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!

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.

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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

If you would like to browse the organizations on your own, we have put together a BGSU Student Organization 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

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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