Registration for GSO

Bowling Green State University's Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) program is designed to acclimate new graduate students to the campus resources in order to foster community engagement and ensure student success. GSO provides initial training for students with first-time assistantships to ensure compliance with institutional policies as well as a successful start to their career. All graduate students are encouraged to attend GSO and is required for graduate students receiving their first assistantship contract from BGSU.

All incoming graduate students and first-time assistants need to register for GSO.

Please contact if you have any questions.

STEP 1: Create Your MyBGSU Account

When admitted, you received a Certificate of Admission from the Office of Admissions with information about establishing your BGSU account, including your BGSU ID Number.  If you have not already done so, you must set-up and activate your BGSU account before conducting any other business related to your enrollment at BGSU.

Go to and follow the prompts to activate your BGSU account.

STEP 2: Log into Your BGSU email account

By visiting, you can log into your email account.  Make sure to start regularly checking your email account. BGSU faculty and staff will use this email address to communicate important information to you.

STEP 3: Registration

Pre-registration for GSO is no longer available.

Please contact your program directly for more information about their GSO Week activities or click here to be directed to a list of Department Programming.

You will be able to complete On-Site Check-in for the Graduate College Programming on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.  Please arrive no later than 8:30 AM at the Lenhart Grand Ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union to register (click here for a map of the second floor of the Student Union).  The GSO Welcome begins promptly at 9 AM.

A copy of the day's agenda can be found here.