Application Instructions

How to Apply

Freshmen are defined as those who have graduated from a secondary school. Candidates who earned college credit before high school graduation are considered freshmen with advanced standing and should have their college transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.

High school students are encouraged to apply for admission beginning April 15 between their junior and senior years. Prospective students who wish to enroll fall semester are encouraged to apply and have all admissions credentials completed by Feb. 1 to assure consideration. The application deadline for main campus for spring semester is Dec. 1 and for summer term May 15, although earlier closings may occur. All admission credentials must be received 14 days before the spring semester or the summer session to allow sufficient time for processing.

Important Information for International Applicants Only: International applicants must meet earlier application and credential deadlines to allow for additional processing time of all required paperwork. The application deadline for main campus for spring semester is November 1 and for summer term April 15. Fall semester applicants are required to have all admission credentials completed by July 15. The application fee for international applicants is $75 nonrefundable.

  1. Students are encouraged to apply online.
  2. Or complete the printable application.
  3. Please have your school counselor forward an official high school transcript including sixth semester GPA on a 4.0 scale, your courses in progress and class rank to the BGSU Office of Admissions.
  4. Submit official ACT or SAT test results. The ACT writing test is recommended but NOT required. The results of one of these tests are required for all freshmen except those who have been out of high school for three or more years. International students are not required to submit ACT or SAT results. All academic credentials must be sent by the school or testing agency to be accepted as official. All admission credentials submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of Bowling Green State University and cannot be returned.
  5. A final high school transcript is required prior to enrolling at BGSU. A letter will be mailed to your high school requesting confirmation of your graduation as well as your final grade point average and class rank.
  6. Entrance into the College of Business Administration is selective. Students who have been admitted to the University will be notified in writing of admission status into the College of Business Administration. For more information, visit the College of Business Administration website or call the college office at 419-372-2747.
  7. Students who intend to pursue a major or minor in music must contact the College of Musical Arts for enrollment and audition information, 419-372-2181.
  8. Students who intend to pursue a BFA in art must visit the School of Art website for portfolio review information and to schedule a portfolio review.
  9. Students who intend to pursue a major in theatre and a specialization in musical theatre must contact the Department of Theatre and Film for enrollment and audition information, 419-372-2222.
  10. Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test or the Michigan Test. This is required of international students issued immigrant visas, international students transferring from another American college or university, those (with English as a foreign language) from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, and any other U.S. citizen or non-citizen whose native language is not English.
  11. Students who earned Advanced Placement before enrolling at BGSU should have their scores sent to BGSU’s Office of Registration and Records, 110 Administration Bldg., Bowling Green, OH 43403-0130.
  12. Students who earn college credit through enrollment in postsecondary courses should have an official college transcript sent from the institution attended to the Office of Admissions when courses are completed. A credit evaluation will be completed by the Office of Registration and Records.

BGSU Firelands, Huron, Ohio

419-433-5560 or 1-800-322-4787
BGSU Firelands is the regional campus of BGSU and is located in Huron, Ohio. BGSU Firelands requires the same application materials included in this packet, although admissions requirements vary from main campus. Please call BGSU Firelands with any questions. Applications for admission are accepted up to two weeks before the beginning of classes. Students intending to pursue a two-year associate degree are not expected to have completed the same high school coursework as those applying to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. The application for admission and all credentials should be submitted directly to BGSU Firelands, One University Dr. Huron, OH 44839-9719.

High School Graduates

If you have already graduated from high school, send the required documents directly to the BGSU Office of Admissions. An official high school transcript is also required. If you graduated from high school more than three years ago, you do not need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

High School Equivalency

If you earned high school equivalency through the General Educational Development (GED) testing program, please have an official copy of your GED results and high school transcript sent to the Office of Admissions.

Five-Year Admission Policy

If you have not taken coursework anywhere (high school or college) during the past five years, you are eligible for admission to the University. Students admitted under this five-year admission policy are required to take courses under the close supervision of a college academic advisor.

Special Admissions Categories

International students should contact International Student Services, 419-372-2247, for information on requirements and application procedures.

Students who wish to take classes at Bowling Green but do not plan to seek a BGSU degree can attend as “guest’ students. Registration for “guest” students does not require application to BGSU and is arranged by the Office of Registration and Records.

Bowling Green State University is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. The Office of Equity and Diversity, 140 McFall Center, BGSU, is responsible for University compliance with Title IX, Section 504. Disability Services, 38 College Park Office Building, is responsible for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bowling Green State University subscribes to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice and Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities for members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.