Graduate New Student Resources

To help you prepare for a smooth transition to graduate school, we have complied some useful information for you.   

Bowling Green, Ohio, offers a variety of housing options for graduate students near the BGSU campus. General information about housing can be found through the Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) office.

If you are an international student and new to our country, please contact International Student Services for information on temporary housing options.

Domestic graduate students are eligible for financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education. You can apply for financial aid by completing The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the BGSU school code: 003018

If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Aid office. Please note that in almost all cases graduate students are considered independent for financial aid purposes.

Graduate students may be eligible for additional funding through our various fellowships, scholarships and awards. Information about graduate student funding can be found through the Graduate College website.

All questions regarding departmental funding should be directed to your academic department.  Most students who receive a graduate assistantship are awarded that opportunity directly from their department.

BGSU students are expected to fulfill their financial obligations (including, but not limited, to tuition and fees) to the University prior to the beginning of each semester in which they enroll. To learn more about BGSU’s payment policy, payment plan options, and other related services, please contact the Office of the Bursar.

If you have received and accepted a graduate assistantship, please make sure you have signed your contract(s). Domestic students must also complete the background check authorization. Separate emails were sent to your BGSU email accounts for the contract signing and the PreTrax process.
The final step prior to employment is the submission of seven (7) on-boarding documents. You will submit your on-boarding documents to, and complete the process with, Student Employment Services (SES) in Bowen Thompson Student Union (BTSU) room 225.

To expedite the on-boarding process, preparation is key! Completion of this process is essential to receiving your first paycheck in a timely manner. All forms must be completed before you begin working. A payroll schedule is available online.

Please bring the required documentation as outlined on page 3 of the I-9 Form. This process CANNOT be completed without the required documentation!

All forms should be completed using your BGSU area address.
If you have any questions about your employment paperwork, please contact SES at 419-372-2865 or email
Checklist for on-boarding to be completed with SES, 225 BTSU:

  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Form (completed electronically)
  • Required documents for I-9 Form
  • W-4 Form
  • Employee Withholding Exemption Certificate (I-T4)
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • OPERS Exemption OR OPERS Enrollment Form
  • SSA 1945 Form
  • Acknowledgement of Auditor of State Fraud Reporting System
  • BGSU Writing Center
  • Bowen-Thompson Student Union
  • Center for Faculty Excellence
    • Learning Community Opportunities
  • Counseling Center
    • Contact the BGSU Counseling Center at 419-372-2081 or visit us at 114 College Park if you are interested or would like more information!
    • One of the many services offered by the staff at the BGSU Counseling Center is couples counseling. Counseling is available at no additional charge to BGSU students. 
    • Fighting Depression – Learn New Ways of Thinking & Behaving to Address Depression. Just call (419) 372-2081 for an appointment. An initial meeting would be set up with the group facilitators 
  • Cross-cultural Conversation Connection
    • CCCC is an organization that pairs International and American Students together in conversation groups in an effort to build an environment of cultural awareness and provide international students with an opportunity to practice their English-speaking skills in a social setting.
    • Students who participate in the CCCC program have the unique opportunity of interacting with people from a diverse variety of cultural backgrounds, making friends from all over the world, and having fun at several large virtual group events held throughout the semester. 
    • It is a great experience for international students to practice their English skills, learn more about the American culture, and make friends; it's also a fantastic program for American students who plan on studying abroad or have any interest in International or Cultural Studies.

Important Local Community Phone Numbers
(all addresses are in Bowling Green OH,  43402 unless otherwise noted)

Bowling Green Recycling Center
1040 N. College St. *

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1616 E. Wooster St.

Charter One Bank
1049 N. Main St.

Columbia Gas of Ohio
Fifth Third Bank
275 South Main St.

1232 North Main St.

First Federal Bank
1226 W. Wooster St.

Glass City Federal Credit Union
1155 North Main St.

Huntington Bank
222 South Main St.

1050 North Main St.

Key Bank
300 South Main St.

1098 North Main St.

Municipal Utilities
304 N. Church St.

PNC Bank
735 South Main St.

Social Security Administration
TTY 1-800-325-0778
745 Innovation Drive off Napoleon Rd

The Union Bank
300 N. Main St.

230 W. Madison St., Gibsonburg, OH

132 E. Front St., Pemberville, OH

Verizon Phone Services

Wood County Board of Elections, Voter Registration
Woodforest National Bank
Located inside WalMart – Gypsy Lane Rd

Child Care Providers

    (zip code for all addresses in Bowling Green OH is 43402 unless otherwise noted)

All About the Kids Learning Center
437 South Main St.
6 weeks – 12 years

Bright Beginnings Preschool
315 S. College St.
3 – 5 years

Children’s Discovery Center
7033 Lighthouse Way, Perrysburg, OH
6 weeks – 10 years
11090 Avenue Rd., Perrysburg, OH
6 weeks – 10 years

Discovery Kingdom
1069 Klotz Rd.
6 weeks – 5 years

Dunn’s Kiddie Kare
215 Gorrell Ave.
3 years – 3rd grade

First United Methodist Day Care
1506 E. Wooster St.
3 – 5 years

Happy Times Day Care Center
17700 Beaver St.
Grand Rapids, OH
2 – 9 years

Jordan Family Development Center
812 N. College Drive
6 weeks – 5 years

Noah’s Ark Christian School
875 Haskins Rd
3 – 5 years

Nurturing Nook LLC
920 N. Main St.
Birth to 3 years

Plan Do and Talk
115 E. Oak St.
2 ½  - 12 years

Rainbow Co-op Nursery School
541 ½ W. Wooster
3 – 5 years

Silver Kid's Learning Center
(567) 413-5009
541 1/2 W Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
12 months +

St. Paul’s Preschool
17050 St. Rte. 582
Haskins, OH
3 – 5 years

Tender-age Day Care
1214 W. Wooster
6 weeks – 9 years

The Montessori School
515 Sand Ridge Rd.
2 ½ years - 6th grade

Willow Early Childhood Center LLC
17700 Beaver St., Grand Rapids, OH
18 months - 11 years

Wonderland of Learning
1235 Ridgewood Dr.
6 weeks - 11 years

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Updated: 05/01/2023 10:08AM