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Bowie State University

Bowie, MD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

Bowie State University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Bowie State University, the regular decision application deadline is May 15 and the application fee is $40.

Students who apply to Bowie State University for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 1.

Bowie State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Bowie State University's admissions stats.

Bowie State University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 2.53%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 14%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 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 May 1 November 1

Want to Apply Early to Bowie State University?

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

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

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Is Bowie State University Challenging To Get Into?

It is not difficult to get into Bowie State University. Bowie State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Bowie State University accepted 87% of all applicants, approximately 4,333 from the 4,953 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Bowie State University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

For applicants who are not residents of Maryland, getting into Bowie State University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Bowie State University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

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 has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Bowie State University

What does Bowie State University consider 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
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Bowie State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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 7.16%
3.75 and 3.99 6.79%
3.50 and 3.74 11.73%
3.25 and 3.49 14.08%
3.00 and 3.24 18.27%
2.50 and 2.9 31.11%
2.00 and 2.49 10.49%

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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 14% of Bowie State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Bowie State University?

To be competitive with other Bowie State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 870 and 1010 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bowie State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1010 and 25% of scored lower than 870, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bowie State University students scored 510 or higher and 75% of students scored 410 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bowie State University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 410 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Bowie State University?

To be most competitive at Bowie State University, you should strive to earn between 15 and 20 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 20 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bowie State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 20, and three out of four students scored lower than 20 on the ACT.

A 15 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bowie State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 15.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Bowie State University

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1.

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

• Fall Term

• Spring 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 and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

✅ Bowie State University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Bowie State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Bowie State University's acceptance rate is 87%.

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

Less Selective


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 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Bowie State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bowie State University is Apr 1.

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

Bowie State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

870 - 1010


Math SAT Range

420 - 510


Reading SAT Range

410 - 580

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 3.12. 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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