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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Overview

Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus is a public institution. The surrounding location of Bowling Green is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Known For?

3,280 Undergraduate Awards
$25,502 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at BGSU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at BGSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Engineering-Related Fields Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Engineering Technology (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Writing Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best English Language & Literature Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular Online Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Online Health Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards BGSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#32 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#38 Best Value Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#38 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#50 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#98 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Bowling Green State University - Main Campus?

Location of Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Contact details for BGSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 220 Mcfall Ctr, Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: 418-372-5526
Website: www.bgsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowling-Green-OH/Bowling-Green-State-University/26573965003
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bgsu

How Do I Get Into BGSU?

You can apply to BGSU online at: choose.bgsu.edu/apply/online/

Admission Requirements for BGSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into BGSU?

73% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus is 73%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to BGSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bowling Green State University - Main Campus  ( 500 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Bowling Green State University - Main Campus  ( 490 to 600 )
200
800
BGSU received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Bowling Green State University - Main Campus  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Bowling Green State University - Main Campus  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Bowling Green State University - Main Campus  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Bowling Green State University - Main Campus?

$25,502 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
8.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of BGSU is $25,502. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At BGSU, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,493 a year. That adds up to $29,972 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BGSU is 8.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,987 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,858 undergraduate students at BGSU, with 12,987 being full-time and 1,871 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  BGSU

There are also 2,682 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,987 full-time undergraduates at BGSU, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  BGSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bowling Green State University - Main Campus students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of BGSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 126
Black or African American 1,100
Hispanic or Latino 532
White 10,159
International Students 293
Other Races/Ethnicities 777

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus. At this time, 34 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 84 countries are represented at BGSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

1,520 Took All Classes Online
5,793 Took At Least One Class Online
20.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at BGSU. In 2017-2018, 5,793 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at BGSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 16th most popular in Ohio for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of BGSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus was 20.9%. This is the #871 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at BGSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of BGSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 25%
Business, Management & Marketing 12%
Criminology 29%
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Engineering Technologies 4%
Engineering-Related Fields 6%
English Language & Literature 18%
General Business/Commerce 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 27%
Instructional Media Design 63%
Public Health 35%
Social Sciences 14%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13%
Writing Studies 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at BGSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at BGSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Engineering Technology (Other) #2
Nutrition Science #3
Fire Protection #7
Music #7
Criminology #8
General Biology #9
Engineering-Related Fields #16
Design & Applied Arts #16
Other Education #17
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #17
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #18
Writing Studies #19
Visual & Performing Arts #27
English Language & Literature #29
Curriculum & Instruction #31
Engineering Technologies #33
Instructional Media Design #33
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #44
Social Sciences #46
Special Education #47
General Business/Commerce #48
Teacher Education Subject Specific #52
Teacher Education Grade Specific #74
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #124
Nursing #162
Education #197
Business Administration & Management #244
Health Professions #270
Business, Management & Marketing #309

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Special Education 18 210 22 0 0 250
Teacher Education Subject Specific 58 37 0 79 0 174
Business Administration & Management 0 143 0 25 0 168
Writing Studies 0 126 4 38 0 168
Management Information Systems 0 35 0 129 0 164
General Psychology 0 130 0 15 14 159
General Biology 0 122 0 13 4 139
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 119 0 0 0 119
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3 105 4 0 0 112
Other Education 0 109 0 0 0 109
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 35 58 0 93
Human Development & Family Studies 0 91 0 0 0 91
Music 0 28 3 58 1 90
Engineering-Related Fields 0 69 3 15 0 87
Accounting 0 86 0 0 0 86
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 85 0 0 0 85
Marketing 0 83 0 0 0 83
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 83 0 0 0 83
Health & Physical Education 0 79 0 0 0 79
Social Work 0 56 0 22 0 78
Communication Sciences 0 41 0 35 0 76
Computer Engineering 0 52 0 23 0 75
Health Sciences & Services 0 56 0 19 0 75
Design & Applied Arts 0 55 0 17 0 72
Graphic Communications 0 71 0 0 0 71
Other Health Professions 0 63 0 0 0 63
Finance & Financial Management 0 60 0 0 0 60
History 3 25 10 18 0 56
Nursing 0 53 0 0 0 53
Student Counseling 0 0 0 51 0 51
Political Science & Government 0 49 0 0 0 49
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 46 0 46
Fine & Studio Arts 0 46 0 0 0 46
Economics 0 33 0 7 0 40
Mathematics 0 31 0 7 1 39
Chemistry 0 16 0 16 7 39
Construction Engineering 0 38 0 0 0 38
Educational Administration 0 0 8 15 12 35
General Business/Commerce 0 33 0 0 0 33
General English Literature 0 23 0 0 9 32
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 31 0 0 0 31
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 31 0 0 0 31
Statistics 2 0 0 24 5 31
Sociology 0 24 0 3 4 31
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 31 0 0 0 31
International Business 0 30 0 0 0 30
Natural Resource Management 0 30 0 0 0 30
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 29 0 0 0 29
Romance Languages 2 14 0 13 0 29
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 29 0 0 0 29
Gerontology 0 20 0 9 0 29
Criminology 0 0 0 28 0 28
Interior Architecture 0 27 0 0 0 27
Nutrition Science 0 0 3 24 0 27
Air Transportation 0 26 0 0 0 26
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 15 10 25
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 0 5 0 23
Information Science 0 22 0 0 0 22
Public Relations & Advertising 0 21 0 0 0 21
Journalism 0 20 0 0 0 20
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 15 0 5 0 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 6 1 13 0 20
General Sales & Marketing 0 19 0 0 0 19
Instructional Media Design 19 0 0 0 0 19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 17 0 0 0 17
Public Health 0 17 0 0 0 17
Area Studies 0 8 0 4 4 16
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 16 0 0 0 16
Environmental Design 0 15 0 0 0 15
Computer Information Systems 0 15 0 0 0 15
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 15 0 15
Physics 0 8 0 6 0 14
Public Administration 0 0 0 14 0 14
Allied Health Professions 0 13 0 0 0 13
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 12 0 0 0 12
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 12 0 12
International Studies 0 12 0 0 0 12
Fire Protection 0 12 0 0 0 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 9 0 0 0 9
Ethnic Studies 0 2 6 0 0 8
Germanic Languages 2 3 0 3 0 8
Geography & Cartography 0 7 0 0 0 7
Teaching English or French 6 0 0 0 0 6
General Architecture 0 0 0 4 0 4
Philosophy 0 3 0 1 0 4
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 3 0 3
Dance 0 3 0 0 0 3
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 2 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 1 0 0 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 1 0 1
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 1 0 0 0 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 1 0 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quality Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 113 3,167 100 908 73 4,361

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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