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Tuition & Fees

2017-2018 Academic Year


  • In-state – $8,064
  • Out-of-state – $18,653


  • In-state – $12,516.44
  • Out-of-state – $19,428.44


Fall 2017

  • 6,148 Total
  • 5,188 Undergraduate students
  • 1,075 First-time, full-time freshmen
  • 960 Graduate students
  • 82% African American
  • 21 Countries of origin
  • 17.5 to 1 Student/faculty ratio

Academic Offerings

  • 22 Undergraduate majors
  • 19 Master’s programs
  • 14 Certificate programs
  • 2 Doctoral programs

Bowie State University Ranks at the Top

  • A top 25 historically black university (U.S. News & World Report)
  • One of the nation’s best colleges for your money (Money magazine)
  • Top school for value among all Maryland colleges (The Economist)
  • Top 20 on the list of 50 best colleges for African Americans (Money magazine in collaboration with Essence)
  • Maryland’s top 5 university for graduating African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in biology and the computer science field (Diverse)

First-Class Learning Opportunities

  • Bowie State’s cybersecurity programs are recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as models of excellence.
  • The state-of-the-art Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing includes flexible classrooms and lab space for cutting-edge research.
  • The College of Education leveraged grants from the U.S. Department of Education to develop and implement two new programs that train special educators to work with children from diverse backgrounds with disabilities and special needs
  • The Fine and Performing Arts Center regularly welcomes the public to world-class shows and concerts in performance spaces that rival professional theaters.
  • Criminal justice students, using the latest equipment in our forensic laboratory, develop expertise to become next-generation crime scene investigators.