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BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY - [BSU], BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA

Bemidji, MinnesotaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1919Established Year
  5195Enrollment

Bemidji State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Established in 1919 with a primary focus of teacher training, Bemidji State University was recognised as a university in 1975 in respect to its multi-purpose educational contributions. The institute offers an array of baccalaureate majors, over a dozen master degrees and a few unique degree courses plus research activities, making it one of the renowned names in the US Education System.

At present, the institute’s student base is 5,000+ strong consisting of undergraduate and graduate students who represent around 36 states and nearly 40 diverse countries. Some of the salient points for the prospective students of the university are as mentioned below.

  • Admissions at Bemidji State University are offered on a rolling basis for the intake of Fall and Spring round the year. However, some programs have set deadlines.
  • The institute observes an acceptance rate of around 67% and has a holistic approach towards admissions.
  • It has the same tuition rate for both domestic and international students which makes it one of the highly popular choices among international candidates to study in the USA.
  • Application is online through the university website with a nonrefundable application fee of 20 USD has to be paid.
  • BSU has a student to faculty ratio of 19:1.
  • Illustrated alumnae of BSU include community leaders, authors, professors, varsity athletes and business owners.
Bemidji State University Campus

Rankings

  • US News & World Report places the institute in the top 100 in its 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities Midwest.
  • The university also ranked at #22 in the category of Top Public Schools by the survey reports of US News, 2020.
  • Niche Rankings 2020 also honored the organization as one the best colleges for students athletes in America.

Highlights

Type of UniversityPublic
Rank#22 in the category of Top Public Schools (US news, 2020)
Season of IntakeRolling
Application Fee20 USD
Percentage of International Students2%
Annual Acceptance Rate67%
Test Scores AcceptedIELTS/TOEFL; SAT/ ACT
Financial Aid82% students receive some kind of financial support
Work StudyAvailable
Official websitebemidjistate.edu

Programs, Campus and Residence

Courses

The university offers a plethora of courses for international students which includes 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, 14 graduate and numerous career-oriented online/distance learning programs. The institute also provides certain residential Honors Program to choose from.

The most popular majors available at the university favourite with applicants are:

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology

Students also have the option to pursue unique programs like Aquatic Biology, Creative and Electronic Writing, Indian Studies, Marketing Communications, Exhibit Design, Industrial Model-Making, Wilderness Management and Outdoor Recreation Planning.

Campus

Bemidji State University International Students

The institute lays in an 89-acres wooded campus along the shores of Lake Bemidji, a few blocks away from the bustling downtown, in the small town of the same name. Located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, the town Bemidji is a popular year-round tourist destination, abounding in adventure activities like kayaking, boating, hiking, foraging, skiing, ice fishing, snowboarding etc

The university campus is well-equipped with all amenities required for sound education and is also connected by underground passages to all the major campus facilities for the safe and warm commute. With over 100 student clubs and organizations to choose from, the institute ensures that its students always have plenty of alternatives to choose from.

From Music and theatre productions, Funtastic Dance Follies to student-union sponsored activities, the campus offers it all within a close proximity. It also offers endless opportunities for its athletes and has all the essential arrangements to engage in sports like baseball, basketball, hockey, football, golf, among others.

Housing Facilities

The university provides residence facilities for its students that can accommodate up to 1,200 candidates and single-parent families in its 7 housing properties, each characterized by unique amenities, activities and traditions. All the properties are centrally located and are connected to other campus buildings by a network of underground walkways and tunnels. 

Some of the salient points related to accommodation facilities are as follows:

  • Available room options include single, double, suite and apartment styles, all equipped with amenities for comfortable modern living. 
  • The prices for the same range from 2,717 USD to 3,354 USD, per semester or around 7,440 USD to 8,820 USD, per annum
  • Meal Plans range between 1,613 USD and 478 USD and are mandatory for all first-year students.
  • All first-year and unmarried, undergraduate international students are required to live on-campus during the freshmen year. 
  • A specific residential Open Borders Learning Community exists at the institute where students from diverse countries and cultures live together and participate in various community involvement and cultural exchange programs and events.

The housing application is online through the university’s student portal and the Guaranteed Housing Deadline is on August 1. A prepayment of 150 USD along with other 1st-semester costs should accompany the housing application. 

Note: Students cannot apply for housing until their admission application is accepted at the university's Admissions Office.

Bemidji State University Application Process

How to apply: Application to the institute can be completed either online or using paper format.

Application fee: 20 USD

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis round-the-year.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete an International Student Application at the official website by choosing a program you are interested in and checking its availability and basic requirements.
  • Submit official transcripts from all academic institutions attended with certified English translation, in case the original document is in a language other than English.
  • Official English Proficiency Test Scores. The tests of English Proficiency accepted by the institute are as listed below:
Test NameUndergraduateGraduate
TOEFL61 iBT, 500 PBT80 iBT, 550 PBT
IELTS5.5+6.5
Duolingo45-
PTE44+53
  • Statement of Purpose
  • International Student Agreement Form
  • Financial documents (Financial Affidavit documenting the availability of funds equal to or exceeding 21,698 USD, per year)
  • A copy of passport ID Page
  • Graduate Studies may require additional documents like Test Scores (GRE/GMAT), Resume, Letter of Intent, Recommendation letters etc.
  • A course-by-course evaluation by a NACES accredited professional credit-evaluation agency.

