Important Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 1965 requires institutions participating in federally funded financial aid programs to make information about the institution available to the public, current and prospective students, current and prospective student loan borrowers, and current employees. Bowling Green State University is committed to the principle of promoting access to information that will allow consumers to make informed decisions about post-secondary education. In accordance to the federal disclosure requirements, the following links provide readily accessible consumer information to current and prospective students, parents, employees and the university community. You are also entitled to a paper copy of any of the information contained in these links. If you would like to obtain one or if you have any questions, please visit the staff of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in Central Hall, Room 310, or email them at  

Note: Because of the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained on this website is subject to change.

I – General Information about Bowling Green State University

Mission, Vision and Core ValuesOffice of the President’s webpage and Strategic Plan webpage
For overall questions about BGSU leadership and visioning, consult the Office of the President’s webpage and Strategic Plan webpage
Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

Non-Discrimination in Employment and Education

BGSU Bias Reporting System

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, BGSU complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. BGSU does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Strategic PlanStrategic PlanReview Foward, for more information on BGSU Strategic Plan.
Accreditation, Program Review, and Institutional Effectiveness


Program Review

Institutional Effectiveness

Bowling Green State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; Email:; Tel: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Professional LicensureProfessional Licensure InformationThe U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to identify the states for which the institution has made a determination of whether a program’s curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in the states where students are located and provide notification of the outcome of these determinations. This requirement applies to educational programs that are designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional licensure or certification that is required by a state for employment in an occupation. However, state requirements are subject to change and to interpretation by state regulators. In addition, state licensure boards and agencies may require applicants to meet additional requirements beyond completion of an educational program in order to obtain professional licensure or certification. Students should contact the state licensure board or agency in the state in which they intend to work in order to learn more about the requirements for professional licensure and certification in the state before beginning a program at the University.
State AuthorizationsState AuthorizationsUniversities are required to comply with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student seeking to enroll in an online program at BGSU, or if you are an online student considering moving to another state, you should check BGSU’s status with that state. Participating in a program not authorized by your state could result in loss of ability to transfer credits. BGSU is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.
Description of Academic Programs and CollegesCollege of Arts and Sciences
Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business
College of Education and Human Development
BGSU Firelands Campus
College of Health and Human Services
College of Musical Arts
College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
Honors College Graduate College

Information on the university's academic programs, degree offerings, and plans for future programs is available from the various schools/colleges and admitting offices. Contact individual schools/colleges for information.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services for Students

Resources for Faculty and Staff regarding Student Disability

Employees with disabilities

Disability/Reasonable Accommodation Policy

BGSU offers ample facilities and services in support of students with disabilities and is committed to delivering accessibility to all.
Institutional FacilitiesBGSU Campus MapBGSU has launched an interactive campus map in an effort to improve mobile accessibility and navigation for students and visitors. The new design includes a search tool, a detailed list of campus buildings and amenities, transportation services, construction notifications and a directions feature for mapping the quickest route to your destination. Individual school can also be contacted for information specific to laboratories and/or amenities and other related policies.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA - Family Educ. Rights & Privacy Act

FERPA Policy

Many offices at BGSU collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the university, both university policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records by establishing rules and regulations for access and disclosure of student records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. For further information on FERPA, consult the US Department of Education.
Complaints Procedures

BGSU - Confidential Reporting

BGSU Reporting System

Depending on the nature/type of complaints, the following offices may be contacted:
Division of Diversity and Belonging
207 Hayes Hall
Tel: 419-372-7100
Dean of Students
303 University Hall
Tel: 419-372-2343
Fax: 419-372-0455

The University encourages students and prospective students to address complaints relating to institutional policies and consumer protection issues first with personnel in the office, department or college that led to the complaint alleged. If needed, senior university administrators may also become involved to help resolve complaints. Students may also contact the University’s accreditor regarding complaints involving the quality of instruction or the institution’s ongoing ability to meet its accreditation requirements.

To submit a complaint about BGSU directly to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), click here to be redirected to their website. Note: HLC does not intervene in matters of an individual nature such as (but not limited to): transcripts, tuition, grade/instructor disputes, disciplinary action, employment disputes, financial aid, satisfactory academic progress, interpersonal relations, etc. 

