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 101

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!

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

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!

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.

The best way to prepare for academic success is to have a hopeful mindset! If you have never taken a college course, or have not been on a college campus, your first semester or year at BGSU could be both exciting and overwhelming. During this transition, it is important to remain hopeful and understand that setbacks can happen. In fact, they are perfectly normal! 

How can you create a hopeful mindset?

  1. Identify your academic and career goals
  2. Maintain motivation to pursue those goals
  3. Develop pathways to achieve identified goals
  4. Ability to define alternative pathways when obstacles appear

Want to begin setting your academic goals?

Download the Goal Mapping Worksheet to begin setting clear, specific goals geared toward your academic success and career development at BGSU!

Grasgreen, A. (2012). Here's hoping. Inside Higher ED. Retrieved from https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/reference_list_electronic_sources.html.

Hansen, M. J., Trujillo, D. J., Boland, D. L., & MacKinnon, J. L. (2014). Overcoming obstacles and academic hope: An examination of factors promoting effective academic success strategies. Journal of College Student Retention, 16(1), 49-71.

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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.

It's important to remember that your professors are humans too, and some with a great sense of humor! Building relationships with your professors should be an authentic process and will benefit you even after you have completed your degree.  

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 videos from Dr. Matt Partin to gain a better understanding of how to begin building relationships with your professors, how to ask for help, and how to be a successful student. 

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.

ACADEMIC ADVISING AT BGSU

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

Academic Advisors
There are two types of advisors at BGSU, academic advisors and faculty mentors.  During your first three semesters at BGSU, you will meet with your academic advisor to select your classes and clarify your major. 

Academic advisors are sub-divided 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 Service
  9. Pre-Professional Programs

Faculty Mentors
After the first three semesters at BGSU, most students stop meeting with their academic 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).
  1. Call Your Advisor at the Number Listed in Student Center
    1. 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. 
  2. Schedule Online Through Navigate
    1. Navigate is BGSU's online portal used to schedule advising and tutoring appointments. To access Navigate, log-in to your MyBGSU and click on the Navigate icon. 
  3. Schedule On Your Phone Through the Navigate Mobile App
    1. You probably downloaded and heard about Navigate at SOAR. Navigate 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! 

The student and academic advisor relationship is best described as a collaborative partnership. Not only is the academic advisor there to guide you as you progress through your educational experience, but you're also expected to provide insight and information to help create an education plan that meets your educational, personal, and career goals. If you and your academic advisor are working together effectively, this can best ensure that you will reach your full academic potential while at BGSU!

What does my academic advisor do?

  • Assist you with identifying your personal and educational goals
  • Explain your graduation requirements
  • Provide you with information about resources on campus
  • Helps you understand the connection between your academics and your future career

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
419-372-2015
contactas@bgsu.edu

College of Business
Office of Undergraduate Student Development
253 Business Administration Building
419-372-2747
business@bgsu.edu

Deciding Student Program
101 University Hall
419-372-8943
pma@bgsu.edu

College of Education & Human Development
Office of Student and Academic Services
102 Education Building
419-372-7372
edhdadvising@bgsu.edu

BGSU Firelands College
Academic & Student Services
129 West Building
419-372-0886
fire-acadserv@bgsu.edu

College of Health & Human Services
Academic Advising Center
131 Health and Human Services Building
419-372-8242
chhsadvising@bgsu.edu

Honors College
024 Founders Hall
419-372-8504
honors@bgsu.edu

College of Musical Arts
1031 Moore Musical Arts Center
419-372-8509

Pre-College Programs
101 University Hall
419-372-0889
ccplus@bgsu.edu

Pre-Professional Programs
101 University Hall
419-372-0498
ppp@bgsu.edu

College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering
Undergraduate Services Office
102 Technology Building
419-372-3597

Undergraduate Advising & Academic Services
101 University Hall
419-372-8943
upas@bgsu.edu

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.

