Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University, also known as BSU, is a public state university located in Bemidji, Minnesota. It is a unit of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). BSU was established in 1919 as Bemidji State Normal School and today the university enrolls more than 4,500 students, representing over 40 American states and more than 35 countries. The university is recognized for its programs and conferences in writing. It also hosts the annual Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. BSU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business, Technology & Communication
  • College of Health Sciences & Human Ecology
  • School of Graduate Studies

BSU's sports teams are nicknamed the Beavers and they compete in the NCAA Division II. The sports teams are members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

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Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji , MN 56601
General Phone: (800) 475-2001

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Bemidji State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching208education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed administration, educational supervision, social foundations of education, special ed, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, ...
Business and Management146business management, accounting, marketing studies
Liberal Arts130Native American studies, minority and gender studies, German language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, international studies, ...
Security and Law Enforcement58criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling58psychology, counseling psychology, psychology courses, community health services
Science47biology, marine biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science
Engineering Technician38industrial tech, drafting
Engineering35engineering management
Photography and Commercial Art35commercial art
Media21mass communication, communication and journalism
Conservation and Resource Management18environmental science, wildlife management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine12registered nursing, various nursing
Family and Social Work12public administration, social work
Art Studies10art studies
Computer Science and Engineering10computer and info science, information science, computer science
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Real Estate and Construction Management3construction management
Medical Support and Technology2clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Number of programs and degrees for Bemidji State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree76369
Master's degree8835
Associate's degree543

Bemidji State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bemidji State had a total enrollment of 4,571 students (4,292 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 1%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 1%
American Indian 4%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 23%
20-21 25%
22-24 21%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 1%
65+ 1%

Bemidji State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 54 %

Bemidji State Room and Board (2007)

Bemidji State offers campus housing for 1,577 of its 4,292 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bemidji, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bemidji State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT88%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Bemidji State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,996
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,996
Room and board $ 6,024
Room charge $ 3,824
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,200
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,226

Financial Aid:
Bemidji State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 233600)

Bemidji State Faculty

Bemidji State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2110
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1311

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year48$80,02422$78,234
Associate professoracademic year21$66,30419$62,122
Assistant professoracademic year27$55,84819$55,183
Instructoracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year97$69,88960$65,832

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bemidji State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Baseball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Track Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3191122

Bemidji State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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