Education Translates to Impact

The World Needs
College-Educated Individuals

Education is one of the greatest gifts that can be given to a person. It opens doors. It inspires innovation. It enriches society. The influence of education is not only felt by an individual; entire communities are changed by enlightened citizens. And, ultimately, our world is a better place when people are able to think and contribute at the highest level, providing insight to overcome the greatest challenges of the modern world.

Because the world needs teachers and thinkers, entrepreneurs and creators, leaders and visionaries, risk takers and dreamers

Our world is a better place because BGSU has given opportunities to such a wide range of students. Equipping them with skills to not only get jobs, but to make a real impact. Real change. Some who are the first in their family to attend college. Some who couldn’t have otherwise afforded the cost. Some who needed to find a place that would help them adjust and get plugged in. To not just give them a degree. But to give them an education. And they in turn serve the world.

Impact in Ohio

John Prout
BGSU ’72

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Impact in the US

Paul Hooker
BGSU ’75

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Impact in the World

Lori Steele-Contorer
BGSU ’72

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Uniquely Positioned
to Serve the World

BGSU Is A Public Resource
Uniquely Positioned To Provide
Quality Higher Education

Public institutions are a valuable resource. They educate about 70 percent of the college students in this country, award 60 percent of the Ph.D.s, and conduct more than 60 percent of federally funded research. Public higher education is one of our greatest national achievements. As our world becomes more competitive, complex and technical, education will play a crucial role in the success of our nation and the lives of its citizens.

BGSU draws learners from all around the world, and is also well-known for serving the students of our region. The University offers opportunities to people from larger cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago, but is still very accessible for students who come from small rural communities across the state. Partnerships with companies such as Cedar Fair Properties allow BGSU to share knowledge and resources with citizens throughout Ohio in a collaborative effort to change lives and communities.

National Recognition

Bowling Green State University is paving the way for education in the region, ranking first among public universities in Ohio for boosting former students’ earnings 10 years after college by The Economist. BGSU was named a No. 1 public university for student engagement by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks BGSU’s undergraduate business programs among the top 5 percent in the nation and the top 2 percent in the world and the University earned the prestigious 2017 NCAA Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

Bowling Green State University joined an elite selection of national universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Reserved for universities with noteworthy community engagement, the designation is a meaningful affirmation of the University’s value and progress.

BGSU also provides exceptional value with the lowest total educational costs among all universities in Ohio, according to the U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center.

Antonio Smith
BGSU ’12

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Educating first-generation college students

Twenty-three percent of students that step foot on campus at BGSU are the first in their family to attend college. The University is committed to welcoming families that might be overwhelmed or otherwise intimidated by the prospect of seeing their son or daughter head off to college.

Social mobility

When it comes to helping students graduate and start a career with solid financial footing, BGSU is tops in Ohio and one of the best in the nation.

CollegeNet, a higher-education technology company, and Payscale, a compensation-data firm, ranked BGSU first in Ohio on their new Social Mobility Index. The rankings are meant to highlight schools that do the best job of helping disadvantaged students graduate without unmanageable debt.

Linda Davis Watters
BGSU ’75

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Engaged Faculty

BGSU’s faculty are nationally recognized for faculty-student mentoring, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement. BGSU offers an environment and an educational approach that is highly personal. The faculty and staff truly care. Because the things that happen in the margins – the meaningful conversations, the friendships – these are the things that make BGSU special. Time and time again, our students have transformative experiences that enable them to grow, broaden their horizons, and find career success.

Programs that Matter

Tremendous things are happening at BGSU. High-quality programs in a range of relevant areas offer students the opportunity to become the next generation of educators; participate in cutting-edge research in biological, photochemical and health sciences; benefit from new classroom environments that nurture and cultivate creativity in the minds of future business leaders; get hands-on experience in communications; acquire in-demand skills in technology and aviation; and be inspired by a vibrant arts community where they are given opportunities to shine across multiple disciplines. BGSU is advancing the public good with public education.

Dr. Susan Brown
BGSU Professor of Sociology

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Quality Academic Programming

At the heart of Bowling Green State University is quality academic programming. As a public university, our efforts to move knowledge forward have resulted in continued excellence and achievement in areas such as the arts, business, education, health and wellness, and the environment and sustainability. Emerging opportunities in fields such as data sciences, forensic sciences, and media and communication further our efforts to provide academic resources that advance society.

New partnerships are being forged that will allow our programs to not only be cutting edge now, but also in ways that are sustainable and efficient. Working with North Star Aviation, BGSU is one of only two universities in the United States to have an airport on campus. And a partnership with Ohio’s Attorney General has allowed for the construction of a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation on campus that serves as the catalyst for new forensic sciences studies.