 

Financial Literacy

Financial aid doesn't need to be tricky! Even though there is a lot to learn, BGSU is here to help you understand everything you need to know to be financially successful. These next few pages are designed to help get you started with the basics of financial aid at BGSU.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • In order to recieve any federal or state aid, you must file the FAFSA each year
  • The FAFSA is your application for all federal and state aid (aka. Grants and loans)
  • The aid you are offered each year may change year to year depending on your FAFSA

How & where to view your aid in Student Center

  • To view your financial aid, login to your MyBGSU > Student Center > View Financial Aid

Financial Aid Timeline

  • Mid-April: Students can complete next steps for Student Loans.
  • Mid-April: Parents can begin applying for the Parent PLUS loan
  • July 1: Fall bills available to view online
  • August 1: Fall Bill Due
  • October 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens for next year
  • October 1: BGSU General Scholarship Application opens for all students
  • December 1: Honors scholarship application closes
  • December 31: Business scholarship application closes
  • February 15: General Scholarship application closes (Last chance to apply for BGSU scholarships)
  • Early March: Current BGSU student receive financial aid for the upcoming year. Available to view online in MyBGSU

BGSU offers 4 different types of financial aid, Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work Study. Each year, you may receive a different variation of these types of aid. When utilizing financial aid, keep in mind which aid is free (you don't have to pay back) and which aid you have to pay back.

Scholarships

  • Current BGSU students can reapply for scholarships each year using the Searchable Scholarship Guide
  • Scholarships are considered gift aid and do not require repayment
  • Awards are based on academic achievement, service, talent, and need
  • BGSU also accepts scholarships awarded by outside organizations

Grants

  • To be considered for any federal grant, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed each year. Students can apply as early as October 1.
  • Grants are based off of your FAFSA and typically do not require repayment
  • Federal grants include the Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

Loans

  • Student loans can come from the federal government through filing the FAFSA or from private sources such as a bank. Loans distributed by the federal government, called Federal Direct Student Loans, usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources.
  • Student loans must be repaid and accumulate interest

Work Study

  • Work Study is a need-based program based off of your FAFSA
  • In order to utilize Work Study, students are responsible for finding a job on campus and work 10-15 hours per week. Students will make the same hourly wage as their peers and receive weekly or bi-weekly paychecks
  • Work Study does not pay the bill

All types of aid (aka loans, grants, scholarships and work study) has the potential to be taken away. Follow the simple steps below to ensure that you keep your financial aid while you’re at BGSU.

  • Maintain good grades
    You don’t have to be a straight A student to keep your financial aid. Student Financial Aid & Scholarships require that you have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA each year. If you do not meet this requirement, you will no longer be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and you will no longer be permitted to receive financial aid.
  • Don’t change your schedule without speaking with your advisor and Student Financial Aid & Scholarships first
    Dropping or adding classes can result in changes in your financial aid. Dropping too many classes can even result in losing you financial aid for the following semesters. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) isn’t just about grades, it’s also about you credit completion rate too.
  • Go to class
    Instructors are required to record your attendance periodically throughout the semester. These attendance records are shared with multiple offices around campus, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships included. If you stop attending class, this could affect your financial aid and you may have to pay back the money you borrowed.

That’s it! It’s easy to hold on to your financial aid once you’re at BGSU. If you’re setting yourself up for academic success, you will be on your way towards financial success.

  1. Starting the Conversation
    Talking about money isn’t always easy. Whether your family/guardian has mentioned the financial topic to you before, or you have been handling the college process on your own, ask your family/guardian if they are willing to set aside some time to sort things out with you. A simple, “Can we talk about college?” may be enough to break the ice.

  2. Questions to Ask your Family/Guardian
    Start with simple questions, getting an idea of how much preparation they have done can give you an idea of how much preparation you still need to do. Here are a couple of questions to get the conversation started.
    1. “Have you thought about our financial situation in terms of college?”

    2. "How much money is currently saved?"

    3. “Have you thought about how I am going to pay for college?"

    4. "What is my responsibility when paying the bill?"

