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Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a public research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States.The 1,338-acre (541.5 ha) main academic and residential campus is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Toledo, Ohio.
Over the university's history, it developed from a small rural normal school into a comprehensive public university.Fielding athletic teams known as Bowling Green Falcons, the university competes at the NCAA Division I level (NCAA Division I FBS for football) as a member of the Mid-American Conference in all sports except ice hockey, in which the university is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.The campus is home to annual events including the Dance Marathon a student-organized philanthropy event, Winterfest, and Buckeye Boys State.The movement for a public high learning institution in northwestern Ohio began in the late 1800s as part of the growth in public institutions during the Progressive Era to meet demands for training and professional development of teachers.The movement argued that the existing universities, The Ohio State University in Columbus, Miami University in Oxford and Ohio University in Athens, were distant and the region lacked a state-supported school of its own.As of 2012 Bowling Green offered over 200 undergraduate programs, as well as master's and doctoral degrees through eight academic colleges. The 2011 Carnegie Foundation classified BGSU as having "high research activity".
Its academic programs have been nationally ranked by Forbes magazine, U. Research projects in the areas of psychology, sociology, education and human development, energy and sustainability are among the most prominent.
The university also maintains a satellite campus, known as BGSU Firelands, in Huron, Ohio, 60 miles (97 km) east of the main campus.
Although the majority of students attend classes on BGSU's main campus, The university hosts an extensive student life program, with over 300 student organizations.
In 1910, the Ohio General Assembly passed the Lowry Normal School Bill that authorized Governor Judson Harmon to appoint the Commission on Normal School Sites to survey forty communities for two sites for normal schools, one in northeastern Ohio and one in northwestern Ohio.
The commission examined population within a 25-mile (40.2 km) radius of each community, along with railroad and transportation infrastructure, the moral atmosphere, health and sanitary conditions and site suitability.
The school graduated its first class in 1915, consisting of 35 certified teachers.