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.

The Commuter Mentor Program - Apply Today!

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, who are upperclass students that have breadth and depth of experiences. Through one-on-one interactions, CM’s will help students become more knowledgeable of campus resources, help them get connected to student organizations and leadership experiences, and help them learn how to build relationships with faculty and other students. The Commuter Mentor Program will take place in the fall 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

Responsibilities for the mentees in the Commuter Mentor Program:

  • Attend kick-off event on Friday, August 23
  • Meet with your mentor bi-weekly for 30-60 minutes.
  • Attend a monthly Commuter Mentor Program meeting.
  • Complete an Academic and Engagement Plan
  • Participate in activities and programs sponsored by Off Campus Student Services (as schedule permits).

The Commuter Mentor program is designed for incoming, first- year students. There will be limited spots available for the upcoming fall semester.

If you are interested, please submit your application today

Apply Today!

If you have questions, please email us

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