What is a BGSU Account?

All active members of the BGSU community are provided with a BGSU Account. The account allows access to the MyBGSU Portal, BGSU Email, Canvas, OneDrive file storage, and many other services. It serves as the primary account for everyone at BGSU.

BGSU Account Status Timeline

All ACTIVE BGSU faculty, staff and students are provided a BGSU email account. However, in accordance with BGSU's license agreement with Microsoft, as ones affiliation with the university changes, account access does the same. Use the BGSU Account Status Timeline below for information on how BGSU email access may alter based on various status changing scenarios.

Teaching Graduate Assistant Access removed after 365 days*
Access terminated when NOT enrolled in a program
All Other Students
Email only access for life** Access terminated when NOT enrolled in a program
Staff (Administrative & Classified) Email only access for life
Account disabled on departure date
Faculty Email only access for life Account remains open for 365 days

*Contact Information Technology Services (ITS) if you would like to have your account reactivated and set to alumni status. If the student is a former faculty/staff, activation will be dependent on the supervisor's approval.

**Email access for life is only available to students who graduated in or after 2012, due to the terms of our license agreement with Microsoft.

Upon being accepted to Bowling Green State University, students will receive instructions on how to create their BGSU account.

Staff: receive their BGSU account shortly after HR is notified by department of their accepted offer

Faculty: receive their BGSU account shortly after their college either requests a guest ID or sends information to HR

Email only access is just that, access to only email. This access does not include Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or SharePoint (OneDrive and Sites). Our software use license agreement with Microsoft allows for only email accounts to BGSU alumni. 

For information on changes to other accounts, please contact ITS.

If you have multiple statuses, your account changes will reflect the most current status. For example: You graduated from BGSU and then were hired on as a staff member. Because you became a staff member after you were a student, your current status is Staff and account changes will reflect those of staff. If you did graduate from BGSU, but another status is set to disable your account, please contact ITS to inquire about having your account re-activated*.

*If your account has been terminated based on your status, reenabling is only available for up to 12 months, if not, your account is deleted.

If you are a Graduate Assistant that has taught a class at BGSU, you are considered a faculty.

A student can be terminated from their program based on any of the following scenarios:

  1. Four semesters have passed since the last course was completed
  2. A student is put on academic probation for poor grades, hits the end of the probation period and has not brought their GPA up to a 2.0
  3. The student is expelled or has committed a serious breach of University protocol

Certain students are never enrolled in a program at BGSU - those include guest students and College Credit Plus (CCP) students

Less than 5% of the BGSU alumni use their email accounts after graduation.

Automatic replies set for those leaving the university will be active for as long as the supervisor determines necessary; the user will no longer have access to the account.

Account Security

BGSU uses both your BGSU Password and Duo Two Factor Authentication to protect your account. The purpose of using two methods of identification is to better protect your data and works under the premise that an unauthorized user is unlikely to be able to supply both required methods of identification.

More Information on Two Factor

Device Setup

We encourage you to setup your personal device using your BGSU Account to connect to the wireless network, access email, get updates from Canvas, and use Microsoft Office for free. 

More Information on Personal Devices