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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,857 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
6,735 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
76.8% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
226 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Bowie State University is $5,321, which is $1,670 less than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $15,857, which is 298% of the cost for in-state students, and is $2,519 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,200.

In 2016, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 64% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Bowie State University received 6,735 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 152% annual growth. Out of those 6,735 applicants, 2,779 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 41.3% acceptance rate.

There were 5,669 students enrolled at Bowie State University in 2016, and 84% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bowie State University has an overall enrollment yield of 34.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Bowie State University has a total enrollment of 5,669 students. The full-time enrollment at Bowie State University is 4,351 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,318. This means that 76.8% of students enrolled at Bowie State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bowie State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 83.1% Black or African American, 4% Two or More Races, 3.12% Hispanic or Latino, 2.84% White, 1.18% Asian, 0.12% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.07% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bowie State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (36.5%), followed by Black or African American Male (23.3%) and Two or More Races Female (1.92%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (3.09%), followed by Black or African American Male (1.45%) and Two or More Races Female (0.26%).

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In 2016, 342 more women than men graduated from Bowie State University. The majority of students graduating from Bowie State University are Black or African American. These 922 graduates mean that there were 13.8 times more Black or African American graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 67 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Bowie State University is General Business Administration & Management with 126 graduates, followed by Registered Nursing with 112 graduates and Radio & Television Broadcasting Technology with 99 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Bowie State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Communication Technologies, with 99 graduates, followed by Human Sciences with 44 graduates and Psychology with 116 graduates.


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Bowie State University has an endowment valued at nearly $7.67M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $737,725 (9.6%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($414,206 on $28.9M) across all Master's Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Bowie State University had a total expenditure of $98.9M. Of that $98.9M, they spent $47.1M on salaries and $13.3M on benefits.

Bowie State University employs 85 Assistant professors, 53 Associate professors, and 38 Lecturers. Most academics at Bowie State University are Female Assistant professors (45), Male Assistant professors (40), and Female Associate professors (27).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bowie State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 97 employees, Management, with 88 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 82 employees.



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