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

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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

[email protected]

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.

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