Application Questions & Answers

Once you receive your Certificate of Admission, you should immediately activate your MyBGSU account to begin the next steps in the enrollment process including applying for financial aid, registering for classes, and securing on-campus housing (if applicable). Please visit the Next Steps webpage for detailed information.

Current course requirements for your BGSU area of study can be found online in our undergraduate catalog.

Once admitted to BGSU, you will schedule your classes at Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). Additional information on SOAR, including details on how to sign up, can be found on the SOAR website or by calling 419-372-0353.

Students are encouraged to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using BGSU's FAFSA School Code: 003018.  Additionally, please visit our Scholarships & Financial Aid page for information on financial aid and student employment. Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid, 419-372-2651.

Students who earned a diploma from an Ohio high school and move back to Ohio to pursue a degree at BGSU are considered Ohio residents through the Forever Buckeyes program. All other students must establish residency in Ohio for twelve (12) consecutive months before being considered an Ohio resident. It is the student’s responsibility to indicate the proper state of residence at the time of registration. Information on Ohio residency requirements can be found online through the Office of Registration and Records. In some cases, the Residence Status Review Committee may request additional information as part of their official review. Questions should be directed to:

Office of Registration and Records
110 Administration Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: 419-372-8408

Undergraduate students are required to reside in University-owned housing as a condition of enrollment unless:

  • They are commuting daily from the home of their parents, guardians or spouse (within 50 miles of Bowling Green) –or–
  • They are over the age of 20 –or–
  • They have earned 60 semester hours and/or four semesters of campus residency on or before the first day of classes

Applicants who initially request on-campus residence, then decide to live off-campus, must return their housing agreements with a note explaining their intention to commute. Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011 for further information on this process.

If you earned college-level credit while still enrolled in high school, through a program such as College Credit Plus, post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO), dual enrollment, etc. you must submit an official college/university transcript from each school you earned credit to have your credits evaluated by the Office of Transfer Credit Evaluation.  BGSU will not accept college credit reported on an official high school transcript.  Generally, coursework completed at other accredited institutions for which you have earned a D or better and which is comparable to coursework in the BGSU curriculum is considered for transfer credit.  Please see our transfer of credit page for additional information.