Graduate Student Orientation

Bowling Green State University's Graduate Student Orientation ( GSO ) program acclimates new graduate students to the campus resources in order to foster community engagement and ensure student success. Provide initial training for students with first-time assistantships to ensure compliance with institutional policies as well as a successful start to their career. All graduate students are encouraged to attend GSO and is required for graduate students receiving their first assistantship contract from BGSU.


The mission of Bowling Green State University’s Graduate Orientation program is to enable all graduate students to acquire advanced skills in the areas of professional development, instructional competencies and techniques, and technology and research. Additionally, we will provide them with internal campus resources and external community resources. Finally, we will aid students in gaining an understanding of academic policies and procedures, in order to promote their academic and professional success.


The vision of the Graduate Student Orientation program is to educate incoming graduate students of institutional policies and procedures and to provide support of teaching, research, and administrative skills, as they seek to fulfill their academic goals.