March 2021

Falcon Families,

We are excited to welcome you to the first Falcon Family Connections e-newsletter. We look forward to the opportunity to begin building a strong relationship with you and your family.

BGSU’s Office of Parent, Family and New Student Connections embraces a multidimensional concept of family and the diversity of family structures, including families of origin and families of choice. We are proud to serve parents, guardians, grandparents and any other supportive people in the lives of our students. Our intent is to make the Bowling Green State University campus a “home away from home” by offering you a full range of services and resources.

In this inaugural issue, you’ll find valuable information about fall course registration and housing, campus activities, Career Center resources and so much more. We hope it’s everything you’ll need to know to help current students finish the semester strong and support all students in preparing for a successful fall 2021 semester.

We also wanted to provide some guidance and resources related to the tragic events of last week and the death of BGSU sophomore Stone Foltz. We hope this information will be a helpful tool to navigate conversations with your students and help them process their feelings in what has been a very sad and challenging week for our BGSU community.

At BGSU, we believe that parents and families are critical to the success of their student. When families are informed about University procedures and services, they are able to help their student navigate BGSU systems, bounce back from challenges and learn how to become even more self-sufficient. We are not suggesting that you sit on the sidelines but encourage you to seek out ways that you can "guide from the side."

Our goal is to help students develop into mature, independent, capable citizens who can critically think and navigate challenges on their own. This goal is accomplished in part by parents and families being informed and engaged.

We are excited to be in conversation and support you and your falcon. If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at swanka@bgsu.edu or 419-372-0438.
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Amy R. Swank
Director of Parent, Family and New Student Connections

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Student Support Referral Form

To create a community of care, we recognize the need for a proactive tool for you to share concerns, either academic or about your student's well-being. Form submissions are not monitored outside of normal business hours. If you have an immediate concern about the health and safety of a student, please contact the Campus Police at 419-372-2346.


Tips for a successful fall course registration

Now is the time for students to start thinking about their academic plans for next fall. Following a few simple tips can ensure a successful course registration.

  • The BGSU Fall 2021 Course Schedule is a planning tool that can be used to search for course offerings and map out what courses a student might want to take next semester.
  • Course registration will open between March 29 and April 7 based on class standing.Courses will fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier a student registers, the more options they will have to choose from. Because of this, it’s important for students to remember their registration date.
  • It’s always a good idea for students to meet with their advisors before their registration date. This will help them stay on track and get all their questions answered. It’s also recommended students come prepared for their appointment with a list of courses they are considering.
  • As students plan for fall registration, remind them that summer session is the perfect way to keep making progress toward their degree. Most BGSU students who graduate in four years or less take at least one summer class. They can use the BGSU Summer 2021 Class Search to see all their options.

Bursar's Office goes cashless, relocates

The Office of the Bursar we will be opening a new billing office in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union for the convenience of students and families. We also transitioned to a cashless payment system March 1. Families can pay online by ACH or credit card, and we will continue to accept check by mail.

Resource List

  • Encourage your student to add the Campus Police phone number to their contacts: 419-372-2346.
  • Academic Calendar
  • See it. Hear it. Report it.
  • BGSU Dining Reminder: All meal plans, including Falcon Dollars and Swipes, expire May 2. Reach the accounting office at 419-372-7933.

A Conversation With BGSU Parents and Families

BGSU President Rodney Rogers, University Advocate Sandra Earle and Amy Swank discuss the University's commitment to supporting and engaging families, along with its plans and goals heading into fall 2021.

BGSU Student Events