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Bemidji State University

Students walking through the heart of campus.
Bemidji State University offers arts, sciences and select professional programs in a personalized setting focused on the environment, community service and the global family. The university attracts top students from around the world who are looking for challenging coursework in an intimate environment that fosters diversity, mentorship and career preparation. Offering traditional and online coursework, the university is committed to academic excellence and student support.

School Highlights

Bemidji State University’s lakeside campus offers arts, sciences and professional programs in a personal learning atmosphere focused on the environment, service and the global family.

  • Top tier – Ranked as a “top-tier” Midwest University by U.S. News and World Report each of the last seven years.
  • Nationally recognized – Named one of the nation’s 322 most eco-friendly campuses by The Princeton Review.
  • New on campus – Complete renovation of Memorial Hall into a state-of-the-art new home for business and accounting; renovation of Decker Hall into a student services hub conveniently located for on-campus residents is underway; recently renovated Birch and Linden residence halls modern artificial playing surface installed at Chet Anderson Stadium for football and soccer; dramatically increased international students to campus.
  • Major opportunities – More than 50 majors and preprofessional programs, often customizable by adding an emphasis area, concentration or specialization; many on-line options, including 400 courses and six degree completion programs.
  • Small classes – Nearly half of the university’s classes have 19 or fewer students; less than 7 percent of classes have 50 or more students.
  • Personal attention – Low 21-to-1 ratio of students to faculty. Professors are readily available outside of class.
  • Affordable tuition – Students may take 12 to 18 credits for the same rate. Resident or reciprocity tuition rates are available for all undergraduates. Some classes and programs apply differential tuition rates. About 83 percent of students receive some type of financial aid.
  • Athletic-academic champions – Nationally competitive men’s hockey team earned a berth in the NCAA’s Frozen Four in 2009, made the WCHA semifinals in 2011 and hosted its first WCHA playoff series in 2015.  Women’s hockey advanced to the 2015 WCHA Final Face-off championship game.  Since 2010, BSU has produced nine All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans in all sports
  • Outdoor adventures – With a lakeside facility, the Outdoor Program Center offers an array of adventures from canoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking locally to backpacking and rock climbing in the western United States.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 6,396
  • Full-time students: 68%
  • Part-time students: 31%
  • Percent female: 58%
  • Percent male: 41%
  • Percent students of color: 11%

Largest Programs

Technological studies, psychology, education, biology, criminal justice, business administration, nursing

Unique Programs

Entrepreneurship/small business management, aquatic biology, environmental studies, applied engineering, clinical laboratory science, Indian studies, creative writing, marketing communication, international business, Ojibwe language, art and design


• On Campus
Six residence halls offer many living options, from standard singles and doubles to single-parent apartments. A suites-style hall includes social spaces with fireplaces, a computer gaming room, a lakeside terrace and fire pits. All halls are connected to the campus underground walkway system and conveniently located near the fitness and recreation center, university dining and campus convenience stores.


• Bus


• Off Street
On-campus lots, permits required. Parking regulations:


Admission requirements

Bemidji State University generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:

  • Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
  • Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT standardized test?

Check with the admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.

What courses do I need to take in high school?

You should have completed these courses in high school:

  • Four years of English, including composition, literature and speech
  • Three years of math, including two years of algebra, one of which is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry
  • Three years of science, including one year each of a biological and a physical science, all with significant laboratory experience
  • Three years of social studies, including one year each of geography and U.S. history
  • Two years of a single world language, including non-English native languages and American Sign Language
  • One year of arts (visual arts and the performing arts of theater, music, dance and media arts)

When should you apply?
Apply early in 12th grade for the best chance of being admitted. Some programs do not have room for all qualified applicants.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Bemidji State University and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.

Program Title Award
Accounting BS
Alcohol & Drug Counselor CERT
Applied Engineering BAS
Applied Management BAS
Aquatic Biology BS
Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology BS
Biology MS
Biology BA
Biology BS
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration BS
Camp Nursing GC
Chemistry BS
Chemistry BA
Coaching CERT
Community Health BS
Computer Information Systems (CIS) BS
Computer Science BS
Creative and Professional Writing BFA
Criminal Justice BS
Design BS
Economics BS
Education MAT
Elementary Teacher Education BS
Elementary and Middle Level Mathematics Education MS
Engineering Technology BS
English MA
English MS
English BA
English Education BS
Environmental Studies MS
Environmental Studies BS
Exercise Science BS
Geography BA
Geography BS
Health Education BS
History BS
History BA
Humanities BA
Indigenous Studies BA
Indigenous Studies CERT
Individualized Studies BS
International Studies BA
Leadership CERT
Lean Six Sigma CERT
Liberal Education AA
Liberal Studies BA
Marketing Communication BS
Mass Communications BS
Mathematics MS
Mathematics BS
Mathematics Education BS
Medical Laboratory Science BS
Music BA
Music Education BS
Nursing BS
Online Teaching GC
Philosophy BA
Physical Education BS
Political Science BA
Project Management BS
Psychology BS
Psychology BA
Science MS
Science Education BS
Social Studies BA
Social Studies Education BS
Social Work BS
Sociology BA
Spanish BA
Spanish Education BS
Special Education MSPED
Special Education MS
Sport Studies MS
Sports Management BA
Teaching Ojibwe Language CERT
Technology Manager CERT
Technology/Career and Technical Education MS
Wilderness Management and Outdoor Recreation Planning BAS
Wildlife Biology BS

