Pathway Program Benefits

BGSU's Pathway Program offers many key benefits that assist students in making a successful transition from high school to the university setting.  

During their first year, students in the program take classes on BGSU's Main Campus in Bowling Green, Ohio. Students have access to all support services, campus facilities and student involvement opportunities offered at BGSU and will have additional meetings with their academic advisor to ensure their continued success. Upon successful completion of all requirements listed in the program agreement, students become BGSU Main Campus students, can formally declare their BGSU major and continue toward graduation.

Benefits that guide your path to success

Students in the Pathway Program are charged a reduced tuition rate while in the program. However, students take all classes on BGSU's Main Campus in Bowling Green, Ohio, and have access to all student support services, campus facilities and student involvement opportunities that any other BGSU student would. This includes living/dining on campus, accessing the BGSU Student Recreation Center, utilizing the University Libraries and Learning Commons, attending BGSU Falcons athletic events, joining student clubs and organizations and much more.

First Year Fee Structure

Ohio Resident:                                            Non-Ohio Resident:             

Tuition: $5,500.80                                                    Tuition: $13,036.80

Room: $5,730                                                           Room: $5,730

Bronze meal plan: $3,438                                        Bronze meal plan: $3,438

Total for fall & spring semesters: $14,668.80        Total for fall & spring semesters: $22,204.80                     

Second Year and Beyond Fee Structure*

Ohio Resident:                                            Non-Ohio Resident:             

Tuition: $11,220                                                       Tuition: $11,220

Room: $5,730                                                           Room: $5,730

Bronze meal plan: $3,438                                        Bronze meal plan: $3,438

Total for fall & spring semesters: $20,388            Nonresident fee: $7,988.40

                                                                                  Total for fall & spring semesters: $28,376.40

Full details on the Pathway undergraduate tuition rate and general fees can be found by clicking the Tuition and Fees link on the Office of the Bursar webpage.

*Upon successful completion of the program requirements (after the first year) students become Main Campus students and are charged the Main Campus undergraduate tuition and general fee rates.

Bridge experience classes help students better prepare for the rigors of college-level work, locate and utilize available campus resources to succeed academically, and provide guidance on making a successful personal and social transition to college life.  This is accomplished through a cohort-based learning model where students are able to build academic and personal relationships with other students they will interact with on a regular basis.

In UNIV 1000, students expand written and oral communication skills, explore time/stress management & study techniques, develop interpersonal relationships, and discuss personal strengths & weaknesses to help ease the transition from high school to BGSU.

We all need a little help from time to time and your Pathway advisor is always there to make sure you are succeeding academically, personally, and socially.  Whether through text message or email, by phone, or in person, your advisor is happy to offer a listening ear and provide recommendations about campus or community resources that will help you continue on your pathway to success.  Advising appointments are required for all students in the program and are cited as one of the benefits that former students have enjoyed the most.

While your bridge experience classes count as elective credits, the majority of your classes will count toward graduation requirements.  Classes such as college composition, mathematics, history/social sciences, biological sciences, and more are available and can fulfill BG Perspective (general education) requirements.  Your academic advisor will work with you each semester to schedule classes that fit into your academic interests so that when you successfully complete the program you are ready to continue on your pathway to graduation.


Please visit the Pathway FAQs page for additional information.