New Student Orientation, in collaboration with the BGSU community, welcomes, supports, and empowers new students and families during their transition to University life at BGSU and beyond. By providing programs and coordinating strategic services that meet the diverse and individualized needs of incoming students, we support student success and persistence by offering educational opportunities that build community and facilitate personal growth and development.

The new student orientation includes a series of events beginning with our "Student Orientation, Advising and Registration" (SOAR) to prepare students and families for the transition before the school year begins. Once the students make it to campus, they are required to attend events during "Fall Welcome" for helpful introductions to the academic and social environments on campus. A series of 120+ events continues during the first week on campus to encourage students to meet friends, faculty, and staff.


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New Student Orientation
301 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green, OH 43403

First Time Student Orientation

Experience an informative one-day program that will serve as your personal introduction and transition to BGSU. Our goal is to provide you, your family, and guests with an overview of university expectations and resources.  I am a First Time Student

Transfer Student Orientation

Join us for an informative half-day program, designed to provide you with an overview of resources as a transfer student, the BGSU community, academic and co-curricular expectations, and opportunities to shape your experience. I am a Transfer Student

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the student orientation, advising, registration on campus? How about questions on student employment, insurance, or financial? Review our FAQs to answer these very questions and more. I have more questions