Falcon Forward

Welcome to FalconForward First Year Success, BGSU’s online resource hub for first year students! From information on academic expectations and resources, how to build relationships with faculty, information from key offices and initiatives on campus, career exploration and resume building, to how to manage your transition to college, FalconForward FYS contains all the information you need to know to succeed in your first year at BGSU.

For more information, contact Cyndie Roberts at crobert@bgsu.edu or 419-372-5533

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Explore the information below to help you succeed in your first year at BGSU!


Canvas is the online platform that many of your professors will use to manage your courses and deliver course material and assignments. In order to be a successful Falcon, it is important for you to understand how to access and use the basic features of Canvas. 

Please watch the following video that will walk you through the general navigation of your Canvas Dashboard, Global Navigation, Sidebar, and Course Shell. 

How to Access Canvas:

  1. Login to https://my.bgsu.edu/ with your BGSU Username and Password then click on the Canvas icon. If you are logging into Canvas through MyBGSU, you will need to have your cellphone available and set up with the two-step authentication through the Duo App.
  2. Login to canvas through http://canvas.bgsu.edu with your BGSU Username and Password. You will not need the two-step authentication when you login through this method. 

Many of your BGSU professors will use Canvas for assigning work. If you are unfamiliar with using Canvas, submitting assignments online might be a new experience for you. Understanding how to properly submit your assignments through Canvas before you get to BGSU is very important. We don't want you to accidentally miss any due dates for your homework!


Congrats! You've made it through orientation and you're one step closer to officially becoming a college student! Scary, right? Now that you have attended SOAR, it's time to prepare for the best 4-years of your life!

To give you an idea of what it is like as a first-year student at BGSU, we have provided you with a video from current BGSU students with tips on how to make the most of your college experience as a BGSU student, watch the short 3-minute video below.

Entering college right from high school, there may be some differences that you might not have expected. Watch the following video for an example of six differences between high school and college that this YouTube vlogger experienced.

Even though the YouTube vlogger did not attend BGSU, her experience is one that applies to freshmen in colleges all across the US. When preparing for life as a college student, it is helpful to anticipate the following key differences between your high school and college experience:

  1. Take responsibility for your academic success.
    • Ask your professors for help and clarification if you do not understand an assignment.
    • Seek out tutoring services, visit the library, and schedule appointments with your academic advisor. 
  2. Take responsibility for your actions.
    • You will have more freedom in college and begin making your own life choices.
    • Enjoying your new found freedom can be very fun and exhilarating, but it is important to remember that with freedom comes responsibility.
    • You will now be held responsible for the consequences of your actions.
  3. College is a collaborative learning environment
    • Ask questions during class and come prepared. 
  4. You will spend less time in class at college than you did in high school
    • It is important to learn how to use this time wisely.
    • Start studying for your next exam, prepare your class notes, visit the library, and complete your assignments.
  5. Students need to spend 2 hours of study per 1 hour of class
    • If you are taking 12 credit hours, that means you will need to spend 24hrs of studying per week
    • College is your full-time job, so treat your study time seriously.  

This might seem like a lot of change, but don't worry! Every college freshman has to learn how to be a college student and BGSU is equipped with all of the resources you need to be successful!

Regardless of the assignment, department, or your professor, adopting these habits will be helpful:

  • Read the assignment carefully as soon as you receive it. Don't put this task off! Reading the assignment at the beginning will save you time, stress, and problems later.
  • Check your syllabus at the beginning of the semester for due dates of all your assignments. Pay close attention to due dates for major assignments so that they don't catch you by surprise! 
  • Check to see if the assignment has a grading rubric. Grading rubrics are very important. Rubrics outline the expectations for the assignment and what you need to do in order to reiceve full points on the assignment. 
  • Ask your instructor about anything you don't understand. Don't hesitate to approach them. They would prefer to set you straight before you hand in the assignment. That's also when you will find their feedback most useful.
  • Pay close attention to how your instructor would like you to format the assignment. 

Your professors are NOT fooled when you:

  • Use huge fonts, wide margins or extra spacing to pad the page length. These tricks are immediately obvious to the eye. Most professors use the same word processor that you do. Such tactics are especially irritating when the professor has a stack of 60 papers to grade and yours is the only one that low-flying airplane pilots could read.
  • Use an assignment from another class that covered "sort of similar" material. Your other assignment may not cover this material, and turning in the same assignment for more than one class may qualify as an Academic Honesty violation. Ask your professor beforehand.
  • Get all wacky and "creative" before you answer the question. Showing that you are able to think beyond the boundaries of a simple assignment can be good, but you must do what the assignment calls for first. Again, ask your professor beforehand.

One of the key differences between high school and college is the use of a college course syllabus. The course syllabus plays a key role in communicating what the professor expects from you as a student, AND what you can expect of the professor.The course syllabus is so important that most professors will spend the first day of class reviewing content on the syllabus. The syllabus can tell you nearly everything you need to know about how a course will be run and what will be expected of you. Key components of the course syllabus are as follows:

1. Descriptive Information
This includes the class date, time, and section number as well as the instructor name and contact information and their scheduled office hours. This should appear at the top of the syllabus. 

