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Vision, Mission, & Signature Themes


Shaping Potential, Shaping Worlds.
Bemidji State University is a catalyst for shaping the potential of those it serves, who, in turn, shape the worlds in which they live and work.


Engage. Embrace. Educate.
As northern Minnesota's university, we engage in new worlds of thought, embrace responsible citizenship, and educate for a future that can only be imagined.

Signature Themes

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 Signature Themes. The themes represent core values that guide curriculum and services. Not tightly defined, they invite interpretation and discovery.

  • International/multicultural understanding
  • Civic engagement
  • Environmental stewardship