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IPEDS ID: 162007
OPE ID: 00206200
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Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, Maryland 20715-9465
General information:  (301) 860-4000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  5,561 (4,358 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Other Characteristics
Historically Black College or University
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty228229
Research and public service017
Total graduate assistants-25
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$2,800$2,845$2,200$2,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,940$8,340$8,912$9,3364.8%
Off Campus
Room and board--$11,498$12,76011.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$18,769$19,460$19,351$20,1073.9%
Off Campus$8,953$9,130$21,937$23,5317.3%
Off Campus with Family$8,953$9,130$10,439$10,7713.2%
On Campus$29,293$30,063$29,907$30,6742.6%
Off Campus$19,477$19,733$32,493$34,0984.9%
Off Campus with Family$19,477$19,733$20,995$21,3381.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$6,497
In-state fees$1,453
Out-of-state tuition$12,005
Out-of-state fees$1,453
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid143090%————
Grant or scholarship aid33670%$2,819,969$8,393
Federal grants24852%$1,132,463$4,566
Pell grants24852%$1,092,533$4,405
Other federal grants265%$39,930$1,536
State/local government grant or scholarships16535%$631,856$3,829
Institutional grants or scholarships23349%$1,055,650$4,531
Student loan aid34873%$2,317,906$6,661
Federal student loans34472%$2,214,858$6,439
Other student loans123%$103,048$8,587
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,67362%$18,408,297$6,887
Pell grants2,08749%$8,646,977$4,143
Federal student loans2,91668%$21,328,193$7,314
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$11,075$11,919$11,009
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,920$9,568$8,581
$30,001 – $48,000$11,509$13,232$11,081
$48,001 – $75,000$15,223$16,746$14,937
$75,001 – $110,000$17,992$18,125$17,286
$110,001 and more$18,293$18,769$18,011
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment5,561
Undergraduate enrollment4,358
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment564
Graduate enrollment1,203
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 81%
Part-time: 19%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 89%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 2%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 79%
25 and over: 21%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 86%
Out-of-state: 14%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 38%
Part-time: 62%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 30%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 69%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants3,9861,4992,487
Percent admitted52%51%52%
Percent admitted who enrolled30%33%29%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading410490
SAT Math400470
SAT Writing390470
ACT Composite1720
ACT English1520
ACT Math1619
ACT Writing68
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 70%
Part-time students: 57%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 52 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 35%
Transfer-out rate: 23%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 22%
6-year: 41%
8-year: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 24%
Female: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 45%
Black or African American: 35%
Hispanic/Latino: 36%
White: 40%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General40---
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other1---
Category total41---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General154---
Business/Commerce, General-20--
Human Resources Development-30--
Human Resources Management and Services, Other---0
Management Information Systems, General-20--
Category total15470-0
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician103---
Category total103---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other-25--
Category total-25--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other21---
Computer and Information Sciences, General10720
Information Science/Studies---0
Category total31720
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-19--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-10--
Elementary Education and Teaching192--
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching7---
Reading Teacher Education-5--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0---
Secondary Education and Teaching-13--
Special Education and Teaching, General-5--
Superintendency and Educational System Administration--8-
Category total26548-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General90--
Category total90--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development59---
Category total59---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-17--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse6928--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling---0
Category total6945-0
History, General21---
Category total21---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies25---
Category total25---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-4-0
Mathematics, General5---
Category total54-0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management9---
Category total9---
Counseling Psychology-39-0
Psychology, General56---
School Psychology-6-0
Category total5645-0
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-17-0
Social Work42---
Category total4217-0
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other2---
Category total59---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General17---
Design and Visual Communications, General11---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2---
Category total30---
Grand total739267100
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined7069
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1961 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Maryland Board of Nursing
Registered Nursing Programs(!)7/1/1979 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)3/1/1988 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program(!)3/1/1994 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations110
Liquor law violations110
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations110
Liquor law violations110
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter010
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible224
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault967
Motor vehicle theft311
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter010
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible124
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault414
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate16.0%11.0%
Number in default187138
Number in repayment1,1631,244
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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