  “Bulldog Connection”
  2. Click “Student Email”
  3. Enter your BSU student email username and your password, then sign in
  4. Click the apps button in the top left corner of Outlook (Email)
  5. Click MS Office 365 apps

Our website also provides detailed instructions on how to access your BSU email account.

Step 3: Read your New Student Advising & Registration confirmation email

Your confirmation email will provide information pertinent to your Advising & Registration session.

Step 4:  Attend New Student Advising & Registration.

Need Immediate Assistance? 

You may log into our Virtual Help Desk for immediate assistance during the hours listed below. A representative can provide general guidance pertaining to advising and registration.

Hours of Operation

Monday and Tuesday
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Closed for New Freshman Advising & Registration
  • Closed for New Transfer Advising & Registration
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Need assistance outside of Help Desk hours?


You should receive a response within 24 - 48 business hours, excluding weekends and holidays.