Building Meaningful Relationships at BGSU

Building connections and meaningful relationships at BGSU helps you find a sense of belonging. By TAKING ACTION to get connected, you can try new things, embrace change and unfamiliarity and find your interests.

We are committed to providing opportunities for you to discover a passion in your journey to live a purpose-driven life. Start building your connections today!


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Virtual Roommates

This past fall has been a challenge for all students to meet one another. A big component that was missing, for many students, was a roommate.

For most of you, an in-person roommate is still not an option or you are learning remotely and you don't have the option to be on campus. That is why we are launching a virtual roommate program!

We will assist you with the matching, introduce you to each other through your BGSU email address and then the rest is up to you – just like in-person roommates. 

If you have questions about this program, please contact us at reslife@bgsu.edu.

VIRTUAL ROOMMATE MATCHING
If you have felt lonely, looking for a BGSU companion or looking for a way to help you connect with others, this program is for YOU!

Matching will take place on an ongoing basis, through January 2021.

We are excited to offer you this new way to connect with another BGSU student. This program is offered to ALL undergraduate students, regardless if they live on campus or not.

  • To participate in the program, you will need to complete the Virtual Roommate Form which will give you the opportunity to tell us a little about yourself.
  • Although we can't guarantee we can match you with someone who has all the same interests as you, we will do our best to pair you with a student who has similar interests. 
  • After you fill out the form, we will pair you up with another BGSU student on an on-going basis.
  • The timing of when you will be matched will vary because we can only match you with another student who has also filled out the form.

Virtual Roommate Form

What to Expect

  • After you fill out the form, you will be matched with a Virtual Roommate (VR) on an ongoing bases – based on the students who have also applied to the program. 
  • When you are assigned a VR, the Office of Residence Life will send an email to your BGSU account. The email will include the following information about your VR:
    • Name
    • BGSU email address
    • Any social media handles they provide
  • Once you have received the email, it is up to you and your VR to connect and start building your relationship.

Virtual Roommate Benefits

  • Virtual roommates (VR) give you the opportunity to connect with another student who you may not have met otherwise. 
  • When you fill out the form and express your interest in being assigned a VR, you already know you have something in common with the person you will be matched with. 
  • When you are matched, you know the other student also is looking for a Falcon friend they can connect with throughout the spring semester ... and hopefully beyond. 
  • Being a VR is what you make it to be. We will pair you up and provide you with your VR's contact information but, just like real roommates, how your relationship forms is up to you.

Yes. All students are welcome to sign up for the virtual roommate program.

Yes. All students are welcome to sign up for the virtual roommate program.

Yes. All students are welcome to sign up for the virtual roommate program.

Yes. All students are welcome to sign up for the virtual roommate program.

After you fill out the form, we will pair you up with another BGSU student on an on-going basis, through the end of January 2021.

The timing of when you will be matched will vary because we can only match you with another student who has also filled out the form.

You will be paired up with one virtual roommate.

Although this is not a residential program, the Office of Residence Life is managing the matching process. You can email Residence Life to see if they can assist you. 

Although this is not a residential program, the Office of Residence Life is managing the matching process. You can email Residence Life for assistance.

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Find a Mentor 

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

Mentor Collective

The Mentor Collective pairs first-year students with upperclass mentors.

Having a mentor is important now more than ever. While you have certainly already experienced a challenging learning curve this past fall, we believe that BGSU peer mentors can help you to continue to be successful.

As a mentor, you will gain valuable skills for the workforce and the opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with another student on campus.

To get started to be a mentor or a mentee, please register and complete this short survey telling us about yourself. We'll match you with a student who has similar interests and background.

Become aMentee Become a Mentor

SMART Mentorship Program

The Students of Color Mentoring, Aiding, Retaining, and Teaching (SMART) Program is a peer mentoring program offered by the Office of Residence Life. It is designed to help first-year residential students—especially those from marginalized populations—transition successfully to BGSU and to assist with retaining them into their second year and beyond. Participation in SMART is free and open to everyone.

If you are interested in the SMART Mentorship program, we invite you to learn more and fill out the application. Once you become a member, you will have additional opportunities to get involved through our SMART job opportunities. We hire members to be SMART Mentors and SMART Team Leaders.

Become a SMART Mentee

Join an Organization

Looking for a way to get involved on campus? There are over 300 student organizations offered at BGSU. For some students, the list can be overwhelming so we have developed some tools for you to use to help you sort through the organizations to make your search a little easier. 

Organization Calculator

The organization calculator can help you to narrow down the over 300 student organizations BGSU offers to ones that match your interests. Just fill out the form and members of the campus activities team will provide you with organizations that you may enjoy.

Organization Search search

If you would like to browse the organizations on your own, we have put together a Virtual Campus Fest page for you. On the page, you can sort through the organizations, view videos from student organization leaders and find links to the student organization web pages.

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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Are you looking to join a community of scholars, leaders and service minded students while also maintaining positive relationships? If so, take an opportunity to learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at Bowling Green State University.


Club & Intramural Sports

Joining a club sport or intramural sport gives you the opportunity to continue playing the sport you love while completing your studies at BGSU. If you are interested in playing a sport, it is important that you understand the difference between club spots versus intramural sports. 

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INTRAMURAL SPORTS

  • More recreational compared to club sports
  • Housed on campus
  • Competes against other BGSU intramural teams, rather than other universities
  • Generally requires a 3-4 week commitment, while playing 1-2 times per week
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CLUB SPORTS

  • Present as much competition against other universities like NCAA, but is much less of a time commitment
  • “Pay for play” and offer an opportunity to any student interested in joining
  • Play against other University club teams

Community Service

Give back to the Bowling Green community and connect with other students with the same passions you have, by participating in community service. BGSU offers different opportunities for you to engage with the community.

Volunteer Opportunities