2. Texts, Reading Materials, Required Course Supplies

3. Student Learning Outcomes (Expectations for Learning) 
Learning Outcomes can been thought of as goals or promises of what you will be able to know and do upon completion of the course. The learning outcomes often emphasize skills, abilities, and content mastery.

4. Methods of Assessment and Grading Scale 
Your professor should include a grading scale and information about their methods for assessing if you have achieved the stated learning outcomes.

5. Assignments and Due Dates 
Your professor should include a list of your assignments and their due dates for the entire class length. It is important to note when your due dates are, especially for large assignments, readings, and exams. 

6. Policy Statements and Support Offices for Student Success 
This is where your professor will list their classroom policies and expectations. Classroom policies could include attendance requirements, technology usage, and behavioral expectations. BGSU campus policies will also be referenced, like academic honest, university closure, religious holidays, code of conduct, and disability policies. Your instructor should provide a list of campus resources to support your student success. Some of these resources could include The Learning Commons Counseling Center, and Accessibilitiy Services.

An essential piece of advice given to college students over and over again is "get to know your professors" or "talk to your professors". This advice is very beneficial if you want to build a good and possibly lifelong relationship with your professors. Having these relationships can be useful down the road, whether you need advice for certain situations, references for when you apply for a job, or a letter of recommendation for graduate school.

For many students, the first steps involved in getting to know and talking with your professor can be nerve-wracking. What do I say to my professor? What questions should I ask? Should I talk to them right after class or go to their office hours? Watch the following video from professors at the University of Toronto Scarborough to gain a better understanding of how to begin building relationships with your professors.

Key Student Behaviors: 

  • Ask questions during class
  • Visit your professor during office hours
  • Build relationships for future opportunities for research, internships, and reference letters 
  • Utilize proper email etiquette when contacting your professor

Watch the following video from Dr. Matt Partin regarding the best ways to contact your professors.

Email is the primary mode of communication used on a college campus. Therefore, understanding how to use proper email etiquette when contacting your professors is incredibly important. Professors are experts in their field of study, and should be treated with respect. If you are asking your professor for help, they are more likely to respond positively to your email if you are addressing them in a respectful manner. If you use the same language as you use when texting your friends, your professor may be less responsive to your pleads for assistance. 

It is helpful to use this general template: 

[Clear email subject line]

Dear Professor [Insert their Last-Name],

I’m in your [Class Name, Section Number] that meets on [Day and Time]. [This is the question I have or the help I need.] I’ve looked in the syllabus and at my notes from class and online and I asked someone else from the class, and I think [This Is The Answer], but I’m still not sure. [This is the action I would like you to take.]

Thank You,
Your Name

Key Components of the Template:

  • Use a clear email subject line. The subject “BIOL 1050 Mid-Term Questions Assistance” would work a bit better than “heeeeelp!” 
  • Address your professor according to their title. Do not address them by their first names unless they have indicated that this is appropriate. 
  • Provide your class name, section number, meeting day and time. Your professors teach multiple classes and need to know to which class you are asking a question in reference. 
  • Before you ask your question, you need to check the syllabus or ask classmates to see if you can answer the question yourself. If you ask the question and the answer is easily found in your syllabus, your instructor may not be too happy. 
  • Use standard punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. Do not email your professor with the same language you use to text, snapchat, and tweet.


At BGSU, students are assigned an academic advisor from day one. Advisors work with you to:

College Advisors

There are two types of academic advisors at BGSU, College Advisors and Faculty Mentors.  During your first three semesters at BGSU, you will meet with your professional college advisor to select your classes and clarify your major. 

Professional advisors are sub-dived into the following offices based on your major or program: 

  1. Arts & Sciences
  2. Business Administration
  3. Education & Human Development
  4. Health & Human Services
  5. Honors
  6. Musical Arts
  7. Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering
  8. Undergraduate Advising & Academic Services  

Faculty Mentors

After the first three semesters at BGSU, most students stop meeting with their professional college advisor and begin meeting with their Faculty Mentor. Faculty Mentors are faculty members who are assigned to work with you as part of your particular major/program of study. Faculty Mentors will assist you to the completion of your degree and help you explore potential career opportunities or graduate school in your field of study.

What is Mandatory Advising?

Mandatory Advising is the requirement that all students meet with their professional college advisor for their first three semesters at BGSU prior to course registration.  

Why Have this Requirement?

This requirement is designed to help you establish a meaningful, working relationship with your advisor(s) who will help you become familiar with policies, procedures and degree programs and requirements early in your career at BGSU. 

You will have a registration hold on your account until you meet with your assigned advisor and they release the hold enabling you to register. You may check the status of holds on your account by logging onto MyBGSU and clicking on “Student Center.” After your first three semesters at BGSU, you will not be required to meet with your advisor prior to registration. However, you should then begin meeting with your Faculty Mentor.

We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisors and Faculty Mentors throughout your time at BGSU to ensure that you choose courses that will allow you to graduate in a timely manner.

You most likely met with an advisor at SOAR to select your fall classes. However, this may not be your assigned advisor. It is important for you to know how to find and contact the advisor that is assigned to work with you.

If you are enrolled in multiple majors or programs, you may have an advisor for each specific program. This is to ensure that you receive advising from individuals who know the details of your programs well.

