Bemidji State University

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Bemidji State University is a public university located in Bemidji, Minnesota. The peculiar name is derived from Lake Bemidji, the shores on which the city of Bemidji lies. The university's emblem is a depiction of the city resting near the shores of the lake. Additionally, the university is committed to global awareness, environmental stewardship, and community service.

Founded in 1919 as the Bemidji State Normal School and after undergoing a number of name changes, the university has grown to support over 5,000 students and over 300 graduate students. It is highly ranked as one of the best universities in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report.

Academic Colleges and Programs

Bemidji State University's Seal

Bemidji State offers over 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs and 14 graduate programs including majors and minors in education, psychology, business, criminal justice, science, technological studies, outdoor recreation planning, wilderness management, aquatic biology, exhibit design, model making, Indian studies, and marketing communications.

While not a large university, Bemidji State is gaining notoriety for its writing programs. It is the only university in Minnesota that offers a BFA in Professional and Creative Writing. Additionally, a minor in Electronic Writing offers specialized training and education in teaching writing with technology, blog writing, web content writing, digital rhetoric, and web design.


The university's sports teams are referred to as the Beavers and play at the NCAA Division II level. Bemidji State has sports teams for women's basketball, volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball, and men's teams for baseball, basketball, football, golf, and track. Owing to Minnesota's tradition and affinity for hockey, the university has ice hockey teams for both men and women. Recently, the university's men's hockey team qualified to compete in the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Student Housing

New freshman students can participate in BSU's First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program, where each freshman is assigned to live in Oak Hall, Pine Hall, or Tamarack Hall, which only houses first-year students. BSU also has a variety of other on-campus residential options.

Financial Aid

BSU offers assistance to students to acquire the necessary funds for college through grants, employment, loans, and scholarships.

General Information

Admission Office

1500 Birchmont Drive NE, D-102

Bemidji, MN 56601

(218) 755-2040

(800) 475-2001

Fax: (218) 755-2074

Contact: Russ Kreager

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1500 Birchmont Drive NE

Bemidji, MN 56601

(218) 755-2001

Total undergrads: 4,500

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 774

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,362

Graduate enrollment: 509


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 83%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Native American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B
Elementary Education B


Engineering Physics B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A,B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Bemidji State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(800) 475-2001
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN 56601
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,138
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,080 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,394
Out-of-state Tuition:$8,394
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:90%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,051

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Bemidji State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Bemidji State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services51
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
Construction Trades1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields41
English Language and Literature/Letters221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11
Health Professions and Related Programs13
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences5
Visual and Performing Arts5
Grand total626114

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Bemidji State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services31
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields31
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total1115

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Bemidji State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$890

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid65790%
Grant or scholarship aid50670%$5,051
Student loan aid49067%$8,689

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,66856%$5,288
Federal student loans2,72057%$6,793

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Bemidji State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Bemidji State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants4,1371,7762,361
Percent admitted100%65%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled20%22%18%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Bemidji State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment5,138
Undergraduate enrollment4,808
Graduate enrollment330

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Bemidji State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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