To submit a complaint directly with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), click here to be redirected to their website. For further information or question about the ODHE complaint process, please feel free to contact (614) 466-6000 or

Refund PolicyRefund Policy
BGSU has a tuition refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during a term. Refund, withdrawal and/or transfer questions should be directed to the Offices of Registrations and Record and/or Financial Aid.
Transfer Credit Policy and Articulation Agreements

Transfer of Credits: Undergraduate Policy

Transfer Admission: Undergraduate Policy

Transfer of Credits: Graduate Policy

Academic Policies

Refund, withdrawal and/or transfer questions should be directed to the Offices of Registrations and Record and/or Financial Aid.
Withdrawal Policy

Academic Policies

Withdrawal Policy

Refund, withdrawal and/or transfer questions should be directed to the Offices of Registrations and Record and/or Financial Aid.
Textbook InformationTextbook InformationStudents can find required textbooks or other course materials, compare prices at major retailers, and order online.
Course CatalogComplete Course Catalog Listing
Visit this page for the current and past course catalogs.
Faculty and Staff

Center for Faculty Excellence

Faculty and Staff Tableau Dashboard

University Policies

In addition to the Office of Faculty Affairs (Sara Bushong, Phone: (419)372-2856; Email:, these links contain information related to faculty and staff at BGSU. Additional information is also available from individual colleges.
Student Activities and OrganizationsStudent Handbook Policies and Procedures
Student life at BGSU offers the kind of thoroughly engaging opportunities most major public universities afford their students.  
Career and Student Placement ServicesCareer Center
The Career Center at BGSU strives to engage, educate, and empower by providing high-quality services in career development, planning and preparation, experiential learning, and job attainment.
Student Body Diversity and Division of Diversity and BelongingDiversity and Belonging EComplianceBGSU is committed to building and maintaining a safe, vibrant, diverse and inclusive campus community in which all members have a sense of belonging.
Academic AdvisingAcademic AdvisingAcademic advising provides students with the opportunity to build a relationship with their advisors for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning their educational career, in learning the skills needed for academic success, and in learning how to access the variety of resources and services available to them on the BGSU campus.
Computer and Network Use Policy; Information Security and IT Services

ITS Policies

Social Media Guidelines

Information Security

ITS Service Catalog

BGSU has the responsibility for securing its computing and networking systems (both academic and administrative) to a reasonable and economically feasible degree against unauthorized access, while making the systems accessible for legitimate and innovative uses. This responsibility includes informing persons who use BGSU’s computer and network systems of expected standards of conduct.  
Copyright and Infringement PoliciesStudent Handbook Policies and ProceduresThe University encourages and supports the creation, development, expression and publication of written and recorded materials by university faculty, staff and students. For information about the university's policies on use of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, visit the Student Handbook Policies and Procedures.
Voter RegistrationVoter InformationThe Secretary of State has charged our office to be a designated agency pursuant to state and federal law.
Contact for Consumer InformationOffice of Institutional Effectiveness: Email:; Tel: 419-372-7601The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides leadership and services to support faculty development, the intentional and integrated assurance of student learning, compliance with programmatic and national accreditation standards, and the functional and systematic evaluation of programmatic and institutional performance in support of BGSU’s mission and vision.
Net Price Calculator/ Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance

Calculate Your Cost of Attendance

BG Campus NPC Estimator

Firelands Campus NPC Estimator

For actual tuition and fee charges contact:
Office of the Bursar 
In-person assistance: 227 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Mailing Address/Payments: 1001 E. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Tel: 419-372-2815;
Fax: 419-372-7665; Email:

For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing and meals, and personal/miscellaneous expenses contact:

Financial Aid Office

BG Campus: 227 Bowen-Thompson Student Union Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 Tel: 419-372-2651, Fax: 419-372-0404

Firelands Campus: One University Drive, Huron, Ohio 44839

Tel: 419-372-0655

II – Student Financial Assistance

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Forms

Apply for Aid

Title IV Aid Notice

Types of Aid

To learn more about the Financial Aid application process, visit these pages and/or contact the Financial Aid Office or the Bursar.
Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid Packaging

Financial Aid Website

To learn more about your Financial Aid eligibility, visit these pages and/or contact the Financial Aid Office or the Bursar.
Disbursement of AidFinancial Aid Frequently Asked QuestionsFinancial aid is disbursed (paid) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors.
Private Student Loan Information/ Loan Repayment Resources

