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IPEDS ID: 201441
OPE ID: 00301800
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Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
General information:  (419) 372-2531
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  Town: Fringe
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  16,958 (14,477 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty763315
Research and public service130
Total graduate assistants-912
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,216$1,140$1,194$1,2787.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,800$7,794$8,064$8,2442.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,610$6,390$6,658$6,7160.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$22,307$22,342$22,954$23,5062.4%
Off Campus$23,478$21,516$22,430$22,8822.0%
Off Campus with Family$16,353$15,744$16,378$16,7882.5%
On Campus$29,615$29,650$30,262$30,8141.8%
Off Campus$30,786$28,824$29,738$30,1901.5%
Off Campus with Family$23,661$23,052$23,686$24,0961.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$10,168
In-state fees$1,630
Out-of-state tuition$17,476
Out-of-state fees$1,630
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,44896%————
Grant or scholarship aid3,13487%$17,827,827$5,689
Federal grants1,28836%$5,376,616$4,174
Pell grants1,27636%$5,138,066$4,027
Other federal grants2116%$238,550$1,131
State/local government grant or scholarships83523%$1,052,622$1,261
Institutional grants or scholarships2,76077%$11,398,589$4,130
Student loan aid2,67675%$18,798,222$7,025
Federal student loans2,65774%$15,859,625$5,969
Other student loans2858%$2,938,597$10,311
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid110,99374%$70,126,693$6,379
Pell grants5,08134%$20,389,783$4,013
Federal student loans10,18369%$70,984,347$6,971
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$16,184$16,618$17,409
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$13,204$13,966$14,447
$30,001 – $48,000$14,401$15,559$15,605
$48,001 – $75,000$17,247$18,000$18,209
$75,001 – $110,000$18,824$19,236$19,687
$110,001 and more$19,552$19,372$20,086
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment16,958
Undergraduate enrollment14,477
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment674
Graduate enrollment2,481
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 10%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 78%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 93%
25 and over: 7%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 86%
Out-of-state: 14%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 56%
Part-time: 44%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 88%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 14%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $45
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants15,6896,2919,398
Percent admitted72%73%72%
Percent admitted who enrolled29%30%29%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading440560
SAT Math440570
SAT Writing450580
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1824
ACT Math1824
ACT Writing68
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 70%
Part-time students: 37%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 78 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 54%
Transfer-out rate: 32%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 35%
6-year: 58%
8-year: 60%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 31%
6-year: 54%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 49%
Female: 58%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 41%
Asian: 58%
Black or African American: 43%
Hispanic/Latino: 46%
White: 56%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 61%
Non-resident alien: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Environmental Design/Architecture36---
Interior Architecture19---
Category total55---
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies1---
American/United States Studies/Civilization186-
Asian Studies/Civilization10---
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other4--1
Women's Studies2--5
Category total18866
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other-0-0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General86205-
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology3---
Category total932052
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General2190--
Business Statistics53--
Business/Commerce, General18---
Business/Managerial Economics0---
Fashion Merchandising49---
Finance, General306--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General0---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General0---
International Business/Trade/Commerce6---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management35---
Management Information Systems and Services, Other2---
Management Information Systems, General10---
Marketing, Other39---
Operations Management and Supervision0---
Organizational Behavior Studies-17-1
Retailing and Retail Operations1---
Tourism and Travel Services Management6---
Tourism Promotion Operations41---
Category total335151-1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Broadcast Journalism7---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other50---
Public Relations/Image Management16---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-37-
Category total9237-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General399--
Category total399--
Art Teacher Education21---
Biology Teacher Education-1d--
Business Teacher Education36d--
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services-35--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-24--
Curriculum and Instruction-70d--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education4---
Early Childhood Education and Teaching---0d
Education, Other117---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism---3d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness3---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-3855
Educational/Instructional Technology---4d
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-0--
Foreign Language Teacher Education7---
French Language Teacher Education-0--
Health Teacher Education-0--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--3-
History Teacher Education-0--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching77---
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching146---
Mathematics Teacher Education-0-0
Multicultural Education-13--
Music Teacher Education254--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching15---
Physics Teacher Education-0--
Reading Teacher Education-14-0
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education0---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education---0
Social Studies Teacher Education0---
Special Education and Teaching, General8624d--
Special Education and Teaching, Other0--1d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-41d--
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels111---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---5
Technical Teacher Education30d---
Category total645d270d818d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician19---
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician39--0
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician10---
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology1---
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other18---
Engineering/Industrial Management-13d--
Industrial Technology/Technician0---
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician0---
Quality Control Technology/Technician2d--0d
Category total89d13d-0d
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing1812--
English Language and Literature, General2026d6-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing2--3d
Rhetoric and Composition72---
Category total11238d63d
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development0---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other-13d--
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General1--8d
Human Development and Family Studies, General52---
Category total5313d-8d
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
French Language and Literature64--
German Language and Literature38--
Latin Language and Literature1---
Russian Language and Literature3---
Spanish Language and Literature512--
Category total1824--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer20---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist14---
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General49271-
Community Health and Preventive Medicine5---
Environmental Health4---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other57---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management23---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse70d---
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist4---
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor-8--
Category total268d351-
History, General3183-
Public/Applied History---1
Category total31831
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies6525--
Category total6525--
Legal Professions and Studies
Pre-Law Studies1---
Category total1---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies138d---
Category total138d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General2190-
Statistics, General124-
Category total22114-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other712--
Category total2312-0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resources Management and Policy23---
Category total23---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-21--
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other57---
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies2---
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management95---
Category total15421--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other--3-
Category total933-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General146--
Chemistry, Other--9-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other---5
Geology/Earth Science, General512--
Physics, General18--
Category total202695
Educational Psychology-0-3
Psychology, General921214-
Category total9212143
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-9--
Social Work34---
Category total349--
Social Sciences
Applied Economics5---
Demography and Population Studies-0--
Economics, General2111--
International Relations and Affairs13---
Political Science and Government, General480--
Category total122157-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation4---
Art/Art Studies, General4812--
Commercial and Advertising Art0---
Design and Visual Communications, General94---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1843-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies34---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other24---
Fine/Studio Arts, General0---
Keyboard Instruments0---
Music History, Literature, and Theory02--
Music Performance, General1126-4
Music Theory and Composition27--
Music, General13-8-
Music, Other2---
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-4--
Voice and Opera0---
Category total25055114
Grand total2,8017818451
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined84
Ice Hockey28
Track and Field, X-Country12
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1916 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics4/1/1981 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship12/1/1992 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist3/3/1983 - 12/31/2001Resigned
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs11/1/1970 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs7/18/2008 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs3/21/1980 - 5/21/1996Resigned
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs3/21/1980 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/25/1999 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1984 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1947 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1973 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations54120119
Liquor law violations83108112
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations276755
Liquor law violations374444
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible2129
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault200
Motor vehicle theft203
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible2117
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault200
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate11.7%10.9%6.8%
Number in default593480297
Number in repayment5,0294,3944,311
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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