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Bowling Green State Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to Bowling Green State University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 76%, admission to Bowling Green is mildly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 23.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Bowling Green admission statistics.


Bowling Green Admissions Statistics

Bowling Green’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 76%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 15,291 applicants, Bowling Green admitted about 11,629. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.3, the average ACT score was 23, and the average SAT score was 1110.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 20, and the 75th percentile score was 25.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 990. The 75th percentile score was 1230.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Bowling Green is mildly competitive. Even if Bowling Green is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Bowling Green’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Bowling Green Application Requirements

To apply to Bowling Green, you’ll need to fill out the BGSU Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $45 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by November 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the BGSU Online Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $45 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is November 1st.

Have you been admitted to Bowling Green? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Bowling Green Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Bowling Green, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 44% are male and 56% are female
  • 3% of students are international

Bowling Green has a diverse class. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 3%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.6%
  • Two or more races: 3.5%
  • White: 79%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Bowling Green offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Education
  • Biology
  • Psychology

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Bowling Green Tuition Figures

At $31,897, Bowling Green’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $6,920.

Here’s a fuller look at Bowling Green tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $31,897
  • Average financial aid package: $6,920
  • The average student debt of a Bowling Green graduate is $30,777

Now, what is life like at Bowling Green? Let’s take a look.


Bowling Green Location

The university’s main campus is based in Bowling Green, Ohio, located approximately 15 miles south of Toledo.

The school has had an interesting journey, starting out initially as a small school to train teachers and then steadily growing into a large public university.

Remember, you’re going to Bowling Green for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Bowling Green Academics

Bowling Green has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Drawing
  • Economics
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Insurance
  • Jazz Studies
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Philosophy

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Bowling Green.


Student Life at Bowling Green

Bowling Green has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Bowling Green’s student activities:

  • Anime in Northwest Ohio
  • Bad Genetics Improv
  • Career Student Ambassadors
  • Dagorhir Battle Games
  • Economics Club
  • Feminist Organization Raising Consciousness and Empowerment (FORCE)
  • Game and Anime Music Ensemble (G.A.M.E)
  • Her Choice Student Group
  • International Relations Organization
  • Judo and Grappling Club
  • Kingdom M’Powerment
  • Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.)
  • Mindfulness Club
  • Nontraditional Student Organization
  • Outdoor Adventure Club
  • Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law Club
  • Queer/Trans Student Union (QTSU)

Are you an athlete? Bowling Green’s got plenty of options for you.


Bowling Green Athletics

Bowling Green offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Bowling Green’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Ice Hockey

Who might you become with a Bowling Green degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Bowling Green has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Author James Baldwin
  • Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen
  • AlMayormayor Kathy Sheehan
  • NBA player Nate Thurmond
  • MLB player Orel Hershiser
  • Actor Robert Patrick
  • Musician Ric Ocasek
  • Comedian Tim Conway

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Bowling Green is mildly competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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