VIRTUAL SOAR Your Step by Step Guide

How to Get the Most out of your Virtual SOAR Experience

The Virtual SOAR experience is designed to provide you all the resources and information you need to be ready for your first year at BGSU. This summer, through Virtual SOAR programming, you’ll have the opportunity to work on your class schedule with your advisor, connect with future classmates, determine your Fall 2020 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!

SOAR FAQs

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 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will help lead you through this experience.

Virtual SOAR FAQs

TO-DO LIST BEFORE VIRTUAL SOAR

  • STEP 1: Pick a date for your Virtual SOAR by logging in to MyBGSU>Orientation Reservation. If you do not have your MyBGSU account, please set one up. Dates are available in June and July. Need help registering? Please email orientation@bgsu.edu or call 419-372-0353.

Tuesday, June 9
Wednesday, June 10
Thursday, June 11
Wednesday, June 17
Thursday, June 18
Friday, June 19
Saturday, June 20
Thursday, June 25
Friday, June 26
Saturday, June 27
Tuesday, June 30
Wednesday, July 1
Thursday, July 2
Thursday, July 9
Wednesday, July 15
Tuesday, July 21
Friday, July 31
Tuesday, August 25

  • STEP 2: Complete your Writing Placement Essay by logging in to MyBGSU>Orientation>Placement Tests
  • STEP 3: Sign your Financial Responsibility Agreement by logging in to MyBGSU>Student Center>To Do
  • STEP 4: Send final transcripts, college transcripts, AP scores to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible. Most high schools and colleges will know how to do this.

    Office of Admissions:
    200 University Hall
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
    choosebgsu@bgsu.edu.
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STEP 5:

ATTEND THE REQUIRED 30-MINUTE VIRTUAL SOAR WEBINAR

Save the date! By registering for Virtual SOAR, you’ve selected the date that you will attend the required 30-minute Virtual SOAR webinar. In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

• Meeting with your advisor
• Your class schedule
• Paying your bill
• Move-in and Fall Welcome activities
• Getting involved on campus
• COVID-19 Safeguards
• Much more

You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions using our in-chat feature. The link for the Virtual SOAR webinar will be emailed a few days in advance of your SOAR date.

View the Virtual SOAR Presentation

STEP 6:

CONNECT WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR

After your required 30-minute Virtual SOAR webinar, you will receive a link with information about connecting with your advisor for an academic advising appointment later in the summer.

STEP 7:

MEET THE VIRTUAL SOAR ORIENTATION LEADERS

Following your required 30-minute virtual SOAR event, 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!

STEP 8:

ATTEND ADDITIONAL SOAR WEBINARS

Scheduled throughout June, July and August, we’ve developed a full schedule of webinars with YOU in mind. While attendance is not required, we recommend you plan to participate so you feel prepared when it comes time to start classes in the Fall. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a few that will cover topics you’re interested in. Parents and family members are welcome to participate, as well.
 
Review the full schedule of offerings here

Note: registration for these events will open throughout the summer. If an event you’re interested in does not have an open registration, don’t worry! Keep checking back, it will be open soon.

STEP 9:

CONNECT WITH STUDENT FINANCIAL AID AND THE OFFICE OF THE BURSAR

Your bill for your first semester at BGSU will be available on July 1. Connect by attending webinars hosted by Student Financial Aid and the Office of the Bursar.

Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
For questions about your financial aid offer, scholarships, FAFSA and/or making changes to your financial aid. Simple question? 419-372-2651. Involved question? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with Student 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. Call 419-372-2815 or email bursar@bgsu.edu. Or, schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Office of the Bursar.

Step 10:

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

STEP 11:

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

STEP 12:

PLANNING TO LIVE ON CAMPUS? TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF YOUR FUTURE HOME!

Begin your virtual tour by selecting a hall to wander. Explore what is around the hall and what the hall looks like from the outside. Then, go on to visit the interior of the hall and the rooms to explore what each has to offer.

See each and every corner of our rooms

Download the packing list download

We’ll always have room for you!

You can commit to BGSU with your housing payment throughout the spring and summer – BGSU has no deadline. Log into MyBGSU>Housing and Meal Application.

CHECK YOUR BG EMAIL DAILY

Miss one?  

View the recent emails sent to first-year students

WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE CAMPUS!