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 mission of Off-Campus Student Services is to serve as a conduit
for information fostering a connection among students, the University,
and the City of Bowling Green community to create a responsible and
educated citizenry by providing programs and resources to students
living off-campus. This program includes all non-residential students
and encourages their active participation in the University
Through its mission statement, Off-Campus Student Services addresses the overarching needs of off-campus students through effective communication, quality services and programs, and by building and fostering on- and off-campus partnerships.
About Hazel H. Smith
Hazel H. Smith is a former BGSU student who was instrumental in the
evolution of an area that would be known as the Off-Campus Student
Center. Mrs. Smith, a pioneer in the field of commuter centers became
the first full-time administrator of the program in 1967 and served in
this capacity until shortly before her death in 1986. On April 14,
1989, the program was named in her honor. In 2002, the program moved
to its new location in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and was
renamed Off-Campus Student Services. The heart of the services, The
Hazel H. Smith Lounge, is now located on the second floor of the
Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
The Hazel H. Smith Scholarship is an award of $750 given annually to
a deserving full-time, off-campus or commuting student. The
scholarship is awarded in the memory of Hazel H. Smith, a pioneer and
champion of off-campus and commuter student services. As such, the
ideal recipient will embody Hazel’s commitment to the off-campus and
commuter student experience.
Hazel H. Smith Scholarship
Contact Off-Campus Student Services
Off-Campus Student Services
Office of the Dean of Students
301 Bowen-Thompson Student Union