Freshmen Applying for Admission


We focus on your success:

  • Nationally ranked public University by U.S.News and World Report
  • Lowest total educational cost in the state by U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center
  • U.S.News and World Report and BusinessWeek rankings recognize excellence in many BGSU programs including biology, business, criminal justice, education, English, fine arts, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology, public affairs, sociology and speech-language pathology
  • BGSU has opened 30 new or majorly renovated buildings within the last five years including 10 New Greek townhouses, two residences, two dinning halls, multiple active learning labs and classrooms, and an 185,000-square foot rec center. In addition, BGSU is home to the only aviation program in the nation with an on-campus airport. Plus, BGSU is the first university in Ohio to have a working crime lab and three forensic specializations in biology, chemistry and criminal justice.

To complete the BGSU admission process you must submit:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
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  • Official high school transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT results
    • BGSU's College Codes:  ACT - 3240,  SAT - 1069
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee 
    • The international application fee is $75 USD

Carefully read the application instructions before applying.

Freshman Admission Standards

For admission to Bowling Green State University a freshman applicant must:

  1. Be a graduate of a senior high school approved or accredited by the department of education of the state in which it is located; OR
  2. Have earned high school equivalency through the General Educational Development (GED) testing program (issued by the state department of education); OR
  3. Present GED test results and ACT or SAT test results, if the student completed secondary education through an alternative program such as home schooling; OR
  4. Present an international baccalaureate diploma or certificate.

Admission is selective. In general, we require a high school record that includes four units each of English and mathematics; three units each science and social studies; two units of a foreign language; and one unit of visual or performing arts. Freshman applicants who do not meet the academic standards for admission may be offered admission to the University Program for Academic Success. Admission to the University Program for Academic Success is also selective, but not as competitive as regular admission. Space is limited.

An applicant is considered for admission on the basis of four criteria:

  • High school coursework/curriculum
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Official ACT or SAT results
  • Class rank

The University also considers the diversity of the student body and applicants’ special abilities, talents and achievements in making admission decisions. Diversity may include socioeconomic factors, underrepresented minorities, artistic and/or athletic ability and other special characteristics of the population.