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Reviews 1618 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Majors: Many majors that are not as difficult in terms of classwork require more out of class experience. It can be a bit of a pain to find something but it's worth it to make those connections outside of your university.

3 College Senior

Diversity: By the numbers, we're fairly diverse for a school in Northwest Ohio. However, at times, I feel like this state is very segregated and the attitudes about race many people here have reflects that. Almost everyone in-state I know comes from either a super rich, white suburb or a struggling small town/inner city with no white people. No in between. It's almost like it's a big deal when there are more than two minorities in a class at the same time. The topic of race here can be somewhat uncomfortable compared to what I'm used to. I wouldn't classify many people here as racist but you can tell a lot of people here haven't been exposed to different types of people before now.

5 College Senior

Academics: My major program (Sport Management) is not that challenging in terms of the course work. However, we have a wide array of connections with the NFL and tons of other opportunities. It's a popular major so be sure to get involved and stand out.

4 College Senior

Academics: It's hard to expand on this because everyone will experience this differently. Don't judge BGSU based on our acceptance rates. We have many nationally ranked programs and we've only become more selective each year that I've been here.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: We have some nice buildings but I feel like overall it doesn't mix very well. There's no big welcoming sign to campus or a big grassy space where people hang out between classes. Facilities as a whole are nice.

3 College Senior

Local Area: In terms of being a college town, Bowling Green is great. That's about it though. If you want any local attractions outside of school you'll have to go to at least Perrysburg if not Toledo. Outside of the Black Swamp arts festival in the fall there's not much going down in Bowling Green that doesn't involve BGSU.

The attractions in Toledo are alright since it's somewhat big (or big enough). There's more to do there but it's far from the safest or most attractive looking place to be. Mud Hens and Walleye games are cool and so is the art museum. Throw in a decent mall and that's about it.

Perrysburg is essentially shopping center with a town in it. It's only about ten minutes up I-75 and you'll find plenty of shopping and restaurants there. Oh, and a sweet movie theater.

If you're feeling adventurous, BG is within a couple of hours from some much bigger cities. Detroit, Ann Arbor, Columbus and Cleveland are all relatively close if you want to see a good concert or something.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Haha! This feels shallow but I'm going to review this anyway. There's a decent variety of types in both and as a guy I'm more than okay with being outnumbered by women here. This is Northwest Ohio so naturally you'll have some more country, local types if you're into that.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Bowling Green is in large part a very safe place. However, you need to be smart when you're out and about just like anywhere else because you never know. Outside of some petty crimes and some bar fights you won't encounter much.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Overall, I have enjoyed my experience at BGSU immensely. I was new to the state and this region of the country when I arrived here and I felt at home immediately. I am one of those smarter kids who didn't apply himself enough at first. Don't be like me. Stay ahead of your work so you can enjoy yourself and the opportunities that this place has to offer.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The majority of classes I've taken here felt suitable to the level at which they are offered. I have struggled in a few classes but I rarely felt that was on anyone besides me. This is mostly due to the fact we have such great faculty here. Almost all of which I have encountered have made it a point to be available and down to earth with everyone. Not taking advantage of their help and the resources offered here is on you. You're an adult when you go to college which means you find ways to help yourself when you need to. BGSU does a great job of reinforcing that idea and reaching out to those who need assistance.

College Senior

Overall Experience: Some programs have more connections than others and that's really what it comes down to at the end of the day. There are students who maybe don't need to work as hard to reach those connections for a job. Someone in the College of Business would probably be exposed to way more networking opportunities than other students.

There's such wide range of majors here so I certainly don't speak for everyone. No matter what you pick you should always keep an eye for those opportunities to each out. It's not what you know, but who you know a lot of the time.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: This review might not be as accurate when you see this because Greeks will have new housing soon (Fall of 2016 I think). I don't have anything against Greek Life and I see the appeal to it. On top of that, most chapters here are involved in some capacity and do positive things.

However, I do have an issue with the notion that this is one of those schools where Greeks completely run everything. A lot of them tend to have that attitude for whatever reason. That's just not true considering they only make up around 10% of the population as a whole. Again, I'm not trying to diminish the positive things they do. Bowling Green is just not one of those places where Greeks run the social scene all the time. They make it a point to separate themselves from everyone else so how could they say they "run" this school if they only interact with the other 90% when they want new people?

Even with that said, Greek Life in general doesn't deserve the amount of stereotypes that come with it. I just think it's delusional to say that only you can contribute something positive or have more fun because you paid x amount of money.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Not much to say because it's been such an easy process. If you do receive a scholarship be sure to keep those requirements for retaining it in mind at all times. It's easy to slack off and get behind your first year.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We're a Division I school so the quality of the teams is usually pretty good. Men's basketball, soccer, hockey, and football have all experienced HUGE turnarounds in the time that I've been here and have stayed competitive. Same goes for women's volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

What's bad is that many people care more about Ohio State and Michigan. That's an incredibly annoying issue in itself but I'll spare you that rant. However, when there's a BIG game for any of our teams, and word gets out enough, people will support. So it's not the best, but for a school in the MAC I'd say our school support is decent. If you go here please don't be that guy at one of our events in an OSU sweatshirt. Just don't. Be a tool on your own time.

