High school seniors with superior academic records or college students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above are invited to apply.

(NOTE: Most students in the Honors Program graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and/or scored well on the ACT or SAT.)

Applicants should fill out the application and write a short letter stating interest in being admitted to the Honors Program. The letter should be addressed to:

Honors Program Director
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, #23
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Required Skills

In order to be admitted to the Honors Program, every student should have the following basic skills:

  • An ability to write clearly and in an organized fashion;
  • An understanding of the English language in terms of structure and function;
  • Basic mathematics skills.

Honors scholars are to demonstrate their adequacy in these areas either by the submission of suitable standardized test scores or through passing related coursework. The Honors Council will maintain a list of courses appropriate to these requirements and tests suitable to demonstrate competency.


The quota of Honors scholars admitted each academic year is determined by the number of qualified applications received. Students are appointed to the program on a competitive basis by the Honors Council, the faculty advisors to the Honors Program.

Prospective Honors students should submit an application for admission to Bemidji State University prior to their application to the Honors Program.