GET A HEAD START!

Bowling Green State University offers a wide range of summer programs scheduled right before the first week of classes. These programs help with the transition to college and support overall student success. Some programs are open to all first-year BGSU students while others are program-specific with certain requirements.

MOVE-IN & FIRST DAY

The programs listed on this page may require early move-in if the student is living on campus. Commuting students are encouraged to also participate! The standard 2020 move-in schedule is listed below for your reference:

  • SUMMER PROGRAMS | Aug. 15 – 18
  • SELECT GROUPS | TBD
  • NEW/TRANSFER MOVE-IN | Aug. 20 – 22
  • RETURNING STUDENT MOVE-IN | Aug. 23 – 25
  • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES | Aug. 26

Move-in Guide

 


OPEN TO ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

The following programs are open to all first-year students to apply. There are a limited number of spaces available in each program so we encourage you to apply soon if you are interested in one or more. When you apply, you will have the opportunity to indicate your interests in other programs. 

Aug. 18 – 21 | EARLY MOVE-IN REQUIRED
For students interested in student leadership.

This exciting four-day program focuses on jumpstarting leadership and involvement at Bowling Green State University. Participants of Falcon Quest will meet and collaborate with other incoming first-year students, develop leadership skills and community building, learn about campus resources and connect with academic and student leadership opportunities.

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PROGRAM-SPECIFIC

The following summer offerings are open to first-year students who are members of specific groups or meet other requirements needed in order to qualify for the program. There is a limited number of space available so we encourage you to apply soon if you are interested in one or more.

Aug. 18 – 22 | EARLY MOVE-IN REQUIRED
For first-year Biology majors with Math 1220 placements.

The Biology Boot Camp is a five-day program for first-year Biology students with a Math 1220 placement. Participants have the opportunity to move-in early, lay a foundation for success in their new major and get a head start on their fall biology and math classes. Plus, they will meet a lot of new friends who they will have classes with throughout the school year! 

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Aug. 18 – 22 | EARLY MOVE-IN REQUIRED
For first-generation students.

As a first-generation student and family, you may find yourself in need of additional support. If this sounds like you, we invite you to register for this five-day program completely focused on first-generation families and designed to make the transition into University life as smooth as possible. When you participate in this program, you will identify campus support resources, learn communication and collaboration skills, identify personal skills and more!

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Aug. 16 – 20 | EARLY MOVE-IN REQUIRED
For multicultural students.

BGSU’s Multicultural Summer Link program is a five-day summer program geared toward first-year students of color. During this program, you will meet and connect with other first-year students, learn more about common aspects of college life and the BGSU experience, and enjoy academic and co-curricular activities. The program will provide you with tools and resources contributing to the success of your first year in college. This is also the perfect way for you to jump start your life as a Falcon!

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New Date Pending | EARLY MOVE-IN REQUIRED
For Thompson Scholarship Recipients.

The mission of Thompson Scholarship Programs is to support recipients of the Thompson Scholarship for Working Families in their successful pursuit and completion of a college degree. Beyond the financial support of the scholarship, our scholarship program strives to provide holistic support for each recipient and to serve as a springboard for growth while creating opportunities to connectengage, and serve from the time they arrive at BGSU through graduation.

The summer program is offered to recipients of the scholarships. Applications are sent directly to the students.

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Aug. 15 – 20 | EARLY MOVE-IN REQUIRED
For students who are members of the TRIO Program.

During TRIO Student Support Services Summer Link Program, you will meet other SSS students, learn about campus resources and support services, be introduced to your TRIO advisor and discuss goals, time management, and study strategies tailored to meet your unique needs, participate in engaging activities, and much more! Space is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

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Early Move-in Program Comparison Chart

Not sure which program you should apply for? Use this comparison chart to help you make your decision. If you have any additional questions, click on the "Learn More" button under the program you are interested in to find the appropriate contact information.

COMPARISONBiology Boot CampFalcon QuestGeneration FalconMulticultural Summer LinkThompson Summer LinkTRIO Summer Link
Fee to Participate*$0$0$0$0$0$0
Program DatesAug. 18 – 22Aug. 18 – 21Aug. 18 – 22Aug. 16 – 20TBDAug. 15 – 20
Target AudienceBiology majors who have MATH 1220 placement. –Preference given to those students who do not have prior CCP credit.Incoming new or transfer students attending BGSU for the first time.First-Generation College Students – A student whose parent(s) have not earned a Bachelor's Degree.First-year students of color.Thompson Scholarship recipients ONLY

Participants must identify with one of the following criteria:

1) First-generation college student
2) Limited income
3) Have a documented disability and are registered through the Office of Accessibility Services at BGSU

Requirements to ParticipateNoneNoneMust be a first-generation student & cannot be in the Firelands Pathway ProgramMust register for UNIV 1510 with their advisor.Must be a Thompson Scholarship recipientStudents must maintain participants in the TRIO programs through graduation
Commuting Students Accepted
YesYesYesThis is a highly residential program but we can work with commuting studentsYesYes
Able to participate in other early move-in programs or organizations?If the programs or organization requirements fall on the same dates as this program, you will not be able to participate in both.If the programs or organization requirements fall on the same dates as this program, you will not be able to participate in both.

