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TRIO Student Support Services
Sattgast Hall 207

Phone: (218) 755-2614
Fax: (218) 755-4116

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #22
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Services Provided

Bemidji State University TRIO Student Support Services offers eligible students services designed to help participants be successful at BSU, graduate, and even go on to post-graduate school.  All TRIO SSS services are provided at no cost to program participants and are available to participants throughout their enrollment at Bemidji State University

Academic Support


TRIO SSS offers three for-credit courses designed to help participants be successful in college and prepare for professional careers. The credits earned in TRIO SSS courses count as general electives toward graduation.

TRIO SSS College Orientation (UNIV 1180 - 1 Credit)

This course provides a complete orientation to the university to assist participants with the transition to college,. Through departmental tours, guest lectures, and various other activities, students gain a sense of community and knowledge that can enhance their college experience and help them become successful college students. This course addresses

  • Academic, personal and social issues
  • Economic and financial aid topics
  • How to calculate and monitor academic progress
  • Academic and other support services at BSU

Critical Reading and Analysis (UNIV 1199 – 2 Credits)

This course addresses skill areas critical for academic success to help SSS participants become better students. Course topics include hands-on activities using a variety of materials, including the students' own textbooks, that help students improve:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Textbook reading ability
  • Note taking skills
  • Test preparation and test taking skills
  • Memory techniques and study strategies
  • Time management and organizational skills

Life Career Planning (UNIV 1200 – 2 Credits)

This course helps students decide on a major or confirm an already chosen major and then tie career planning to that major. Students learn to focus their academic endeavors toward post-graduation goals through the following activities:

  • Values clarification exercises, interest and personality inventories, and career assessment analysis
  • Research of national and regional employment trends, salaries, and employment outlooks
  • Specific career research
  • Resume creation and discussions about job search etiquette and interviewing skills

Academic Advising

SSS faculty members serve as academic advisors for SSS participants and provide highly individualized guidance to assist students with

  • Course selection and creating a four-year road map to complete liberal education requirements and major requirements
  • Academic problem-solving to help students persist to graduation
  • Reviewing transcripts and meeting the requirements for graduation
  • Counseling about graduate school requirements and application procedures for participants interested in post-graduate education


TRIO provides free tutoring to help SSS participants increase confidence and academic skills, boost GPA, and become more engaged in classes. Tutors provide confidential, one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions that fit into the student’s schedule, go at the student’s pace, and focus on the student’s specific needs. 

Click on Tutoring Services for information about requesting a tutor or about becoming a tutor yourself.

Personal Support

SSS faculty and staff have an open-door policy and meet with students to provide

  • Individual advising about personal concerns with appropriate referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • Career direction advising with appropriate referrals to BSU departments and BSU Career Services

Social Support

SSS participants engage in community building with other first- generation, low-income students and students with disabilities through

  • Enrollment in TRIO SSS courses
  • Peer mentoring by upper class SSS participants provides a student perspective on how to navigate the campus and guides students toward academic and personal success
  • Social and cultural events designed to build community and foster an appreciation and awareness of diversity

Financial Support

  • Financial aid advising and award letter review
  • Assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Assistance identifying and applying for scholarships and alternative financial aid sources Scholarship information for study abroad programs
  • Financial Literacy Workshops to educate students about basic personal income, budgeting, household money management, and financial planning skills