COVID-19 Updates

BSU is open. An initial plan to return to campus in the fall 2020 semester is now available.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions



Get Answers to Your Admissions Questions

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Visiting Campus

Are Bowie State offices open?
Campus offices are closed to in-person visits until further notice. Staff are available via email to respond to your questions.

If I can’t come to campus to visit, what are my other options?
You can take a virtual tour with a special video or a self-guided slideshow to learn more about vibrant campus. 

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For Prospective Students

Are you still processing applications?
Yes, we are still accepting and processing applications for the 2020-21 academic year. You can apply for admission online at

My current school is closed. Will you accept an unofficial transcript?
You can submit your unofficial transcript now and have an official transcript sent to the BSU Office of Admissions once your current school has re-opened.  Documents should be emailed as an attachment to:

I'm not able to take the SAT or ACT at this time. Can I still apply?
Students can be admitted even if they have not taken the SAT or ACT. In response to COVID-19, the university now has a Temporary Test-Optional Admissions Policy. Learn more about the policy.

If I’m not able to attend BSU this fall, can I defer my admission?
Yes, you can defer your admission by completing the Admissions Application

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For Admitted Students 

How can I pay my Acceptance Fee?
You can pay your $80 acceptance fee online.

When can I apply for housing?

You should apply for housing as soon as you receive your acceptance letter and pay your acceptance fee. Vist the Apply for Housing page for more information.

When will New Student Orientation (NSO) be held for first-time freshmen?
NSO will take place August 23-29, 2020, a week before Fall Semester begins.

When is the New Student Orientation for transfer students?
Transfer NSO will take place on August 20, 2020.

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Financial Aid

How do I find out about my Financial Aid package?
You will receive an email once your package is ready for review.

What do I do if my financial aid package is still not enough to cover my tuition and fees?
If your award amount does not meet your anticipated financial needs, parents have the option of applying for the Parent PLUS Loan. Learn about the Parent PLUS Loan and other financial aid opportunities.

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For International Students

When will I receive my I-20?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I-20 updates are authorized to be signed and electronically sent to students’ email addresses listed in SEVIS. In the case of a minor student, the email address may belong to their parent or legal guardian. SEVP has identified the following methods to sign and send the Form I-20: (1) Email a scanned version of the physically signed Form I-20; (2) Email a digitally signed Form I-20 using electronic signature software; or (3) Email a digitally signed Form I-20 that contains a digitally reproduced copy of a physical signature.

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