Residence Life Welcomes First Gen Falcons

Generation Falcon

SUMMER PROGRAM | AUG. 19 - 22, 2018


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 2018-19 first-generation students to participate in the first summer residential bridge program and become a part of GENERATION FALCON.

Be the first to sign up!

Space is limited for this program. Fill out our interest form and you will receive first access to registration when it opens up.

I'm interested in the program.

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) or guardians(s) have not earned a Bachelor's Degree.

All students going through the educational journey has a lot of questions but as a first-generation family, you may find yourself seeking out additional support through this process. If so, we invite you to register for the first residential 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 four-day program, participants will:

  • Identify campus support resources
  • Learn 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 – Students
  • Gain knowledge of University processes and parent resources at Bowling Green State University – Parents/Guardians

How To Register

If you are interested in this program, please complete the program interest form and you will be sent information to sign-up a day before anyone else can register. Space is limited so we encourage families to register as soon as possible. Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. 

Generation Falcon Interest Form


Tentative Program Schedule

2018 is the pilot year for the program, because of this, the following program is just an outline to give you an idea of what to expect. Official details will be provided once they are finalized.

Day 1

  • Move-in


  • First Gen Falcon Cook-out
  • Student Welcome and Parent Information Session


  • Dinner and Key-Note Speaker
  • Families say Goodbye            
  • In-Hall Activities

Day 2

Throughout the Day:

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

Day 3

Throughout the Day:

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

Day 4

Throughout the Day:

  • Students serve as on-campus ambassadors for the day by welcoming new students moving in early and assist with move-in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the program? Sunday, Aug. 19 – 22. Students will move in early to participate in the program. At the end of the program, parents/guardians will head home and the students will remain on campus to serve as on-campus ambassadors and apply what they have learned.

Who should attend? First-generation students and their parents/guardians attending BGSU for the first time in 2018-19 academic school year.

Who is a First-generation Student? BGSU defines first-generation students as students who neither parent has earned a Bachelor's degree

Is there a cost to attend? No, this is a free program.

Are meals included? Lunch and Dinners will be included according to the program schedule that will be provided closer to the program start date.