Contact any of these individuals when you have questions or concerns related to your academics. Your advisor can help you develop your graduation plan, select courses, navigate the university, and achieve personal, educational, and career goals.

How to Find Your Advisor:

  1. Login to MyBGSU
  2. Select “Student Center”
  3. On the right hand side of the page, you will see a blue box with the heading “Advisors”
  4. In this box, you will see the name(s) and phone number(s) for your advisor(s).

Call Your Advisor at the Number Listed in Student Center

You can call your advisor at the phone number listed in Student Center. Be prepared with your available dates and times that you would like to schedule your appointment. Remember! You can not schedule an advising appointment during your scheduled class times.

Schedule Online Through SSC

SSC stands for Student Success Collaborative and it is BGSU's online portal used to schedule advising and tutoring appointments. To access SSC, log-in to your MyBGSU and click on the SSC icon. Follow these directions on how to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through SSC.

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Schedule On Your Phone Through the Guide Mobile App

You probably downloaded and heard about Guide at SOAR. Guide is a mobile app that helps you create your educational journey from orientation to graduation. The app helps you schedule advising appointments, choose the right major, navigate requirements from financial aid to course registration, and stay on top of important dates and deadlines—all in the palm of your hand! For these directions on how to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through Guide.

As a student, you have clear responsibilities in the partnership with your academic advisor. To help guide you in this process, we have created the Advising Syllabus.

Your advisor expects you to: 

  • Schedule regular appointments
  • Come to each appointment prepared with questions
  • Keep all of your advising documents and bring them to each appointment
  • Complete all recommendations from your advisor
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures

You can expect your advisor to:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements and university and college policies and procedures
  • Provide you with information about the available resources and services on campus
  • Be accessible for meetings via office hours for advising, telephone, e-mail or web access
  • Maintain confidentiality

One document that you should bring to your advising appointment is the Graduation Planner. Graduation Planners are used to create a four-year plan with your professional college advisor to ensure that you take courses in the correct sequence and complete all necessary prerequisites for upper-level course requirements.

We strongly encourage you to print off this document and discuss this with your advisor when you schedule your first academic advising meeting during the Fall semester.  

Looking for the list of all the classes you need to complete for your degree, major, and/or minor? Check out Programs and Checksheets to find out more information.

College of Arts & Sciences
205 Administration Building

College of Business
Office of Undergraduate Student Development
253 Business Administration Building

Deciding Student Program
101 University Hall

College of Education & Human Development
Office of Student and Academic Services
102 Education Building

BGSU Firelands College
Academic & Student Services
129 West Building

College of Health & Human Services
Academic Advising Center
131 Health and Human Services Building

Honors College
024 Founders Hall

College of Musical Arts
1031 Moore Musical Arts Center

Pre-College Programs
101 University Hall

Pre-Professional Programs
101 University Hall

College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering
Undergraduate Services Office
102 Technology Building

Undergraduate Advising & Academic Services
101 University Hall

What is DARS?

Another document/system to use during your advising appointments is DARS. DARS stands for Degree Audit Reporting System and is the system used by BGSU to track and monitor your academic progress towards graduation. 

DARS can be accessed by both you and your advisor. You should get into the habit of checking your personal DARS report each semester after final grades are posted to see if you are meeting your degree requirements. 

How to access your DARS report:

  1. Log on to your”MyBGSU” from the BGSU homepage.
  2. Click on the “Degree Audit” icon at the bottom of the page, in the 'Tools' section. Select the program you desire in the center drop-down list and then click on “Submit a New Audit.”
  3. Open the audit. Click on “Open All Sections” to open the entire audit.
  4. Click on “View Course History” to see a list of all your courses and a historical display of your GPA.
  5. Review your audit and utilize it to plan your schedule for each term. Discrepancies should be reported/discussed with your advisor. 

Contact dars@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8223 with questions regarding the electronic degree audit. Questions regarding applicability of coursework should be directed to the academic advisor.



Student Rights 

One of the concerns of Bowling Green State University is to provide each student with the opportunity to learn. Therefore, some personal freedoms and rights of students include, but are not limited to:

  1. Freedom of inquiry, speech and assembly.
  2. Freedom from threats.
  3. Freedom from acts of violence.
  4. Freedom from unfair or obscene treatment from others.
  5. Freedom from interference from others in an unreasonable and unauthorized manner while in class, activities and public events.
  6. Freedom from theft and willful destruction of personal property.
  7. Right to study and to learn in an atmosphere of academic freedom.
  8. Right to procedural due process in University conduct action.
  9. Right to be governed by justifiable academic regulations.
  10. Right to be informed of the regulations for academic and social conduct, and graduation requirements of the University.
  11. Right to petition for redress of grievances, academic and nonacademic.
  12. Right to be informed in writing of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

Student Responsibilities 

  1. To respect the rights and property of others.
  2. To be fully acquainted and comply with the published rules and regulations of the University.
  3. To comply with all local, state and federal laws
  4. To recognize that student actions reflect upon the individuals involved as well as upon the entire University community.
  5. To recognize the University’s obligation to provide an environment conducive for learning and academic inquiry.
  6. To adhere to the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.

