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Life Design at BGSU

Grounded in design thinking principles, students explore big questions – what they want to do and who they want to become – while shaping their college and career journey.

Life Design at BGSU

Grounded in design thinking principles, students explore big questions – what they want to do and who they want to become – while shaping their college and career journey.

BGSU prepares you for whatever your future holds, during college and after graduation. You will graduate both career- and life-ready.

You will work with the Life Design team to develop a personalized experience that helps you graduate, launch a successful career and connect with a network of 200,000+ Falcon alumni, professionals and organizations around the world. And, if your plan changes, you’ll have the toolkit to pivot and design your way forward.

As the only university in the country building this initiative to be offered to all undergraduate students at this scale, Life Design at BGSU is a significant differentiator.

What is Life Design?

Within the Life Design program, BGSU students learn to maximize their academic experience, prioritize their well-being, make connections that build an invaluable network while in college and jump-start their careers before graduation.

While each student journey is unique and students can enter the Life Design program at any time during their college experience, most students begin with the Geoffrey H. Radbill Center for College and Life Design to ensure they are positioned for success and supported at the early stages of their college journey. As the student progresses, they are introduced to the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Hub for Career Design and Connections, which aims to help make key introductions for students with industry professionals that lead to mentorship, co-ops, internships and fulfilling career opportunities.

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Geoffrey H. Radbill Center for College and Life Design

Located in the heart of campus, the Geoffrey H. Radbill Center for College and Life Design features inclusive and collaborative spaces for students to work with Life Design coaches as they design their college experience and gain tools and skills to design their life.

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Michael and Sara Kuhlin Hub for Career Design and Connections

The Kuhlin Hub for Career Design and Connections supports student success as they plan and prepare for careers after graduation, providing resources for internship and co-op experiences, workshops, professional development, employer and alumni engagement, and other emerging needs.

How Life Design benefits students

At BGSU, you can expect more than a degree. Our commitment to you is that your college experience and investment will be worthwhile. Life Design intends to achieve tangible benefits for students after they graduate from BGSU, not only socially and emotionally, but financially as well. As a result of Life Design at BGSU, we expect every student who engages with the program to graduate with a toolkit to design a meaningful and productive life.


student debt


in an internship, co-op or immersive research experiential learning opportunity


a network and career connectors


in four years or less


a successful career or attend graduate school of choice


to professional development opportunities after graduation


a proud and engaged alumnus

Briynna Moore
Life Design at BGSU has been a big part of helping me connect the dots, and seeing my dream start to take shape is so rewarding. - Briyanna Moore
Briyanna's Story
Devin Darr
As a first-generation student, I didn't feel like I belonged at college. Life Design at BGSU helped me find my place, and now I'm more confident than ever in my future. - Devin Darr
Devin's Story
Nichole Hood
My dream has always been to get a doctorate degree, and when I hit some bumps along the road, I used what I learned in Life Design to overcome those obstacles and work toward making my dream a reality. - Nichole Hood
Nichole's Story
Katie Hall
I thought I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and when I started to question that, my Life Design coach offered me crucial support and reassurance as I designed a new path forward. - Katie Hall
Katie's Story

From the students:
How Life Design is changing college

Upcoming Events

Redefining Student Success

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BGSU alumni philanthropists Mike Kuhlin ‘68 and Geoff Radbill ’68

BGSU announces $13.5M in gifts to support student success

With an unprecedented commitment to student success, BGSU will expand programming and student support and enhance facilities to empower students to design their college experience, their career and their life.

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Updated: 05/09/2023 03:21PM