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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?

13,104 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,456 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest degree offered at BGSU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Rankings

BGSU landed the #860 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Out of the 80 colleges in Ohio, it is ranked at #39.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that BGSU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for BGSU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 142
Best Colleges for the Money 304
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 311
Best Colleges for International Students 594
Best Colleges 860
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,253

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

$18,456 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
8.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of BGSU is $18,456. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BGSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,592 $15,173 $18,684 $20,504 $20,811

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

13,104 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,680 undergraduate students at BGSU, with 13,104 being full-time and 1,576 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,677 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,104 full-time undergraduates at BGSU, 43% are male and 57% 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 121
Black or African American 1,201
Hispanic or Latino 539
White 10,210
International Students 292
Other Races/Ethnicities 741

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus awarded 6,334 undergraduate degrees and 1,962 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 86 0 0
Air Transportation 0 26 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 13 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 12 0
Area Studies 0 8 4 4
Business Administration & Management 0 143 25 0
Chemistry 0 16 16 7
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 17 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 1 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 15 10
Communication Sciences 0 41 35 0
Computer Engineering 0 52 23 0
Computer Information Systems 0 15 0 0
Construction Engineering 0 38 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 119 0 0
Criminology 0 0 28 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 46 0
Dance 0 3 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 55 17 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 29 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 5 0
Economics 0 33 7 0
Educational Administration 0 0 15 12
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 31 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 69 15 0
Environmental Design 0 15 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 2 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 31 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 60 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 46 0 0
Fire Protection 0 12 0 0
General Architecture 0 0 4 0
General Biology 0 122 13 4
General Business/Commerce 0 33 0 0
General English Literature 0 23 0 9
General Psychology 0 130 15 14
General Sales & Marketing 0 19 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 16 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 7 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 6 13 0
Germanic Languages 0 3 3 0
Gerontology 0 20 9 0
Graphic Communications 0 71 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 31 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 79 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 56 19 0
History 0 25 18 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 91 0 0
Information Science 0 22 0 0
Interior Architecture 0 27 0 0
International Business 0 30 0 0
International Studies 0 12 0 0
Journalism 0 20 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 85 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 35 129 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 1 0
Marketing 0 83 0 0
Mathematics 0 31 7 1
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 15 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 9 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 3 0
Music 0 28 58 1
Natural Resource Management 0 30 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 9 0 0
Nursing 0 53 0 0
Nutrition Science 0 0 24 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 12 0 0
Other Education 0 109 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 63 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 15 5 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0 2
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 83 0 0
Philosophy 0 3 1 0
Physics 0 8 6 0
Political Science & Government 0 49 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 14 0
Public Health 0 17 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 21 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 29 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 58 0
Romance Languages 0 14 13 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 1 0 0
Social Work 0 56 22 0
Sociology 0 24 3 4
Special Education 0 210 0 0
Statistics 0 0 24 5
Student Counseling 0 0 51 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 105 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 37 79 0
Writing Studies 0 126 38 0
Total 0 6,334 1,816 146

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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