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New Student Orientation & First Year Programs

The Office of New Student Orientation and First Year Programs, in collaboration with the University community, welcomes, supports, and empowers new students during their transition to University life and beyond.

By providing programs and coordinating strategic services that meet the diverse needs of incoming students, we support student success and persistence by offering educational opportunities that build community and facilitate personal growth and development within the Pillars of Success: Academic Success, Career Development, Leadership and Engagement, and Personal and Fiscal Responsibility.

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Soar

Soar

SOAR, “Student Orientation, Advising and Registration” is one part of your new student orientation experience at BGSU.  This on-campus event is your personal introduction to Bowling Green State University. Learn More

Opening Weekend

Opening Weekend

Opening Weekend is a required event for new BGSU students and serves as a comprehensive introduction to nearly everything BGSU offers you. Read More

First Year Programs

First Year Programs

The first year starts off on solid ground with BGSU's comprehensive SOAR program and continues with programs designed to assist all new students. Read More

PILLAR DEFINITIONS

  • Academic success is the outcome of a holistic learning experience and the achievement of goals as a result of the development of a strong foundation of skills, knowledge, routines and actions.
  • Career Development is the life-long process of identifying interests, values and skills while seeking and obtaining experiences and opportunities to identify and pursue possible career paths.
  • Leadership & Engagement is the intentional application of skills and involvement in experiences that support the achievement of personal, academic and career goals while seeking to build stronger communities in our world.
  • Personal & Fiscal Responsibility is the acknowledgment of new freedoms and obligations, and the ability to make choices that result in positive outcomes for oneself and the surrounding community.