If the programs or organization requirements fall on the same dates as this program, you will not be able to participate in both.

If the programs or organization requirements fall on the same dates as this program, you will not be able to participate in both.

The summer program is an optional benefit to Thompson Scholarship recipients. If you participate in this summer program, you won't be eligible to participate in another program that conflicts with these dates but being a Thompson Scholar doesn't disqualify you from participating in one of these other programs.If the programs or organization requirements fall on the same dates as this program, you will not be able to participate in both.

Sponsoring Office/DepartmentDepartment of Biological Sciences and The College of Arts & SciencesOffice of Residence LifeOffice of Residence LifeOffice of Multicultural AffairsThompson Scholarship ProgramsDivision of Diversity and Belonging
Is there a Fall Semester obligation to participate?Yes. Students will be enrolled as a cohort into major courses in fall semester.NoYes. Students who participate are signed up for a section of BGSU 1910 with other Generation Falcon students, unless they are precluded from 1910 for other reasonsYes. Students must register for UNIV 1510 as a portion of the program.Yes. All scholars are required to participate in activities throughout the semester.Yes. Students are expected to meet with their retention specialist at least twice a semester until graduation.
Is there a Spring Semester obligation to participate?

NoNoNoNoYes. All scholars are required to participate in activities throughout the semester.Yes. Students are expected to meet with their retention specialist at least twice a semester until graduation.
Brief DescriptionThe Biology Boot Camp is an opportunity to lay a foundation for success in your new major and get a head start on your fall biology and math classes.Falcon Quest will help jump-start your leadership and involvement at BGSU and will help you build a strong community before the fall semester begins.A program completely focused on first-generation families and designed to make the transition into University life as smooth as possible.This program is for first year students of color to help them find connections and familiarize themselves with the campus before classes beginsThe goal of our program is to welcome our Thompson Family Scholars to campus and help them build connections with our staff, other scholars and campus resources.TRIO Summer Link promotes educational access for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education by providing advising, tutoring and academic support.
Program Benefits
  • Move in EARLY (if living on-campus) and have time to get settled into your new room/surroundings
  • Get a jump start on your biology and math coursework 
  • Learn effective study skills for success in science and math courses 
  • Get to know fellow biology majors 
  • Learn from biology faculty members who will be teaching your courses.
  • Ease the transition from high school academics to college-level expectations
  • Participate in field trips around campus and behind the scenes at the Toledo Zoo
  • Move in EARLY (if living on-campus) and have time to get settled into your new room/surroundings
  • Identify campus academic and support resources 
  • Meet and collaborate with other first-year students 
  • Learn leadership, communication and collaboration skills that will lead to positive community engagement 
  • Identify personal skills and prospects to connect those skills to academic and co-curricular opportunities at Bowling Green State University
  • Move in EARLY (if living on-campus) and have time to get settled into your new room/surroundings
  • Networking
  • Resource sharing
  • Meeting other first-generation students
  • Transition skill building
  • Move in EARLY (if living on-campus) and have time to get settled into your new room/surroundings
  • Connection with other students of color
  • Campus resources
  • Registration of a two credit course (UNIV 1510)
  • Enrolled in the Falcon Internship Guarantee program with the Career Center
  • Move in EARLY (if living on-campus) and have time to get settled into your new room/surroundings
  • Make connections with other new Thompson Family Scholars, current scholars, and Staff
  • Learn about scholarship requirements, expectations, and support 
  • Get acclimated to campus and key campus resources
  • Set goals and develop a plan for a successful transition to BGSU
  • Complete 4 hours towards your community service requirement
  • Move in EARLY (if living on-campus) and have time to get settled into your new room/surroundings
  •  Possible Grant Aid
  • free one-on-one tutoring
  • scholarship search help
  • FAFSA assistance
  • more personalized academic support
  • cultural activities
  • BGSU 1910 and UNIV 1100 classes

* There are no fees as long as the student participates. If a student signs up and does not cancel with enough time for the program to fill the vacant spot, does not show up to participate or does not complete the entire program, a fee may be assessed to the student. Please contact the program director to learn more.