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Tuition & Fees

2016-2017 Academic Year


  • In-state – $7,880
  • Out-of-state – $18,416


  • In-state – $12,249
  • Out-of-state – $19,185


Fall 2016 – 5,669

  • Undergraduate – 4,711
  • Graduate/Professional – 958
  • New First-time Freshmen – 967

Academic Offerings

  • 22 undergraduate majors
  • 19 master’s programs
  • 2 doctoral programs
  • 13 post-baccalaureate certificate programs
  • 3 certificates of advanced study
  • 1 post-master’s certificate

Bowie State University Ranks at the Top

  • Forbes magazine recognized Bowie State University as one of America’s Top Colleges from 2011-2013. U.S. News & World Report ranked Bowie State among the top 25 historically black colleges and universities in 2014.
  • Bowie State’s cyber security programs are recognized as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Bowie State University became a hub for startup businesses when the Bowie Business Innovation Center opened its doors on campus in 2012. It is the first Maryland incubator established at a historically black college or university.
  • As a champion of diversity, Bowie State University opened a resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in 2012, the first of its kind at a historically black college or university.
  • Bowie State University ranks among the top 20 historically black colleges and universities producing Peace Corps volunteers. Bowie State’s new state-of-the-art Fine and Performing Arts Center has the signature distinction of featuring only the prestigious Steinway pianos throughout the facility, as well as specialized spaces for music technology and digital media arts.

Environment for Success

Bowie State provides more than 5,400 students with a rigorous academic program and the individual support they need to be prepared to compete in a changing world. The expert faculty has a passion for teaching and supportive mentoring that creates a learning environment focused on student success. The university maintains its commitment to increasing educational opportunities for students who may be the first in their families to attend college and to building a culturally diverse student body that energizes the campus community.

Key Initiatives and Research Activities

Education Innovation Initiative (EI2), Bowie State’s first signature program, provides real-world work experience for students to develop technology-based solutions to real-world problems of local corporations. Through a partnership with technology giant Lockheed Martin, students have access to the latest cloud computing technologies and industry mentors who are leaders in the field. Lockheed Martin has invested more than $2 million to outfit the Bowie State campus with state-of-the-art technical equipment and software to support EI2 .

The Virtual Reality Laboratory in the Bowie State Computer Science Department incorporates the latest 3D technology that allows students to work in 3D space to solve complex problems like evaluating human behavior in emergency situations. The research performed here supports ongoing refinement of emergency evacuation procedures and other areas of national security preparedness.

Expanding research programs in the biosciences at Bowie State provide opportunities for students to work at the forefront of innovation, creating biomedicines, extracting and synthesizing DNA, producing genetically modified materials and much more. Students majoring in bioinformatics learn to incorporate the application of technology to explore biological questions.