When you enroll in a BSU College in the High School course, you’re admitted as a student to Bemidji State University. You’ll earn BSU credit for every class you complete that can be applied toward your undergraduate degree from BSU or transferred to another institution.

Common student questions

What is BSU College in the High School?

BSU College in the High School is a concurrent enrollment program in which students take BSU classes in their own high school classrooms. Students receive Bemidji State University credit while concurrently fulfilling their high school graduation requirements.  Most of the courses offered through College in the High School are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, which means the courses are likely to transfer into the liberal education or general education requirements of the college and university that are part of the Minnesota State system.

Who teaches the classes?

Classes are taught by qualifying high school teachers under the mentorship of a BSU faculty member. High school teachers must have a Master’s degree in the subject area or a Master’s degree and 18 graduate credits in the subject area to meet HLC and academic department criteria. Teachers receive additional training in the university curriculum, and have access to BSU faculty library and online course resources.

Are classes the same as those offered on campus?

Yes! Classes adhere to the same high standards and use the same instructional methods as courses offered at BSU. The only difference is they are offered in the high school classroom instead of on the Bemidji State University campus.

As a BSU College in the High School student, you have access to numerous academic resources.  Some are available online and some would require travel to the BSU campus.

Students must meet all academic standards and course requirements as established by the University and sponsoring academic department. High school students enrolled in the program are subject to the same student conduct and academic integrity policy standards as are other Bemidji State University students.

How much does it cost?

Courses are free to students! Tuition, text books and instructional costs are paid by the partnering high school – not the students – representing a significant savings for students and their families.


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

Currently Enrolled High School Seniors
  • Must be in the top 50% of their class or
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized test (ACT or SAT)
Currently Enrolled High School Juniors
  • Must be in the top third of their class or
  • Score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized test (ACT or SAT)
How do I enroll?

Contact your school counselor to see if your school is participating in the BSU College in the High School program, and to ask about applying to the program. Approval must be granted by your high school counselor and the instructor of each course prior to a determination of admission.

Student benefits

You’ll receive a BSU student ID, allowing you to enjoy a number of privileges, such as:

  • On-campus and online access to the library, including book/materials check out
  • Student rates at campus events
  • Access to University facilities, including computer labs
  • BSU email account