Facilities are good. The Stroh Center is one of the million new buildings that opened my freshman year and is a top notch arena. The football stadium (The Doyt) is not very nice, but the athletic center attached to it is amazing. Ice Arena isn't great either but that place is consistently packed so I've had too much fun to care about what it looks like.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Bowling Green is so cheap it's not even funny. The vast majority of off-campus options are within a mile of campus and close to the campus bus system. Even if you choose somewhere farther to cut cost (Copper Beech, Falcon's Pointe, Enclave) those places provide their own transportation to campus.

In my experience, most places are willing to help you out through the process of renting for the first time since so many people here have never rented an apartment before college. In the long run, it's much cheaper than on-campus even though you can't directly pay for apartments and the like within your tuition loans. If you're like me and end up with a decent refund check you can pay at least your first couple of months of expenses no problem. (Of course you pay them back later, but that takes some of the stress away from moving off campus for the time being)

The best bang for your buck would be in the developments I listed earlier. They combine your internet costs, cable, utilities etc into your rent. On top of that, you rent most of them out by the room and you don't need to find other roommates to find a place to live. Only down side is that it's much farther than most of your student friendly options.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Bowling Green has a wonderful amount of off campus food options for such a small town. This can be a little hard to believe when you first arrive on Wooster and there's nothing but fast food chains. Venture closer to downtown and you'll find a nice variety of local spots and healthier options. We have Pita Pit (a chain, but still great), Myle's Pizza, Campus Pollyeyes, Mr. Spots, Vito's, Jed's, Beckett's, Sam B's, our weird Dairy Queen, El Zarape etc. There are more but off the top of my head those are my favorites. Some can be pricey at times but most have solid deals for students.

3 College Senior

Administration: Fortunately for me, I haven't had to deal with administration face-to-face for any reason. Based on campus policies it's easy to tell that they know what students are up to. No matter the situation just be smart about what you're doing. College is a time when people like to try new things and experience more freedom. If you can't enjoy yourself and be responsible when you need to be then that's on you.

Parking ticket fines can be outrageous here but the rules are clearly defined (as in there are huge signs by every lot showing who can park there and when). I don't see how people can manage to get so many of those things. Noise violations in the dorms can be strict depending on who is around. That's all I got.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Bowling Green is known for it's bar scene. Most places around here are 18+ so people are able to have fun downtown from the moment they get here. However, cover charges and not being the drinking age can make it a little monotonous until you turn 21 (when you can really enjoy it). It's quite a sight to see Main Street during Opening Weekend..

Unfortunately, house parties aren't that big of a deal here unless it's a special occasion. They're not as welcoming after the first month of the Fall and not again until the last month. Organizations often throw their own events year round which can be fun if you're invited. They just stop being inclusive to everyone quickly. Granted, Halloween and St. Patrick's Day are an exception to this at any school.

BG tends to have this reputation of being "crazy" in terms of partying. It can be at times, but that's in large part an exaggeration. Definitely above average, I would say.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: It's hard to rate this when you can't really compare it to another school. However, based on what I've heard from friends at other universities, we're doing okay here in that department. A lot of people who complain non-stop about the food either get the same thing every day or probably had amazing, home cooked meals all the time growing up. Don't get me wrong, it can be a bit sparse at times. Between the two new dining halls, the union, the Dial, and Outtakes you're bound to find something good most days. The Oaks is probably the best all around in terms of switching things up and incorporating some healthier options. Tip: don't go to the Union every day because you will run out of those Falcon Dollars QUICK. In general, the facilities are nice and dining has responded nicely to requests by the student body in my four years here. It's a major selling point of any school so I guess it's good that they pay attention to what we think about it.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There's been a ton of improvement in the quality of housing since my freshman year here. That year, two new residence halls (Centennial and Falcon Heights) opened. Both are more on the expensive side but well worth it. Mac has been renovated within the last year and Founder's is also a great, less expensive option. Kreischer and Harshman aren't nearly as nice but I believe they're in the plans to be renovated next within the next couple of years. They're not bad, either. It's just that they are older buildings with smaller rooms and no a/c (which you don't really need after the first month here anyway).

In general, all of the residence halls here have their own unique feel to them. Plenty of cool study spaces, lounges, and other features. Even in the older buildings. Res life strives to get everyone familiar with who they live around early on. It made the transition to college much easier, in my opinion.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm I live in now is one of the best on campus: Falcon Heights. With it only being a couple years old, the quality is awesome. Freshman year I lived in one of the worst - by quality - dorms: Kreischer Ashley. Now the room is like a shoe box, and rule enforcement didn't exist. BUT there was food on the second floor, and it is right next to the gym so those were major pluses

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It wouldn't be college without parties. Though there are a lot of parties, BG's main scene are the bars since you only have to be 18 to get in

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are great. BG has great school spirit and some of the best fans

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus for the most part is pretty lenient, unless you park somewhere where you are not suppose too such as if you have a student parking pass and park in the commuter lot for 10 minutes, you will have a ticket on your car.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life so my opinion is biased. I don't care for those who are in Greek life, especially since you probably won't meet a lot of people who aren't in Greek life. I just don't see an importance in it and don't have that kind of money to waste

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