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Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate65%
Acceptance Rate65%

About Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University Overview

Bemidji State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Bemidji, Minnesota. Bemidji State University was founded in 1919 and the school currently enrolls around 4,577 students a year, which includes 4,165 undergraduate students. Bemidji State University ensures housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at Bemidji State University

Love music or performing?

Interested in journalism or communications? Bemidji State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Bemidji State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bemidji State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Bemidji State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.3
In-State Tuition $8,690
Out-of-State $8,690
Percent of Need Met 60%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,752

Is Bemidji State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Bemidji State University offers and if the college could be the right college for you.

Bemidji State University Acceptance Rate 2022

Bemidji State University is moderately difficult to get into. Bemidji State University admitted 65% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 3,027 applications received in 2022, 1,968 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bemidji State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 71% of students who start at Bemidji State University come back the next year. 45% of Bemidji State University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Bemidji State University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Bemidji State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bemidji State University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Bemidji State University meets 60% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Bemidji State University full-time are awarded $8,752 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bemidji State University.

Based on this information, is Bemidji State University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Bemidji State University a good school for you?

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Where is Bemidji State University Located?

Bemidji State University is located in the small town setting of Bemidji, Minnesota.

If you want to see Bemidji State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take US-71, US-2 to Bemidji, or book a flight to the nearest airport, BJI.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bemidji State University and Bemidji are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1500 Birchmont Drive, NE Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Campus Setting: Small Town

Bemidji State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bemidji State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bemidji State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bemidji State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 24

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bemidji State University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Bemidji State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bemidji State University SAT Scores


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Bemidji State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bemidji State University is like? There are approximately 4,577 students enrolled at Bemidji State University, including 4,165 undergraduate students and 412 graduate students. 66% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from MN and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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