About GSO

Our goal at GSO is to serve as a major resource of orientation and professional development opportunities for graduate students. Our program offers students opportunities throughout the year that are designed to help enhance their personal goals as well as professional and academic success. This enhancement also benefits the entire academic community of Bowling Green State University through the training of our graduate assistants.

GSO sessions are offered throughout the academic year. The GSO August Program, also known as GSO Week, is our main orientation program and is held the week prior to the beginning of fall semester classes.  GSO Week offers our participants sessions that focus on graduate student resources, assistantship training, and academic skill enhancement such as teaching tips and techniques, research resources, hands-on technology training, and personal/professional development. The program serves an average of 650 new and continuing graduate students. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and members of the administration volunteer their time to present these sessions. The GSO Online Program is designed to accommodate graduate students who are unable to attend, or fully complete, the GSO Week. The Online Program offers a wealth of continuing professional development opportunities for those students that have already met their GSO requirements but are changing their academic or assistantship roles or are preparing to graduate.

The next GSO August Program will take place August 19-23, 2019. Visit the GSO Week page to get detailed information on the  various activities scheduled throughout the week. GSO is here to help you meet the challenges and responsibilities of your graduate education and will introduce you to the excellent faculty at BGSU, the vast array of technology and services available to you on campus, connect you with fellow graduate students, and introduce you to the Graduate College. In addition, each department organizes several days of departmental specific programming. This programming will familiarize students with departmental procedures and facilities; and provide students on assistantships with information regarding their assistantship duties. 

The continued success of GSO relies upon the involvement of the campus community.  If you wish to become involved in GSO or have any questions please contact any of the GSO staff.