Bowie State University (BSU)

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Bowie State University is a historically black college found in Bowie, MD. Over six thousand students are enrolled at BSU.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores at Bowie State University. A score in the range of 860 - 1030 on the SAT exam, or 16 - 21 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Bowie State University (BSU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.71 - 3.04. This school has an acceptance rate of around 80 percent with 21 percent of applicants deciding to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Bowie State University (BSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Bowie State University was reported as 79.7% in Fall 2020 with over 4,850 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • BSU ACT Scores: 16 - 21
  • BSU Average GPA: 2.71 - 3.04

How Hard Is It to Get into Bowie State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

Students applying to Bowie State University have a higher chance of getting accepted due to the low selectivity of the school as determined by the average standardized test scores ACT/SAT and average high school GPA of applicants from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bowie State University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 41.3%
  • 2017-2018: 36.0%
  • 2018-2019: 38.0%
  • 2019-2020: 79.7%
  • Projected BSU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 50.8%

How Does Bowie State University (BSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Bowie State University is forty-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Washington Adventist University58.8%
Catholic University of America85.4%
Trinity Washington University96.7%
Gallaudet University61.2%
United States Naval Academy8.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Bowie State University (BSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading440 - 520
Math420 - 510
Total Score860 - 1030
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math15 - 19
Composite Score16 - 21
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