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Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN

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About
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minnesota, was founded in 1919 as the Bemidji Normal School, an institution dedicated to education and training of teachers and was approved due to the states need for educators.The school opened to an enrollment of 38 and by 1921 became a four year institution named Bemidji State Teachers College.  By 1957 the schools focus and enrollment resulted in a change of focus to a more comprehensive four year institution, resulting in a name change to Bemidji State College. The continued growth of the school led to a final name change and reassertion of services and offerings, becoming Bemidji State University in 1975. The school  currently serves over 5000 students a year, and offers undergraduate and graduate study programs, some of which are unique to the school within the state. The school is one of 32 that comprise the Minnesota State College and University System.

Academics
Bemidji State University offers a variety of programs that allow students to choose the major that best reflects and assist in reaching one's desired career goals and future. Bachelor degree programs typically take four years to complete and require the students to take general education courses, lower and upper division courses as part of their major's core curriculum, and electives to explore courses and ideas generally outside of one's field of study. Students may also choose to pursue an additional minor degree, which requires an additional set of courses in a second area of study, though not quite as intensive as one's major. Bachelor degree holders may choose to apply to a graduate program offered at the school, which has its own admissions requirements typically including GRE scores, a strong academic record, and a previously earned degree.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Bemidji State University requires all interested students to submit the application for admission online. The process may be started through the school's website which provides the application form and instructions regarding enrollment dates and how to apply. Students will create an account with the school and may periodically check their account to see the status of their submitted application. Students are admitted based on the strength of their application, the scores earned on the ACT or SAT exam, and their previous transcripts. A committee will review each application and make a determination regarding admission, notifying the student once completed.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided in which will be used to determine the student's financial needs and aid program eligibility. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year. Students may be chosen at random to supply additional information to verify the FAFSA's accuracy due to recent changes in federal regulations regarding financial aid.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Bemidji State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Bemidji State University is around 5,100 students, where graduate students make up roughly 15% of the student body.

$13,800

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $8,100 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $260 to $310 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid92%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships72%$4,961
Receiving Student Loans72%$8,215
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Bemidji State University may offer services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Bemidji State University is approximately 48%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years26%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1989)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2003)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2003)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Bemidji State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Basketball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Football (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Bemidji State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering

    Engineering Technology

    English Language and Literature

    Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

    Foreign Languages and Literature

    Health and Clinical Professions

    History

    Interdisciplinary Studies

      Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Mathematics and Statistics

      Natural Resources and Conservation

      Philosophy and Religious Studies

      Physical Sciences

      Psychology

      Public Administration and Social Services

      Recreation and Fitness Studies

      Security and Protective Services

      Social Sciences

      Visual and Performing Arts

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      ACCEPTANCE RATE
      93.80%

      FINANCIAL AID RATE
      92%

      STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
      21:1

      DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
      30

      FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
      $5,264