We’re excited to have you join us for University Orientation. Participation is encouraged, as it is a vital part of the start to your successful BGSU 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! Expect to be on campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.  

Cet Connected

Join the conversation on the BGSU Incoming Class of 2024 Facebook group to begin connecting with other new transfer 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 and set up an account in the Falcon Family Portal 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 in the summer, it can get cool sitting in the air conditioned rooms!
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella or poncho
  • A bag or backpack
  • One of the following forms of identification (you will need this in order to pick up your BG1 Card):
    • Valid state-issued driver’s license with photo
    • State-issued photo ID card
    • Passport with photo
    • Military ID card

It's also a good idea to check your To Do List in MyBGSU. You may also need to bring a copy of the following documentation from College Credit Plus, or courses taken at another institution, if you are currently enrolled in classes and have not submitted an official transcript to the Office of Admissions:

  • Transcripts
  • Grades
  • Course list
  • Etc.

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 lot 7. Overflow parking will also be available acorss the street (Thurstin) in Lot E.

We have put together a list of resources to help you with your travel to BGSU on our Travel & Accommodations web page.

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

Orientation Schedule

Please note: Times and sessions are subject to change.

  • 8-9 a.m. 
  • 9-9:15 a.m. Orientation Welcome Session
  • 9:15-9:45 a.m. Designing your BGSU Experience: Tomorrow's Career, Designed Today
  • 10-10:30 a.m. Students and guests separate into breakout sessions
    • STUDENTS – Small Group Sessions
    • GUESTS – Parent and Family Connections
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. Community of Care
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Transfer Student Panel
  • 12:15-2 p.m. Afternoon Offerings
    • Lunch on us in the Falcon's Nest
    • Academic Advising Appointments
    • Money Matters
    • Meet with a Life Design Coach
    • Residence Hall Tours*

*Tours will depart from the ballroom. Listen for announcements about specific departure times.

Visit the Campus Resource Fair

Everyone is encouraged to explore the department information tables to get questions answered and learn about programs, resources and support available to BGSU students.

Campus Resource Fair Directory

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: 04/30/2024 09:53AM