Honors College

The University Honors Program was established in 1978, and designated as an Honors College in 2013.


The Bowling Green State University Honors College supports the BGSU mission by fostering a community of scholars.  Through an emphasis on personal and intellectual development, members are challenged to identify their values and broaden their worldview.  


  • Honors College members enjoy a lifelong commitment to engaged citizenship.
  • Honors College members sharpen their critical thinking, allowing them to attain comfort with ambiguity, to cultivate innovation and curiosity, and to explore personal values. 
  • The Honors curriculum promotes collaborative work, creativity, and interdisciplinary studies that culminate in original scholarship in the completion of an Honors capstone project.
  • Honors College students can expect to engage in leadership and professional development opportunities which lead to self-authorship.*
  • Honors College Students work with faculty mentors who encourage them to become leaders in their respective professions and communities.

*Self-authorship is “the capacity to internally define a coherent belief system and identity that coordinates engagement in mutual relations with the larger world” (Baxter Magolda in Baxter Magolda & King, 2004, p. xxii).

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Students in the News


Daniel Gerken

Daniel Gerken, a senior and Honors College student receives funds to study, research abroad. He will participate in BGSU’s exchange program at Aberyswyth University in Wales next spring.

Megan Leiss

Megan Leiss

Megan Leiss, an alumna of the Honors College at BGSU, has been named the 2013 Youth in Philanthropy Winner for her work with Dance Marathon and the contributions she made through her work as the director of the event.

Meresa McKesson

Meresa McKesson

Meresa McKesson has found her perfect fit at BGSU as a Civic Action Leader (CAL) through the Office of Service-Learning. Now in her second year as a CAL, McKesson has taken on responsibility for an important part of the office's biggest event of the year, the Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge.

Conference Presentation Acceptance

Conference Presentation Acceptance

Angela Li, Ben Zauski, Scott Brummel, and Nadejda Mirochnitchencko each were accepted for presentation at the National Undergraduate Research Conference. Submissions from over 200 universities were received. Congratulations to these students on their acceptance to this prestigious conference.