Bowie State University: Narrative Description

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14000 Jericho Park Rd.
Bowie, MD 20715-9465
Tel: (301)860-4000; 877-772-6943; Admissions: (301)860-3427; Fax: (301)860-3510; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1865. Setting: 312-acre small town campus with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, DC. Endowment: $2.3 million. Research spending 2002-03: $3.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5105 per student. Total enrollment: 5,454. Faculty: 306 (163 full-time, 143 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 3,537 applied, 48% were admitted. Full-time: 3,122 students, 62% women, 38% men. part-time: 866 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 47 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 90% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 70% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the University System of Maryland. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: recommendations. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3551 full-time, $162 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,894 full-time, $475 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1171 full-time, $186 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6020. College room only: $4337. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 52 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: NSAP Student Leadership Institute, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Major annual events: Fall Convocation, Homecoming events, Honors Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 823 students; 977 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Thurgood Marshall Library with 409,036 books, 394,883 microform titles, 1,319 serials, 4,475 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.9 million. 3,144 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A suburban community with good transportation facilities. Baltimore-Washington Airport at Baltimore is 14 miles. Student employment is available in many commercial establishments and private homes. Bowie is near beaches and many recreation centers.