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Residential Life

Your Community

It's Your Community, It's Your Neighborhood!

If you live in the Residence Halls, you'll hear the word "community." Many floor members form close relationships, often with students very different from themselves, and are involved in many activities together. When things are going well the floor becomes like a family and the hall like a neighborhood. Each hall develops a community feeling, and members of the hall take pride in their hall's reputation, involvement, and environment. It becomes "home."

Being a Member of a Community

The sense of community in the Residence Halls is only as strong as its members make it. Each member must contribute positively toward the sense of hall unity. Learn what it means to be a contributing member of the community.




FYRE (First Year Residential Experience) is an exciting program for new traditional aged freshman students that allows students to easily make new friends, share similar experiences and make a successful transition to college life. Learn more about the FYRE program.


Learning Communities


FYRE Nursing Learning Community 

The FYRE Nursing Learning Community houses new female students interested in the BSU Nursing Program.  These students share a living/learning experience designed to foster academic and social success.  Caring and well-trained staff provide educational and social programming and activities designed with the needs of nursing students in mind.  Faculty from the nursing program will be actively involved with these students both in and out of the classroom.

FYRE Outdoors Learning Community

If the beauty and the opportunities of the Northwoods is what drew you to BSU, this is the floor for you!

FYRE Academic Focus Learning Community

The Academic Intensive Learning Community floors provide an atmosphere encouraging scholastic achievement and respect for individual academic goals. Residents living in this community observe extended daily quiet hours from 10:00pm-10:00am. Extended community quiet hours help to create an environment conducive to studying and sleeping.  The floor also offers supportive staff to meet your academic needs and easy access to the Pine Academic Resource Center.  Academic Intensive is open to all first year students.

FYRE Indoor Adventures Floor

The Indoor Adventure floor is a unique opportunity that is focused on the common interests of everything "indoor adventures". What are "indoor adventures"? They are everything from video gaming to board games to comic books and anime! We will strive to help balance academics and social connections with your interests. Potential floor activities include anime nights, video game tournaments, and board game nights!



Open Borders Learning Community

The Open Borders Learning Community (OBLC) is a unique opportunity to make friends from around the world. OBLC offers a dynamic living environment with an array of educational and social opportunities.  Read more about OBLC. Freshmen living on the OBLC floor must participate in FYRE activities and must enroll in a FYRE section of the FYE course.


Honors Learning Community

The  Honors Program and the Department of Residential Life are partners in the Honors Residential Experience located on the 11th and 12th floors of Tamarack Hall. It offers students the opportunity to create a special learning community where fellow residents share educational values and enrichment. Students who live in the on these floors can fully participate in Honors Program activities that are offered in Tamarack, and they find it convenient to establish study groups, interest groups, and social activities with their fellow honors students. The Honors Residential Experience is open to all students . Freshmen living in Honors Residential Experience will be invited to participate in FYRE activities and must enroll in an Honors section of an FYE course. For more information, contact the Honors Program at 218-755-3984 or



Your community is . . .

  • As respectful as you make it
  • As friendly as you make it
  • As quiet as you make it
  • As clean as you make it
  • As civil as you make it






Bucky's Scoop.

Bucky talks

You say community, we say colony. We beavers live in colonies, but it's all the same thing. It means working together toward a common goal. Whether it's harvesting trees and making lodge repairs or cleaning up after yourself in a floor kitchen. It's all about working together so everyone has a nice place to live. It's your lodge home, and it's what you make of it.

Bucky's Tour - Next Stop: FYRE