Resources › For Students and Parents Bowie State University Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print Bowie State University. Mattysc / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated July 31, 2018 Bowie State University Admissions Overview: 57% of students who apply to Bowie State are accepted each year--this makes the school neither highly selective nor open to everyone. Students who apply need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT, as well as submit an application online. In addition, applicants need to submit a high school transcript and an application fee. Admissions Data (2016): Bowie State University Acceptance Rate: 41%GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Bowie State AdmissionsTest Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 400 / 480SAT Math: 380 / 460SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanACT Composite: 15 / 19ACT English: 12 / 15ACT Math: 10 / 12ACT Writing: - / -What these ACT numbers mean Bowie State University Description: Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is one of the country's oldest historically black colleges or universities. The 295-acre campus is strategically located in Bowie, Maryland, a town midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC (see other DC colleges). Bowie State is a public university and part of the University System of Maryland. Undergraduates can choose from 235 majors, and the university also offers 35 master's, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs. Academics are supported by ta 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The campus has had many recent upgrades including a new student center that opened in 2013. Bowie State has a significant traditional residential student population, but also offers evening and online courses for working adults. The most popular bachelor's degree program is in business. In athletics, the Bowie State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The university fields five men's and eight women's sports. Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 5,669 (4,711 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female84% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $7,880 (in-state); $18,416 (out-of-state)Books: $2,200 (why so much?)Room and Board: $10,200Other Expenses: $1,600Total Cost: $21,880 (in-state); $32,416 (out-of-state) Bowie State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 91%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 74%Loans: 72%Average Amount of AidGrants: $8,417Loans: $6,628 Academic Programs: Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Computer Science, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates: First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%Transfer Out Rate: 26%4-Year Graduation Rate: 12%6-Year Graduation Rate: 37% Intercollegiate Athletic Programs: Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross CountryWomen's Sports: Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Bowling, Track and Field, Basketball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics If You Like Bowie State University, You May Also Like These Schools: Students looking for other mid-sized HBCUs should also check out Grambling State University, Alcorn State University, Spelman College, and Lincoln University. For those interested in a public college or university located in Maryland or Washington DC, choices similar to Bowie State include the University of Baltimore, Frostburg State University, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University.