Admissions Checklist


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Studying at Bemidji State University is an exciting and fulfilling experience. Filling out the paperwork? Not so much. At Bemidji State, we will help you through the process,
from applied to enrolled.

We highly encourage you to submit your application early and well before the deadlines, below; recommending you begin the application process at least a full six months in advance of the semester you intend to begin your studies. That helps allow for the time it takes to submit your required documentation and have everything approved, visa appointment wait times, arranging BSU housing, packing, and travel arrangements.

Keep in mind the application submission deadlines:
        Fall semesters:
June 15 for applicants outside the U.S.
July 15 for applicants inside the U.S.
Spring semesters:
October 15 for applicants outside the U.S.
November 15 for applicants inside the U.S. 

Click on the Undergraduate or Graduate links below to get started.

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An international student is a student who is required to be registered under the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

International students usually need an F-1 or J-1 visa to enter the United State to study. Once they are in the U.S., it is relatively easy for them to transfer to Bemidji State University.

If you are in the United States on a temporary visa other than F1 or J1 visa and would like to study at BSU as an F1 or J1 student, please contact International Program Center by phone at (218) 755-4096 or by email at

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If you are currently a U.S citizen, you have a U.S. permanent resident card (green card) including those who have submitted residency application documents to the USCIS but have not received formal approval or you are an undocumented immigrant or a refugee, Please contact Office of Admissions by phone at (218) 755-2040, Toll Free: at 1-877-BEMIDJI (236-4354) or by email at