Bowie State University/Prince George's County Public Schools
Bowie State University (BSU) and Prince George's County Public School (PGCPS) have entered into a Dual Enrollment Agreement (pdf) to allow qualifying juniors and seniors to take courses at the university which will serve to meet high school graduation requirements and to accumulate college credits. This program which began in Fall 2015 is a great example of colleges and communities working together to enrich the lives of young people. Not only will students be able to take colleges courses but they will be able to experience college life as they began to make plans for their future.
Bowie State University with over 150 years of providing continuous educational experiences to students throughout this region and within the State of Maryland is proud to be able to reach out to the high school level and provide young people with new and exciting educational experiences. This partnership with PGCPS serves to begin a continued effort on the part of the BSU to reach into the community to provide a variety of different services, interactions, and partnerships which will be mutually beneficial.
Potential and continuing Dual Enrollment students must complete an online PGCPS application. This application must be processed before the BSU application. The application is used in part to obtain information and approval from the student's Counslor and Principal approving their participation and courses. Once the process is completed at the schools, BSU is informed about the eligibility of the student to participate in the program and will provide approval of which courses the student is allowed to take.
Students may take Dual Credit courses which in addition to providing college level credit, but also will provide credits towards their high school graduation requirements.Dual Credit courses are college courses that have been reviewed by PGCPS and have been found to satisfy the requirements for their high school classes.Please review the Dual Credit Course List. It is updated as new courses are reviewed and approved.
There is a second listofcourses from which students may choosecourses from. This contains additional courses which do not provide high school credit. The please review the List of Courses Available to High School Students.
To be eligible for participation in the program, students must:
- Be enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade on the first day of the semester in which the course is offered. This will apply to rising 11th and 12th graders during the summer session.
- Demonstrate, via placement test, college readiness in math English and /or Reading. Results of Accuplacer, ACT and SAT may be used to determine readiness for college-level work. Minimum scores for college readiness are listed in Appendix of the handbook. During the time of the Pandemic, a gpa of 3.0 will be accepted in lieu of Accuplacer scores for placement into ENGL 101.
- Maintain a 2.5 high school cumulative GPA. A GPA of 3.0 can be used if placement scores are not available for ENGL 101 and MATH 125 (scores on math classes in hgh school will be taken into consederation of placement).
Students who are interested in taking either English or mathematics must complete either Accuplacer, the SAT or the ACT. The results from either of these tests will allow the University to place you into the appropriate math class. We will use the scores submitted with the application to identify the appropriate math or English course. A copy of the current high school transcript must also be submitted with the application forms.
Schedule an appointment with the Director of Continuing Education to complete the admissions and registration process.
New students in the Dual Enrollment program should take a minute to review the Orientation Presentation (pdf).
We look forward to working with the students in PGCPS as they begin taking courses at Bowie State University. The experience will be very rewarding and beneficial for both the high school students in starting on the path to a higher education degree and for BSU in assisting the community.
Please contact the Office of Continuing Education if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance in this process. Our phone number is 301-860-3991 and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or Continuinged@bowiestate.edu.