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Bowie State University Enjoys a Historic High Number of Students

September 19, 2018
BSU’s Largest Student Body Marks Increasing Recognition of Educational Quality

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(BOWIE, Md.) –
Bowie State University has made history with a record overall student body of 6,320 this academic year, reflecting an increase in the recognition of the university’s educational value and quality.

Professor leans toward students sitting at seminar table as he points into a textbookThe total student enrollment increased by nearly 3 percent, driven in part by a 2-percent boost in undergraduate students to 5,308, including 898 new first-time, full-time freshmen. The number of new freshmen dropped slightly since last year’s record new first-year student enrollment of 1,075. The number of returning students lifted the overall undergraduate enrollment to a two-year high. The number of graduate students also increased to 1,012, up 5 percent since last year.

Bowie State University continues to rank among the nation’s best comprehensive universities. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and recently included Bowie State among Maryland’s best four-year colleges or universities. U.S. News and World Report listed Bowie State among this year’s top 30 historically black colleges and universities.

The recent enrollment surge signals a growing awareness of the value of a Bowie State University education.


About Bowie State University
Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, criminal justice, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit