Bowie State University Details

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Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 14000 Jericho Park Boulevard
City Bowie
State Maryland
Zip 20715
Phone 301-860-4000
Total Enrollment 5181
Motto Education that works
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Bowie State is a suburban campus located approximately 17 miles from Washington, D.C.; 25 miles from Baltimore; and 20 miles from Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. The campus location provides a suburban environment for quiet learning, with proximity to three cities for an array of social and cultural activities.
History Bowie State University is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts university founded in 1868 as the Baltimore Normal School under the auspices of the Baltimore Association for the Moral and Educational Improvement of Colored People. From 1868 to 1988, the school’s name changed several times to Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie in 1914; Maryland State Teachers College at Bowie in 1935; Maryland State Teachers College in 1951; Bowie State College in 1963; and Bowie State University in 1988. In 1893, the school changed its focus from a grade and normal school to a teacher-training school for blacks. After receiving state funding status, the school moved from a three-story brick building to a 338.5-acre tract in Prince George’s County, with funds bequeathed for the education of freed “Negro” children from black philanthropist Nelson Wells. Bowie State serves as one of Maryland’s four regional comprehensive universities.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Bowie State University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and master’s degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $3783 (in-state); $9864 (out-of-state) Room and board: $2756 (room); $1774 (board) Special fees: $748 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $9761 (in-state); $15,842 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 3783
Out of State Tuition 9864
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 65 Number of scholarships and grants: 46 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $2,172,493 Range of scholarships and grants: $100–$5000
Financial-Aid Deadline April 1 (fall); November 15 (spring)
Admission Deadline April 1 (fall - priority); November 1 (spring - priority).
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school and the completion of the following 21 units: 4 English, 4 social sciences, 2sciences (biology and another laboratory science), 3 mathematics, 2 foreign language, and 6 electives. Students must get recommendation from high school officials. A $40 nonrefundable application fee is required. Admission Application Deadline: April 1 (fall - priority); November 1 (spring - priority).
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 credits and completion of core requirements, including nine communication skills, nine humanities, eighteen social sciences, nine science and math, two physical education, and one freshman orientation; minimum 2.0 GPA with at least a grade of C for major courses; must pass national standardized exit examinations and departmental comprehensive examinations as appropriate.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 5,181 In-state: 4,400 Other regions: 25 states Full-time undergraduates: 3681 Graduate students: 1,639 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 3,969; Asian, 142; Caucasian, 817; Hispanic, 125; Native American, 70; Other/Unclassified, 47
Diversity 959
Student Life Campus Services: Health, personal counseling, student employment, placement for graduates, and chapel services. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band, chorale, and dance. Students may work for the student newspaper, college radio station, or the college television station. Leadership opportunities can be found in various student groups on campus, such as the Student Government Association. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 310 Student-teacher ratio: 18:1 Full-time faculty members: 159 Part-time faculty members: 151 Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 75%
Athletic Program Bowie State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division H and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Intercollegiate Sports: men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, and track and field; women’s basketball, cross-country, softball, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: basketball, football, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Athletic Director, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Boulevard, Bowie, Maryland 20715; Telephone: 301-860-3570 or 3571.
School Calender September-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Two summer sessions.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Broadcast Technology, English, English Education, French, History and Government, International Studies, Media Management, Music, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Pre-law, Sociology, Telecommunications Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Applied/Computational Mathematics, Banking and Finance, Botany, Business Information Systems, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, General Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Military Science, Nursing, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Social Work, Special Education, Zoology Master’s Degrees: Administrative Management, Computer Science, Counseling, Elementary Education, English, Guidance and Counseling, Human Resource Development, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Nursing, Organizational Communications, Psychology, Reading Education, School Administration and Supervision, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teaching Preprofessional Programs: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy.
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