#8 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

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Bemidji State University overview
Location Bemidji, Minnesota
Online bemidjistate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Bemidji State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Bemidji State University, established in 1919, is a public institution residing on a scenic 89-acre campus along the western shore of Lake Bemidji, approximately 150 miles northwest of Duluth, Minnesota. Known for its immersive environmental emphasis, the university balances tradition with innovation, offering a range of undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Noteworthy academic offerings include environmental science, education, and business administration, aligning with regional industries and interests. Bemidji State's admissions process is considered moderately selective, catering to a diverse student body seeking both academic rigor and applied learning opportunities. The university provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its students, which include traditional residence halls and apartment-style living. While Bemidji State participates in NCAA Division II athletics, it is particularly recognized for its men's and women's hockey teams who compete at the Division I level as the Beavers.

In the most recent statistical year 2,723 prospective students applied, and 2,111 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 468 enrolled in the school.  2,408 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,615 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,994 plus fees of $1,136. Bemidji State University is ranked 801 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Bemidji State University is rated within the lower 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Bemidji State University overview
ACT 19/24
GPA 3.26

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Bemidji State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$890
Other Fees$1,136
Room and Board $9,572
Budget for Other Expenses$3,000
Total One Year Cost$23,592

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bemidji State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 19%
Business 16%
Health Professions 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%
Psychology 6%

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