Student Resources

Advising Success Center
Career Services
Student Complaints
D2L Brightspace
Technical Support
Disability Services
Test Proctoring
Important Forms
Transfer Resources
Policies & Procedures
Writing Resource Center
Advising Success Center

Get the help you need in making your transition to Bemidji State University. The Advising Success Center provides advising services to help you choose a major, determine credits needed to fulfill liberal education requirements and a range of other issues. Go to the Advising Success Center. For after-hours support, please seek the online help available from the Distance Minnesota Support Center.

The University Bookstore

You can order required textbooks for distance learning courses at the Online Bookstore. Use the customized textbook list tool to learn what books you will need for your courses. Then order your textbooks online, by e-mail or by phone. You must be registered for at least three credits to be able to charge books and materials to your student bill. You will need your StarID to charge to your student account, and be sure to select Bemidji State as your active account when charging. Go to the Online Bookstore. Also, please take note of the Bookstore hours and contact information.

Career Services

Careers Services offers career-planning assistance starting with your academic goals through a progression of lifetime career steps. Consult with a career counselor online or in person. Career Services provides helpful information on how to:

  • Choose a career that fits your personality and interests
  • Write a winning resume
  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Research employment opportunities
  • Access job postings for BSU students and alumni

Go to Career Services.

D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is your online learning software, accessed through your MyBSU account, or directly by following this link: Access D2L Brightspace here. Login with your StarID and password.

If you are new to using D2L Brightspace, we recommend taking the BSU Student Orientation to D2L. In fact, some courses require you to take this orientation before you can begin work in the class. It’s fun and easy to get through, check it out!

Disability Services

Students with documented disabilities can coordinate a variety of services with the confidential assistance of the Office for Students with Disabilities. Service options include:

  • Note takers
  • Adaptive testing services
  • Scribes
  • Interpreters
  • Mentoring services
  • Proctored testing

When appropriate, services are coordinated with outside agencies such as the Minnesota State Services for the Blind and Hearing Impaired and the Department of Rehabilitation Services. Go to Disability Services.

A.C. Clark Library

Check out a variety of traditional and online resources at the A.C. Clark Library. You’ll find a wide range of materials to help support your academic endeavors. See the BSU Library Tutorial PDF.

Traditional resources

  • Nearly 400,000 on-campus holdings
  • Nearly one-quarter million books and collections of government publications, audio visual materials, maps and microfilms

Online resources

  • NEW! Chat with a Librarian feature. Check it out!
  • High-quality research materials through electronic indexes and full-text databases and electronic reference tools
  • Nearly 34,000 electronic periodical titles and other resources

Off-campus resources

  • An extensive interlibrary loan network

Delivery services

  • Receive study-related materials delivered to your door if you are a distance learner or BSU faculty member who resides 30 or more miles from campus or need delivery because of permanent or temporary disability.
  • Access to special resources for distance learners.

Go to the A.C. Clark Library.

Policies and Procedures

We value our students, faculty, and staff. We have adopted policies and procedures to foster the highest standards of integrity and personal responsibility in all areas of University life. Review your rights and responsibilities in the Student Handbook. Go to Student Handbook.

Scholarships for Distance Students

The Center for Extended Learning offers several scholarships only to distance students. Scholarships range in value, but most awards are $1000! Check out this page to learn more, and to apply for a distance learning scholarship.


Starfish is a communication tool used by faculty to support student academic success. Read more about how it’s used at BSU here: Starfish Resources for Students.

Student Consumer Complaint Process

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, institutions providing online education are required to provide all prospective and current students contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state.

We encourage you to seek resolution to any concerns by discussing them informally with a staff member at the University.  If a complaint cannot be handled informally, BSU students are encouraged to use our University’s complaint process, outlined in the Student Handbook.

If a complaint cannot be resolved at the University level, you may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  If you reside in another state, you may contact your local state agency for further information.

Technical Support

Contact the Student Help Desk via e-mail, phone or in person for any technical assistance. Also check out the new KnowledgeBase (KB) for FAQs and answers.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM (CST, hours vary seasonally).

Student Help Desk
161 Deputy Hall
(218) 755-4207
Toll-free: (888) 240-4759

Forgot your StarID? Go here to find it:

Test Proctoring

On-campus proctoring is available in Suite 202 Decker Hall on the BSU campus. Please call Maria Eastman at 218-755-2227 to schedule your proctored tests, or email

Off-site proctored testing may be administered by external proctors who have been approved by Extended Learning. Many of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provide testing services. Find a testing center at a campus near you.

Your chosen test proctor’s work address and work email address will be required. Test materials will not be mailed to home addresses. You are responsible for arranging for your own test proctor when needed. Use this form to identify your chosen proctor with Extended Learning, so we can send test materials to them.

Electronic (remote) proctoring may be available for your class, for a fee. Consult your instructor to see whether they allow remote/electronic proctoring for their class.

Transfer Students

Most distance learning students will need to transfer credits to BSU to begin their program. Find resources about application procedures, credit transfer policy and curriculum requirements at Transfer Admissions. Also, review the Transfer Equivalencies and Course Substitutions guide here.

Information about academic requirements for the liberal education curriculum and degree programs are detailed in the BSU Undergraduate Catalog.

For additional information, contact Extended Learning at (218) 755-2068.


Get help when you need it. BSU offers free online tutoring services via Pearson SmarThinking. Tutoring services cover a wide variety of subject areas including math, writing, accounting, economics, biology, Spanish and nursing.

To sign up for SmarThinking:

  • Log in to MyBSU, then click D2L Brightspace.
  • On the right side menu under Academic Support, click Online Tutoring: SMARTHINKING
  • Your MyBSU login will allow you access to SmarThinking, and you’ll be able to manage your tutoring account in the SmarThinking system.
Writing Resource Center

Hone your writing skills with assistance from the Writing Resource Center. Find resources on how to complete writing assignments, write an effective cover letter or compile a winning resume.

Tutors are available to assist with all kinds of writing questions. Get tips and ideas to get started with a writing assignment. Or clarify grammar rules and find instructions on how to site resources in a paper. Submit your questions online or in-person.

Writers of all abilities will find helpful resources at the Writing Resource Center. Go to the Writing Resource Center. Or check out the new Online Writing Resource Center.