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Bowie State University

Bowie, MD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%

Bowie State University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Bowie State University. Bowie State University admitted 86% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 5,363 applications received in 2023, 4,639 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Bowie State University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 5/15 and the application fee costs $40.

Students who submit their applications to Bowie State University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than November 1.

Bowie State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Bowie State University's admissions stats.

Bowie State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 2.53%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 0.2%
Waitlist No

Bowie State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bowie State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 5 15 November 1

Applying Early to Bowie State University?

Bowie State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bowie State University Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Bowie State University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Bowie State University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Bowie State University

Bowie State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Bowie State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Bowie State University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Bowie State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Bowie State University for more information on admission factors.

Bowie State University Application Requirements

To apply to Bowie State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Bowie State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bowie State University?

Students admitted to Bowie State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1. At Bowie State University 2.53% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bowie State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 8.29%
3.75 and 3.99 7.75%
3.50 and 3.74 11.57%
3.25 and 3.49 13.75%
3.00 and 3.24 18.03%
2.50 and 2.9 32.51%
2.00 and 2.49 7.19%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Bowie State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Bowie State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 1% of Bowie State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 0.2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

More Information on Transferring to Bowie State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Bowie State University.

Transfer students can enroll in Bowie State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Bowie State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Bowie State University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Bowie State University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Bowie State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Bowie State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Bowie State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Bowie State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Bowie State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bowie State University?

✅ Bowie State University is not test optional.

What is Bowie State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Bowie State University is 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bowie State University?

❌ Bowie State University does not offer early decision.

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Admission Difficulty

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How hard is it to get into Bowie State University? Bowie State University is a less selective institution. The Bowie State University acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


Bowie State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bowie State University is May 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bowie State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Bowie State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Bowie State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.14. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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