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Chances of getting into Bowling Green State University Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
75%
Admission Difficulty for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into BGSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at BGSU is 75%.  It ranks #40 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Bowling Green State University Main Campus is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 13,057 out of 17,341 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent (SAT 1020/1210 ACT 20/26). Bowling Green State University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The BGSU application fee is $45 and applications are due by May 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Bowling Green State University Main Campus is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

BGSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1210
Applicants Submitting SAT 
21%
SAT Scores for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1210
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Bowling Green State University Main Campus?

Bowling Green State University Main Campus typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. BGSU ranks #18 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. 21 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bowling Green State University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1210 and Above Good >85%
1115 to 1210 Avg + 75%-85%
1020 to 1115 Avg - 61%-75%
925 to 1020 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 925 Low <45%
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BGSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
91%
ACT Scores for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into BGSU?

Admission data indicates that BGSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bowling Green State University Main Campus.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bowling Green State University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >85%
23 to 26 Avg + 75%-85%
20 to 23 Avg - 61%-75%
17 to 20 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 17 Low <45%
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BGSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.6
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Bowling Green State University Main Campus?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into BGSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Bowling Green State University Main Campus was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in Ohio for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as BGSU accepts 75% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Bowling Green State University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 20.5% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.4% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 16.6% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.9% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.6% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.7% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.2% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.1% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

76% of Bowling Green State University Main Campus freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Bowling Green State University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 18.9%
Top 25% of class 42.7%
Top 50% of class 76%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Bowling Green State University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,467 6,874 17,341
Accepted 7,920 5,137 13,057
Acceptance Rate 76% 75% 75%
Enrolled 1,801 1,280 3,081
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 25% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
145

Applicants have 145 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Bowling Green State University Main Campus is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bowling Green State University Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Bowling Green State University Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Bowling Green State University Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201441 IPEDS survey data for Bowling Green State University Main Campus.

FAQs

Does Bowling Green State University Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to BGSU. 91% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Bowling Green State University Main Campus?

75% of those who apply are granted admission to BGSU. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Bowling Green State University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1210. 21% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Bowling Green State University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 91% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.