Your Orientation Step-by-Step Guide

How to Get the Most out of your SOAR Experience
We call our new student orientation SOAR – which stands for Student Orientation, Advising and Registration. The SOAR experience is designed to provide you all the resources and information you need to be ready for starting classes at BGSU. Through SOAR programming, you will have the opportunity to work on your class schedule with your advisor, connect with future classmates, determine your bill and review payment options and learn more about living and learning at BGSU. Every step of the way, we encourage you to ask questions – we’re here for you!

STEP 1: SCHEDULE YOUR SOAR DATE

VIRTUAL SOAR DATE
Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hour Lunch Break
Zoom access is required to participate. Create an Account

IN-PERSON SOAR DATE
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch Provided
Face Coverings Required | COVID-19 On-campus Safety Protocols 


STEP 2: COMPLETE YOUR WRITING PLACEMENT ESSAY

  • You can complete your placement essay by logging in to MyBGSU>Orientation>Placement Tests

STEP 3: SIGN YOUR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AGREEMENT

  • You can complete your placement essay by logging in to MyBGSU>Student Center>To Do

STEP 4: SEND YOUR DOCUMENTS

  • The Office of Admissions needs you to send the following documents as soon as possible. Most high schools and colleges will know how to do this:
    • Final Transcripts
    • College Transcripts (If applicable)
    • AP Scores

SEND YOUR DOCUMENTS TO:
200 University Hall
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
-OR- choosebgsu@bgsu.edu

LEARN MORE ABOUT SOAR
& GET TO KNOW BGSU

We’ve compiled this list of resources with your questions in mind! You can also connect with our SOAR staff at 419-372-0353 or orientation@bgsu.edu from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday. We will help lead you through this experience.

SCHEDULING YOUR CLASSES

At BGSU, you are required to meet with your academic advisor prior to scheduling your courses for the first three semesters.

Before you can schedule your spring courses, you will receive an email with a link and information about how to set up a virtual appointment with your advisor. If you have questions for your advisor earlier, you can contact your College Advising Office for assistance.

MEET THE SOAR ORIENTATION LEADERS

To help you get ready for your BGSU journey, you will be paired with one of these Orientation Leaders. Keep an eye on your email for opportunities to connect with your Orientation Leader via virtual "hangouts."

Meet Your Orientation Leader!

RECOMMENDED PRE-SOAR WEBINARS

We’ve developed five webinars with YOU in mind! We know you will have many questions prior to your SOAR date, so we have tailored these sessions so they are jam-packed with answers and resources students and families are looking for before spring semester begins. It is HIGHLY encouraged that you attend a least a couple of these sessions prior to SOAR.

Explore & Register

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID &
OFFICE OF THE BURSAR

Your BGSU Spring 2021 bill will be available on Dec. 1, 2020.

Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
For questions about your financial aid offer, scholarships, FAFSA and/or making changes to your financial aid you need to connect with the Office of Financial Aid.

Office of the Bursar
For questions about fees, 529 college savings plan, the health insurance waiver, a payment plan and/or making a bill payment you will need to connect with the Office of the Bursar.

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR MAJORS & COLLEGES
WITH A WELCOME VIDEO BELOW FROM YOUR DEAN!

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education and Human Development

College of Health and Human Services

College of Musical Arts

University Libraries

College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering

VISIT OUR VIRTUAL RESOURCE FAIR

Here, you’ll find contact information for a number of campus resources. From ROTC to the Honors College, the Virtual Resource Fair is your connection to the BGSU offices, organizations and people who are excited to welcome you to campus.

Virtual Resources

PLANNING TO LIVE ON CAMPUS?

Begin your virtual tour of your new home by selecting a building to wander. Explore the surroundings from all angles, get decorating ideas and check out what each room has to offer. We also recommend you review the BGSU packing list.

Start Your Tour

Want to live on campus? Log in to MyBGSU>Housing and Meal Application to apply and make your $200 initial housing payment.

WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE CAMPUS!