Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN 56601

School Details

Bemidji State University first opened as the Bemidji Normal School in 1919, preparing teachers for employment in Minnesota’s public school system. By 1921, the school expanded into a four-year program. Likewise, as the curriculum expanded, the school transitioned to Bemidji State College in 1957, and by 1975, gained University status. Located near Lake Bemidji, in the northern lakes and forest region of Minnesota, Bemidji State University continues to serve students from Minnesota, in addition to supporting the educational goals of students from other states and more than 35 different nations. BSU enrolls more than 5,300 students awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees. Student-to-faculty ratio is 19.5:1, and the class size for 65% of undergraduate classes is less than 20 students.

Bemidji State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools of The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, individual programs retain programmatic accreditation by degree-specific agencies, two of which include the National Association of Schools of Music and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Bemidji State University offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with graduate certificate options. There are six Colleges, Schools, & Programs that house baccalaureate and graduate programs, including:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business, Technology, & Communication
  • College of Health Sciences & Human Ecology
  • Distance/Online Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Integrative Programs.
Students can pursue more than 65 undergraduate programs of study, and the most popular include fields in education, business, science, technological studies, criminal justice, and psychology. BSU also offers 14 graduate programs. On-campus graduate programs include Master’s degrees in Biology, English, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Elementary & Middle Level Mathematics Education. Integrative programs incorporate multiple disciplines and programs range from Pre-Professional Studies and the Honors Program to the more focused Indian Studies and Women’s Studies in Gender Studies.

In 1972, BSU created the Center for Extended Learning to provide distance learning programs. Today, the University continues to promote distance learning and students have multiple Bachelor’s degree options, including:
  • Accounting - asynchronous online courses
  • Teacher Education - online
  • Business Administration - asynchronous and entirely online
  • Psychology - self-directed studies based at the Hibbing Community College campus
  • Technology Management - blended on-campus and online format
  • Applied Engineering - 2+2 degree program
  • Criminal Justice - online
  • RN to Baccalaureate - Nursing - blended on-campus and online format
In addition, online graduate programs feature Master’s degrees in Education and Special Education. Extended learning students enjoy the same resources as on-campus counterparts, with access to the A.C. Clark Library, technical support, career services, advising, financial aid, and more. Coursework also maintains the same quality and accreditations as on-campus classes.

BSU provides a multifaceted learning environment. The American Indian Resource Center extends educational services and outreach to the nearby American Indian reservations. BSU competes in NCAA division II sports, with the exception of the Men’s and Women’s division I Hockey teams. In addition, students can also participate in intramural sports, and the 89-acre campus features a 240-acre private forest with an Outdoor Program Center. BSU sponsors approximately 100 student clubs and organizations, music and theatre productions, and events like the Madrigal Dinners and Funtastic Dance Follies.

Tuition for students at Bemidji State University is based on state rates, regardless of residency. Estimated annual tuition for undergraduate students is $8,106.

Bemidji State University provides a number of financial aid options for eligible students, including grants, loans, scholarships, and Federal Work-Study. Students may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Grant, Minnesota State Grant, TEACH Grant, Minnesota Postsecondary Child Care Grant, along with athletic grants. Institutional scholarships are merit-based, including academic, talent, and leadership awards, while students may also access outside scholarships. Loan programs include the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and private alternative sources. 

Furthermore, more specialized aid includes the American Indian Scholarship Program and Rehabilitation Services educational benefits. Veterans may also qualify for aid, including federal benefits, Minnesota National Guard benefits, and the Minnesota GI Bill program.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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