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Bemidji State University Overview

Located in Bemidji, Minnesota, Bemidji State University is a public institution. Bemidji is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Bemidji State University Known For?

1,105 Undergraduate Awards
$18,186 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Bemidji State University have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Bemidji State University is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 64% of the faculty were full-time.

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Bemidji State University Rankings

Bemidji State University is ranked #324 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Bemidji State University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#138 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bemidji State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best General Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bemidji State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best Value Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#16 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#26 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#34 Best Value Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#35 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#59 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Bemidji State University?

Location of Bemidji State University

Contact details for Bemidji State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 800-475-2001
Website: https://www.bemidjistate.edu

How Do I Get Into Bemidji State University?

You can apply to Bemidji State University online at: https://www.bemidjistate.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for Bemidji State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript neither required nor recommended
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bemidji State University?

66% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Bemidji State University has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Bemidji State University submitted their SAT scores.Bemidji State University received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Bemidji State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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ACT Math Scores for Bemidji State University  ( 19 to 25 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Bemidji State University  ( 20 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Bemidji State University?

$18,186 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bemidji State University is $18,186. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Bemidji State University, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $7,763 a year. That adds up to $31,052 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bemidji State University is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bemidji State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,058 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,490 undergraduate students at Bemidji State University, with 3,058 being full-time and 1,432 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bemidji State University

There are also 407 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,058 full-time undergraduates at Bemidji State University, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bemidji State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bemidji State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bemidji State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 66
Hispanic or Latino 107
White 2,529
International Students 89
Other Races/Ethnicities 242

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Bemidji State University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 34 countries are represented at Bemidji State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Nepal, and China.

Online Learning at Bemidji State University

1,371 Took All Classes Online
2,255 Took At Least One Class Online
12.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Bemidji State University. In 2017-2018, 2,255 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bemidji State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 10th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Bemidji State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bemidji State University was 12.1%. This is the #1,212 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bemidji State University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Bemidji State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
General Education 26%
General Psychology 25%
Instructional Media Design 21%
Psychology 23%
Public Administration & Social Service 9%
Social Work 9%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Bemidji State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Bemidji State University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Engineering Technology #3
Industrial Production Technology #6
Engineering-Related Fields #24
Social Work #32
Engineering Technologies #57
Instructional Media Design #61
General Education #63
Curriculum & Instruction #65
General Psychology #70
Special Education #81
Public Administration & Social Service #100
Psychology #100
Accounting #107
Teacher Education Grade Specific #121
Criminal Justice & Corrections #183
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #206
Nursing #255
Education #315
Business Administration & Management #386
Health Professions #418
Business, Management & Marketing #479

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bemidji State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 180 0 16 196
Nursing 0 0 0 187 0 0 187
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 80 0 0 80
Teacher Education Subject Specific 22 0 0 38 0 6 66
General Psychology 0 0 0 61 0 0 61
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 60 0 0 60
Accounting 0 0 0 56 0 0 56
General Biology 0 0 0 45 0 6 51
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 38 0 7 0 0 45
Social Work 0 0 0 45 0 0 45
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 40 0 0 40
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 21 0 0 21
Special Education 0 0 0 0 0 20 20
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 19 19
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
Writing Studies 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
General English Literature 0 0 0 12 0 4 16
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 15 0 1 16
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 16 0 0 16
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 15 0 0 15
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 15 0 0 15
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Computer Science 0 0 0 11 0 0 11
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 11 0 0 11
Chemistry 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
Mathematics 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Economics 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Music 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Public Health 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Information Science 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Romance Languages 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Native American Languages 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
History 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Sociology 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
International Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building Management & Inspection 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 24 38 7 1,036 14 72 1,191

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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