Common Questions About Admissions

Get Answers to Your Queries About Admissions Process

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Exploring the Campus

Are Bowie State offices currently accessible? Yes, Bowie State offices are open for visitors. You can reach out to staff with your inquiries via email at

Do you provide guided tours of the campus? Indeed, to get a feel of our lively campus, you have the option to arrange for a group tour or embark on a virtual journey with a carefully crafted video or a self-paced picture presentation.

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For Prospective Students

How can I initiate the application process for admissions? You can initiate your admission application through our online portal at

I am unable to take the SAT or ACT at the moment. Can I still proceed with my application? Certainly! Students can secure admission even without the SAT or ACT scores, thanks to our Test-Optional Admissions Policy. You can delve deeper into the specifics of the policy.

I have submitted my admissions application. How can I track its status? Allow a minimum of 21 business days after submitting your application and transcripts before seeking an update. If you wish to check the status of your BSU admissions application, complete the Admissions Application Status Request Form.

I have been accepted for the 2024-25 academic year, but I am unable to enroll next fall. Can I postpone my admission? Yes, you can defer your admission by completing the Admissions Update Application.

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For Admitted Students Enrolling in Fall ’24

How can I submit my Enrollment Deposit?You can conveniently submit your Enrollment Deposit online.

When is the application period for housing?The Housing application for the 2024-25 academic year will commence on March 1, 2024. Students who have received an acceptance letter and have paid the acceptance fee will be eligible to apply. You can find more details on the Apply for Housing page.

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Financial Aid

How can I access information about my Financial Aid package?You will be notified via email once your package is ready for your review.

What can I do if my financial aid package falls short of covering my tuition and fees?If your award amount does not meet your anticipated financial requirements, parents have the option of applying for the Parent PLUS Loan. You can explore more about the Parent PLUS Loan and other financial aid opportunities.

How can I reach out to Financial Aid for specific queries?You can send an email to

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For International Students

When will I receive my I-20?Due to the current COVID-19 situation, I-20 updates are authorized to be signed and electronically sent to students’ email addresses listed in SEVIS. In case of a minor student, the email address may belong to their parent or legal guardian. Various methods have been identified by SEVP for signing and sending the Form I-20:

  1. Emailing a scanned version of the physically signed Form I-20
  2. Emailing a digitally signed Form I-20 using electronic signature software
  3. Emailing a digitally signed Form I-20 that contains a digitally reproduced copy of a physical signature

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