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Bowling Green State University
Main Campus: Bowling Green, Ohio


Established: 1910
Type: Public University
President: Dr. Carol A. Cartwright
Endowment: $70.2 million
Faculty: 918
Students: 22,882
Undergraduates: 19,855
Postgraduates: 3,027
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio U.S.A.
Campus Type: Urban
Colors: Orange & Brown
Mascot: Freddie and Frieda Falcom
Extension Centers: Near the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio and the Cedar Point Center on the Firelands campus.
Demographics: 56% female, 43% male
Racial Makeup: 82% Caucasian, 6% African American, 2% Hispanic or Latino American, 3% other
International Students: 1.5% from 49 countries
Housing: Bowling Green State University has air-conditioned and non air-conditioned lodging facilities which vary in architectural design. Each residence hall has a lobby area with a front desk and staff to accommodate check-ins. Other features of our halls include: computer labs, laundry facilities, guest bathrooms, ice and vending machines, a copier machine (operated via a pre purchased copy card), conference room, 24-hour security system, handicapped accessible rooms, furnished lounges on each floor with TVs and walk-up internet stations. All buildings are smoke free.
Freshmen Retention Rate: 73.3% (percent of students who remain through graduation)
Average Class Sizes: 20-29 students 35%, 10-19 students 31%, 30-39 students 13%, 2-9 students 9%, 40-49 students 6%, 50-59 students 5%, Over 100 students 1%
Student Organizations: At Bowling Green State University there are over 300 registered student organizations that provide great opportunities for students to GET INVOLVED. Involvement in student organizations is a great way to get connected to the campus, build leadership skills, meet people, and to have fun. Click here for the complete list.
Greek Life: Bowling Green hosts 40 social fraternities and sororities. Greek student comprise 12% of all undergraduate students at the university. Fraternities and sororities are apart of one of four councils: Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council (Panhel), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), or Greek Independent Board (GIB). IFC members include: Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Chi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, & Sigma Phi Epsilon. Panhel members include: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Kappa. NPHC members include eight of the Divine Nine: Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Iota Phi Theta fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, & Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Social members of GIB include: Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc., Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority.
Special Academic Programs: BGSU's Career Center provides comprehensive career services to its students and alumni including career planning, on- and off-campus student employment, co-op and internships opportunities, and post-graduate and graduate school planning. The following services are provided: (1) individual consultations to discuss academic and career planning or job search strategies, (2) career development courses including UNIV 131-Career & Life Planning, UNIV 141-Effective Strategies in the Workplace, and UNIV 141-Career Implementation, (3) career assessments that measure interests, personality characteristics and preferences for various work environments, (4) the Career Resource Library, (5) on-campus recruiting, (6) job fairs, (7) workshops related to interviewing, resume writing, job search techniques, and networking, (8)WorkNet, an online job listing software, and (9) career related publications. The Career Center can help students develop career goals, identify academic and experiential program that achieve these goals, and help students gain employment in their chosen field.
Majors: At Bowling Green State University, the future's wide open. With more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs of study in seven undergraduate colleges, as well as master's and doctoral level programs, BGSU offers an atmosphere that's charged with intellectual and creative energy. Accounting, Biology, Design and Visual Communications, Education, Health Professions, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology, Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Academic Calendar: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer semesters
Libraries: Jerome Library is the main library on campus and the second tallest building at nine stories.
Computers: Jerome, Ogg Science, and Firelands Libraries provide free wireless internet access to any person who has a BGSU email address.
Tuition per year:

In-state, full-time: $9,060; per credit hour: $431
Out-of state, full-time: $16,368; per credit hour: $780

Required fees: $3,165
Books and supplies: $1,216; Room and board: $7,670

Note: Bowling Green State University offers 50 percent off out-of-state tuition for Michigan students with a 3.0 GPA or a score of 20 on the ACT. The $3,654 tuition fee is waived with a scholarship for students who meet the requirement.

Financial Aid: Student Financial Aid (SFA) supports access and persistence at Bowling Green State University by providing financial aid to eligible individuals. Toward this end, Student Financial Aid staff are committed to providing accurate, courteous, and timely service to students, parents, and others as well as complying with regulations and expectations set forth by the agencies, organizations, and individuals who provide financial aid funds. For more info, visit

Minimum high school GPA: 2.5
Minimum ACT score: 20 Application fee: $35.00

For application purposes, the ACT exam is preferred over the SAT.

Application deadlines: 7/15 (freshmen), 7/15 (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Info is current as of Spring 2009 -- Sources:


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