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First Year Programs

Power to Transform

BGSU keeps you connected throughout your entire first year with special programs and activities designed to enhance your college experience in and out of the classroom. BGSU is one of only 16 universities in the US recognized for its leadership in first-year experiences by U.S. News & World Report.

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

A one-day event to springboard your BGSU experience.

At SOAR you’ll:
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Register for classes
  • Receive your BG1 Card
  • Get to know other BGSU students

Fall Welcome

Two weeks packed full of events and activities to get you familiar with all of the co-curricular activities BGSU has to offer

First Year Seminar

A yearlong series of workshops and programs to get you acquainted with BGSU resourcesBGSU student

Learning Communities

Share in service, social and leadership experiences with close friends as you immerse yourself in a community of people with similar passions. With 14 award-winning residential and
theme communities available within our residence halls, you can choose what fits you best. Students who live in learning communities experience a smoother transition into college life and are more likely to stay enrolled in college.

Linked Courses

Networking starts early at BGSU. As a freshman you will be enrolled in linked courses with students in similar majors.

Deciding on a Major?

Not sure what major to choose? BGSU has professionals in the Office of Pre-Major and Academic Planning to help you hone in on a major that is right for you. You can also check out our Career Center to find out about job prospects in your major.