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Discover BSU

Experience Campus Life

Discover BSU, the third and final part of your orientation experience. At Discover BSU you receive a taste of what life is like on the campus of Bowie State University!

After placement testing and registration for classes, students will participate in sessions designed to assist them with a smooth transition to college in the fall.

Three types of New Student Orientations:

  • One-day Session, Freshmen
  • Overnight Session, Freshmen
  • One-day Session, Transfers

For those attending a One-day Session, you will receive a one-day orientation to campus life including a campus tour, BSU swag bag, lunch, campus ID card, college discussions, and information on campus resources such as financial aid, student accounts, campus safety, clubs, organizations, etc.

For the freshmen attending an Overnight Session, you will reside in the residence halls, make new friends, socialize, have fun and discover all departments on campus. Activities include team-building exercises, step show, organizational fair, stage play and a chance to meet your academic dean, advisors and other students in your major. During Discover BSU, you spend two nights on campus, with the opportunity to meet student leaders, and visit various on-campus departments – plus you get free BSU swag.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to find out: what you should bring and other NSO information. You can always reach us at

Parents & Guardians Orientation

Overnight Sessions

We have created a special information panel/discussion session just for freshmen parents and guardians during the overnight sessions of New Student Orientation.

This session will take place Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.—immediately after the opening ceremony. Location: Student Center in the Wiseman Ballroom,

There will be speakers and representatives from multiple departments at Bowie State University.

One Day Sessions

Students attending a one-day session will attend Campus Departments 101, an information session about campus resources such as financial aid, student accounts, campus safety, clubs, organizations, etc. Parents and/or guardians are welcomed to join their student at that time. Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

NOTE: Meals are only provided for the student.