Admissions Frequently Asked Questions


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Visiting Campus

Are Bowie State offices open?
Campus offices are open. Staff are available to answer your questions via email at

Do you offer campus tours?
To learn more about vibrant campus, you can schedule a group tour or take a virtual tour with a special video or a self-guided slideshow.

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For Prospective Students

How can I apply for admissions?
You can apply for admission online at

I'm not able to take the SAT or ACT at this time. Can I still apply?
Students can be admitted even if they have not taken the SAT or ACT. The university now has a Test-Optional Admissions Policy. Learn more about the policy.

I have submitted an admissions application. How can I find out the status of my application?
Allow at least 21 business days after submitting your application and transcript(s) before requesting an application status update. Complete the Admissions Application Status Request Form if you would like to check the status of your BSU admissions application. 

I have been accepted for the 2024-25 academic year, but I am not able to attend BSU next fall. Can I defer my admission?
Yes, you can defer your admission by completing the Admissions Update Application

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For Admitted Students Enrolling in Fall '24 

How can I pay my Enrollment Deposit?
You can pay your Enrollment Deposit online.
Pay Enrollment Deposit

When can I apply for housing?
The Housing application for the 2024-25 academic year will open March 1, 2024. Students who have received an acceptance letter and have paid the acceptance fee will be eligible to apply. Visit the Apply for Housing page for more information. 

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Financial Aid

How do I find out about my Financial Aid package?
You will receive an email once your package is ready for review.

What do I do if my financial aid package is still not enough to cover my tuition and fees?
If your award amount does not meet your anticipated financial needs, parents have the option of applying for the Parent PLUS Loan. Learn about the Parent PLUS Loan and other financial aid opportunities.

How can I contact Financial Aid to ask specific questions?
You can send an email to

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For International Students

When will I receive my I-20?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I-20 updates are authorized to be signed and electronically sent to students’ email addresses listed in SEVIS. In the case of a minor student, the email address may belong to their parent or legal guardian. SEVP has identified the following methods to sign and send the Form I-20: (1) Email a scanned version of the physically signed Form I-20; (2) Email a digitally signed Form I-20 using electronic signature software; or (3) Email a digitally signed Form I-20 that contains a digitally reproduced copy of a physical signature.

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