Bowling Green State University

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110 McFall Center

Bowling Green, OH 43403

Phone: (419) 372-2531
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 15
application deadline

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#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. National Universities

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Bowling Green State University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,815, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 181. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,721 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,029 (2013-14).

Bowling Green State University 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, which allows them to 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. The BGSU campus 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 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. 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."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bowling Green State University is a premier learning community, committed to student success, lifelong personal and career growth and engaged learning. BGSU provides exceptional educational opportunities inside and outside the classroom that prepare students for lifelong intellectual growth, career development, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. Through academic, research, public and private partnerships, BGSU students enrich their classroom learning with real-world experiences such as service learning, coops, practicums and internships, education abroad, fieldwork, undergraduate research, and community involvement. BGSU emphasizes discovery, creativity, real-world experiences, achievement, collaboration and a culture of respect in a welcoming, supportive community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $166,185,615


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 $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.6%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bowling Green State University is 18:1, and the school has 34.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bowling Green State University include: Psychology, General; Teacher Education, Multiple Levels; Education, Other; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Marketing, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 4%
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 4%
Education, Other 3%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3%
Marketing, Other 3%

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Student Life

Bowling Green State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,815, with a gender distribution of 44.2 percent male students and 55.8 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. Bowling Green State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 17,286
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bowling Green State University.

Students who have cars on campus 55%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bowling Green State University, 68.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,948.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,721 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,029 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,244 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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