Students at BGSU are given opportunities to lead through helping. From service-learning courses to alternative spring break trips, men and women are living and learning what it truly means to be a global citizen.

Student participation levels in service-learning at BGSU are among the highest of any university in the United States, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Maddi Georgoff
BGSU ’15

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Real-world experience is not an afterthought at BGSU. Many programs require internships for their majors. BGSU offers the Falcon Internship Guarantee that is the first of its kind in Ohio aimed at helping students find and successfully transition into a professional working environment.

Ben Zauski
BGSU ’16

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Investing in the Future

Our Priorities

BGSU’s successful journey from its founding as a teacher’s college in 1910 to a leading, nationally recognized public university is to be applauded. We now have the opportunity to shape the future of higher education as the next generation of teachers and thinkers, entrepreneurs and creators, leaders and visionaries, risk takers and dreamers looks to BGSU for an education that transforms lives. To realize this vision, a significant investment in BGSU is needed at this critical moment.

Priority 1 — Scholarships


From the start, Bowling Green State University has changed lives for students from all walks of life. BGSU is committed to maintaining a heritage of excellence, access and affordability. However, in the face of changing student demographics, declining family incomes, and strained state budgets, private support is paramount. To meet a clearly escalating need — both in the number of students served and the amount of support needed — private support is needed for:


Students often must make their final university choice based on cost — often a $1,000-$3,000 scholarship award package is the deciding factor. At $19,296 a year, BGSU has the lowest cost of attendance for any residential public school in Ohio. However, the vast majority of BGSU students file the federal financial aid form (FAFSA) to seek financial assistance to attend college and the average need for a student is $17,055 per year. Scholarships help to bridge the gap between cost of attendance and families’ resources.

Bridge to BGSU gap scholarships enable the University to close the gap between a standard award package and offers made from other schools, thus removing this financial obstacle for students.


These awards, such as Alumni Laureate Scholarships and the Trustee Scholarship, allow BGSU to compete for exceptionally talented and motivated students. As more universities compete for fewer students, these scholarships provide a competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.


Athletic scholarships reward outstanding student-athletes for their hard work, and allow the University to increase the competitiveness of its sports teams. Private support for athletic scholarships will make a lasting impact on student-athletes by providing the financial resources necessary to build champions for life.


Competitive financial packages are necessary to recruit outstanding graduate students who generate knowledge, attract top faculty and play a critical role as teachers and mentors to undergraduate students.



Time and again, students from Bowling Green State University talk about faculty who change lives – dedicated and passionate teachers who inspire and mentor their students in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated BGSU as a curricularly engaged university. The faculty at BGSU are leaders in research and discovery. The National Research Council recently ranked the Department of Sociology’s graduate program among the top 20 in the nation for research productivity. Faculty in chemistry, mathematics and statistics, and bioinformatics are creating tools that will enable biomedical researchers to use new knowledge for drug development and gene therapy with a $1.3 million National Institutes of Health grant.

However, faculty and other campus leaders of this caliber have many positions to choose from at state and private universities as well as leading business and government organizations. Private support is the key to attracting and retaining the best and brightest with:


The most effective way to attract and retain gifted faculty, endowed professorships support faculty salaries and provide resources for research and scholarly activities. This, in turn, raises the level of academic engagement throughout the University and makes BGSU a top choice for the best faculty and students.


With private support for leadership positions, the University can ensure that students benefit from the expertise and experience of visionary chairs and directors in top-rated programs. Similarly, BGSU’s highly successful Athletics programs are in intense competition to recruit and retain inspiring coaches who lead student-athletes to success on the field of play and in life. The highly visible academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments of student-athletes also raise the visibility of the University in national competition for student recruitment.


The BGSU community is further enriched when students and faculty have the opportunity to interact with leading scholars, artists and entrepreneurs from across the country.


Another critical component to a robust Bowling Green State University community is continual improvement to the physical campus. The quality of academic, research, athletic and recreational facilities sets the tone for institutional excellence and requires ongoing capital investments that surpass the resources the state of Ohio can provide. Private support will provide the measure of difference for the University’s campus master plan, which features key areas:


The College of Business Administration continues to climb in national rankings, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” and the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Grad Schools.” The college is also one of the top two business schools in Ohio for admissions selectivity and academic experience, according to the Princeton Review. The College is poised for a new era of excellence with a curriculum responsive to changing values in the business world, interactive learning opportunities, and connecting students to the best career opportunities. BGSU has identified a new business building as central to the college’s ongoing leadership and a signature component of the University’s master plan.


