Our Vision With a spirit of innovation, Bowling Green State University is a premier, inclusive learning community that develops, transforms, and impacts individuals and communities through learning, collaboration, and discovery. As a public university, BGSU focuses on contributing to the public good and embraces its role as a national model in addressing the educational, economic, and social vitality of our region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world.

Our Mission

Bowling Green State University provides holistic and comprehensive educational experiences that enhance the lives of our students, stakeholders, and the many publics we serve. Our graduates are prepared for lifelong personal and career growth and for engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. Through our excellence in teaching, research, and outreach, BGSU builds a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community where creative ideas, new knowledge, and entrepreneurial achievements can benefit others in our region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world.

Core Values

Intellectual and personal growth
Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurism
Diversity and belonging
Collaboration with each other and our partners
Excellence in all we do


Strategic Objectives

Redefining Student Success


Provide undergraduate and graduate students (traditional and post-traditional) a demonstrably superior and innovative learning experience that intentionally prepares them to lead meaningful and productive lives.

Increasing and Connecting our Research and Creative Activities for Public Good


Support and focus BGSU's research and creative activities to serve the public interest and support our commitment to the public good.


Empowering and Supporting our People to Achieve Excellence


Support all individuals to build a quality learning community that fosters diversity and inclusion, collaboration, creativity, and excellence.

Advancing our Impact through Engagement


Expand domestic and international engagement and partnerships to benefit students, academic programs, research, and outreach.

Aligning for Excellence and Value


Enhance the quality and value of a BGSU education by developing a physical, organizational, academic, and financial infrastructure that ensures the University’s short- and long-term vitality and success.

Telling Our Story


Raise BGSU’s profile as a national, comprehensive research university that drives the social, economic, educational, and cultural vitality of our region, nation, and world.