About Bemidji State University

Founded in 1919, Bemidji State University. is a Public college. Located in Minnesota, which is a city setting in Minnesota, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 4,808 full time undergraduate students, and 330 full time graduate students.

The Bemidji State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 21:1. There are 163 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Bemidji State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate64%
Application Deadline
Application Fee20
SAT Range
ACT Range20-24

Admissions at BSU are considered Selective, with ,18% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

64% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 24% were in the top quarter, and 7% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Bemidji State University.

8%
“We”re apathetic”
42%
“We know about current events and vote”
50%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
8%
“We save it for the classroom”
33%
“Sometimes, but not often”
46%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
71%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
25%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
23%
“We bought the gear”
73%
“We live for the big game”
21%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
46%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
17%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
71%
“They keep regular office hours”
25%
“They”re always available”
25%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
63%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
13%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
25%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
29%
“We only party on weekends”
38%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
4%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
67%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
8%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
8%
“We”re apathetic”
42%
“We know about current events and vote”
50%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
8%
“We save it for the classroom”
33%
“Sometimes, but not often”
46%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
71%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
25%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
23%
“We bought the gear”
73%
“We live for the big game”
21%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
46%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
17%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
71%
“They keep regular office hours”
25%
“They”re always available”
25%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
63%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
13%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
25%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
29%
“We only party on weekends”
38%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
4%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
67%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
8%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Bemidji State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    50 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    40 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    50 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    52 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    52 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    51 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    53 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    52 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Bemidji State University?

27 Students rated Bemidji State University

Anna

A beautiful campus right by a lake and forest, good for students who enjoy recreation. The housing is alright, not fancy but has everything a person needs, The prices are good for a university, affordable for most. There is a wide variety of clubs and organization for students to join. Party life is not too crazy, but you do hear about things going around.

Alex

Bemidji State University's tuition was a big reason for my decision. The campus is beautiful and the city continues to grow everyday. I came here expecting college to be a glorious stage of life and I receive exactly that. After the first few weeks I realized that this was the best place for me to be! The sports here are very amazing and the fan base is very passionate! I have no regrets!

Paige

Bemidji State University is a small feeling school with people who loves outdoors and sports outside of athletics. The professors and facility members are extremely welcoming and are there whenever you need something. The class sizes are extremely huge and that's where your small school feel comes into play. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for somewhere to go.

Sara

Bemidji state is a very welcoming environment from students and staff. The community is very close and there is always activities to do on campus. I love how the campus has a lake view that most colleges do not. Over all Bemidji is best decision I made because of the positive atmosphere and people here. The food on the Walnut Hall is not to die for at all and Lakeskde cafeteria is fairly decent. The best and over all positive thing about Bemidji is that everyone helps everyone and no one is left out.

Bemidji State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Bemidji State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Bemidji State University is 64%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I don’t have much time, so let me be straight with you about some things that will save you future grief. Let’s talk about the facts first. You grew up in the Rockies; were from a single-parent-home and one of many bullied, smelly-poor-fat-kids. Your mom died of cancer when you were eleven, you moved in with your legal guardians, then in with your father, then across the country to Door County, Wisconsin back with your aunt and uncle. You will go to college at BSU in August, and in November, your dad will also pass and soon thereafter, the grandmother that raised you. As an eighteen-year-old your tribe is mostly gone. You’ve seen your fair share of loss and it’s complicated and shaken your adolescence. Never let anyone convince you that you are broken. You are whole. You will graduate twice with honors just because you wanted to, not because anyone pushed you to do it. You will be independent, published, loving, and proud. You will make a commitment to lifelong learning and sustainable happiness. Go through these years with humility, independence, dignity, love for yourself, and inspired tenacity.

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  3. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The town is really focused around the college and the people are really supportive. There's a wide variety of businesses so you can always find what you want.

    Read all  9 answers
  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Bemidji State University is an excellent place for those who enjoy the small-town atmosphere. It's a small school located in a small town and is very close-knit. That's one thing about it that drew me in. It has an excellent and well-known teaching program - so those interested in being education majors should look into BSU. It's known for other programs as well, such as business and visual arts. Students that enjoy the outdoors and outdoor activities would find themselves very much at home while attending BSU. It's a beautiful campus on a lake.

    Read all  9 answers
  5. What's unique about your campus?

    my school is a hiring hub for the upper midwest, recently we have gone green $5 of our tuition goes to making our school environmently friendly its a small school that just became a private state university which means that our tuition is stablized compared to the other schools in the mnscu system.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    if you want to be a success at this school you have to do it yourself there are a few professors that really care about your education but there are a lot that could care less.

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  7. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I always tell my friends about the great people I go to school with. Because we have such a close knit campus community there is a chance for everybody to get to know each other, which is a great feeling.

    Read all  7 answers
  8. Describe the students at your school.

    Enjoy having a good time and being on the lake.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Bemdji State University is best known for its education and wildlife managment programs. The school is also well knwon for its location. The school is located by Bemidji lake and Bemidji State Park.

    Read all  6 answers
  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known what I wanted to major in my first year so I could have gotten a few more classes in.

    Read all  5 answers
  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Located in a very small city, not a whole lot to do outside of school.

    Read all  5 answers
  12. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Our school is focused on providing students with a learning environment surrounded by natue.

    Read all  4 answers
  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Do not attend if you do not like cold weather.

    Read all  3 answers
  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    challenging yet engaging

    Read all  1 answers
  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    homecoming, football and hockey games, CAB events, random events, ice-cream socials

    Read all  1 answers
  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    there really isn't a stereotype

    Read all  1 answers

Student Body

Students

57%

female

43%

male

4,808

Total Undergrad Enrollment

330

Total Grad Students

12%

Out-Of-State

87%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

60

Student Organizations

2

Fraternities

2

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

27%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
2%
% Hispanic/Latino
3%
% White or Caucasian
80%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

90% of students attending Bemidji State University receive some sort of financial aid. 30% were awarded federal grants. While 65% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$8,394

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$890

Books and Supplies

$7,924

Room and Board

17,208

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,198
$30 - $48K
$10,895
$48 - $75K
$13,990
$75 - $110K
$17,906
$110K & UP
$18,628

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