Residence Life Welcomes First Gen Falcons

Generation Falcon Summer Program

Aug. 18 – 22 | Early Move-in Required

EDUCATING FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS

Twenty-three percent of students that step foot on campus at BGSU are the first in their family to attend college. The University is committed to welcoming families that might be overwhelmed or otherwise intimidated by the prospect of seeing their son or daughter head off to college. In response to this commitment, the Office of Residence Life invites 2020-21 first-generation students to participate in the summer residential bridge program and become a part of GENERATION FALCON.

APPLY TODAY

2020 Application Now Closed

About the Summer Program sun

Being a first-generation student is a significant accomplishment. This milestone is something every student should be proud of but preparing for college can come with a lot of mixed emotions. 

Who is a first-generation student? A student whose parent(s) have not earned a Bachelor's Degree.

All students going through the educational journey has a lot of questions but coming from a first-generation family, you may find yourself seeking out additional support through this process. If so, we invite you to register for this summer program completely focused on first-generation families and becoming a First Gen Falcon Family. 


Program Benefits

This Free program is designed to make the transition into University life as smooth as possible for the student and their family. Throughout the five-day program, participants will:

  • Identify campus support resources
  • Learn communication and collaboration skills that will lead to positive community engagement
  • Students will identify personal skills and prospects to connect those skills to academic and co-curricular opportunities at Bowling Green State University 
  • Parents/Guardians will gain knowledge of University processes and parent resources at Bowling Green State University
  • All participants will be enrolled in the BGSU 1910 First-Year Seminar. The First Year Seminar is a one-hour, small, seminar style class first-year, first-time students take in the fall semester. Learn more under the Course Requirement Tab.

Are you a commuter?
Because this program is so close to the official move-in days, we are unable to provide overnight housing for commuters, but don't let this discourage you. Once you are admitted to the program, we will contact you and discuss your commute. We want to make the drive to and from the on-campus program as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions in the mean time, email Off-Campus Student Services at offcampus@bgsu.edu.


How To Apply - APPLICATION NOW CLOSED

  1. May 6 – July 31 (or when the program is full) | The program application will open up in May. Space is limited so we encourage students to apply as soon as possible. – Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and will be notified on a rolling basis.
  2. After July 31 | If we do not fill the program prior to July 31, we will keep the application open and accept qualified students on a first come, first served basis. 

2020 Application Now CLOSED

Please note: If you are enrolled in Firelands Pathways, you will not be eligible to participate in this program. Instead, we encourage you to apply for our Falcon Quest program instead. If you are unsure if you are in the Firelands Pathways, fill out the application and we will check for you.


Questions?

Students who have any questions or wish to withdraw their application contact Jenn Grulke at jgoddar@bgsu.edu


IMPORTANT! 

Although there is no charge to participate in the Generation Falcon Summer Program, students who do not fully attend the program will be charged $150 per day they miss. Students will be asked to confirm they understand this when they apply.

The Generation Falcon Summer Program is a five-day, comprehensive program. Missing any part of the program would greatly diminish the effectiveness. Therefore, it is an expectation that those accepted into the program fully attend, and participate, in all sessions. This includes the opening picnic at noon on Saturday through sessions on Wednesday. Students who fail to attend sessions and participate will be charged $150 per day the student misses to cover the room occupancy, up to a maximum fee of $750. 


Tentative Program Schedule

Day 1

Parents and students participate.

  • Morning: Move-in
  • Afternoon: 
    • Falcon Family Luncheon 
    • Student/parent information sessions
    • Families say goodbye after sessions
  • Evening: 
    • Dinner     
    • In-hall Activities

Day 2

  • Breakfast & Lunch Provided
  • Explore Campus
  • Design Your Life Programming
  • Evening Social Program and Dinner Provided

Day 3

  • Breakfast & Lunch Provided
  • Sessions on Team Building, Campus Resources, Financial Literacy, Transition Skills and Exploring Campus
  • Evening Social Program and Dinner Provided

Day 4

  • Breakfast & Lunch Provided
  • Sessions on Developing Communication, Meeting Campus Partners, Success in the Classroom, Engagement and Volunteerism
  • Evening Social Program and Dinner Provided

Day 5

  • Breakfast on your own
  • Students serve as on-campus ambassadors for the day by welcoming new students moving in early and assist with move-in
  • Lunch Provided
  • Resource fair

Class Requirement

The BGSU 1910: First Year Seminar is a one-hour, small class all first-year students take during their first fall semester. Students are given the opportunity to work closely with a professor and explore concepts around the book, Design Your Life.

IMPORTANT:
Participants in the Generation Falcon Program will be required * to participate in the 1910 First Year Seminar which will be taught by a staff member affiliated with the Generation Falcon program, and will need to let their SOAR Advisor know they need to be enrolled in this course.

*Exceptions will be made for students who are enrolled in a major that requires a different 1910 course, but you should communicate this with the program advisor Jenn Grulke.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the program?

The program will take place from Aug. 22 – 26. Students will move-in early to participate in the program. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in the program the first half of Day 1, but not required. The program will last a total of five days for students. The last day, participants serve as on-campus ambassadors and apply what they have learned during move-in.

Who is a First-generation Student?

BGSU defines first-generation students as students who neither parent has earned a Bachelor's degree

Who should attend?

First-generation students and their parents/guardians attending BGSU for the first time in during the 2020 Fall Semester.

Is there a cost to attend?

No, this is a free program. BUT, there will be a $150 fee per day fee if a student signs up and doesn't participate.

NO SHOW FEE: The Generation Falcon Summer Program is a five-day, comprehensive program. Missing any part would greatly diminish the effectiveness of the program. Therefore, it is an expectation that those accepted into the program fully attend, and participate, in all sessions. This includes the opening picnic at noon on Saturday through sessions on Wednesday. Students who fail to attend sessions and participate will be charged $150 per day the student misses to cover the room occupancy, up to a maximum fee of $750.

I applied but I no longer can attend the program?

If you no longer can attend the program, you need to contact Jenn Grulke at jgoddar@bgsu.edu as soon as possible to avoid the no show fee. 

Are meals included?

Meals will be included according to the schedule outlined under the 'Tentative Program Tab'.