Bowling Green State University

Degree Subject

Bowling Green State University, commonly referred to as BGSU or Bowling Green, is a public research institution of higher learning. It is committed to providing an array of educational opportunities both in and out of the classroom that augment the lives of students, faculty, and staff. It strives to prepare students to pursue lives featuring leadership and engaged citizenship in an international society. Students are also prepared for successful career growth throughout their lifetimes. Bowling Green builds a welcoming, diverse, and safe learning atmosphere that promotes creativity and achievement to benefit others in the community, state, country, and world. The U.S. News and World Report ranks the institution as a Tier 1 University. BGSU is also the 14th biggest educator of teachers in the United States. Bowling Green offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and a variety of master and doctoral programs through its eight schools of education. It is also home to the first doctoral program in photochemical science in the country.

BGSU offers innovative online learning opportunities that enables students to pursue their education from anywhere with access to the Internet. It offers bachelor degree complete programs and master degree programs as well as graduate certificates. Areas of study include fire administration, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, liberal studies, classroom technology, special education, technology management, computer technology, food and nutrition, women’s studies, and advanced technological education. Some online programs are blended and include on-campus requirements.

Online courses feature flexibility and convenience, individual interaction among students and instructors, and collaboration with fellow students. The online programs enable students to apply knowledge learning in courses to practical situations in the workforce. Online instructors are experts in their fields and dedicated to helping students succeed. Online courses feature small virtual class sizes that are delivered via the Blackboard learning platform. The courses are flexible, but assignments and examinations have specific deadlines.

Bowling Green State University was founded in 1910 as Bowling Green State Normal School to meet the needs of teacher training. In 1914, the school held its first classes and the first bachelor degrees were granted in 1917. The school gained college status in 1929 and became Bowling Green State University in 1935. The school began to offer extension programs in 1946. The institution granted its first doctoral degree in 1963. The university grew throughout the 1970s and established additional schools of education. During the 1980s and 1990s the university continued to expand and add additional structures and programs. Currently, BGSU enrolls more than 20,000 students including students from 50 states and 70 countries around the world. It also has almost 155,00 alumni.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Bowling Green State University.

Schools Of Education

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Musical Arts
  • College of Technology
  • Graduate College

Scholarships Offered

Bowling Green State University offers several scholarships based on academic merit and financial need including University Freshman Academic Scholarships, Full Centennial Scholarship Competition, University Tuition Scholarship for Underrepresented Students, BG Pride Grant, Falcon Soars Access Scholarship Grant, BG Success Scholarship, Alumni Association Scholarships, Alumni Laureate Scholarship Program, and Wood and Lucas County Book Loan Scholarship Program. The university also grants scholarships for students who display talent in athletics, mathematics, art, music, science, writing, leadership and other significant accomplishments.

Financing Options

Bowling Green State University participates in various federal and state grant programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Pell Grant 2, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). It also participates in loan programs such as the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Undergraduate PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and private alternative loans. Students can also help finance their education through Federal Work Study Programs. Additionally, Bowling Green State University accepts Veterans Educational Benefits and it offers an interest-free installment payment plan that enables students to pay for tuition and fees in monthly payments for a small fee. Students are able to pay via cash, check, major credits cards, wire transfers, and automatic transfer.

Credit Earning Options

Bowling Green State University accepts transfer credits from other accredited colleges or universities. All courses must have a grade of a D or better to be granted credit. The university also grants credits for Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI) per recommendation from the American Council on Education, experiential learning, and educational experiences in the armed services. For PONSI courses, credits are generally granted based on recommendation for lower-division courses and upper-division credits are subject to evaluation of individual departments. Credit for experiential learning may be awarded through Credit by Examination or portfolio assessments. Military experiences are usually granted non-equivalent course credit.