For admission to Bowling Green State University a freshman applicant must:
Applications for admission are accepted and processed each semester of the academic year and the summer term until the capacity of the freshman class is reached on the Bowling Green campus and at the Firelands College campus in Huron, Ohio. Admission is competitive and is based on grade point average, standardized test scores and class rank.
High school students are encouraged to apply for admission beginning Aug. 1 between their junior and senior years. Because housing accommodations and classroom facilities are limited, students should submit their applications as soon after receiving them as possible. All credentials should be on file by Feb. 1 of the senior year to assure consideration for admission.
Although the largest number of new students enters in August, it is possible
to enter in the spring semester or the summer term. The application and credential
(freshmen and transfer, main campus) for the spring semester is Dec. 15, and for the summer term, May 15. Transfer students applying to the fall have until July 15 to submit all credentials. Firelands College observes the above application deadlines, but the credential deadline is extended to one day prior to the beginning of the term.
An admissions application packet is available from the director of admissions, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. Applicants should complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission and the College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form. They should take these, with a check or money order made payable to BGSU (no cash, please) for the nonrefundable application fee, to the high school counselor or principal to be forwarded with transcripts. All transcripts, test results and other academic credentials must be mailed from the school or agency to the Office of Admissions to be accepted as official. Academic credentials mailed by a student will be inadequate for evaluation for an admissions decision. All admission credentials submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of Bowling Green State University and cannot be returned. Any misrepresentation of credentials will be cause for refusal or cancellation of admission or expulsion from the University if discovered subsequently. Students may also apply on the World Wide Web at http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/admissions/choose/welcome.html and follow the instructions provided.
Applicants who have already graduated from high school may send their completed applications and application fee directly to the BGSU Office of Admissions. An official final high school transcript should be sent from the high school to the Office of Admissions. The College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form should also be given to the high school counselor or principal for completion.
Applicants who have earned high school equivalency through the General Education Development (GED) testing program should send their completed applications and application fee directly to the BGSU Office of Admissions. Both an official copy of the GED results and an official high school transcript of all work completed must be sent to the Office of Admissions.
A student who has not taken coursework anywhere (high school or college) during the past five years prior to enrollment is eligible for admission to the University. Under this five-year admission policy, a student receives admission and is required to take courses under the close supervision of his or her college academic adviser.
Applicants may fulfill the requirements for admission by presenting an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Certificate. Grades of four through seven in higher-level subjects may be considered for individual course credit. Students with questions about the IB should contact the Office of Admissions.
The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required of all freshmen except those who have been out of high school for three or more years. Either test will fulfill this requirement. International applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT results.
All non-native speakers of English are required to take the TOEFL test, or if unavailable, the Michigan Test. This is required of international students issued immigrant visas, those transferring from another American college or university, those (with English as a foreign language) coming from U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico) and those granted U.S. citizenship within recent years.
As a condition of admission to the University and reflecting the educational philosophy of the institution, all freshman- and sophomore-level students are required to live in University residence halls. This policy does not apply to students over the age of 23 or to students commuting daily from the home of a parent, legal guardian or spouse (commuters must live within 50 miles of Bowling Green), or to students who have attained 60 academic semester hours or four semesters of campus residency on or before their first day of classes. See Housing for more details.
For residency requirements for Ohio residents and nonresidents, refer to residency regulations under Fees and Charges.
Bowling Green State University endorses the college preparatory curriculum as set forth by the Ohio Advisory Commission on Articulation between secondary schools and Ohio colleges. A strong high school curriculum is essential to a student's success at the University.
All students graduating from high school after April 15, 1986, who desire to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree at BGSU are to fulfill a specified college preparatory program. See High School Articulation Policy.
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