1. Be a graduate of a senior high school approved or accredited by the department of education of the state in which it is located; or
2. Have earned high school equivalency through the General Educational Development (GED) testing program (issued by the state department of education); or
3. Present GED test results and ACT or SAT test results, if the student completed secondary education through an alternative program such as home schooling; or
4. Present an international baccalaureate diploma or certificate.
Admission is selective. In general, we require a high school record that includes four units of English; three units each of mathematics, science and social studies; two units of a foreign language; and one unit of visual or performing arts. Freshman applicants who do not meet the academic standards for admission may be offered admission to the University Program for Academic Success. Admission to the University Program for Academic Success is also selective, but not as competitive as regular admission. Space is limited.
An applicant is considered for admission on the basis of four criteria:
- High school coursework/curriculum
- Cumulative grade point average
- Official ACT or SAT results
- Class rank
- Application for Undergraduate Admission
- Official high school transcript
- Official ACT or SAT test results
- $45 application fee
Freshmen are defined as those who have graduated from a secondary school. Candidates who earned college credit before high school graduation are considered freshmen with advanced standing and should have their college transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.
High school graduates
If you have already graduated from high school, send the documents required directly to the BGSU Office of Admissions. An official high school transcript is also required. If you graduated from high school more than three years ago, you do not need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.
High school equivalency
If you earned high school equivalency through the General Educational Development (GED) testing program, send directly to the BGSU Office of Admissions. You should then have both an official copy of the GED results and an official high school transcript sent to the Office of Admissions.
Five-year admission policy
If you have not taken coursework anywhere (high school or college) during the past five years, you are eligible for admission to the University. Students admitted under this five-year admission policy are required to take courses under the close supervision of a college academic advisor.
Special admissions categories
International students should contact the International Programs Office at BGSU, 419-372-2247, for information on requirements and application procedures. Please note the application fee for international students is $75.