Off-Campus Student Services


Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) provides resources to all off-campus students, including students living in Bowling Green and those commuting from a great distance. OCSS is a program within the Office of the Dean of Students.


Commuter Mentor Program for Incoming Commuter Students

The Commuter Mentor Program was created to assist first year incoming commuter/off-campus students with the transition to college by providing academic support and opportunities for engagement on BGSU’s campus. Through the program, incoming commuter students are paired with Commuter Mentors (CMs), who are upperclass students that have breadth and depth of experiences on BGSU's campus. Through one-on-one interactions, CM’s will help you become more knowledgeable of campus resources, help you get connected to student organizations and leadership experiences, and help you learn how to build relationships with faculty and other students. The Commuter Mentor Program will take place in the fall 2020 semester. 

If you are a incoming commuter for the fall 2020 semester, please submit an interest form to be paired with a mentor for the fall 2020 semester.

Benefits of participating in the Commuter Mentor Program:

  • You will have an opportunity to meet other commuter students. 
  • You will be able to create and implement semester goals
  • You will have direct access to Off Campus Student Services administrative support
  • You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of BGSU campus resources
  • You will be able to improve your communication and personal skills
  • You will participate in group activities that reflect academic success and community service

Submit Interest Form Here!

See it Before you Sign it

Make smart choices about where you live. Make sure there are working smoke detectors and at least two exits out of your living unit. Off-Campus fires can be fatal. Make sure you are picking a fire-safe place to live.  

From the USFA report on off-campus fatal fires

  • 100% = How many fatal college-related fatal fires have been off-campus, instead of in residence halls or Greek housing, since 2005.
  • 75% = The percentage where alcohol has been a factor in fatal fires
  • 58%= The percentage where there were either no working smoke alarms or they had been tampered with
  • 29% = The percentage where smoking has been the cause (and it is the leading cause)
  • 20 and 21 = the age of most students killed in fires


 Student Spotlight 

reid zura

Reid is a third year majoring in Public Relations. He is a member of PRSSA and Falcon Communications. He and his firm create content for Off-Campus Student Services social media accounts. He has also completed an internship with Cracker Barrel Cooperate Office working with their public relations and marketing department.

Reid was a Commuter Mentor the first year of the Commuter Mentor program and has just been selected to return as a Commuter Mentor again for the Fall 2020 semester!

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