COVID-19 Update

Non-essential employees are mostly teleworking, and classes have shifted to a hybrid model, with in-person and online instruction.

Admissions Frequently Asked 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 at to respond to your questions. You can also make a virtual appointment here.

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 or attend a Virtual Information Session to learn more about vibrant campus. 

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For Prospective Students

How can I apply for admissions?
Starting Oct. 1, 2020, we will begin accepting and processing applications for the 2021-22 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. The university now has a Test-Optional Admissions Policy. Learn more about the policy.

I have been accepted for the 2021-22 academic year, but I am not able to attend BSU next fall. Can I defer my admission?
Yes, you can defer your admission by completing the Admissions Update Application

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For Admitted Students 

How can I pay my Acceptance Fee?
You can pay your $80 acceptance fee through Bulldog Connection.

  1. Log in to Bulldog Connection.
  2. Select Self Service > Student Center > Account Inquiry > Make A Payment.
  3. The system will automatically redirect you to TouchNet. 
  4. Select Deposits > Select a deposit payment

When can I apply for housing?
You should apply for housing as soon as you receive your acceptance letter and pay your acceptance fee. Visit the Apply for Housing page for more information. 

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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.

How can I contact Financial Aid to ask specific questions?
You can send an email to or schedule a virtual appointment here.

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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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