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About Bowling Green State University (BGSU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College


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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is regarded as one of the top public research institutions in the USA. It provides experiences that enhance lives; thereby, preparing its students for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship, and leadership in a global society.

BGSU was established in 1910 as a teacher-training institution. Over the years, the functions of Bowling Green were expanded to provide four-year degree programs, starting with the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. Currently headquartered at Bowling Green, Ohio.

The university has also extended to a regional campus known as Firelands College, located in Huron, Ohio. BGSU has a 1,338-acre residential campus with a park-like setting and 119 buildings including the new Stroh Center, The Wolfe Center for the Arts, Centennial Residence Hall, Falcon Heights Residence Hall, The Oaks Dining Center and Carillon Place Dining Center.

Bowling Green State University provides holistic and comprehensive educational experiences that enhance the lives of its students, stakeholders, and the many public it serves. As a public university, BGSU focuses on contributing to the public good and embraces its role as a national model in addressing the educational, economic, and social vitality of its region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world.

BGSU has a current population of more than 17,540 students, including 2,000 at Firelands Campus, and a student-faculty ratio of 18:1. This implies that its students get a much better opportunity to interact with the faculty.

The university offers 3 different levels of degrees - Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral in more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs across eight different colleges incorporated within the university. Apart from these, the prospective students also have the option to explore its 175+ graduate programs spanning 75 subject areas.

The university also offers professional pathway programs that are designed for working professionals to earn a graduate degree without leaving their jobs. Students can also earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as little as five years with one of its accelerated bachelor's to master's programs.

BGSU also offers fully-online graduate programs that allow students the flexibility and convenience of earning a graduate degree or certificate entirely online.

BGSU Accreditation

Bowling Green State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Location & Contact


220 McFall Ctr


Email: N/A
Phone: 4183725526
Fax: 4193726955
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According to the ranking published by Forbes, the world-renowned media company, Bowling Green State University ranks -

  • 591 in Top Colleges 2019

  • 217 in Public Colleges

  • 234 in Research Universities

  • 145 in The Midwest

Bowling Green State University is ranked among top national universities in U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges ranking of American colleges and universities. In the 2020 edition, the university is ranked

  • 246 in National Universities

  • 234 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

  • 119 in Top Public Schools


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

880 - 1100

ACT Range

19 - 24

Application Fee




High School GPA


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The admissions process at Bowling Green State University is quite simple and is very easy to go through.

Since the university curriculum consists of a wide variety of programs under various colleges, it does not have any uniform admissions process.  It varies greatly from program to program and the types of degree pursued. However, the general admission process consists of the following process:

  • Submit the admissions application

  • Submit official transcripts.

  • Submit the test score reports

  • Submit the current year’s Financial Aid documentation.

Once all necessary materials are received, the Office of Admissions will issue a final admissions decision, if found eligible.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


Budget For Other Expenses


Total One Year Cost


Bowling Green State University is quite affordable in terms of the annual cost required to attend the institution.

The approximate average annual cost to attend the university on a full-time basis is $9,096 for all students regardless of their residency. However, it varies from college to college and from program to program.

Other than the cost mentioned above, books and supplies cost around $910, room and board charges amount to $9,168, and other fees amount to $2,009.

Overall, it can be stated that the average net price for the university is about $17,508 while the total one year cost to attend BGSU is $24,915.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Special Education and Teaching

251 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

147 Graduates

Education, Other

127 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

126 Graduates

Psychology, General

125 Graduates

Biology, General

119 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

118 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

96 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

93 Graduates

Health Services/Allied Health/Healt...

79 Graduates

Graphic Communications

76 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

76 Graduates

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studi...

74 Graduates

Human Development, Family Studies,...

71 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

69 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

68 Graduates


67 Graduates

Social Work

59 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

58 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

57 Graduates

Health Professions and Related Clin...

54 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

52 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

51 Graduates

Computer Engineering

51 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

50 Graduates

Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Se...

46 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

43 Graduates

Communication Disorders Sciences an...

42 Graduates


40 Graduates

Construction Engineering

39 Graduates


38 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

38 Graduates

Engineering-Related Fields

35 Graduates

Political Science and Government

32 Graduates

Visual and Performing Arts, General

28 Graduates


27 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

25 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

24 Graduates

Engineering Technologies/Technician...

24 Graduates

Natural Resources Management and Po...

23 Graduates


22 Graduates

International Business

19 Graduates


19 Graduates

Public Relations, Advertising, and...

19 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

19 Graduates


18 Graduates

Interior Architecture

17 Graduates

Environmental Design

17 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

16 Graduates

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

15 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

15 Graduates

Information Science/Studies

14 Graduates

Public Health

14 Graduates

Air Transportation

14 Graduates

Fire Protection

13 Graduates

Area Studies

12 Graduates


12 Graduates

General Sales, Merchandising and Re...

12 Graduates

International/Global Studies

11 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

10 Graduates


10 Graduates

Neurobiology and Neurosciences

10 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

10 Graduates


9 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

9 Graduates

Microbiological Sciences and Immuno...

8 Graduates

Germanic Languages, Literatures, an...

7 Graduates


6 Graduates


6 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

6 Graduates

Business, Management, Marketing, an...

5 Graduates

Classics and Classical Languages, L...

5 Graduates


5 Graduates

Educational/Instructional Media Des...

5 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

4 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

2 Graduates

Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languag...

2 Graduates

Nutrition Sciences

1 Graduates

Communication, Journalism, and Rela...

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




79% White

2% Unknown

8% Black

4% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

3% Non Resident alien

1% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$63,750 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $3,438/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

brown and orange

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Mid-American Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country



Ice Hockey


Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country





Swimming and Diving


Track and Field


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. At BGSUMC, $9,168 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The students at Bowling Green State University-Main Campus have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $3,438 per year. The university has taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety and security of its students. Some of these measures include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 44% and 56%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$208 - 322

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


There are lots of students all over the world who are unable to fulfil their dreams of pursuing higher education because of monetary issues. To help such students, various financial aids are offered by the university along with different institutions in several forms which include scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study.

The FAFSA form must be filled to apply for financial aid and determine eligibility.

Bowling Green State University federal school code is 003018.

A student would financial assistance in the following forms:

Gift Aid - $7,066

Federal Grants - $4,586

State Aid - $1,843

Institutional Grants - $5,655

Bowling Green State University Financial Aid Office

319 Administration Building

Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

Phone - 419-372-2651

Fax - 419-372-0404

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