Financial Aid Exit Counseling

Price Student Loans

Loan Repayment Information

Information from the US Department of Education

The federal government mandates that students withdrawing from all classes may keep only the financial aid (federal "Title IV" grant and loan assistance) they have "earned" up to the time of withdrawal. Funds paid in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the university and/or the student. Students who have withdrawn will be reviewed to ensure that all eligible aid will be included in the calculation, with the exception of eligible, but undisbursed, federal loans. Students eligible for a federal loan disbursement will first be contacted to ask if they want the loan disbursed or cancelled.
Financial Aid Exit CounselingFederal Student Financial AidAll first-time student loan borrowers are required to complete Direct Loan Entrance counseling before their loan can be disbursed. It is a process designed to inform you of the rights and responsibilities associated with your student loan. Likewise, exit briefings are mandatory for graduating students, transferring students, or students who withdraw. Note: The U.S. Department of Education notes that there is no need for any student to pay for college preparation or financial aid advice. High school counselors, college financial aid administrators, and the Federal Student Aid Information.
Satisfactory Academic ProgressSatisfactory Academic ProgressThis is the term used to denote a student's successful completion of course work toward a degree. Students must maintain specific, satisfactory academic progress requirements to be eligible for financial aid.  
Rights and Responsibilities of Aid RecipientsRights and Responsibilities of Aid RecipientsTo learn more about specific Financial Aid terms and conditions, visit these pages and/or contact the Financial Aid Office or the Bursar.
BGSU Student Loan Code of ConductBGSU Student Loan Code of ConductThe Higher Education Opportunity Act conditions the eligibility of educational institutions to participate in Title IV programs on the development of and compliance with a code of conduct which prohibits conflicts of interest for its financial aid personnel. Click here for terms/conditions specific to Financial Aid Code of Conduct. Note: The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000 was passed to protect against fraud in student financial aid by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud. According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use catchy lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any such scholarship service or website.
State Grant Assistance

Ohio Higher Ed

Admission Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are many types of financial assistance available based on eligibility requirements. Visit these pages to learn more about which one(s) you may qualify for.
Federal Work StudyFederal Work StudyWhen you apply for Federal Financial Aid, you may be offered several types of aid in the form of grants, loans, and/or work-study, depending on your qualifications determined by the FAFSA. Work study is an opportunity for employment for students with demonstrated financial need.
Verification Policy

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid Forms

Verification is the process by which an educational institution confirms the accuracy of the data reported on your individual student FAFSA.
Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law ViolationsDrug Conviction and Financial Aid EligibilityFor information about suspension of eligibility for financial aid for drug-related offenses, visit the Drug Conviction and Financial Aid Eligibility website. Additional information can be found at the following webpage provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Return of Title IV FundsReturn of Title IV FundsFederal Regulations may require you, the student, to repay part or all of the grant money you were given under the return of Title IV funds rule.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)Information about a student’s Direct Loans will be submitted to the NSLDS and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system. Students may view their loan history on the NSLDS website.
Study Abroad EligibilityEducation Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarships
Additional information may be found in the Study Abroad Student Guide. Click here for specic Study Abroad Programs.
Contact Information for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Chat

BG Campus: 227 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, Tel: 419-372-2651, Fax: 419-372-0404

Firelands Campus: One University Drive, Huron, Ohio 44839, Tel: 419-372-0655

You may always visit in person. Any questions regarding Financial Aid can also be directed to the offices listed here.

III – Health and Safety

Coronavirus Resources and Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Information

Student Emergency Fund FAQ

BGSU proactively publishes information related to campus resources and developments related to COVID-19.
Campus Security and Fire Safety Report; Crime Statistics, Crime Log and Clery Act InformationCampus Safety and Fire Safety ReportsBGSU prepares and publishes an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report each year. The report contains detailed information about campus safety including emergency services, crime, safety tips, university policies, state laws, and additional support services and prevention initiatives.
Fire Safety Policies and Fire Statistics/Fire Safety Report (ASR)Fire Safety ReportBGSU prepares and publishes an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report each year. The report contains detailed information about campus safety including emergency services, crime, safety tips, university policies, state laws, and additional support services and prevention initiatives.
Emergency Response and EvacuationCampus Security ReportBGSU prepares and publishes an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report each year. The report contains detailed information about campus safety including emergency services, crime, safety tips, university policies, state laws, and additional support services and prevention initiatives. 
Vaccination/ Immunization Policy



