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Undergrad Profile

As a public university, Bowling Green State University embraces its responsibility to advance society through education. 

With quality academic programming, robust opportunities for research and service, and a focus on providing students with connections and experiences that translate to success, the University changes lives. A continued emphasis on excellence, opportunity, and value provides a pathway for students and alumni to make a difference in the world.

BGSU offers a transforming and defining educational experience for its diverse community of approximately 19,000 students. This year, U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranked BGSU among the top national comprehensive research institutions. This accolade follows several consecutive years of BGSU being cited for exceptional first-year programs and residential learning communities.

BGSU provides a quality education that integrates personal growth and academic excellence in an environment that expands students’ thinking and potential. The University is an international leader, with top-caliber programs in the arts, business, education and human development, health and human services, musical arts, science, and technology.

More than 800 full-time faculty members make teaching a priority and remain involved in research and other activities that enable them to bring life experience as well as scholarship to their classrooms. At BGSU senior faculty are committed to teaching introductory-level courses with reasonable class sizes.

BGSU enjoys a physically compact campus located within the welcoming Bowling Green community, named one of America’s Best College Towns. Restaurants and businesses are within walking or biking distance of residencehalls. All students are permitted to have cars.

By fall 2016, BGSU will have opened 30 new or majorly renovated buildings within the last five years, including 10 new Greek townhouses, two residences, two dining halls, multiple active learning labs and classrooms, and an 185,000-sq. ft. recreation center. In addition, BGSU is home to the only aviation program in the nation with an on-campus airport. Plus, BGSU is the first university in Ohio to house a working state crime lab, along with three forensic specializations in biology, chemistry, and criminal justice.

The total University population includes students from all 50 states and 70 nations. Ethnic or racial minority students comprise 20% of the fall 2015 freshman class. Students are actively involved outside of class, participating in student organizations, service learning opportunities, and cultural and special events that are offered each year.

Committed to ensuring that every student succeeds, Bowling Green challenges and supports students both in and out of the classroom. About 6,000 of BGSU’s students live on campus. BGSU attracts studentswho balance academic excellence with involvement in more than 300student organizations.




BGSU Bonus
At BGSU, just like in the world of business, value-added is an important concept. Students can choose among the many opportunities that will increase their knowledge, expand their horizons, and prepare them to be market ready.
• Exceptional, internationally recognized professors, with a 19:1 student-faculty ratio
• More than 70% of students complete at least one internship, sometimes during their first year
• Average starting salary of all BGSU business graduates just under $50,000 

Falcon Facts
• Admitted its most academically prepared freshman classes for three consecutive years
Recognized as a leader in service learning and community engagement with the Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification; nearly 70% of seniors participated in at least one service learning project, making BGSU a national leader.
• Tops in Ohio and one of the best in the nation in social mobility for economically disadvantaged students 

Ohio’s Premier Entrepreneurial Resource
The Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is northwest Ohio’s premier resource for entrepreneurial education and activities.

Academic Programs: Geared toward innovation and startup businesses, with a curriculum in entrepreneurship (including a minor degree) taught by outstanding faculty with strong expertise

E-Week events celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. This year’s events take place April 4–8, 2016. The full schedule for E-Week is available at
• Kickoff Breakfast and “Lunch and Learns”
feature entrepreneurs sharing their insight on how to launch a business.
• “The Hatch” (April 7)—The Falcon Hatchery Incubator hosts “The Hatch,” a Shark Tank–type event to help launch student-run businesses. Twelve finalists will pitch their business plans to a panel of alumni investors.
• Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship (April 8) presents world-class entrepreneurs who bring their success stories and advice to students, faculty, staff, and the business community. It is the region’s leading entrepreneurial event, annually attracting hundreds of participants. 

Admission Events
Save the date for BGSU’s Preview Days, including the April 23, 2016 event. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 419-372-BGSU (2478) or toll free at 866-CHOOSE BGSU (246-6732), or visit us online at

Majors & Degrees
BGSU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs in eight undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education and Human Development; Health and Human Services; Honors; Musical Arts; Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering; and the regional BGSU Firelands in Huron, Ohio. Numerous programs within these colleges are accredited by their respective national accrediting agencies. 

BGSU’s college of business: at the heart of innovation

Bowling Green State University’s College of Business goes beyond business as usual. In fact, innovation is at the heart of BGSU programs. Students engage in hands-on learning, including interactive lab courses, to better understand global business operations.
Beyond Business as Usual means students can:
• Explore career interests through internships with companies specifically seeking BGSU students. The Business Career Accelerator office is just the place to get started.
• Develop knowledge and skills outside the classroom from real-world business projects from freshman to senior year.
• Participate in and lead award-winning student organizations representing every area of study.
• Study abroad in such places as China
, France, and Spain at English-speaking, AACSB-accredited schools.
• Meet face to face with regionally and nationally respected business leaders.

Students will also find a cutting-edge curric
ulum in which business education is reinvented. The Applied Business Experience offers a business education like no other in the country. The Gene & Ronnie Poor Innovation Lab is where business students interview actual customers, dissect existing products and services, and explore real organizations that create products and deliver services.

Just as BGSU was one of the first in the nation to offer a supply chain management specialization, the College of Business is going beyond business as usual by offering business analytics and intelligence, as well as sales and services marketing and insurance specializations. Very few institutions offer these dynamic, in-demand areas of study.

The city of Bowling Green, Ohio, population 30,028, is located in northwest Ohio, about 20 miles south of Toledo. It is within comfortable driving distance of all major cities in Ohio and is an easy commute from nearby towns.