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Freshmen Applying for Admission

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To complete the Bowling Green State University admissions process you must submit:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
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  • Official high school transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT test results
    BGSU’s College Codes: ACT – 3240, SAT – 1069
  • A $45 nonrefundable application fee
    The international application fee is $75

Carefully read the application instructions before applying. A list of questions and answers about applying to BGSU is also available.

Freshman Admission Standards

For admission to Bowling Green State University a freshman applicant must:

  1. Be a graduate of a senior high school approved or accredited by the department of education of the state in which it is located; OR
  2. Have earned high school equivalency through the General Educational Development (GED) testing program (issued by the state department of education); OR
  3. Present GED test results and ACT or SAT test results, if the student completed secondary education through an alternative program such as home schooling; OR
  4. Present an international baccalaureate diploma or certificate.

Admission is selective. In general, we require a high school record that includes four units each of English and mathematics; three units each science and social studies; two units of a foreign language; and one unit of visual or performing arts. Freshman applicants who do not meet the academic standards for admission may be offered admission to the University Program for Academic Success. Admission to the University Program for Academic Success is also selective, but not as competitive as regular admission. Space is limited.

An applicant is considered for admission on the basis of four criteria:

  • High school coursework/curriculum
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Official ACT or SAT results
  • Class rank

The University also considers the diversity of the student body and applicants’ special abilities, talents and achievements in making admission decisions. Diversity may include socioeconomic factors, underrepresented minorities, artistic and/or athletic ability and other special characteristics of the population.