For more information, visit the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act transfers both rights and responsibilities from parents to students in its protection of student education records at the college level. As a student at BGSU, you have a certain degree of control over who has access to your records depending on your status as a tax dependent, the nature of the information requested, and the reason for accessing or disseminating the information. This means your parents will not have access to your grades without your written authorization.

You may choose to waive this right to allow your parents or guardian access to your education records by signing Student's Authorization to Release Information form, available online or from the Office of the Bursar, 419-372-2815.  This form can also be used to revoke your authorization for access at any time if you change your mind.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding (the vast majority of schools). Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments and failure to do so is a violation that means a school could risk losing its federal funding.

Modified from, Title IX. (n.d.). Retrieved March 5, 2018, from https://www.knowyourix.org/college-resources/title-ix/

Myths About Title IX

  • "Title IX is just for athletics"
    • This is perhaps the most widely held misconception about Title IX. Athletics are not the only component of academic life governed by Title IX. Other areas which fall within the scope of Title IX include:
  • "Title IX requires that male athletic opportunities be decreased to provide opportunities for female programs" 
    • Title IX is designed to create parity in athletics, as well as other educational opportunities and experiences for men and women. Title IX does not require schools to cut men’s athletic programs. Each school determines how it will comply with Title IX regulations.
  • "Title IX applies only to discrimination against women."
    • While Title IX has been used mostly by women seeking to protect their rights, Title IX also serves to protect the rights of men and those who are gender non-comforming. Title IX requires that males, gender non-comforming, and females receive fair and equitable treatment in all areas of education. 

Additional Resources:

BGSU's Academic Honesty Policy defines plagiarism as, "Representing as one’s own in any academic exercise the words or ideas of another, including but not limited to, quoting or paraphrasing without proper citation" (Academic Honesty) Plagiarizing your work is in direct violation of BGSU's Academic Honestly Policy and as such has potentially severe consequences for your status as a student at BGSU.

Here are Five Tips to help you avoid direct or indirect acts of plagiarism:

1. Use Original Ideas and Opinions

Always focus on using your own ideas and opinions about a research topic. If you need to use outside sources, make sure that they are relevant to the topic and that you properly cite your sources. 

2. Paraphrase

Paraphrasing is "using your own words to express someone else's message or ideas." Even though you are paraphrasing, you still need to cite the source in order to give credit to the original author. 

Here is an example of paraphrasing: 

  • Original sentence:
    Her life spanned years of incredible change for women.
  • Paraphrased sentence:
    Mary lived through an era of liberating reform for women.

Learn more about paraphrasing.

Content sourced from: What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples. (n.d.). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-paraphrasing-definition-examples-quiz.html

3. Cite your Sources

When in doubt, always cite your sources. There are two forms of citation, MLA or APA. Your professor will inform you which form of citation they prefer. If you are unaware how to cite your sources, use this free citation machine

4. Use Quotation Marks

If you are quoting directly from your source, you must use qutoation marks. 

5. Ask for Help

If you are unsure, always ask for help. BGSU has great resources in our library system to assist our students with properly citing and writing their research papers. When you visit the Jerome Library, go to the Research and Information Desk and ask for assistance. You can also call the library, use their online chat, or schedule an appointment with a librarian. Here is a full list of student resources.

Financial Literacy

2018-19 Pricing

GOLD | $2,220

SILVER | $2,045

BRONZE | $1,719

TRADITIONAL A.Y.C.E. (All You Can Eat) 19 Meals Per Week 15 Meals Per Week 12 Meals Per Week
RETAIL (Falcon Dollars) 2,220 Falcon Dollars 2,045 Falcon Dollars 1,719 Falcon Dollars
CUSTOM (Required for Freshmen) 140 Meals Per Semester + 1,000 Falcon Dollars 120 Meals Per Semester + 900 Falcon Dollars 90 Meals Per Semester + 800 Falcon Dollars

What's the difference between Falcon Dollars and Swipes?

Swipes are meal plan dollars that can only be used to eat on campus at The Carillon and The Oaks dining halls to purchase an AYCE (All You Can Eat) meals. BGSU Dining Services also allows students to donate their swipes towards the end of the semester in order to allow students who ran out of swipes or don't have a meal plan to be able to purchase a meal with your donated swipe!

Falcon Dollars is a prepaid or stored value account that is used for locations all across campus such as Falcon Outfitters, Falcon's Nest, Black Swamp Pub, Campus Starbucks, Campus Dunkin Donuts, Dining Services, select vending machines, and select community merchants. Your Falcon Dollars may be used to supplement  your meal plan.

How can I manage my Meal Plan without running out?


Falcon Dollars can carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester if you have any remaining balance left over. Swipes, however, do not carry over from the Fall to Spring but the balance will reset at the start of each semester.

It's highly recommended not to use all your of your Falcon Dollars at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts. Unless it's Finals Week and you need the caffeine to motivate you to push through then it's totally recommended.

n order to use your Swipes and Falcon Dollars wisely, you should be setting an average amount each week on how much you should spend depending on which of three Meal Plans you selected at the beginning of the semester. For example, if you have the Gold plan, you should be spending 63.63 Falcon Dollars and using 9 Swipes per week throughout the semester

How Do I Check My Meal Plan Balance?

To check the balance of your Swipes and Falcon Dollars, log-in to MyBGSU and select BG1 card services. 

