The setting of the university has much to do with its special atmosphere. The serenity of the campus offers students a chance to study in an environment free from distractions. A mixture of classic Georgian and contemporary architecture, the campus buildings include facilities that house academic and instructional programs, residential and auxiliary support services, and administrative and support activities, as well as space for instructional activities and offices for professional staff.
The Center for Business and Graduate Studies is a three-story masonry, dedicated, undergraduate, and postgraduate teaching facility with high quality interaction space for hands-on learning and pedagogical research. Completed in 2007, the Center for Business and Graduate Studies is located on the left at the main entrance to the campus. The facility currently houses the College of Business and the Graduate School.
The Computer Science Building, opened in 2002, is a state-of-the-art facility that houses instructional, laboratory, and research spaces for computer science. It also houses the Virtual Reality Laboratory, 3D printer laboratory and makerspace, the Bowie Satellite Operations and Control Center, and the PRISEM Tutoring Center.
Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC), opened spring 2012, features extraordinary resources for students and faculty including specialized art studios for areas like dance, recording, and ceramics; a photography-processing lab; an art gallery; and an outdoor sculpture workspace. The 123,000 square-foot building also includes a 400-seat main theatre, a 200-seat black box theatre and a 200-seat recital hall. Spacious classrooms, laboratories and office suites are strategically placed throughout the building to accommodate various faculty and programs.
The James E. Proctor Building (JEP), formerly the Center for Learning and Technology, opened August 2000. It is a technology showcase designed to maximize interactions between faculty and students. The center houses electronically equipped classrooms, interactive lecture halls, computer laboratories, a speech laboratory, and a three hundred- seat auditorium/conference center. The College of Education and the College of Professional Studies share this building.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Communication Arts Center (MLK) is the largest academic classroom and office facility on campus. First occupied in 1973, this building houses the Samuel L. Myers Auditorium, the spaces for the Bowie State University television (BSU-TV) station and WBSU radio stations, lecture halls, classrooms, and several specialized laboratories for programs in communications, English, foreign languages, television, and radio.
Student Center opened in 2013 and has since substantially enhanced the quality of the campus experience. The new center includes an expanded game room, a new bookstore and diverse eating options. Also included are the offices for student life, student government, and meeting rooms. In keeping with the university’s commitment to sustainability, the center has received the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for demonstrating environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The university is the first historically Black institution to receive LEED Gold recognition for a student center.
Thurgood Marshall Library was occupied in 1977. The building was designed to house a collection of 270,000 bound volumes and to seat more than 1,000 patrons. In addition to general reading and service areas, there are 22 small private rooms for student research, studying, and other academic uses. Two large display areas, one on each side of the main entrance are home to special pieces of artwork and historical artifacts for Bowie State University. The basement provides additional computer laboratories, instructional laboratories, media capabilities, and classrooms for students and faculty. Thurgood Marshall Library houses the Division of Information Technology.
Leonidas James Physical Education Complex is designed to accommodate students enrolled in physical education courses, as well as indoor intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic activities of the university. First occupied in 1973, this facility features a triple-court gymnasium, an exercise room, eight handball courts, and an eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool. Spectator areas provide seating for 1,831 in the gymnasium and 196 in the pool area.
Charlotte B. Robinson Hall was originally constructed in 1960 as a laboratory elementary school. The building currently houses a small number of classrooms and several administrative offices.
Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing is a premier center for transformational learning and research. The center comprises 149,000 square feet, 23 research and instructional labs, 14 flexible classrooms, five active learning classrooms and labs, fully enclosed greenhouse, and a nursing simulation wing.
The residence halls are Lucretia Kennard, Dwight Holmes, Towers, Harriet Tubman, Goodloe Apartments, Alex Haley, and Christa McAuliffe Residential Complex. Students must meet special residency requirements to reside in Goodloe Apartments, Alex Haley, and Christa McAuliffe.