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Student Resources for Distance Learners

As a distance learner, you have access to many of the same services offered to traditional, on-campus students.  Take advantage of the services offered below.

Advising Success Center

Get the help you need in making your transition to Bemidji State University.  The Advising Success Center provides advising services to help you choose a major, determine credits needed to fulfill liberal education requirements and a range of other issues. 

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The University Bookstore

You can order required textbooks for distance learning courses at the Online Bookstore. Use the customized textbook list tool to learn what books you will need for your courses.  Then order your textbooks online, by e-mail or by phone. 

>Online Bookstore

Career Services

Careers Services offers career-planning assistance starting with your academic goals through a progression of lifetime career steps.  Consult with a career counselor online or in person.  Career Services provides helpful information on how to:

  • Choose a career that fits your personality and interests
  • Write a winning resume
  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Research employment opportunities
  • Access job postings for BSU students and alumni

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Disability services

Students with documented disabilities can coordinate a variety of services with the confidential assistance of the Office for Students with Disabilities.  Service options include:

  • Note takers
  • Adaptive testing services
  • Scribes
  • Interpreters
  • Mentoring services

When appropriate, services are coordinated with outside agencies such as the Minnesota State Services for the Blind and Hearing Impaired and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

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Track your career history with an electronic portfolio

Highlight your education, employment history, accomplishments, goals and professional experiences with eFolio Minnesota, a multimedia electronic portfolio.  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities developed eFolio, which is available to all Minnesota residents.  

>Start your own eFolio.

A.C. Clark Library

Check out a variety of traditional and online resources at the A.C. Clark Library.   You’ll find a broad breadth of materials to help support your academic endeavors.

Traditional resources

  • Nearly 400,000 on-campus holdings
  • Nearly one-quarter million books and collections of government publications, audio visual materials, maps and microfilms

Online resources

  • High-quality research materials through electronic indexes and full-text databases and electronic reference tools
  • Nearly 34,000 electronic periodical titles and other resources

Off-campus resources

  • An extensive interlibrary loan network

Delivery services

  • Receive study-related materials delivered to your door if you are a distance learner or BSU faculty member who resides 30 or more miles from campus or need delivery because of permanent or temporary disability. 
  • Find an application form and more information at “Delivery Service for Distance Learners” under the heading “Interlibrary Loan and distance directory” on the home page of the A.C. Clark Library home page.

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Policies and Procedures

We value our students, faculty and staff and have adopted policies and procedures to foster the highest standards of integrity and personal responsibility in all areas of University life.  Review your rights and responsibilities in the Student Handbook.

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Student Consumer Complaint Process

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, institutions providing online education are required to provide all prospective and current students contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. 

Prior to filing a complaint with a state agency, BSU online students are encouraged to use our University's complaint process, outlined in the Student Handbook.  You will find a listing of all state agencies on the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association website.


Monitored tests may be taken in the Extended Learning Office by setting up an appointment or by arranging for a test administrator who has been approved by Extended Learning.  Many of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provide testing services.  Find a testing center for a campus near you. 
Others who may be qualified to administer a test include:

  • Public school administrators or counselors
  • Community college administrators, counselors or librarians

Public school teachers are generally not approved as test administrators.  Friends and relatives may not be used.

The test administrator’s work address will be required.  Tests will not be mailed to home addresses.  You are responsible for arranging for your own test administrator when needed.  To set up a test appointment or get approval for a test administrator contact Extended Learning.

Technical Support

Support for online courses is available from the Student Help Desk, which responds to questions via e-mail, the phone or in person from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday at Deputy 161.

Student Help Desk
Phone: (218) 755-4207
Toll-free:  (888) 240-4759
Fax: (218) 755-4604

Transfer Students

  • If you are transferring to Bemidji State, find resources about application procedures, credit transfer policy and curriculum requirements at transfer assistance.
  • Information about academic requirements for the liberal education curriculum and degree programs are detailed in the BSU Undergraduate Catalog.
  • For additional information, contact Evonne McKinzie, transfer specialist, 218-755-2040.


Get help when you need it. offers online tutoring service that can be accessed via the Internet 24/7.  Tutoring services cover a wide variety of subject areas including math, writing, accounting, economics, biology, Spanish and nursing.

To sign up:

  • Log into your Desire2Learn account.
  • Choose one of our online courses.
  • Choose “Online Tutoring: SmarThinking” under the HelpLinks.
  • Follow the instructions to sign up.

Once you log in, a registration form will be e-mailed to you. 

Writing Resource Center

Hone your writing skills with assistance from the Writing Resource Center.  Find resources on how to complete writing assignments, write an effective cover letter or compile a winning resume.

Tutors are available to assist with all kinds of writing questions.  Get tips and ideas to get started with a writing assignment.  Or clarify grammar rules and find instructions on how to site resources in a paper.  Submit your questions online or in-person.

Writers of all abilities will find helpful resources at the Writing Resource Center. 

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