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Bowling Green State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 22nd 2019By -  Sugandhi Sood

With admittance of over 11,000 candidates from a total of over 15,000 applications received, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) had an acceptance rate of 73% in the fall of 2017.

  • Applicants can apply through the BGSU hosted application portal or Common Application
  • Prospective students are advised to apply six months in advance to allow more time for application processing.
  • While the application deadline may vary for courses, scholarship deadline is January 15
  • Admission decision is issued within 1- 4 weeks after submission of all required documents.
  • Applicants can track the status for pending admission decision here.


Application PortalBGSU Application portal/ Common Application
Application Fee (non-refundable)Domestic application - 45 USD
International application - 75 USD
Acceptance rate76%
Payment modeCredit card/ Debit card/ checking/ Savings Account
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/ Spring/Summer
Work ExperienceRequired for certain graduate programs
Financial AidEmployment on campus, Loans, Grants, and Scholarships

Bowling Green State University Admission Deadlines

BGSU applications are generally accepted in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Semester/ TermDeadline
FallDomestic: February 1
International: July 15
SpringDomestic: December 1
International: November 1
Summer TermDomestic : May 15
International Graduate
FallJuly 15
SpringNovember 15
SummerMay 15

Note- For domestic graduate applicants, the deadline is 14 days prior to the start of the admit term. Some courses have earlier deadline for funding considerations. Kindly check the official website here.

Bowling Green State University International Admissions

Hosting international students from 77 countries, the matters related to international admissions are handled by BGSU’s International Student Services Offices.

For any queries related to international admission, reach out to

Admission Requirement

  • Official academic transcripts and their certified English translation
  • GRE/GMAT scores as per course requirement
  • English language proficiency
  • Passport copy
  • Financial statement
  • Additional program requirements as per course requirement - writing samples, resume, statement of purpose, etc

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

The minimum recommended English language proficiency are listed below:

TestMinimum score for UGMinimum score for PG
ELSLevel 112Level 112


At least one of the recommended minimum English language proficiency score reports has to be submitted for admission. Also, exemption from submission of English Proficiency test score is granted to graduate applicants if they received their undergraduate degree from any U.S university.

Conditional Admission

BGSU offers conditional admission when international applicants are-

  • Applying to specific programs and are academically prepared and not meet English language proficiency at the time of application
  • Applicants can apply for conditional admission based on eventual completion of ELS level 112
  • More information regarding conditional admission can be found here

Immigration for International Students

The Office of International Programs and Partnerships helps with the immigration process. The following documents are required to issue immigration documents from university:

Scanned copy of these documents are to be sent to to obtain the I-20 form.

Visa Application Process

  • Review the I-20 form
  • Pay visa processing fee
  • Schedule visa interview at the U.S. embassy/ consulate in your country

Kindly visit the university page on visa application process for detailed information.

Bowling Green State University Undergraduate Admissions

With a range of over a hundred undergraduate majors, the basic admission process for all the courses remains same.

Where to Apply:

For Freshmen: Undergraduate application portal

For Transfer: F-1 students from SEVIS certified institute must submit BGSU Transfer Eligibility form

Admission Requirements: The following documents have to be provided to receive an admission decision:

  • BGSU completed application form
  • BGSU Financial Statement
  • Official SAT or ACT results.
  • International applicants do not need to submit SAT/ACT results for admissions but it is required for merit based scholarship
  • English proficiency test score (one or more of the following):
    • TOEFL IBT – 71
    • IELTS – 6.0
    • PTE - 48
    • MELAB - 69
    • ELS – Level 112
  • Official transcripts from school in English or in official English translations

Bowling Green State University Graduate Admissions

Application Portal: Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: International: 75 USD and Domestic: 45 USD

With graduate population of over 2600 in fall 2017, BGSU has 55 master degree programs in offering. Some of the well-known graduate programs are tabulated below:

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBAJuly 1
March 1 for funding consideration
GMAT score report Optional interview
For queries -
TOEFL - 80 or IELTS- 6.5 or Exemption granted if graduated from U.S
MS AnalyticsJuly 15Minimum 3.0 GPA
Official GRE./GMAT score
TOEFL - 80 or IELTS- 6.5 or PTE- 53
Master in Media and CommunicationRolling basis
January 15 for funding consideration
Minimum 3.0 GPA
GRE score
TOEFL - 80 or IELTS- 6.5
M S Forensic ScienceJuly 15Minimum 3.0 GPA GRE scores
( Applicants with 3.0 or more GPA and/or 3 years of work experience are exempt from GRE)
TOEFL - 80 or IELTS - 6.5

Additional requirements:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation

The admission committee observes a holistic approach in reviewing applications. Test scores are not taken rigidly, they are considered as part of the total package. So, admission to BGSU is selective. The admission committee takes into consideration the applicant’s overall profile, their talents, achievements, artistic and athletic ability for admission decision.

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