Learn more about BGSU’s policies and information about immunizations for new and current students.
Missing Student Policy and NotificationCampus Security ReportIn compliance with the Missing Student Notification Policy and procedures (Section 488(i) of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008),  BGSU has developed the following policy to guide the efforts of University staff members when they suspect and/or have determined a resident student is missing. 
Sexual Violence and Misconduct/ Sex Offender Registration

Campus Security Report

BGSU is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination. Consistent with the University's Non-Discrimination Notice and the U.S. Department of Education's regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University prohibits Sexual Harassment that occurs within its education programs and activities.
Health and Safety Policies

Public Safety Services

Division of Health and Wellness

Community of Care

Please consult the current Student Handbook for more information. The Office of the Dean of Students may also be contacted for further advocacy, support and guidance: 303 University Hall

Tel: 419-372-2843

Fax: 419-372-0499

Educational Programming for Dating/Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking PreventionCenter for Violence Prevention and EducationBGSU is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination. Consistent with the University's Non-Discrimination Notice and the U.S. Department of Education's regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University prohibits Sexual Harassment that occurs within its education programs and activities.
Timely Warnings

Campus Safety Report

Clery Act Reporting

The Department of Public Safety issues crime alerts complying with the “Timely Warning” provision of the Clery Act when there has been a crime or incident that poses some continuing potential for physical harm to members of the campus community. BGSU Police personnel facilitate crime prevention speeches, demonstrations, and programs throughout the year (A.L.I.C.E., etc.). A Crime Connection Hotline exists to report crimes in progress on campus (or to give information regarding a crime that has already been committed) anonymously.
Title IX

Title IX at BGSU

Office of Title XI Contacts

Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance, sexual violation, sexual misconduct, dating violation, harassment. Title IX states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” (Preamble, Revised 2015).
Alcohol and Drug Policies

Campus Security Report

Drug Free Workplace Policy

Alcohol Policy

Medical Amnesty

Under the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989, BGSU is required to have an alcohol and other drug policy outlining prevention, education, and intervention efforts and consequences for policy violations.

IV – Student Outcomes and Students Right to Know Act

Assessment of University Learning Outcomes/ Student Achievement Assessment (SAAC Reports)

University Learning Outcomes

Key Institutional Outcomes

SAAC Reports

The Office of Academic Assessment (OAA) was created to establish an infrastructure for academic assessment, facilitate the assessment of university and programmatic learning outcomes, coordinate institutional and program assessment, and provide ongoing support services for academic assessment at BGSU. 
BGP Learning Outcomes and Assessment Data

Learning Outcomes

BGP Learning Outcomes Assessment

2015-2018 BGP LO Comparison

Office of Academic Assessment

The ongoing, routine measurement of students’ success in achieving general education outcomes has become essential in today’s culture of assessment.
Graduation and Retention Rates

Retention and Graduation Rates

BGSU 2017-2018 Graduation Survey Data

Federal legislation relating to student consumer rights requires all institutions participating in Federal student assistance programs to compile and publish completion and graduation rates. The information-gathering requirements are contained in legislation known as the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)National Survey of Student Engagement NSSEBowling Green State University participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) as a means to gather data relative to what matters to student learning, how students spend their time and what they gain from attending college.
Collegiate Learning AssessmentCLA Collegiate Learning AssessmentThe Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is a standardized testing initiative which uses a "value-added" outcome model. 
Salary and Employment/Placement Rates for BGSU Graduates

Institutional Effectiveness

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

Graduate College

BGSU is required to publish information about job placement rates and the types of employment obtained by its graduates.
College ScorecardBGSU Score CardBGSU’s Scorecard is established by the US Department of Education.
College Navigator and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (National Center for Education Statistics)

National Center for Education Statistics

College Navigator

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
Student Assessment Measure (SAM)BGSU Student Achievement MeasureThe Student Achievement Measure (SAM) is a transparency initiative where higher education institutions track students across institutions to create a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion within the higher education system. Source: Student Achievement Measure

V – Intercollegiate Athletic Information

Athletic Program Resources, Information and Financial Support / Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) Data

Equity in Athletics Data Analysis

2022 EADA Survey

2022-2023 Student Athlete Handbook

Athletics Compliance

BGSU Sports Medicine

Sport Performance Resources

As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available by request to students and the general public. For additional information, contact: Bowling Green State University Athletic Department

Sebo Athletic Center

1610 Stadium Drive

Bowling Green, OH 43403

Tel: 419-372-2401 or 419-372-7052


Updated: 08/29/2023 02:13PM