Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University Overview


Bowling Green State University was established in 1910 as a teacher-training institution. A total of 304 students were enrolled that first year, with a faculty of 21. The first bachelor’s degrees were awarded in 1917.

In 1929, the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts were added to offer four year degree programs. Bowling Green attained full university status in 1935, the same year the College of Business Administration and Graduate Programs were added. Over the next five decades, several more colleges and programs were added, as well as a satellite campus now known to us as Firelands College.

About BGSU

State-assisted university founded in 1910
1,338 acres with 116 buildings on the main campus, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, 23 miles south of Toledo, adjacent to Interstate 75
BGSU Firelands College, opened in 1968, is located on 216-acre campus in Huron, Ohio
2007-08 operating budget of $367 million for both campuses combined
Endowment fund of $124.03 million
BGSU has online programs

Faculty & Staff

830 full-time faculty on main campus; 45 full-time faculty at BGSU Firelands
1,915 full- and part-time non-teaching staff members


Approximately 20,400 students from 49 states and about 85 foreign nations
3,100 graduate students
18,700 students on the main campus
1,700 students at BGSU Firelands
1,337 undergraduates over the age of 25
1,095 evening students on the main campus
2,768 African-American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian-Pacific Island students
687 international students
57 percent of students graduate within six years of first enrolling


Semester system with multiple summer sessions.

Annual Fees 2008-09

$16,460 for Ohio undergraduate student fees, room, meals*
$23,768 for nonresident undergraduate student fees, room, meals*
$11,450 for Ohio graduate student fees
$18,758 for nonresident graduate student fees* standard rates

Degree Programs

More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs, 13 master's degree programs, 2 specialist degree programs and 14 doctoral degree programs
BGSU Firelands offers 4 certificate programs, 14 associate degree programs representing 22 areas of study, and 8 bachelor's degree programs
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


Arts & Sciences
Business Administration
Education & Human Development
BGSU Firelands
Graduate College
Health & Human Services
Musical Arts

Learning Resources

Library system with catalog access to 46 million books and library materials across Ohio and on-site access to 6 million items, including 2.6 million volumes
30 instructional computing lab facilities across campus
Computing lab in each of 17 residence complexes
Honors Program with more than 800 students
Office of Undergraduate Research

Key University Administrators

Dr. Carol A. Cartwright, President
Gregory Christopher, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Director of Athletics
Rebecca Ferguson, Chief Human Resources Officer
Sean FitzGerald, General Counsel & Assistant to the President
Marcia Sloan Latta, Interim Vice President for University Advancement & Interim President of the BGSU Foundation
Sandra A. MacNevin, Senior Assistant to the President & Associate Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Kimberly McBroom, Chief Communications Officer
Dr. Patrick Pauken, Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Assistant to the President
Bruce Petryshak, Chief Information Officer
Dr. Rodney Rogers, Acting Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sherideen S. Stoll, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration
Gary Swegan, Admissions Director
Dr. Edward Whipple, Vice President for Student Affairs


Dr. Simon Morgan Russell, Arts & Sciences
Dr. James Matthew Smith, (Interim) BGSU Firelands
Dr. Marcia Salazar-Valentine, Continuing & Extended Education
Dr. Rodney Rogers, Business Administration
Dr. Rosalind Hammond, (Interim) Education & Human Development
Dr. Deanne Snavely, (Interim)Graduate College
Dr. Linda Petrosino, Health & Human Services
Thomas Atwood, University Libraries
Dr. Richard Kennell, Musical Arts
Jill Carr, Students
Dr. C. Wayne Unsell, Technology

Student Life

15 residence halls and 31 small-group residences housing 6,000 students
More than 325 student organizations
Honor societies include Phi Beta Kappa
43 Greek social organizations with 33 chapters housed on campus; 1,600 students, or 12 percent of undergraduate student body, belong to sororities or fraternities
18 NCAA Division I athletic teams
24 intramural sports
21 club sports


Nearly 152,000 alumni
46 alumni chapters and 19 societies around the world

National Prominence

BGSU is home to the country’s only National Center for Marriage Research, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in fall 2007 with a five-year, $4.35 million grant.

BGSU was one of five colleges and universities chosen nationally to receive the 2007 CHEA Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes BGSU for its curricular engagement with the community. The foundation, which uses national data to classify higher education institutions, created the elective classification in 2006. The curricular engagement designation is defined as “teaching, learning and scholarship that engages faculty, students and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being and enrich the scholarship of the institution.”

The Princeton Review says BGSU's MBA program is among the nation's best. The MBA program ranks fifth among schools providing the greatest opportunity for minority students, according to the 2008 edition of the Review's “Best 290 Business Schools.”

BGSU’s doctoral program in industrial/organizational psychology is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

BGSU is among a select number of universities with “programs to look for” in the 2008 edition of America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. BGSU was listed for the fifth straight year among schools with outstanding examples of academic programs commonly linked to student success. This year, the University was cited for its first-year experience programs and learning communities. In addition, BGSU’s supply chain management program climbed in the national ranking to a tie for 16th place.

Teacher education programs at BGSU are recognized for leadership and innovation by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. BGSU graduates are recruited by schools nationwide.

Nationally known academic programs in supply chain management, college student personnel, photochemical sciences, popular culture, applied philosophy, policy history, musical arts, demography and sport management.

Cooperative education program ranked among the top 10 percent nationally.

Home of the John P. Scott Center for the Study of Neuroscience, one of the first interdisciplinary research centers of its kind in the United States, and the Center for Family and Demographic Research, which has major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BGSU is one of the few U.S. campuses where students can earn a doctorate in contemporary music. The University's MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and annual New Music & Art Festival are internationally known.

Home to the world's only doctoral program in photochemical sciences.

The University's Jerome Library is home to three nationally prominent special collections: the Browne Popular Culture Library, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes and the Sound Recordings Archives.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440. Additional accreditations appear in the table below:

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