The following degrees are available from Bemidji State University

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Special Education

Program minors

Applied public policy, chemical dependency, computer forensics, developmental/adapted physical education, earth science, electronic writing, fraud examination, geographic information systems, industrial technology, management information systems, geology, philosophy, women's studies/gender studies, wetlands ecology, human performance

Pre-professional programs

Fourteen programs, including chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, mortuary science, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, veterinary medicine

Program emphases

Exhibit design, construction management, wetlands ecology, criminalistics, vocal performance, manufacturing technology, studio arts, finance, international business, marketing, medical sciences, accounting information systems, fitness leadership and promotion, medical fitness

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $8,678.00
FAFSA Code:002336

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects.

  • A.C. Clark Library
  • ARAMARK/BSU Dining Services
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Admissions Office
  • Advising Success Center
  • BSU Bookstore
  • BSU Foundation
  • Business Services
  • Career Services
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center
  • Information Technology Services
  • International Program Center
  • Public Safety
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Student Center for Health and Counseling
  • Student Center for Health and Counseling
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veteran's Assistance Center
  • Chinese Club
  • Design Guild
  • Gaps and Trends Committee
  • Geography Club
  • Honors Residential Experience
  • Mathematics Club
  • Nursing Residential Experience
  • Philosophy Club
  • President's Student Commission
  • Psychology Club
  • Social Work Club
  • Sociology Club
  • Student Nurses Association
Arts and literature
  • Art Association
  • Club Mud--Ceramics
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Northern Student Newspaper
  • People in News & Printed Media
Career and professional
  • Business Club
  • Career Services Advisory Board
  • National Association for Music Educators
  • Teachers of Today Org Education MN
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Funtastic Dance Follies
  • Swing Dance Club
Community and human services
  • Beaver Service Day
  • Excellence in Leadership Center
  • ONE Campus Challenge
  • Rotaract Club
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Council of Indian Students
  • Festival of Nations
  • International Student Organization
  • Open Borders Residential Experience
  • Otaku Society
  • Pow Wow
  • Spanish Club
Fraternities and sororities
  • Delta Theta Kappa
  • InterGreek Council
  • Omega Phi Fraternity
  • Theta Tau Epsilon
Gender and sexuality
  • The Phoenix
Health and fitness
  • Health, Sport & Exercise Club
Law enforcement and safety
  • Criminal Justice Club
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Environmental Advisory Board
  • Students for the Environment
  • Wildlife Society
Personal development
  • Advising Success Center
  • Excellence in Leadership Center
Politics and society
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Pre Law Society & Mock Trial
  • Young Americans for Liberty
Recreational and club sports
  • Basketball 5 on 5
  • Bemidji Boarders Club
  • Biking
  • Boundary Water Camping
  • Broomball
  • BSU Soccer Club
  • BSU Swim Team
  • Canoeing
  • Dodgeball
  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Horizontally Challenged
  • Ice Climbing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Indoor Co-Rec Volleyball
  • Judo Club
  • Men's BSU Club Hockey
  • Men's BSU Rugby Club
  • Men's Flag Football
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Ski & Snowboard Waxing
  • Snowshoe Lacing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Women's Flat Track Roller Derby
  • Women's Rugby
Religious and spiritual
  • Chi Alpha
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Lutheran Campus Ministries
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship
  • True North Campus Ministries
  • Young Life
Science and technology
  • Biology Club
  • Chemistry Club
  • Computer Science Club
Social organizations
  • First Year Residential Experience
Special interest
  • Archery
  • Beaver Dam Fan Club
  • Bemidji English Dept Albion Experiment
  • Bookstore Committee
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Dining Services Committee
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Gaming & Entertainment Enthusiast Klub
  • Garden Society
  • Green Harvest Gardens
  • HObE
  • Human Resources Club
  • Lifestyle Educators
  • Orientation Leaders
  • Peer Educator
  • Relay for Life
  • Residential Life Committees
  • Student Alumni Association
  • Students in Free Enterprise
Student government
  • Birch Hall Council
  • Linden Hall Council
  • Oak Hall Council
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Bemidji Choir
  • BSU Singing Beavers
  • Chamber Singers
  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Opera Singers
  • Red Line Swingers
  • Symphonic Band
  • Theater Unlimited
  • Varsity Singers
  • Wind Ensemble
Travel and leisure
  • Baja Sea Kayaking
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Toll-Free: (877) 236-4354
Local: (218) 755-2040
TTY: (800) 627-3529