Bowie, Maryland

Bowie State University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Bowie State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Bowie State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Bowie State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 36% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in Maryland for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,894 out of 10,816 applicants were admitted making Bowie State University a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 73 percent. Bowie State University typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Bowie State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Bowie State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 940
SAT Scores for Bowie State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 550
SAT Composite 75th 1120
Average SAT Score 1030

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Bowie State University?

Bowie State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 71 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 940 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 850. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. The school ranks #18 in Maryland for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bowie State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1120 and Above Good >49%
1030 to 1120 Avg + 36%-49%
940 to 1030 Avg - 25%-36%
850 to 940 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 850 Low <16%
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Bowie State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Bowie State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 14
ACT Math 25th 15
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for Bowie State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 20
ACT Math 75th 20
ACT Composite 75th 20
Average ACT Score 18

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Bowie State University?

Admission data indicates that Bowie State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 16 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 75 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 20 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #16 in Maryland for highest average ACT composite score. 12 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bowie State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bowie State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
20 and Above Good >49%
18 to 20 Avg + 36%-49%
16 to 18 Avg - 25%-36%
14 to 16 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 14 Low <16%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You can get into Bowie State University with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Bowie State University was 2.98 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #21 in Maryland for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Bowie State University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Bowie State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 2% Good
3.50 to 3.75 6% Good
3.25 to 3.50 10% Good
3.00 to 3.25 12% Good
2.75 to 3.00 38% Avg +
2.50 to 2.75 23% Avg -
2.25 to 2.50 9% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

Bowie State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,043 3,773 10,816
Accepted 2,594 1,300 3,894
Acceptance Rate 37% 34% 36%
Enrolled 658 428 1,086
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 33% 28%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bowie State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Bowie State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Bowie State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=162007 IPEDS survey data for Bowie State University.