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 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.
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.
BSU offers assistance to students to acquire the necessary funds for college through grants, employment, loans, and scholarships.
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, D-102
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 755-2074
Contact: Russ Kreager
Director of Admissions
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Total undergrads: 4,500
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 774
Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,362
Graduate enrollment: 509
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $20
Online application fee: $20
Percent applicants admitted: 83%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Native American Studies B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Education – General B
Engineering Physics B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science 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
Psychology – General B
Public Administration & Services
Community Organization/Advocacy B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies A,B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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