The HBCU Endowment Feature – Bowie State University


School Name: Bowie State University

Median Cost of Attendance: $22 018

Undergraduate Population: 4 452

Endowment Needed: $1 960 438 240

Analysis: Bowie State University needs approximately a $2 billion endowment for all of its undergraduates to attend debt free annually. Located in a perfect triangle being approximately 40 minutes away from both Baltimore and Washington D.C. This is the perfect distance of two major cities for perspective students. Far enough away from home without being inaccessible to home. A factor that plays a major role in the decision-making of many in-state and regional students. It will provide for steady growth in the population. If it decides to push the boundaries of that student population growth into the five digits by the end of the decade it could have a phenomenal impact on donor giving for the next twenty-five years. However, it must be managed properly or it could have a devastating experience. Instead of graduating invested graduates a poorly managed high rate of growth could graduate disgruntled ones. The culture at Bowie State University suggest it is something that it can institutionally handle and handle well. Bowie State University remains right outside of the top ten HBCU endowments but a major donation campaign year, high quality donor, or strong investment return on its endowment could change that in the blink of an eye. Given its location, demographic potential, and strong institutional culture Bowie State University could become one of HBCUs leading public university endowments over the course of the next few decades. Something to watch as state cutbacks continue to have a substantial impact on all public colleges and universities.


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