  3. Keep the Communication Constant
    Since college is paid for by semester, it’s important to remember that the money talk isn’t a one-time conversation. If you’re having trouble getting through to your family, don’t be afraid to reach out to Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, who can help you answer many of the same questions and offer further suggestions for talking to your family. 

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 Handshake and how can it help you find a job?

Handshake is BGSU's new platform for connecting with and recruiting Bowling Green State University students and alumni. To access Handshake, create your account by going here  get your profile looking good, and click the "Jobs" tab at the top of the page 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! Click here to learn how to create your first ever resume for college!

Budgeting is simple and a great way to be a smart spender. 
Check out these tips to get you started on the right path of financial success!

  1. Involve Your Family In Your Budgeting Process
    If your family is helping with your college expenses, start by working with them to create your budget. Make sure that everyone’s on the same page as to who will pay what, how money will be distributed and how much leeway you’ll have in making financial decisions.
  2. List All Of Your Income
    In your budget, include all of your potential categories and amounts of income. For college students, these typically include: financial aid  scholarships grants work study , andstudent loans  savings, contributions from parents, and income from a part-time job.
  3. List All Of Your Expenses
    Next, list all of your potential categories and amounts of expenses. If you’re not sure what your expenses are, track them for a period of time. Recording everything you spend can be an eye-opening experience and a great way to find areas to cut costs.
  4. Plan For Emergencies
    The unexpected is a part of life. If your car breaks down or you have an unexpected medical expense, you’ll be ahead of the game if you have money saved in an emergency fund and don’t have to rely on credit.
  5. Save For Big-ticket Items
    If you’re planning to move into your own apartment and you’ll need to buy furniture, or maybe your friends are planning a spring break trip, start saving for the expense as soon as you know about it. 
  6. Stay On Track
    Once you have your budget in place, stay on track. If you notice that your income has fallen or your expenses have risen, recalculate your budget. By making adjustments quickly, you’ll prevent a little deficit from growing into a big problem.
  7. Don’t Try To Keep Up With Your Friends
    Throughout your life, there can be a tendency to keep up with friends. Avoid the temptation to do this. Some people will have access to more money than you; others will be more comfortable racking up credit card debt. Design your budget based on your goals, then have the confidence to live your life within your means, not someone else’s.
  8. Use Credit Cards Wisely
    If you don’t have the money to pay for it, don’t buy it. Without self-discipline, over the course of four or more years in college, hundreds of purchases you can’t afford will translate into thousands of dollars in debt. If you’re using a credit card, pay it off every month. Each time you pull out your credit card, ask yourself, “Do I want to borrow money to pay for this purchase?” That simple act of mindfulness will help you use your credit cards more wisely.

Engagement

There are many opportunities to become engaged at BGSU! From academic organizations to fraternities and sororities, student employment, and beyond. With over 350 registered student organizations, it's easy to find a group that matches your interests. 

Involvement in student organizations or sport clubs  is a great way to get connected to the campus, develop leadership skills, meet people, and have fun. Our Student Organization Directory lists all contact information for organizations currently registered at BGSU. Look it over to find one that's right for you!

To help you get started, here are the Top Ten ways to Get Involved @ BGSU!

  1. Volunteer  in the community.
  2. Start your BGSU Bucket List 
  3. Work  on campus.
  4. Attend a cultural event .
  5. Leave a legacy through leadership .
  6. Get involved with Student Government .
  7. Attend a sporting event .
  8. Go to a play musical , or concert 
  9. Join a Student Organization Fraternity, or Sorority 

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 

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 that occurs during the first week of classes (Welcome Week ). 

Falcons After Dark  

Falcons After Dark hosts free events for all students every Friday night throughout the semester. In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, BGSU student organizations, and University departments, the campus comes alive each weekend with free musical performers, box office hit movies, game nights & more!

Falcon Family Weekend – October 11-13, 2019 

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!

Homecoming Weekend – September 13-15, 2019

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

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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

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.

Twitter: @SICSICBGSU

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!

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FALCON FLAMES

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 am a FALCON
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