Bemidji State University, home of the Beavers, has been named a top-tier Midwest university by U.S. News and World Report.

The Basics

  • Approximately 5,100 undergraduate and over 300 graduate students
  • 53% female; 47% male
  • 19.5:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Students hail from 36 different states and 38 different countries (88% from Minnesota)
  • 82% of students receive some financial aid
  • Student Consumer Information

Academic Programs

  • Over 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs
  • 14 graduate programs
  • Largest majors: Business, Nursing, Education, Science, Technological Studies, Criminal Justice and Psychology
  • Unique programs: Aquatic Biology, Creative and Professional Writing, Indigenous Studies, Marketing Communication, Exhibit Design, Industrial Model-Making, Sustainability and Resource Management and Wildlife Biology.
  • Honors Program that includes special on-campus housing
  • American Indian Resource Center serving the campus and surrounding communities with outreach and educational programs


  • NCAA Division I: Men’s and Women’s Hockey (men’s team has the highest winning percentage of any NCAA Division I team)
  • Women’s DII: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball
  • Men’s DII: baseball, basketball, football, golf
  • Intramurals: beach and indoor volleyball, flag football, broomball, hockey, basketball, dodge ball, softball, soccer

Campus Amenities

  • Kayaks, canoes, pontoons, sailboats, mountain bikes, camping equipment, snowshoes, ice fishing gear and cross country skis available for rent
  • Music and theatre productions, Funtastic Dance Follies, student-union sponsored activities, and nearly 100 student clubs and organizations
  • BSU’s tunnel system means it’s T-shirt and flip-flop season all year round