Transfer Student Application

The Honors College provides great opportunities for transfer students at BGSU.  Smaller class sizes in Honors courses, ability to work closely with faculty, and preparing you for life after graduation are a few of the advantages for students in the Honors College.

To be considered for the Honors College all students must submit a complete application.  The application is online for transfer students. The complete application includes GPA, college coursework,  extracurricular experience, and an essay. The Honors College application is only available online for students. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the Honors College at 419-372-8504 and we can send you a paper application.

To be admitted for Fall 2020, students must submit an application by Tuesday, July 15, 2020.  To be admitted for Spring 2021, students must submit an application by Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at another college or university and are transferring to BGSU.  We look for students to have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.  A transfer student wishing to join the program must also set up an appointment to meet with their Honors advisor to put together a graduation plan.  You can set up an appointment by emailing

Transfer Appeal Process

Transfer students who have participated in an Honors program at their previous institution have the ability to appeal classes to count towards BGSU honors credits needed for graduation.  These are only for credits towards graduation with Honors, rather than appealing credits with BGSU.  If you would like to appeal credits for BGSU email

Each appeal will be reviewed by an Honors College staff member to determine if the course meets requirements to fulfill an Honors course. You will receive notification of the decision for your appeal by email. Filling out the appeal form doesn’t guarantee approval. Below are guidelines for the appeal process:

- Students will not be able to transfer in HNRS 2010, HNRS 2020, HNRS 4980, or HNRS 4990.
- Students must have received an A or a B in their Honors courses to transfer as Honors credit.
- Students must submit their appeal in the first semester of attendance to be considered for appeal.
- Before filling out the appeal, the student must meet with their Honors College advisor to put together a plan on how they will earn the remaining Honors credits if their appeal is granted.
- Students will not be able to appeal more than 10 credit hours for Honors.

Note: Students who are transferring from an institution with an existing Honors agreement with BGSU Honors (Owens Community College and Lakeland Community College) do not need to fill out this form.

You can fill out this form and submit the completed form and syllabus to

New Transfer Scholarship: Transfer students in the Honors College will receive the

Honors Experience Study Abroad Scholarship!

Applying to the Honors College

Honors Application

  1. You will need your BGSU application username (email address) and password to access the application.  Note: this is for your BGSU application, NOT your MyBGSU username and password.

Access the Honors Application through your BGSU Application Status Page

Please enter the BGSU application username (email used for BGSU application) and password you used to apply online. If you do not have a username or password, please contact the Office of Admissions. If you applied online, but forgot your username or password, we can help you reset your password.

What are we looking for in an applicant?

Reviewers are looking to get to know you as an application.  An ideal honors student will show us their curiosity, passion, motivation, and drive.  We look not only for your past accomplishments, but your future potential when joining the Honors College.  Outstanding applicants to the Honors College are curious, take risks, display self-motivation and reflection throughout their application.  We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, so there is no GPA and test score which will guarantee you admission to the Honors College, but there is also no GPA and test score which will count you out.

Accepted students typically have:

  1. A strong academic record.
  2. Thoughtful essays.
  3. Exemplify critical thinking and creativity throughout their application.
  4. Demonstrate interests and passions through activities, community engagement, work, etc.
  5. Show a commitment to diverse ideas and people.

Each student is evaluated individually, and we consider many factors when deciding if a student could be successful in Honors.

Remember, “[t]his above all – to thine own self be true” (Hamlet 1.3.78).

Honors Essay Prompt

Who you “are” (i.e., your social identity) varies—sometimes quite dramatically—based on where you are and with whom you are interacting.  For example, the “you” who dutifully answers questions during your AP English class might not be exactly the same “you” who sings in your church choir, plays forward on your high school basketball team, or takes swing dancing lessons on the weekend.

For your admissions essay to the Honors College at Bowling Green State University, we want you to think about the topic of performing identity in different environments. In particular, we would like you to identify two specific environments with which you engage on a regular basis such as an academic setting, an online environment like Instagram or Snapchat, or a face-to-face social environment.  With these environments in mind, write an essay comparing and contrasting your identity in these two environments.  

As you are thinking about this prompt, here are some things to consider: Who are “you” in these environments?  What kind of identity do you create for yourself?  What aspects, or parts, of “you” do you allow people to see? Conversely, what do people not see about you? Is there something that people don’t see that you wish they did?   Comparing these environments, what is revealed about your core identity?  Suggested length: 300-500 words.

Short Answer Prompt

Grace Llewellyn (American author, educator, and publisher) said, “In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.”  What is something you have explored which is academic, but outside of the confines of a classroom?  In other words, how have you independently demonstrated intellectual curiosity?  How did exploring that curiosity change your learning or thinking?  Suggested length: 150 – 200 words.