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Admissions Criteria

Priority Deadline: February 1     Scholarship Deadline: May 1

Bemidji State University has a rolling application date, which means you can apply anytime before the upcoming semester. However, we encourage you to apply by February 1, so you can get priority placement for housing, and first chance at course registration. Apply for admission before May 1 to be eligible for the new freshman scholarships.  Be sure to allow yourself enough time to get any official transcripts, ACT scores and financial aid forms turned in before the start of the semester.

Use the following links for more information on transferring to BSU or enrolling in PSEO.

Required for all students

  • ACT Composite score of 21 or higher


  • Graduated in the top 50% of your high school class

Students who do not meet admission criteria may be accepted conditionally upon recommendation of the Admissions Review Committee. No applicant is refused admission to the university on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

Every applicant to Bemidji State University is reviewed on an individual basis. Admission is granted to applicants who will, in the judgment of the Admissions Review Committee, make positive contributions to the community life of the university and be able to progress satisfactorily toward the completion of all degree requirements. The committee evaluates secondary school achievement, recommendations from counselors, test scores, and personal achievement. In evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee also considers any special circumstances which may have affected the applicant’s prior academic achievement.

ACT and SAT score reports

If you have graduated from high school within the past two years, you must have an ACT or SAT score when applying. To register, you will need to submit the official ACT score report or it must be indicated on your high school transcript.

NOTE:   For admission to Bemidji State, we do not require the Written portion of the ACT.  When registering for the ACT or SAT exam, remember to select BSU as a school you want electronic scores sent to.

ACT - SAT Conversion Table


If you have received college credit while in high school, please have the college you have credit from send an official transcript to us directly.

If you have AP (Advanced Placement) scores, we will only accept scores of 3, 4, or 5. Those scores must be sent to us directly.

Please send us an official, final high school transcript with your graduation date on it when you have completed high school. Otherwise, you will be unable to register for classes the following semester.


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