Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, Ohio
4-year Public university


Bowling Green State University is a public institution established in 1910 with rural setting located at Bowling green.It is ranked 280 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,853.It practices a semester-based academic calendar.Undergraduates at Bowling Green can choose from more than 200 degrees, and master’s students can choose from about 50 graduate programs, including in the fields of business, education and health. Students can join nearly 300 clubs, about 40 Greek organizations and maybe even the SICSIC spirit crew. This group, which has been around since the 1940s, consists of six anonymous members who dress in Halloween masks and work uniforms and secretly post spirit messages and signs on campus.

#280 in National Universities
Location Bowling Green, Ohio
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1910
Selectivity Very Low
Size Medium
13,853 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Transportation And Materials Moving
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $13,436
Outstate Tuition Fee $21,424
Room and Board Fees $11,786
$37,537 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


79% (Very Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$45 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.6 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, MELAB Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

Completion of ELS Intensive English and Academic Purpose Level 112

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$16,256 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$8,769 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $37,546
58% Students with need received Financial Aid
19.4% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

University Freshman Academic Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000 to $9,500
Eligibility Incoming Freshman
Minimum Criteria based on your Admission credentials
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline March 15
Falcon Achievement Award
Total Worth $1,000 to $3,000
Eligibility Incoming Freshman
Minimum Criteria minimum 3.0 GPA
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline March 15
BG Success Scholarship for Out-of-State Students
Total Worth Covers half of BGSU's non-resident fee
Eligibility Incoming Freshman who live outside of Ohio
Minimum Criteria 3.0 GPA OR 20 ACT OR 1040 SAT
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline March 15

Other Scholarships

Alumni Laureate Scholarship
Total Worth up to the cost of full-time in-state undergraduate tuition
Details Applicants must be incoming, first-time students enrolled at BGSU who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service. Applicants must also:3.5 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale ,27 ACT composite or 1280 SAT
Must be admitted to BGSU and complete a separate Honors College application by Nov 15 with ACT/SAT test scores and official high school transcript.
The Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship Program for Working Families
Total Worth $5,500 from the Thompson Foundation, with up to a $5,500 match from BGSU
Details The Robert and Ellen Thompson Working Families Scholarship Program was founded to provide access to higher education, specifically for incoming first-year students from working families where the cost to attend may have deterred or prevented their enrollment. Students receiving this scholarship are awarded up to $5,500 from the Thompson Foundation, with up to a $5,500 match from BGSU. The total $11,000 value includes a student’s initial University Freshmen Academic Award (UFAS) offer as part of their total aid package. This scholarship program is based on financial need and rewards high school academic performance and commitment to service. Incoming first-year students need to apply for fall admission and submit the FAFSA by March 15. Students will be expected to engage with the scholarship program by attending our Summer Link/Orientation the week before classes begin and other group programming, group service initiatives, and one-on-ones with their scholarship advisor throughout the year. This is a four-year scholarship program where scholars are provided opportunities to Connect, Engage, and Serve and have the support of a team of advisors.


13,853 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
77% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
47% Students graduate within 6 years