Bemidji State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Bemidji State University
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Bemidji State University Admissions Overview:

As part of the school's application, students must submit scores from the ACT exam. With an acceptance rate of 94%, Bemidji State is not a highly selective school--students with good grades and test scores have a pretty decent chance of being accepted to the school. Along with an application form and test scores, students must submit a high school transcript and an application fee. There is no essay or personal statement requirement as part of the application process. Since Bemidji has rolling admissions, students can apply to start either in the spring or fall semesters.

Admissions Data (2016):

Bemidji State University Description:

Located on 89 acres on the shore of Lake Bemidji in northern Minnesota, Bemidji State University is a public university that offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. U.S. News and World Report ranked BSU as a top Midwest university for three consecutive years. BSU supports about 5,000 students with a student/faculty ratio of about 20 to 1. The university offers over 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, and 14 graduate programs. BSU is a great place for those who love the outdoors both for extracurricular activities and majors such as Aquatic Biology and Wilderness Management and Outdoor Recreation, and minors such as Wetlands Ecology and Earth Science. BSU is also home to a 240-acre private forest. For involvement outside of the classroom, BSU has almost 100 student clubs and organizations as well as intramurals such as beach and indoor volleyball, flag football, and broomball. BSU competes in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) in all varsity sports except men’s and women’s ice hockey, which is Division I.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,138 (4,808 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 71% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,394 (all students pay in-state tuition rate)
  • Books: $890 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,924
  • Other Expenses: $3,000
  • Total Cost: $20,208

Bemidji State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,051
    • Loans: $8,689

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Design Technology, Elementary Education, Industrial Technology, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 27%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 5%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 44%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Golf, Volleyball, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Bemidji State University, You May Also Like These Schools:

Applicants interested in other mid-sized (around 5,000 students) universities or colleges in Minnesota should also take a look at Minnesota State University – Moorhead, St. Olaf College, the University of Northwestern – St Paul, and the University of St. Thomas.

For those interested in other high-ranking Midwestern colleges, other choices similar to Bemidji State include Augustana University, Ohio Northern University, the College of the Ozarks, Goshen College, and Marietta College.

Bemidji State University Mission Statement:

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"We create an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly accessible learning environment committed to student success and a sustainable future of our communities, state and planet. Through the transformative power of the liberal arts, education in the professions, and robust engagement of our students, we instill and promote service to others, preservation of the earth, and respect and appreciation for the diverse peoples of our region and world."

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