Bemidji State University

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1500 Birchmont Drive NE

Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: (218) 755-2001
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#92 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Bemidji State University is a public institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,744, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 89 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bemidji State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 92. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,330 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,330 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bemidji State University is a friendly learning environment on a legendary North Woods campus where inspired individuals prepare to achieve, to lead and to serve in a changing world.

Students from across Minnesota and around the world thrive in a community that celebrates innovation and cherishes tradition. They pursue excellence in the arts, sciences and professions, guided by faculty who are dedicated to their success.

As graduates begin their careers and seek advanced degrees, they find the choice to attend BSU was one of their best decisions ever.

Situated on the western shore of Lake Bemidji in northern Minnesota, Bemidji State is a university in the pines. The lake's 6,400 acres are a recreational playground, a scientific laboratory and an unforgettable backdrop for one of life's most important chapters.

The campus is set in a quiet neighborhood of central Bemidji, close to the famous statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox. Although BSU is a world away from urban distractions, it can be easily reached from Fargo, Grand Forks, Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Rich in frontier history, Bemidji is proud to call itself the First City on the Mississippi. It is both a welcoming, walkable town and a dynamic regional center, with excellent shopping, dining and entertainment, daily flights to Minneapolis and a top-notch medical center.

The surrounding area offers hundreds of lakes, beautiful public lands and endless trails, with year-round activities to suit every interest.

The faculty and staff of Bemidji State are determined to see students receive the greatest possible benefit from their educational investment. Academic programs emphasize hands-on learning and share a strong foundation in the arts and sciences. Graduates gain confidence, critical-thinking ability and communication skills that serve them throughout their lives.

Consistently ranked in the Midwest's top tier by U.S. News, Bemidji State offers a broad range of professional degrees, including business, education, nursing, computer science and criminal justice, as well as such hard-to-find majors as aquatic biology, Ojibwe language, design technology and wildlife management. Many courses are available both on campus and via the Internet, and BSU's online program is unsurpassed in greater Minnesota.

From their first freshman courses to their final presentations as seniors, BSU students are consistently challenged and supported. Small class sizes allow them to build rapport with faculty whose scholarship and practical knowledge lend real-world relevance to their teaching. Internships, research opportunities and study abroad complete the experience. The result: powerful learning and enormous personal growth.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1919
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $13,794,000


When applying to Bemidji State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Bemidji State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 93.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 93.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bemidji State University is 21:1, and the school has 46.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bemidji State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Education 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Bemidji State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,744, with a gender distribution of 44.7 percent male students and 55.3 percent female students. Bemidji State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,017
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Bemidji State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bemidji State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bemidji State University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bemidji State University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bemidji State University, 64.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,472.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,330 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $8,330 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,255 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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