International Applicants need either email their application materials to international@bemidjistate.edu or mail to International Programs, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699.

Bemidji State University Cost of Attendance

An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US at the Bemidji State University for the Academic Year 2020-2021 is as tabulated below:[19]

Type of ExpenditureCost (in USD)
Tuition & Fees9,208
Room & Board8,920
Books & Supplies1,850
Insurance1,720
Total21,698

Scholarship and Financial Aids

International students are not eligible to receive federal/ state loans and grants. However, it does offer some scholarships for all new international students to study in the USA under International Student Merit Award (ISMA) of up to 1,000 USD towards their tuition. 

The scholarship decision is based on academic records, admissions essays, and English Proficiency test scores. Applicants are considered on a first-come basis and are subject to attending the entire orientation program. Please note that no separate application is required for the International Student Scholarships. 

Fall applicants who are accepted by June 15 and Spring applicants who are accepted by November 1 are automatically considered for scholarships. A candidate must maintain a standard average GPA of 2.5 in the first semester to avail the benefits of the studentship in the second semester as well.

Work While You Study

International students on F-1/ J-1 visa are eligible to work in regular on-campus student payroll positions, provided they maintain their immigration status and full-time enrollment during the fall and spring terms. Students can work up to 20 hours per week when school is in session but can be employed full time (40 hours per week) during official school breaks. 

Places where you can find employment on-campus include various academic departments, book stores or the food service. The student hourly wage rate ranges from 9.90 USD to 10.50 USD. The maximum pay an international student can earn per month by working on-campus currently is approximately 700 USD.

International students who have completed one academic year as an F-1 visa holder and are in good academic standing may apply for off-campus employment only in case of severe financial hardship along with a documentation in support of such hardship. Off-campus employment is subject to the approval of the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service.

An F-1 student may also undertake alternate work/study, internship or cooperative education program as part of their curriculum through Curricular Practical Training (CPT).[26] In some cases, F-1 students may also qualify for off-campus employment as part of the Optional Practical Training (OPT), as long as the job is related to their field of study and they meet the specific criteria to participate in the program.

Alumni Network

The Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation connects all graduates of the university or former students who have completed at least 36 quarter credit hours or 32 semester credit hours. Some of the successful alumnae of BSU are:

Robert "Bob" Anderson '80Author, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Director of Native American Law Center at the University of Washington.
Than "Alan" Htaik Lwin ‘05CEO of the Proven Group, Myanmar.
Dr. Boyd Bradbury '88Professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Sue Kringen '73Community Leader
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Bemidji State University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population6466
FAFSA Code002336
Application Cost$20
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$8,800 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-80- -
IELTS-6.5- -
Undergraduate
ACTCheck Detailed Score222024 97%
English211824-
Mathematics221925-

Bemidji State University Acceptance Rate

66.2%

Acceptance Rate

4033

Total Applicants

6466

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

41.1%

Male

58.9%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program66.2%
Total Applicants8932
Total Enrolled5913
Graduate
Graduate Programs66.1%
Total Applicants836
Total Enrolled553

Bemidji State University Enrollment

Enrollment
Bemidji State University Enrollment6466
Undergraduate Enrollment5913
Graduate Enrollment553
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate36.2%

Attendance Cost

$8,800

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$8,800 / Year
Post Graduate Program$8,800 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$890 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$8,162 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,000 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$8,162 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$3,000 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,000 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$3,000 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
38532150170335
+1-218-7552001
TELEPHONE
+1-800-4752001
TOLL FREE
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601
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Book Store

Bemidji State University Bookstore0.41 Km
Books N More1.84 Km
Roy's Comics & Games1.87 Km
Northwest Technical College Bookstore4.05 Km

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Bemidji State Univ0.59 Km

Hospital

MedExpress Urgent Care0.71 Km
Community Behavioral Health Hospital - Bemidji1.16 Km
Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center, Inc.1.25 Km
Planned Parenthood - Bemidji Clinic2.49 Km
Sanford Orthopedics2.66 Km
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center2.68 Km
Sanford Health3.04 Km
Family Practice Sanford Health3.05 Km
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Super Market

Lueken's Village Foods- North1.85 Km
Family Dollar2.19 Km
Market Place Foods2.6 Km
Walmart Supercenter2.89 Km
Lueken's Village Foods-South3.51 Km

Shopping Mall

Proactiv Kiosk1.97 Km
Paul Bunyan Mall2.13 Km
Simoson Center2.5 Km
Westridge shopping center2.77 Km

Airport

Helipad Hospital2.69 Km
Bemidji Regional Airport5.06 Km
Bunan NDB MD 3715.5 Km
Moberg Air Base Airport5.97 Km

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