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 September 16, 2020

U.S. News & World Report Continues to Rank BSU Among Nation’s Top HBCUs


BSU Honored for Educational Quality & Success in Aiding Students with Financial Need

U.S. News & World Report Continues to Rank BSU Among Nation’s Top HBCUs

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(BOWIE. Md.) – Recognizing Bowie State University’s educational quality, U.S. News and World Report continues to rank Maryland’s first historically black college and university (HBCU) among the nation’s top 30 HBCUs and as one of the best schools in serving students with financial need.

On the publication’s 2021 Best Colleges list, Bowie State tied for #26 on this year’s list of the nation’s outstanding HBCUs. The university landed on the list of the best regional universities in the north, tying for #81 on the region’s Top Performers on Social Mobility list and among the region’s best public colleges and universities. The publication also recognizes the strength of BSU’s computer science bachelor’s degree program by ranking it with the nation’s best.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report recognizes Bowie State’s educational quality among the best regional universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs.

The publication ranked 77 HBCUs using nearly all the same indicators as it does for its regional universities list, but with slightly different weights, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, student excellence, faculty resources, and alumni giving. It also assesses the results of a separate peer survey for HBCU administrators.

The social mobility honor highlights Bowie State’s success in serving large numbers of students with federally funded Pell Grants, typically awarded to those with family incomes under $50,000. Most Pell Grant recipients are students whose family household income is below $20,000.

Rankings like the U.S. News & World Report list reaffirm the high quality of a Bowie State University education.



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