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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 resources

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.

Cultural Understanding

At BGSU students are immersed in cultural experiences from the moment they step on campus, living and learning alongside students from 70 different countries.

Linked Courses

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

Leadership Opportunities

If you are serious about developing your leadership qualities and aspire to be a leader throughout college and after graduation, BGSU has many programs that tap into your leadership potential. The Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (PLA), Leadership Academy or the Leadership Certificate Program – each with a specific focus – help you connect, synthesize, communicate and lead with integrity, wherever your dreams take you. Deadline to apply for the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy Scholarship is Dec. 7, 2015. Visit bgsu.edu/pla to apply.