The unforgettable archway
The archway emblazed with "Bemidji State University" formally welcomes visitors to campus and becomes an unforgettable campus spot for students as well as alumni. With its miniature "monk scholars" on either side of the archway, the entrance not only welcomes visitors but also bids farewell to soon-to-be graduates as they parade under the arch on their way to commencement ceremonies.
Newly remodeled and expanded Bridgeman Hall has added a beautiful new spot to mingle outside. The pergola offers a great place for students and faculty to stop and socialize in the sunny courtyard. As you take in the expansive lake scenes from the lower union of Hobson Memorial Union, be sure to view the historical mural portraying BSU students across the ages. The mural is just outside the bookstore in the lower union.
There are many places to escape and relax around campus, including under a number of shade trees along the Lake Bemidji shoreline. The newly updated Diamond Point Park, home to an important Native American archaeological site, a swimming beach and picnic shelters, provides a particularly scenic getaway for students. The Outdoor Program Center will also operate a beachside rental office at the park.
An interesting architectural feature has always been the David and Wanda Park House, across the street from the library. On the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is one of the few residential examples of the Streamline Moderne style in Minnesota. This bold, two-story, poured-concrete house appearing as though it's shaped like a piano is now home to the BSU Foundation.
Flip-flops and T's anytime
BSU is a northern school, so winter is a particularly beautiful time to be on campus and near the lake. Students cross country and downhill ski, snowboard, fish, snowmobile, ice skate, play broomball and try their hand at curling. Yes, curling. Check it out. Many members of the U.S. Olympic Curling team have connections to BSU. Not a fan of winter? Don't let the cold and snow scare you. At BSU, almost every building is connected by underground walkways, where you'll see students wearing flip-flops and t-shirts to class even on the coldest days.