First Year ProgramsPower to Transform

Getting off to the right start is all about what we can do for you – from answering your questions to helping you make a smooth transition to university life. BGSU keeps you connected to what’s new throughout the entire first year with special programs and activities designed to enhance your college experience in and out of the classroom.

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

A one-day event to springboard your BGSU experience.

At SOAR you’ll:

Fall Welcome

Two weeks packed full of events and activities to get you familiar with all of the co-curricular activities BGSU has to offer

First Year Seminar

A yearlong series of workshops and programs to get you acquainted with BGSU resources

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Learning Communities

Share in service, social and leadership experiences with close friends as you immerse yourself in a community of people with similar passions. There are plenty of options for you to choose from,
with eight award-winning communities.

Linked Courses

Networking starts early at BGSU. As a freshman you will be enrolled in linked courses with students in similar majors.

Deciding on a Major?

Not sure what major to choose? BGSU has professionals in the Office of Pre-Major and Academic Planning to help you hone in on a major that is right for you. You can also check out our Career Center to find out about job prospects in your major.