The traditions buildings of Moseley, University and Hanna Halls will serve as the academic core of campus with renovations that create next-generation teaching and learning spaces while allowing closer collaboration among disciplines. Moseley Hall will return to its science roots with innovative and interdisciplinary laboratories supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs for students from all majors. University Hall will feature active learning classrooms and serve as the entry point for future Falcons with the Admissions welcome center. Serving as the new home for the College of Business Administration, Hanna Hall will anchor the historic quad as a center for innovative teaching and learning.


The facility at BGSU formerly known as “South Hall,” is now the “Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center” in recognition of the couple’s financial support. The facility will be referred to as the “Kuhlin Center” and houses the School of Media and Communication. With video and audio production suites, a media effects lab and media convergence lab, the building is a shining example of private philanthropy driving change at BGSU.


From technological improvements to classrooms and labs across campus to an expansion of the College of Health and Human Services, and the Allied Health and Sciences project at Firelands, private support will allow BGSU to create learning spaces that support modern teaching methods and better align facilities to meet the needs of impactful and emerging programs. To ensure students find both academic and professional success, the University is also seeking private support in critical student services areas with new investments in the Career Center and Learning Commons.


With more than 40 percent of students choosing to live on campus at BGSU, and student recreational facilities being cited as a primary factor in students’ selection criteria, constant attention to residential and recreational facilities is necessary to recruit top students. The new Greek Village will support the University’s strong tradition of developing student leaders in fraternity and sorority life. The Student Recreation Center renovation provides a strong recruitment tool while supporting active and healthy lifestyles for BGSU students, faculty, staff and community members.


BGSU offers 18 varsity sports and is one of only 14 schools in the country with NCAA Division I football, hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. To maintain the University’s high standards of performance for student-athletes in competition and in classrooms, investments are needed to provide state-of-the-art facilities, inviting spectator amenities, and support for student-athletes. Stadium renovation will attract attention and resources for the football program and provide a focal point for a campus community known for its close-knit atmosphere.



A culture of academic excellence is vital to Bowling Green State University’s continued success. Currently, 29 programs hold the highest level of specialized accreditation from the appropriate accrediting bodies. The Ohio Department of Education has recognized three centers of excellence at BGSU: “Developing Effective Businesses and Organizations, “Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan,” and “Sustainability and the Environment.” The University also has the world’s only doctoral program in photochemical sciences and is one of the few campuses where students can earn a doctorate in contemporary music.

Private support is necessary to strengthen academic programs across disciplines while providing resources in emerging fields.


A gift to name a college raises the prestige of Bowling Green State University, thereby attracting top faculty and students as well as research dollars and additional resources.


Academic departments with private support are able to provide a wealth of resources to foster faculty and student success.


Gifts to areas across campus such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, Career Services and the Center for Community and Civic Engagement provide students with robust opportunities for leadership and engagement.


BGSU Needs You

A Message from the Campaign Committee

Dear Friends,

We now ask all members of the BGSU family to support our great university as we begin the largest comprehensive campaign in history. There will be Falcons who support us for the first time and others who have faithfully stood behind us for decades. What will be most important is that every member of the Falcon Family supports this campaign with time, treasure or talent. We ask that you join us in this capital campaign as we prepare the next generation of teachers, thinkers, entrepreneurs, healers, heroes, risk takers and dreamers. Together, we can set BGSU’s future for the next 100 years.

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Campaign Fundraising Priorities

Scholarships $50 million
1,000 new scholarships and graduate fellowships
Endowed and non-endowed
In support of Strategic Plan goals 1, 2, 4 and 6
Named Professors, Chairs, Coaches and Leadership Positions $26 million
80 new named positions (chairs, professorships, coaches and directors)
Investments of $300,000 - $2 million
In support of Strategic Plan goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Campus Master Plan $74 million
College of Business Administration building $25 million
Student Rec Center $5 million
South Hall $6 million
Moseley Hall $3 million
Stadium $20 million
Firelands Allied Health and Sciences building $5 million
Career Center $1 million
Health and Human Services building $5 million
Greek Village $3 million
Library Learning Commons $1 million
In support of Strategic Plan goals 6 and 7
Named Colleges, Schools and Programs $25 million
Investments of varying amounts
In support of Strategic Plan goals 6 and 7
Miscellaneous Program and Unit Support, and Annual Giving $25 million
Investments of varying amounts
In support of Strategic Plan goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Total $200 million