Bowling Green State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University is located in Bowling Green, OH, about 30 minutes south of Toledo, OH. The school was founded in 1910 as a teacher training institute, and it's still one of the nation's largest producers of teachers. This 4-year, public university encompasses more than 1,300 acres within its rural setting. While earning a degree, students can get involved in any of the university's 325 student clubs, which include Greek organizations.


Bowling Green State University offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs through 7 colleges, plus graduate programs. The most popular undergraduate degree programs are teacher education, liberal studies, and sports and fitness administration.

Bowling Green offers online courses as well as entire online degree programs through BGSU Online. While most of the online programs are for certificates/endorsements and master's degrees, the school also offers several online bachelor's degree programs, primarily in technology, liberal studies, and nursing.

Students interested in studying abroad have plenty of opportunities. Bowling Green offers over 20 semester-long and year-long study abroad programs in 16 countries worldwide. There are also short-term options available for those who don't want to spend an entire semester away.


Prospective freshmen can begin applying April 15th between their junior and senior year of high school; all required materials must be in by February 1st of their senior year for fall semester enrollment. To apply, students can complete an online or paper application and submit official transcripts, standardized test scores, Advanced Placement scores (if applicable), and a $45 application fee.

In 2011, 76% of those who applied to BGSU were admitted, and of those, 32% enrolled. The student population at BGSU is comprised mostly of Ohio residents (85%). Most attend full time (92%), and the population is 55% male. The ethnic breakdown is 77% white, 11% black, and 4% Hispanic/Latino. Most students are under the age of 24.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Bowling Green for the 2012-2013 school year was $4,457 per semester for full-time Ohio residents and $8,111 per semester for full-time non-residents. Tuition for those attending less than full-time was $371 per credit hour for residents and $676 per credit hour for non-residents.

In addition to tuition, a general fee of $61 per credit hour is assessed to all students, with additional fees depending on the major. A mandatory $1,371 per year student health insurance fee is also required; this can be waived if students provide proof of existing health insurance. Students also can expect to pay about $1,140 per year for books and other materials.

There are several merit scholarships available. The Freshman Academic Scholarship is awarded based on high school grade point average and standardized test scores; the award amount is between $1,500 and $5,000 per year. The Full Centennial Scholarship Competition awards full tuition to high-achieving freshmen, and the award can be renewed each year.

Graduate tuition is the same across all programs, but varies for residents and non-residents. Full-time Ohio residents pay $5,084 per semester, and non-residents pay $8,738 per semester. Part-time Ohio residents pay $424 per credit, while part-time non-residents pay $729 per credit. Graduate assistantships are available; students should contact their department for assistantship opportunities.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate and certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Distant town**
Student Body 15,059 undergraduates and 2,518 graduate students in fall 2011**
Student Housing Several residence halls and fraternity/sorority housing*
Schools and Programs 7 colleges, more than 200 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Liberal arts and sciences (124)
Master's: Curriculum and instruction (162)
Doctorate: Psychology (22)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 35% in 4 years
58% in 6 years (students who began in fall 2005)**
Admission Rate 76% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 3,900 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time students, 42% for part-time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 22*
Application Due Date All materials due by February 1st for fall enrollment for priority admissions*
Tuition (2012) $4,456 per semester for Ohio residents, $8,110 for non-residents (full-time) in 2012-2013*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (41%), state and local grants (26%), institutional scholarships and grants (75%), federal loans (73%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% (2010-2011)**

Sources: *Bowling Green State University, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 110 McFall Center, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
  • Phone: 419-372-BGSU (2478)
  • Website:

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