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Parent & Family Resources

Welcome Parents!  The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes you as a partner in the educational success of your student. This page is designed to assist you, the parents and family members of a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, in staying informed and involved in your student’s educational career. Although the college staff is limited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the type of information that can be shared with parents and family members, we recognize that you have an important role to play in the support of your student’s educational career. We want to assist you in that role as much as possible! For your convenience we have listed several academic and related topics below. Additional information can be found at the Office of Campus Activities Parents and Families page. 

Academic Calendar

Being informed about academic deadlines, such as drop and add dates for individual courses, is important in college life. The Office of Registration & Records provides a list of important dates on their Academic Calendar

Academic Advising

In the College of Arts & Sciences we offer your student a two-tiered academic advising system to assist her/him in staying on track academically. Your student will be assigned a faculty advisor in their degree program area (contact information for their faculty advisor can be found in their MyBGSU Student Center). Your student will also have the ability to meet with a professional advisor in the college office. An appointment can be made by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences office. Drop-in hours are also available for quick questions. 

Admissions

You may have questions about the admissions process before your student arrives at BGSU. The college may be able to help with your questions, but the Office of Admissions website has the most comprehensive information.  

Bursar

The Office of the Bursar at BGSU is where all student bills are paid. Paper bills are not issued and are only viewable through your student’s MyBGSU Student Center.  Your student can designate a third party (parent) to view their Bursar information but only through a written consent form available online at the Bursar website. 

Career Center

One of the most often asked questions by parents and families is whether my student will be able to secure a job when their education is completed. While there are no guarantees to securing a position after obtaining a baccalaureate degree, BGSU’s Career Center has a lot of helpful information about the job search process. 

Checksheets for Degree Requirements

Junior audit checksheets are a low-tech way to view degree requirements. Copies of the checksheets are always available for viewing on the College of Arts & Scienceswebsite and the online BGSU Undergraduate Catalog.

College of Arts & Sciences Handbook

When you have a question about grading policies or program requirements theCollege Handbook is a good place to look for answers.

Department and Program Information

Each of the College of Arts and Science's major and minors are associated with a department or program office. If you're interested in learning more about your student's major or minor you should visit the College's Departments and Programs page.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In 1974 the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted into law to protect a student’s privacy in regard to their educational records. As your student enters college he/she enters the realm of being an adult and taking control of their educational records. This can be frustrating for you, the parents, who are still providing support for their student financially and emotionally. We encourage you to maintain an open line of communication with your student and to stay informed about college processes as much as possible. 

Financial Aid

Many families utilize some kind of financial aid in covering the cost of a student’s education. Navigating the policies and procedures can be a daunting task. TheStudent Financial Aid office has an extensive website with links to many of the forms and documents that are required. 

Learning Commons

Everybody needs a little help at some point in their academic careers and BGSU’s Learning Commons is ready to offer assistance. Whether the need is tutoring in math or science, or feedback on a writing assignment, the Learning Commons staff is experienced and available.   

Scholarships

In addition to the searchable Financial Aid Scholarship Guide, the College of Arts & Sciences Scholarship Guides can be utilized by your student once they start their degree program here at BGSU. 

          Contact us:  College of Arts & Sciences
                                Bowling Green State University
                                205 Administration Building
                                Bowling Green, OH 43403
                                phone: (419) 372-2015 
                                fax: (419) 372-8548                                 
                                email: contactcas@bgsu.edu