Map of BGSU Dining Centers


To learn more about Meal Plans, you can visit the BGSU Dining website.

How to Start the Conversation

Talking about money isn’t always a light conversation. Whether they have mentioned the financial topic to you before, or you have been handling the college process on your own, ask your parents/guardians if they are willing to set aside some time to sort things out with you. A simple, “Can we talk about college?” at the dinner table may be enough to break the ice.

Questions to Ask your Parents

Once you have their attention, it’s important to be prepared. If it’s easier for you to remember questions by writing them out, put them down on a Post-it and bring it with you. Start with something simple, such as, “Have you thought about our financial situation in terms of college?” Getting an idea of how much preparing they have done can give you an idea of how much preparing you still need to do.

Your parents/guardians may tell you that they have set aside money in a college savings fund. If so, it’s perfectly okay to ask how much they have saved. You can compare this amount to the cost of tuition. Learn more about BGSU tuition and fees.

You might be unsure about whether or not your parents have started a college savings fund. If so, your next question may sound something like, “Have you thought about how I am going to pay for college?” This is an important question to ask because it can result in a variety of answers. Maybe they’ve saved enough to pay for all of your college costs, or maybe they’ve saved for a portion and are planning on having you cover the rest. Or you may be financially independent and planning on paying for college yourself. In any case, you’ll want to ask them about taking out loans as well.

Regardless of your financial situation, it’s important to make sure everyone involved is on the same page.

Let's Talk about Financial Aid

Nearly all college counselors, admissions experts and teachers will tell you that the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the most important financial aid document.

By filling out the FAFSA, the government can get an idea of your family’s income and financial situation. They consider factors such as your personal income, your parents’ income, the amount of siblings you have and other factors in order to determine how much need-based aid you will receive.

The FAFSA website lists due dates according to each state. Ask your parents when they are available to help you complete the FAFSA, as it will require them to reference many important documents such as their income and tax records.

Once they’ve gathered their income and tax records, sit down and complete the FAFSA together so they can answer any questions you may have and confirm the information you’re entering. The whole form can be filled out in one sitting.

Aside from the FAFSA, there are other ways to get financial aid, like scholarships for example.Here is a full list of available BGSU scholarships.

Keep the Communication Constant

Since college is paid for by semester or on an annual basis, it’s important to remember that the money talk isn’t a one-time conversation. If you’re having trouble getting through to your parents/guardians, don’t be afraid to reach out to a financial aid advisor, who can help you answer many of the same questions and offer further suggestions for talking to your parents. While money is an important part of the college process, it shouldn’t hold you back from pursuing your degree.

Susnak, Brianna (January 28, 2017). How to Talk to Your Parents About Paying for College. Retrieved from https://www.hercampus.com/high-school/how-talk-your-parents-about-paying-college

What is it like having a job on campus?

BGSU can offer you, as a student, a variety of employment opportunities while balancing homework at the same time! More than 4,300 students work on-campus, while others work in the local communities or return to a job at home during breaks. That's a lot of people!

Many students choose to work on campus because it's convenient and you're able to work closely with others. You'll develop work skills and employment experience, as well as earn money for the hard work that you do. Research shows that working on campus can lead to improved academic performance. You'll learn to manage your time better, gain an "insider's view" of the University, and make a real connections. Campus employment will expose you to a professional and supportive academic work environment. You'll learn and develop valuable work habits, skills, and leadership qualities that will benefit you for other future employment.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study program, is a federally-funded program that assists students with the costs of your college education. The Federal Work-Study Program helps students earn financial funding through a part-time employment program. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for FWS. If you demonstrate financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid, you may receive FWS as part of your financial aid "package." If so, FWS will be listed on your Notice of Financial Aid Eligibility Letter, also called an "award" letter. Student Financial Aid (SFA) determines a maximum amount of FWS you can earn during the school year.

What is WorkNet and how can it help you find a job?

WorkNet is BGSU’s online database that contains listings for part-time and seasonal jobs, as well as co-ops, internships and career (post graduate) job opportunities. You'll find lots and lots of job opportunities this way!

To access WorkNet, login through your MyBGSU Web Portal, get your profile looking good, and look at the searches off to the right to find listings for:

  • On-Campus Regular Jobs – all students are eligible
  • On-Campus Federal Work Study Jobs – students who have FWS as part of their financial aid packages are eligible
  • Part-Time/Seasonal Off-Campus Jobs – all students are eligible

Check out the On-Campus Employment FAQ for more information.

Never created a resume before? No worries! Learn more on how to create your first ever resume for college!

Money Management Online Module

BGSU Banking Basics by PNC Bank aims to teach students about the essentials of money management, from depositing checks to understanding income and how to create a budget. Designed to be completed in about 45 minutes, Students can use their BGSU email addresses to create course-specific accounts, which allows them to sign in and out of the course so they can complete it on their own schedule -- and when they do, they'll get a certificate of completion that indicates how well they did on the knowledge-check portions of the site.

Additional Resources

BGSU Student Financial Aid Estimator
This estimator provides an estimate of the financial assistance you may be eligible to receive for the upcoming academic year.

Credit Card Calculator
This calculator allows you to see the true cost of paying only the minimum balance on your credit card.

