BGSU Opening Weekend 2018

Welcome to the start of your BGSU career!

Wednesday August 22 -  Sunday August 26

Opening Weekend is a required event for new BGSU students and serves as a comprehensive introduction to the academic and social environment at the University. Throughout Opening Weekend, you’ll meet other new students, faculty, and staff while engaging in a variety of specialized academic programs and interactive events on campus. Your Friday programming includes your first academic requirements - a meeting with faculty and staff from your college and the first class of your semester. It is a requirement for you to attend!

Throughout the weekend, you will engage in small groups led by upper-class BGSU students, known as Opening Weekend Group Leaders (OWGLs), who will share the ins and outs of being and becoming a successful BGSU student. OWGLs will introduce you to the many of the resources and services available to you as a student and answer your questions as you prepare to start classes on Monday. Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, Opening Weekend is essential for your transition to BGSU. As an incoming BGSU student, attendance at Opening Weekend events is one of our first expectations of you. We look forward to seeing you August 22.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get with the Program

Get to know other incoming students and faculty in your department and major. Hear first-hand from your faculty about what it takes to be successful, as well...

A&S "Meet the Dean"

On Opening Day, incoming students in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to stop by for a freshman welcome and FREE kettle corn! Dean Raymond Craig,...

Bell ringing

The College of Education and Human Development welcomes incoming students with a bell-ringing at the Little Red School House, near the college. The Little...

Lunch with your Opening Weekend Group Leader (OWGL)

Meet up with your OWGL to have lunch at your designated dining location. If you’re unsure where to go, contact your OWGL via GroupMe.

First Class Session

Your academic career will start in your BGSU 1910 First Year Seminar or your First Course in your major. In this actual class session you will connect with...

Dinner with your Opening Weekend Group Leader

Meet up with your OWGL to have dinner at your designated location. If you’re unsure where to go, contact your OWGL via GroupMe.

Game Show Mania

And you thought game show fun was just on television? What could be more exciting than a little good competition among friends? This high-tech game show has...

Live Music with Jared Mahone

As a forerunner of the Midwest “garage soul” movement, Jared Mahone fills out singer/songwriter tunes with a band full of powerhouse pocket players. Come...


Current mentees and all students interested in the Students of Color Mentoring, Aiding, Retaining, and Teaching (SMART) Program are welcome to join us for...

Friday Night First-Year Student Meet Up

It’s a multi-media social just for you, hosted by current students! Listen to top local BG bands jam on the Kuhlin Center lawn. Be videotaped and livestream...

Dining Drive-in Movie

Come out for a late night movie showing of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War! Sponsored by BGSU Dining and the University Activities Organization (UAO).

Board Games in Kohl Hall

Relax and unwind with classic board games and meet your new neighbors in a fun social environment. This is a great way to unwind after a busy move-in and...

Game Night at Kreischer CD

Come hang out with your new neighbors, KCD hall staff and Falcons After Dark! Free pizza, soda and snacks will be provided as well as a chance to show your...

Game Night!

Come to Conklin Hall for a wide variety of games including ping pong, Catchphrase, Clue, Risk, Monopoly, and much more. There will also be pizza available. ...

Hype Your Space

Finesse your room into one your friends will be jealous of... or bring them with you! Join us in the Falcon Heights lobby to create your own decorations....

Hypnotist Dale K

Dale K’s performance will leave you laughing with his unconventional and hilarious hypnosis event! Sponsored by New Student Orientation.

Late Night, Game Night at Offenhauer

Join us for some competitive fun! Meet your new neighbors while playing classic board games and video games in a fun social environment. This is a great way...

Residence Hall Activities

Come see what’s happening, meet new friends and visit with your hall staff. Each residence hall will have events in their lobby starting at 11 p.m. Enjoy...

Speed Friending at Centennial Hall

Have you heard of “speed dating”? Well, this is "speed friending". Sit back, have some fun and let us help you meet your new best friend down the hall. Free...

Travel in Time at Kohl Hall

Meet your new neighbors and participate in a unique time capsule activity centered around your personal growth during your time at BGSU. Free pizza and...

Werewolf Night at Founders Hall

Meet your new neighbors and take part in a heart-racing evening playing Werewolves, a mafia-style game where two teams work against each other to be the last...

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