Bowie State University was established in 1865 and stands as the oldest Historically Black University in the state of Maryland. They are also within the ten oldest HBU’s in the United States. As a member of the University System of Maryland, Bowie State is able to offer an exceptional educational experience at an affordable price-point. The University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is a designated Military Friendly School. Because of this, current members of the military and veterans have many additional resources for success.
Bowie State University has many relationships with local government agencies and businesses. These connections provide a starting point for a variety of internships and post-graduate employment opportunities. Students also have hands-on learning opportunities through the Bowie Business and Innovation Center and Entrepreneurship Academy.
Undergraduate students can major in Accounting, Economics, Banking & Finance, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Business Information Systems, General Business, Management, or Marketing. Graduate students can choose from MBA, MIS, or MPA degrees.
The BSU campus sits on 300 wooded acres in Bowie, Maryland. While the University is in a quiet suburban area, they are only a short drive from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. As of Fall 2021, the University will host an Entrepreneurship Living and Learning Community. More than 500 students will live within a highly functional facility. Built-in makerspaces and public retail stores will make the building truly unique. This Community will also become the new location for the BSU Entrepreneurship Academy and the Bowie Business Innovation Center. There are six additional residence halls, a residential community apartment complex, and off-campus affiliated housing that includes a free shuttle to campus. Completing a degree is tangible for those who do not live on campus as well through online and evening courses that work around any schedule or graduation timeline.
The Office of Student Life hosts many engaging activities each semester, such as hosting speakers, cultural fairs, concerts, awareness days, panel discussions, and more. They also coordinate commuter services, intramural and recreational sports, Greek life, and student leadership programs. There are a variety of student organizations at the Bowie State campus, and all students are encouraged to be involved in some capacity. There are even several business-focused clubs like Bowie Women in Business, Black Minds of Business, American Marketing Association, or the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Association.
The College of Business at Bowie State carries elite accreditation with the ACBSP. The programs available through the C.o.B. are career-focused. Classes are offered in flexible formats with built-in leadership and professional development opportunities. Several of the business courses that can be completed online are Information Systems for Management, Computer Applications in Business, Electronic Commerce, and Information Systems for Project Management.