COVID-19 Update

All university offices have resumed in-person operations. Students, faculty & staff must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption to return to campus in the fall.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions



Get Answers to Your Admissions 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 or during a virtual appointment.

Do you offer campus tours?
To learn more about vibrant campus, you can schedule an individual in-person 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?
Starting Oct. 1, 2021, we will begin accepting and processing applications for the 2022-23 academic year. You can apply for admission online at

My current school is closed. Will you accept an unofficial transcript?
You can submit your unofficial transcript now and have an official transcript sent to the BSU Office of Admissions once your current school has re-opened.  Documents should be emailed as an attachment to:

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 been accepted for the 2022-23 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 '22 

How can I pay my Acceptance Fee?
You can pay your acceptance fee online.
Pay Acceptance Fee

When can I apply for housing?
The Housing application for the 2022-23 academic year will open in Spring 2022. 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 or schedule a virtual appointment here.

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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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