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Bowling Green State University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,059, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,338 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bowling Green State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 184. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,520 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,828 (2012-13).
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is located in northern Ohio, about 85 miles south of Detroit and 115 miles west of Cleveland. Freshmen at BGSU may join a Learning Community, through which they can take a course with and live near other students who share a common interest. 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 have many ways to keep busy on the BGSU campus, which is home to several unique buildings, such as the music building, which looks like a baby grand piano from above, and the recreation center, which resembles the school’s falcon mascot from above. Students can join more than 300 student campus clubs, about 40 Greek organizations, and maybe even the SIC SIC 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. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or try out for one of the many BGSU Falcons varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Notable alumni include Academy Award-winning actress, Eva Marie Saint, who was named Bowling Green’s Pi Kappa Alpha Dream Girl before she went on to star in the movies On the Waterfront and Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.
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Bowling Green State University is passionate about offering a nurturing atmosphere where values exploration, critical thinking and character development flourish. The goal is to graduate culturally literate, self-assured, technologically sophisticated, productive citizens who are prepared to lead, inspire and preserve the great traditions of democracy. The University emphasizes a culture of respect, celebrates diversity and provides the personal attention typical of a small, private college. Smaller residential learning communities, undergraduate research, first-year transition programs, interdisciplinary collaborations and an expectation of campus and community involvement reinforce learning both in and out of the classroom.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Bowling Green State University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Bowling Green State University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||75.5%|
|Application deadline||July 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Bowling Green State University is 18:1, and the school has 34.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bowling Green State University include: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Design and Visual Communications, General; Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching; Sport and Fitness Administration/Management; and Teacher Education, Multiple Levels. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.2 percent.
Bowling Green State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,059, with a gender distribution of 45.1 percent male students and 54.9 percent female students. At this school, 45.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55.0 percent of students live off campus. Bowling Green State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Bowling Green State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bowling Green State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bowling Green State University, 52 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bowling Green State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||52%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Bowling Green State University, 70.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,009.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$10,520 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$17,828 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,064 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data