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.


We are currently accepting applications from students who wish to be added to the waitlist if a space becomes available.

Apply today

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 progarm as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions in the mean time, email Lakeshia Dowlen, assistant dean of students, at

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 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 Apply

  1. Friday, June 1 | Students who filled out the interest form will receive access to the program application before everyone else. On June 1, we will send an email to the student’s BGSU account, so please be sure to keep an eye out!
  2. Monday, June 4 | The program application will open up to everyone starting on June 4. Space is limited so we encourage students to apply as soon as possible. - Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. 
  3. Wednesday, July 13 | On July 13, we will notify our chosen participants and welcome them into our inaugural Generation Falcon Summer Program!

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Students who have any questions or wish to withdraw their application contact Jenn Grulke at 


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 four-day, comprehensive program. Missing any part of the program 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 Sunday, Aug. 19 through sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Students who fail to 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 $600.

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 and Dinner Provided

Day 4

Throughout the Day:

  • Lunch Provided
  • 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 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 2018-19 academic school year.

I applied but I no longer can attend the program? Students who have filled out the application, not the interest form, who no longer can attend the program should contact Jenn Grulke at as soon as possible.

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