September 12, 2022

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Bowie State University Among Top 20 HBCUs

Overall Academic Quality Rating Increases Six Places to Rank 18

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Bowie State University Among Top 20 HBCUs


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(BOWIE, Md.) – The U.S. News and World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges ranking released today recognized the academic quality of Bowie State University, listing it at 18 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a rise of 6 places from last year.

“Bowie State’s rise to the Top 20 HBCU’s recognizes the impact of our campus-wide focus on our strategic plan, 'Racing to Excellence',” said President Aminta H. Breaux. “The plan’s three priorities of academic excellence, student success and long-term viability of the institution aim to assure quality educational experiences and outcomes for our students.”

 Bowie State also ranked among the best schools serving students with financial need. The university rose 35 places to rank 41 on the list of Top Performers in Social Mobility among regional universities in the north, and also claimed a spot as a top public university in the north. Additionally, BSU undergraduate programs in nursing and computer science earned recognition among the best in the nation.

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 graduating students who receive federally funded Pell Grants, typically from households earning less than $50,000 annually.


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