GSO Week

Fall Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

You will receive an email with information about GSO soon after you are admitted starting in late April 2021 for summer and fall 2021 terms.  GSO is comprised of various experiences from summer webinars introducing you to campus services to a virtual learning experience overviewing campus policies and procedures to departmental specific programming.  

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) Week

GSO "week" will be from August 23 -25, 2021.  Fall classes begin on Augus 26, 2021.

The staff of GSO and the Graduate College are happy to have this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you. Your first few weeks in Bowling Green are going to be busy and exciting as you get settled in. GSO week is designed to help make this transition as smooth as possible whether you are just beginning your graduate degree, returning to college, or coming to BGSU as one of our international students. No matter what your current level of education we believe that you will find our program very helpful to you as you prepare to take the next step in pursuing your educational goals.

All new graduate students, and those with first-time assistantships, are invited to participate in GSO.


Each academic department may hold program specific orientations.  You can contact your department or your Graduate College Student Ambassador if you need more information about the programming by your department. Please note that some departments may require their students to be on campus prior to GSO week to attend training, so please review your departmental programming schedule carefully.


All new students will have access to our virtual programming prior to the start of the term. You will find a sample important topics covered in the virtual program below.

Academic Integrity

The Academic Honesty Policy is designed to enhance and sustain an environment of ethical and principled intellectual pursuit, consistent with the core values of the University. This policy is based on respect for intellectual property as well as for one another. In response to this policy, all graduate students at BGSU must read and sign/submit the BGSU Graduate College Academic Honesty Pledge. You will find a module dedicated to Academic Integrity in Virtual GSO this fall.  Within the module, you will be asked to first read the Bowling Green State University Academic Honesty Website and Policy which is designed to enhance and sustain an environment of ethical and principled intellectual pursuit. After reading all the sections of that webpage and policy, you will be directed to read and sign/submit the Academic Honesty Pledge.  

Preventing Discrimination & Harassment

The University as a whole values the students' rights and responsibilities that are guaranteed through the Title IX policy. Students that are on a graduate assistantship have unique responsibilities and therefore are urged to complete additional federally mandated Title IX compliance training. Additionally, all graduate students, regardless of assistantship status, are encouraged to complete the training.  

Diversity and Inclusion

Bowling Green State University and the surrounding community strive to be welcoming and inclusive to all who study, work, and live here.  Engaging in a presentation on understanding power and privilege on your graduate school journey is paramount to your professional development as you complete your GSO experience.

Research Training

All students on a research assistantship and graduate students from some specific departments must complete Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training. These online modules are easily accessible from any home or campus computer and is recommended to be completed prior to the start of orientation week and via Virtual GSO.

Institutional Review Board is the administrative and decision-making body having responsibility for review and approval of research involving human subjects. Before any research involving human subjects can be initiated it must have received IRB review and approval. The activities of the IRB are administered by the Office of Research Compliance (ORC).  Students can access the online Human Subjects Research training in Virtual GSO.


For more details regarding the mandatory International Student Orientation, please visit the International Student Orientation webpage.


Students receiving an assistantship will need to bring two forms of identification (ID) for personnel purposes. Recommended IDs are a current passport OR a valid driver's license/state identification card AND an original social security card or original birth certificate. Photocopies will not be accepted!  You will be presenting this documentation as part of the on-boarding process with Student Employment Services.

Dedicated times are set aside by Student Employment to focus on Graduate Assistants. Please plan to complete the in-person portion of the on-boarding process during one of the times to be announced closer to start of the term.

If you have any questions, or we can be of any assistance, please contact our GSO Staff at 419-372-2791 or by email at