Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. It is part of the University System of Maryland.

The University has the following colleges and and departments:
- The College of Education (Department of Counseling; Department of Educational Leadership; Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development)
- The College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Communications; Department of Computer Sciences; Department of English and Modern Languages; Department of Fine and Performing Arts; Department of History and Government; Department of Mathematics; Department of Military Science; Department of Natural Science)
- The College of Professional Studies (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services; Department of Nursing; Department of Psychology; Department of Social Work)
- The College of Business (Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics; Department of Management Information Systems; Department of Management, Marketing, and Public Administration)

Bowie State University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The programs in the College of Education are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. The Department of Nursing is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Computer Science programs are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB). The Social Work program is accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education. The College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business School and Programs (ACBSP).

The National Science Foundation recognized the strength of the University's science, engineering, and mathematics programs by selecting it as one of six Historically Black Colleges to be chosen as a Model Institution of Excellence.

Ranking Profile:

- Bowie State University is placed in Tier 2 in the category "Regional Universities (North)" by US News 2011.

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