At a Glance

As Maryland’s first historically black public university, Bowie State University empowers a diverse population of students to reach their potential by providing innovative academic programs and transformational experiences as they prepare for careers, lifelong learning, and civic responsibility.


Bowie State University is centrally located in Bowie, Maryland, near Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway is less than five miles west of the university if using either the Greenbelt Route 193 exit or the Laurel Route 197 exit. Additionally, campus is conveniently accessible by MARC commuter rail, Metro bus and Metro rail.

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Academic Offerings 

  • 29  undergraduate majors
  • 20  master’s degrees
  • 16  post-bachelor’s certificates
  • 3 doctoral programs

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Fall 2023

  • 6,408 Total
  • 5,288 Undergraduate students
  • 965 First-time, full-time freshmen
  • 1,120 Graduate students
  • 32 states represented

Tuition & Fees

2023-24 Academic Year


  • In-state – $8998.95 per semester
  • Out-of-state – $19,838.95 per semester


  • In-state – $588.78 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state – $870.78 per credit hour

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Student Life

  • 50+ clubs and organizations including two student governing bodies and Greek organizations
  • Designated as a Military Friendly® School

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NCAA Division II Athletics – Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA)

  • 5 men’s and 8 women’s teams
  • 25 conference championships since 1989
  • Bulldog mascot

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