BGSU Firelands adjusts application process, fees in response to COVID-19

Admissions Office offers alternatives to on-campus visits

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As part of BGSU Firelands’ mission – to provide accessible, affordable education close to home – several changes have been made to its admissions process due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

“Students are always our first priority,” said Cecilia Castellano, vice president for Enrollment Management. “During these times of uncertainty, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to accommodate them.”

Changes include waiving the $45 application fee for applicants and using a holistic approach to the admission decision should Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 applicants not be able to obtain electronic copies of transcripts.

“BGSU Firelands is the community’s college," said Andy Kurtz, BGSU Firelands dean. "We shape the region’s future through access to career-ready education and training, and we’re here to help our neighbors with a university experience that is affordable, convenient and close to home. Whether you are recently displaced and looking to recreate your career, the first in your family to pursue a college degree or a graduating high school senior ready to get started on a bachelor’s degree, BGSU Firelands is here for you.”

This support includes offering a university experience at half the price. With generous scholarships, BGSU Firelands has one of the lowest total cost of attendance in the state.

In response to the job market and need for contact tracers, community health worker and public health information specialist, BGSU Firelands has developed a Public Health Response Ready Badge of four courses (12 credit hours) that can be completed this summer.

“We believe in the power of education and we want to do everything we can to support our current and future students,” said Joe B. Whitehead, Jr., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the BGSU Firelands Office of Admissions is offering several options for prospective students to connect and chat while on-campus visits are postponed. Interested students can schedule a phone appointment by contacting their personal Admissions counselor, Victoria Kontos. Students can also explore a virtual visit site that includes an opportunity to connect with a current student, ask financial aid questions and take a virtual campus tour.

Students can apply online, call 419-372-0607, email or connect with us on Facebook.

Commitments from incoming students will be accepted though the spring and summer.