We’re excited to have you join us for University Orientation. Participation is required, as it is a vital part of the start to your successful college journey. Throughout the program you’ll learn more about the BGSU community, academic and co-curricular expectations and opportunities to shape your experience. 

Orientation is a half-day program. There is a lot of information to cover about your transition and many action items you must complete before leaving campus. Expect to be on campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. Please keep this in mind, especially if traveling from far away to attend.

Get Connected

Join the conversation on the BGSU Class of 2027 Facebook group to begin connecting with other new students. You will also see important updates about orientation and other BGSU resources and services.

We also didn't forget about the families and guests who support our falcons! Families can follow our @bgsufamilies Facebook page to stay connected with BGSU throughout the year.

What to Bring to Orientation

Throughout the day, you will be traveling between buildings across campus so it's important you come prepared for the weather. 

  • A jacket or sweater – Even with the heat on, it can get cool sitting in the big ballroom!
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella or poncho 
  • A bag or backpack 

It's also a good idea to check your To Do List in your MyBGSU. You may find the following documentation you need to bring listed.

  • A copy of transcripts, grades, course list, etc. from College Credit Plus or courses taken at another institution if you are currently enrolled in classes and have not yet submitted an official transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  • One of the following forms of identification:
    • Valid state-issued driver’s license with photo
    • State-issued photo ID card
    • Passport with photo
    • Military ID card

We can't wait to meet you!

Check-in for Orientation begins at 8 a.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (BTSU). Please arrive no later than 9 a.m. EDT. All Orientation guest parking will be free in parking lots 7B, 7C and 7D

We have put together a list of resources to help you with your travel to BGSU, including transportation options, overnight accommodations and details on how to book your stay in a residence hall (summer only) on our Travel & Accommodations web page

Important note about guests: You are encouraged to pre-register family members and guests to avoid unnecessary delays. If you need to add a guest, please email us at orientation@bgsu.edu or 419-372-0353 for assistance. 

Orientation Schedule

  • 8-9 a.m. 
    • Check-in will take place in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (BTSU). At check-in, you will also have the opportunity to have your photo taken for your BG1 Card if needed. Submit a photo before your arrive.
    • Campus Resource Fair
    • Required & Recommended Sessions:


Students who are part of the Pathway program are required to attend this meeting to learn more about the program and get helpful information as we kick off the semester.

Students who are part of a BGSU varsity athletic team are required to attend this meeting with staff members from Student Financial Aid & Scholarships.  Family members and guests are encouraged to attend.


Visit with representatives from campus departments and enjoy refreshments in the Ballroom.  We encourage you to use this time to learn about programs, resources and support available to you as a BGSU student.

  • 9:15-9:30 a.m. Orientation Welcome Session
  • 9:30-10 a.m. Designing your BGSU Experience
  • 10:15-11 a.m.
    • Students Meet your Orientation Leader
    • Family & Guests Parent & Family Connections
  • 11:15 a.m. to Noon Community of Care     
  • 12-2 p.m. Afternoon Sessions
    • Lunch
    • Money Matters
    • Meet with an Academic Advisor and Planner
    • Meet with a Life Design Coach
    • Aviation: Preparing for Takeoff
    • Accessibility Services Open House

Special Accommodations

Facilities used for Orientation are barrier free. Accessible parking is available in parking lots for guests who properly display a current state-issued disability placard in accordance with Ohio Revised Code. Please notify us of your needs for accommodations at least one week prior to your arrival by returning to your online reservation, emailing orientation@bgsu.edu, or calling our office at 419-372-0353.

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.

Updated: 10/05/2023 10:46AM