Daily Spending Plan (Excel)
This Spending Plan gives you the ability to track your income and daily expenses by category.

Monthly Spending Plan (Excel)
This Personal Monthly Spending Plan gives you the opportunity to track monthly income and expenses by category.

BGSU CashCourse
BGSU has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education giving BGSU students access to financial education information specifically designed for college students.

nslds.ed.gov - National Student Loan Data System
Find out the status of your student loans, repayment and defernment options, and information regarding the federal aid you have received.  

direct.ed.gov - William D Ford. Federal Direct Loan Program
Students and parents can explore the site for information about the Direct Loan Program, including helpful publications and tools to help manage their Direct Loans.

CollegeBoard College Calculator
This link takes you to a number of college financing calculators designed to help you project your income as well as the expenses associated with attending a college or university.

Diversity and Inclusion

Bowling Green State University and members of the BGSU community are charged with building a campus and community that fosters diversity and inclusion for all members of the BGSU family.

In this module, you will learn how you can be involved in promoting diversity and inclusion. Additionally, we will share information with you about some of the BGSU departments that promote diversity and inclusion, student organizations with a focus on aspects of diversity and inclusion, and a few highlighted programs you might consider attending to learn more about diversity and inclusion on campus. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 419-372-2642.


There are infinite ways BGSU community members can promote diversity and inclusion, here are just a few:

  • Use inclusive language. Don’t assume someone’s gender or gender pronouns – use their name and the pronouns with which they identify. Don’t refer to a group of people as “you guys.” Don’t use offensive terminology (aka slurs), not even as a joke!
  • Ask questions. Make a point to learn about things that interest you. Make a point to learn about things you don’t understand. Make a point to learn about others. Take a diversity course
  • Make connections with people. Remember “the danger of a single story” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful 2009 TED Talk). Learn about and develop an appreciation for other cultures. Attend an Office of Multicultural Affairs Dialogue Series Attend a student organization meeting.  
  • Include diverse voices in your academic work. Find out what “voices” are missing in your academic work and look to fill in those gaps. Intentionally cite women, people of color, women of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, etc.
  • Learn about other ways you can be an ally. Go to a Safe Zone Attend a Women’s Center weekly discussion series conversation. Meet with a Student Leadership Assistant. Get involved with Not In Our Town. Participate in the Inclusive Leadership Certificate program.


Here is a bit of information about some of the BGSU departments that promote diversity and inclusion (click on links to websites for further information). This is not a complete list:

The Counseling Center staff strives to promote the psychological wellbeing of students from diverse backgrounds; to foster their development, learning, and academic success; and to provide appropriate intervention when students are experiencing serious mental health concerns.

Disability Services has a mission of providing equal access and opportunity to qualified students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.

International Programs & Partnerships works with current and prospective international students and collaborates with units on campus to provide multiple services for students traveling internationally.

LGBTQ+ Programs and Services provides programming, education, and support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community while building a stronger base of allies and advocates.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs promotes, facilitates, and advocates for a welcoming, socially just, and inclusive campus community by supporting the retention of diverse student populations and providing diversity education and multicultural programs for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Ethnic Student Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center. Check out student testimonials here.

Nontraditional and Military Student Services provides assistance to support nontraditional students starting or restarting their education and active-military or Veteran students in navigating the application process and easing the transition to BGSU.

The Office of Human Resources monitors University compliance with federal and state equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and regulations.

TRIO Programs at Bowling Green State University comprises several educational outreach and academic enrichment programs designed to motivate and assist students to enter and succeed in higher education.

The Women's Center's mission is to make manifest the University's commitment to maintaining a campus climate in which women receive equal access, just treatment, and opportunities to utilize their talents to their fullest and most meaningful extent.

Off-Campus Student Services provides resources to all off-campus students, including students living in Bowling Green and those commuting from a great distance.


Here is a bit of information about some of the BGSU student organizations that promote diversity and inclusion (click on links to websites for further information). You can find all registered student organizations on OrgSync. This is not an exhaustive list:

African Peoples’ Association – An organization that focuses on the diversity of the African continent as well as other countries. Members learn facts about Africa and obtain cultural awareness, while exchanging ideas and values.

Black Student Union – BSU’s mission is to “create cultural and political awareness amongst the Black and overall campus community through programming and initiatives that promote unity, leadership, and scholarship.”

Chinese Culture Club - In Chinese Club you get to do all sorts of Chinese Cultural and Language Learning activities such as Chinese Language Practice over Tea, Calligraphy and Majohng, and much more!

Chinese Students and Scholars Association – CSAA is a student support association that provides academic and culture related programs and services to all Chinese students on campus.

Culture Club – The Culture Club promotes the critical study of culture, society, media, and history.

Disability Rights Education Awareness and Mentoring – D.R.E.A.M. spreads knowledge and awareness about disabilities on campus.

Fad Watch – Fad Watch promotes originality and self-confidence through the enrichment of fashion – for people of all cultures, sizes, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, social preferences, and personal beliefs.

GradPride – GradPride provides a safe, welcoming, and affirming space for BGSU’s LGBT* graduate students (faculty, staff, and nontraditional students are also welcome).

Hillel – Hillel is an organization for Jewish campus life.

