Bowie State University

Bowie, MD
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1865
  • Enrollment: 6,275
  • Mascot: Bulldogs
  • Colors: Black and Gold
  • Motto: Prepare for Life
  • Campus Setting: Suburb
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Bowie State University, nestled in the suburban area of Bowie, Maryland, holds the distinction of being the oldest historically black universities in Maryland, with its founding dating back to 1865. Initially established as a school for training African American teachers, Bowie State has played a pivotal role in advancing education for African Americans, particularly during a time when opportunities for higher education were severely limited due to segregation. Today, the university boasts an enrollment of 6,275 students and offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, as well as Postbaccalaureate and Post-master's certificates.

The university's motto, "Prepare for Life," encapsulates its commitment to equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in a dynamic world. Bowie State University is particularly renowned for its programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Entrepreneurship, Nursing, and Education. The campus, which offers campus housing, provides a vibrant and supportive learning environment. The university's spirit is embodied in its mascot, the Bulldogs, and its colors, black and gold.

In the realm of athletics, Bowie State University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its teams proudly carrying the name Bulldogs. Bowie State University continues to be a beacon of educational excellence and a symbol of enduring legacy in Maryland.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (301) 860-3415  
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  • Financial Aid: (301) 860-3540
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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Nursing
  • Education

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NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

Team Name: Bulldogs

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track & Field 
  • Cross Country

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field 
  • Cross Country
  • Bowling
  • Tennis

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