The Bowling Green State University Honors College supports the BGSU mission by fostering a community of scholars.  Through an emphasis on personal and intellectual development, members are challenged to identify their values and broaden their worldview.

The Honors College is a small, intentional community of high achieving students - exceptional scholars who embody academic excellence.  Our small class sizes invite thoughtful, spirited interaction among students who draw strength, focus and inspiration from each other.  We're better individually because of who we are collectively.

Honors College

The University Honors Program was established in 1978, and designated as an Honors College in 2013.


  • Honors College members enjoy a lifelong commitment to engaged citizenship.
  • Honors College members sharpen their critical thinking, allowing them to attain comfort with ambiguity, to cultivate innovation and curiosity, and to explore personal values. 
  • The Honors curriculum promotes collaborative work, creativity, and interdisciplinary studies that culminate in original scholarship in the completion of an Honors capstone project.
  • Honors College students can expect to engage in leadership and professional development opportunities which lead to self-authorship.*
  • Honors College Students work with faculty mentors who encourage them to become leaders in their respective professions and communities.

*Self-authorship is “the capacity to internally define a coherent belief system and identity that coordinates engagement in mutual relations with the larger world” (Baxter Magolda in Baxter Magolda & King, 2004, p. xxii).


Register Today: Honors College Celebrates 40 Years

Save the Date

40th Anniversary Celebration - March 2, 2019

The Honors College will formally celebrate its 40th year of serving high achieving students with a reception featuring a variety of talented Honors students and the dedication of out “Donors of Distinction”. Registration is $25/person or $40 per couple. Register today!

Honors College Events


General Information

Honors College
024 Founders Hall

Future Students

Katrina Heilmeier - Recruiter
024 Founders Hall