BGSU Japanese Club – The mission of Japanese Club is to increase the student population’s awareness of Japanese culture, language, and society in a fun and engaging manner.

K.I.N.G.S. – K.I.N.G.S. is an organization for men of color who strive for academic and social excellence.

Latino Student Union – LSU provides familia – a home away from home – for students who identify as Latino/Hispanic and/or have an interest in learning more about Latino culture, heritage, and issues that are affecting Latinos here and around the world.

Muslim Student Association – The Muslim Student Association is a group of brothers and sisters in faith who are seeking to make new friends, learn more about classes, understand the Islamic faith, and discover themselves in the process.

NAACP - The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

National Council of Negro Women - The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Bowling Green State University Section serves to lead, develop, advocate, inform, and unify the African American women of Bowling Green State University’s campus and its surrounding communities as they support their individual, family, and societal efforts and lifestyles.

Persian Students Association – PSA’s purpose is to gather BGSU students who are interested in Persian (e.g., southern west Asia, the middle east) culture for cultural, social, and entertaining purposes.

Queens of Color – Queens of Color seeks to uplift, empower, and build healthy relationships among women of color at BGSU.

Russian Club – Russian Club members share a variety of interests related to the culture, history, language, and people of Russia.

Saudi Students Association – The Saudi Students Association seeks to create a healthy social environment for all Saudi students and to represent the Saudi culture to non-Saudis at BGSU.

VISION (LGBTQ+) – A student group on campus that focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community and its supporters.

WA1T: We Are One Team – We aim to create a more inclusive environment at BGSU by uniting individuals with diverse cultural and social backgrounds through their mutual love and passion for sports. – 2017 NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient

World Student Association – To promote intercultural understanding and friendship among students from different cultures and backgrounds through cultural, educational, and social activities.


The Center for Leadership (CFL) guides, engages, and teaches students to achieve true leadership abilities. At the CFL, you will learn that that leaders never stop learning.

The CFL provides workshops, classes, and special programs for you to develop your leadership skills based on the following core leadership values:

  1. Integrity: Acting in an ethical and legal manner that is harmonious with personal and organizational values.
  2. Purpose: Understanding personal and organizational values and establishing a sense of purpose that contributes to the development of others.
  3. Group Development: The ability to manage and lead individuals in the establishment and execution of group goals.
  4. Inclusion: Creating broad and safe environments that engage and support diversity.
  5. Global Citizenship: Versatility in leadership and communication style that is respectful of cultural context and implications.

Through the workshops, classes, and special programs at the CFL, you will learn...

  1. How to lead with integrity and get others excited about getting involved.
  2. The real meaning of group dynamics and how to create a team that works as one to achieve its goals. 
  3. How to Engage others and how to settle conflicts.
  4. How to Network and excel in your missions. 

The Center for Leadership offers a variety of workshops and certificate programs for students to expand their leadership skills. Before you arrive on campus, it is a good idea to explore leadership opportunities that will be available to you. 

Student Leadership AssistantsThe Student Leadership Assistants assist the Center for Leadership by researching, developing, administering and assessing a broad array of student leadership development and educational programs. 

Leadership Certificate Program - The Leadership Certificate Program is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Bowling Green State University. 

Leadership Academy - the premier, annual leadership conference at BGSU. This one-day event takes place in November and engages emerging student leaders in educational sessions targeted toward their leadership development.

Competency Certificates


The Inclusive Leadership Certificate (ILC) was started in the Fall 2014. The ILC, offered by the Center for Leadership and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is a program that will help you develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills for inclusive leadership in an increasingly diverse world.

The Global Leadership Certificate (GLC) was started Fall 2015. This program helps you with your versatility in leadership and communication style that is respectful of cultural context and implications.

The Ethical Leadership Certificate (ELC) was started Spring 2017. The ELC focuses on integrity and ethics in your leadership at BGSU and beyond.


A great way to get involved, make new friends, and find campus organizations that match your interests is to attend one of our major campus fall events. Read about the major events listed below and add them to your calendar so that you don't forget! We hope to see you at one of these events!

Campus Fest – Thursday, August 30, 2018

Looking to get involved or just get some free swag and meet new people? Come to Campus Fest, an annual all-campus event with over 300 student organizations, departments, colleges, and businesses represented! Find out how to get involved and learn more about which organizations are active on campus and within our community. Fellow Falcons, fun-filled activities, and great giveaways make Campus Fest a must-see destination.

Falcon Family Weekend – September 14-16, 2018

Falcon Family Weekend is an annual tradition on Bowling Green State University's campus. Our goal is to bring parents and families to the BGSU campus to reconnect with their students and see what life is like as a Falcon. Join us this year for a weekend packed with activities, games, and events suitable for the entire family!

Constitution Day – September 17, 2018

Constitution Day, observed annually on September 17, was enacted in 2004 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 108-447. The goal of this program is to provide education concerning citizenship, civic duty, and the U.S. Constitution. Participants can pick-up a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, and a stars and stripes American flag wristband; engage in a quiz with questions concerning the U.S. Constitution; pick-up voter registration information/materials; and pick-up information about careers in Law while interacting with members of the Law Society.

Homecoming Weekend – October 8-14, 2018

More than just a football game, parade, pep rally, and step show, BGSU Homecoming is a time when alumni from around the world return to their alma mater to reconnect with people, places, and traditions.

