Eligibility

High school seniors with superior academic records, college students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25, and students who seek an intensive interdisciplinary learning experience with esteemed faculty 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. If you are a student who did not score high in one of these areas, please address your continued interest in your personal statement.)

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

Upon being admitted to Bemidji State University, students interested in joining the Honors Program should should fill out the application and statement of interest. Address the letter to:

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

Alternatively, you may e-mail a signed version of the application form and letter to: honors@bemidjistate.edu

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 and reasoning skills;
  • An open mind and an abiding interest in developing your curiosity as a learner.

Honors scholars are to demonstrate their competency in these areas through a compilation of their course work, a thesis/capstone project, and self-reflection embedded within the Honors curriculum, and when applicable standardized test scores. The Honors Council will maintain a list of Bemidji State University courses you may take to help you meet these requirements and standardized tests suitable to demonstrate competency.

Admissions

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 a committee of dedicated faculty.