About Bemidji State University (BSU)
On Campus Housing
Bemidji State University also referred to as ‘BSU’ is a public university which was established in the year 1919 as the ‘Bemidji State Normal School’, the institution was renamed as ‘Bemidji State Teachers College’, and then to ‘Bemidji State College’. The university finally came to be known as its current name in the year 1975.
The university is a member of the 'State Colleges and Universities System of Minnesota' and is situated and headquartered at Bemidji, Minnesota, United States.
Bemidji State University is a public institution located at 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601. The student population at their campus is 5111. The institute has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees.
BSU is recognized as one of the best regional state universities in the Midwest. Their campus balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust outdoor culture. The following gives a glimpse of the institute.
Their Vision - To educate people to lead inspired lives. Their Mission - To create an innovative, interdisciplinary, and highly accessible learning environment committed to student success and a sustainable future for our communities, state, and the planet. Through the transformative power of the liberal arts, education in the professions, and robust engagement of their students, the institute instills and promotes service to others, preservation of the earth, and respect and appreciation for the diverse peoples of their region and world.
In 1919, Bemidji Normal School began its first regular school year with 38 students. In response to a growing need for public school teachers, the school was chartered by the Minnesota State Legislature, and teacher training was its primary curriculum. Bemidji Normal became Bemidji State Teachers College and began offering a four-year degree in 1921.
Reflecting on ongoing changes in the curriculum, the school was renamed Bemidji State College in 1957. In 1975, in recognition of its growing role as a multi-purpose educational institution, it became Bemidji State University.
BSU now hosts more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. And offers baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of fields, master degrees in the arts and sciences, and a variety of online learning options. Several of their degree programs and research activities are unique in the state.
The student-faculty ratio of the university is 21:1.
The University acceptance rate is 64%.
- They have accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The university offers various facilities and services for the well-being of students and to encourage more and more students to pursue higher education such as financial aid, eLibrary, and many more.
Online Education at BSU
The university started offering online programs back in the year 1973 and since then it has been providing world-class online and distance learning education in 100% online platforms, as well as the hybrid formats. The online programs offered by the university are designed to suit the time and schedule requirements of the students across the world. The online courses are flexible and 24/7 accessible.
The online and distance learning programs offered by the university are accredited.
The university allows students the convenience of transfer of credit.
The university is a leader in providing Undergraduate, and Graduate Programs, and offers various Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.
My BSU Bemidji is an online platform for the students to access various information and facilities provided by the university online, which includes personal information regarding the student's academic performance, financial aids, and many more.
- The university is known for offering high-quality education. The reviews and rankings suggest that the university lives up to its reputation of being one of the best. Few reviews and rankings are listed below.
The campus of the university is beautiful, the teachers and instructors are great and the overall atmosphere in the university is amazing.
The tuition costs are quite low and the quality of education is quite good, thus making it a great choice for earning a degree.
The athletic events, as well as the extracurricular events, are one of the best features of the university.
BSU has appeared on the U.S. News list of the Midwest region’s top colleges and universities each year since 2009.
Bemidji State University was ranked by US News recently in 2020 in the following categories
92 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie)
33 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
22 in Top Public Schools (tie)
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
BSU offers an education that is both accessible and affordable. Cost shouldn’t prevent an applicant from getting a first-class education. The institute offers in-state or reciprocity tuition rates to all qualified applicants, not just Minnesota residents.
The Net price amounts up to $14,814. The Average annual cost totals around $7630, whereas for books and supplies, room and board, and other fees the costs are $890, $8404 and $1066 respectively.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$55,159 per year
Campus Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $8,660 per year. Bemidji State University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at BSU costs around $3,132 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At BSU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 43% male and 57% female students.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
The financial aids are offered to various students willing to pursue higher education if they're eligible for the same. The financial assistance is offered in different forms which include loans, grants, work-study, and scholarships.
To attain financial aid, students must fill the FAFSA form. Bemidji State University's FAFSA code is 002336.
The university offers several scholarship opportunities for the students. Few of them are Edward Gersich Distance Education Scholarships, Gladys Mckinley Distance Learning Scholarships, and many more.
The Federal Aids offered to the students are Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Work-Study, Direct Subsidized Loan, and various others.
The Military Aids available for the students are Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance, and others.
State Aids available for the students are the MN Dream Act, MN Postsecondary Child Care Grant, and a few others.
The Institutional Aids available for the students are Athletic Grants and Bemidji State University Scholarships.
Once BSU Financial aid receives all of the required information, the institute will determine the applicant’s financial aid eligibility and send him/her an email once their award letter is available in their e-services account. Award types and amounts can vary from one school to the next. Some information regarding financial aid are:
The percentage of students receiving gift aid is 78% and the average amount a student receives is $5,241.
The percentage of students receiving federal grants is 31% and the average amount a student receives these grants equals $4,846.
The percentage of students receiving State aid is 41% and the average amount this state aid amounts to is $2,798.
The percentage of students receiving institutional grant aid is 55% and the average amount a student receives these Institutional grant aid equals $2,593.
Bemidji State University federal school code is 002336.