Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (10)
BGSU may be an ok school if you attend on campus, but it is not a good online option. I chose this school for the convenience of online and the promise that I could take one class at a time. Once I was one class in, I was informed that I would need to take 2 classes at a time and effectively complete 2/3 of my degree within one year. After that time I would have 3 years to complete the remaining 4 classes. Administration does not take student complaints seriously and instead of apologizing or attempting to make the process better, spends time defending the program. There is no wish to grow. My school has already decided that they will no longer offer BGSU as an option. I will transfer to KSU in the summer. There were a few bright spots in the program. It is too bad that these teachers are stuck in this environment.
The campus was great for the rural area. Friendly students and professors. The classes were not watered down at all. A nice blend of a University and a College.
It's a good school but not the best of the best. It is a great school for producing teachers.
The faculty at the BGSU CDIS program were extremely kind, friendly, and all had open door policies (which were open not only for school related issues but also life ones). The staff were more family than just professors, while they were still revered and respected there was an air of openness that allowed you to interact and communicate with them on a more intimate level. Most of the staff is passionate about what they do but they are also laid back and flexible and more than willing to do whatever it takes to help you down your path.
I was a transfer student, so I can't speak about the first year experience, but I found all the staff in that process to be very helpful. I think BG is a good size for a school -- it has a lot of things to do, the town is smaller but not stiflingly so, but it's not so big that it's easy to feel lost. I think it's definitely what you make out of it -- if you're involved in your coursework, if you're looking to go above the "C's get degrees" mentality that a number of people here have, you can do really well for yourself and make great connections. The worst thing about this campus is that it's kind of ugly, but they're really trying to update it.
The VCT department is wonderful. The instructors were genuinely helpful and always went above and beyond. Professors had a lot of industry experience which added a lot to their lectures. Additionally, labs gave me a chance to get hands on experience with design and editing software. The degree also required students to complete three co-ops(internships), which gave a great chance to get hands on experience in the industry. At all of my co-ops, employers were very impressed with the knowledge I had gained in my classes; especially compared to past interns. I also went straight into a job after graduation thanks to a professor that recommended me for the position.
I feel I earned a quality MSCJ degree from BGSU. The course work varied from incredibly tough and challenging to easier than expected. I perceived the faculty strove to protect the academic integrity of the program. The one chronic issue were the students. Seemed to be a lot of complaining over expectations. If you sign-up for a masters program, IT IS INTENDED TO BE ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS.
Obtaining a graduate degree is not for everybody. It is okay to earn a B. As a practitioner in the criminal justice field, I found the program to be very useful to understanding my career and the factors that influence it. The BGSU MSCJ was very positive for me and when worth the money, time, and emotional investment.
I attended Bowling Green State University from 2003-2007. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, so BGSU was the perfect distance from my home. I was far enough away to get the "college experience," but not so far that it would be a day trip to get home for a good meal. :o)
I was pleased with the size of the campus (not too big or small). The people and faculty were friendly. I got my BFA in Graphic Design at BGSU and recommend not only the school, but that program as well.
BGSU has several career paths that it is known for, and Art/Design is one among Education, Medical, etc. The campus has several wonderful resources as well (i.e. their library, technology centers, art facilities, etc.).
Overall I had a fantastic experience at Bowling Green State University.
I went to BGSU for 2 years before I transferred to focus on another major they didn't offer (very specialized veterinary major). However, I sorely missed BGSU for the great social life, tight-knit community feel and all of the great history that is BGSU.
The "town" of BG is a great little town with several fun bar and club options as well as small stores, etc. OFf campus housing is preferred but it was also great to live on-campus one year to make many, life-long friends.
I go back to BG whenever I can to party, walk around campus and reminisce. It truly was a great school, not too challenging, as others have said, but a good, solid education without all of the pressure of some other schools all of the time. The academics are great and school spirit are even greater. I had some of the most dedicated, passionate professors while there and I missed that! I wish I could go back... I never would have transferred away to focus on my career... which comes WAAAAy to quickly, I may add. :)
It was a great education from a respected University. I am just as proud of my BGSU degree as anyone that attended, either online or on campus. Classes are delivered through a Web-based enterprise portal. That I could acess as needed. It provided me with the flexible schedule I required.
The portal also has chat features one-on-one time with faculty and student-to-student contact. I am proud of my accomplishment and met more friends and contacts than I thought possible online. My new degree allows me the opportunity to advance my career beyond my expectations.