Joining a fraternity or sorority will help you make the most of your BGSU experience and with nearly forty organizations that all have different purposes and personalities, we are confident that every student can find their "home away from home" within our fraternity/sorority community. Watch the short video below for an introduction to Greek life at BGSU!

Common Questions about Greek Life at BGSU

How do I join a Greek organization at BGSU?

For Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic organizations, you have the opportunity to go through formal or informal recruitment each semester. Click here for more details. For National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council organizations you should start by attending an informational session for the organization you would like to join.

Am I going to be hazed?

Hazing is a criminal act in the state of Ohio, punishable by jail time. Hazing is inconsistent with the values of the BGSU fraternity and sorority community. Each organization has a strict zero tolerance policy on hazing. Any and all allegations of hazing are investigated and can remain anonymous.

How much does it cost to join a fraternity or sorority?

Each member is required to pay dues each semester to their respective organization. While amounts are different for each chapter, they generally pay for similar things such as insurance, council dues, national fees, etc. Additionally, many of our chapters are flexible in how you pay and payment plans are very common. Some organizations offer scholarships to cover dues.

Additionally, as a community, we have defined a shared set of standards that guide the experiences provided to members:

▪ Academic Excellence   ▪ Civic Engagement    ▪ Leadership      ▪ Positive Relationships

Interested in joining Greek Life this upcoming Fall?

Visit the Interfraternity Council's website to learn more about the chapters and upcoming Formal Recruitment dates!

Visit the Panhellenic Council's website to learn more about the chapters and upcoming Formal Recruitment dates!

Visit the National Pan-Hellenic Council website and the Multicultural Greek Council website to learn more about the chapters and stay up to date on when informational sessions will be taking place!

Learn more information about Greek Life at BGSU.
Read the Fraternity and Sorority handbook.

Brown and orange, Freddie and Frieda, squirrels, ghosts and Ay Ziggy Zoomba…

Bowling Green State University has over 100 years of rich traditions that form a bond among generations of BGSU students, alumni and members of the campus community. Everyone on campus has met Freddie and Frieda, and brown and orange is to BGSU like pepperoni is to pizza. But do you know how these long-standing traditions evolved? Do you know the secret of the seal? Have you met Alice the ghost?

Falcon Fridays


Every Friday throughout the school year is a Falcon Friday. From noon to 1 p.m., SICSIC, cheerleaders and dance team members as well as Freddie and Frieda Falcon cruise around campus on golf carts promoting school spirit, sharing information about upcoming campus events and giving away prizes. There is another important note about Falcon Fridays … if you are not wearing your BGSU colors, you could receive a citation from Freddie and Frieda and maybe even a brown and orange T-shirt to throw on!

Post your Falcon Friday pics to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using hashtag #bgspirit or #FalconFriday 


sicsic.jpgSICSIC was created Oct. 5, 1946, at 12:45 a.m. Seated in the darkened room of BGSU President Frank Prout's office, six young men (Richard Oliver Harig, Erwin Potts, Gilbert Fox, Earl Mott, Max Hofmeisier and James Limbacher) anxiously waited to hear why they had been called to the president's office at such a late hour. Each one had received a secret letter earlier that day telling him to meet in the president's office at 12:45 a.m. and to destroy the letter as soon as he had read and memorized it.

The letter bewildered the boys and piqued their curiosity. President Prout; Harig, a senior Sigma Alpha Epsilon member; and Reverend James Stoner, the campus minister, had met earlier in the year to discuss the need for more school spirit and had decided that a secret spirit organization was the solution. Prout went through the yearbook and hand picked the six men who would become the original "secret six." They had decided the new spirit organization would consist of two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.

All six young men agreed to join the group and felt honored to have been chosen for the position. The group knew that they must have a unique and original name in order for their organization to stand out, and SICSIC was created. The meaning of the name remains a secret, with only members knowing what it stands for.


Secrets of the BGSU Seal

Legend has it that if you stand on the seal at midnight and kiss your sweetheart, you will soon be married. However, if you and your sweetheart are holding hands and let go as you walk around opposite sides of the seal, you will soon break up.

If you pass to the right of the seal, you will do well on your next test. But if you pass to the left of the seal, you will fail your next test. And, never stand on the seal or you may not graduate. But then again, if you never stand on the seal, you may never be married!

Share your Seal experience!


How many of BGSU's Falcon flames stood on the seal and kissed? We don't have the answer to that, but 25 percent of BGSU alumni are Falcon flames! What are Falcon flames? They are those who met their spouse while attending BGSU or married another alumnus. At last count, there were over 10,000 Falcon flame couples living throughout the world.

BGSU Creed

The BGSU Creed was created 2015 and is a collection of the University's core values. You will probably hear and see the BGSU Creed posted all across campus and through out the Bowling Green, Ohio community! 

We encourage you to participate in Creed Day as a student when you are on campus! 
I value an education inside and outside of the classroom
I aspire to be an engaged global citizen and leader
I seek service to improve my community
I collaborate with fellow Falcons in changing the world

I promote diversity, respect, and a culture of inclusion
I pursue excellence in all I do
I support my Falcon family
I believe in BGSU
I am a Falcon