Mission & Vision

Our Vision

We educate people to lead inspired lives.

Our Mission

We create an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly accessible learning environment committed to student success and a sustainable future for 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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Candles lit at Freshman Convocation symbolize the beginning of students’ academic journey.

Shared Fundamental Values

Students, through the sum of their educational experience at Bemidji State, will have multiple opportunities to learn about, experience, and reflect on the University’s Shared Fundamental Values:

  • Civic engagement and leadership
  • International and multicultural understanding
  • Belief in the power of the liberal arts
  • Environmental stewardship

These are core values that guide curriculum and services. Not tightly defined, they invite interpretation and discovery.