Automatic Merit-Based Freshmen Scholarships

Bemidji State University offers scholarships for which you are considered automatically when you are admitted to the university. It’s that easy! We’ll determine if you meet the criteria outlined for an automatic merit scholarship.

Freshman Merit-Based Scholarship Program

Criteria with ACT/SAT
Criteria without ACT
Renewable Criteria
 Presidential Scholarship
  • 28+ ACT or 1300+ SAT
  • Top 10% class rank or 3.8+ GPA*
3.90+ GPA*


total over 4 years

Maintain a 3.25 GPA and full-time enrollment (24 credits per year)
 Academic Achievement 
  • 25+ ACT or 1200+ SAT
  • Top 30% class rank or 3.5+ GPA*
3.70+ GPA*


total over 4 years

Maintain a 3.25 GPA and full-time enrollment (24 credits per year)
University Scholarship 
  • 22+ ACT or 1100+ SAT
  • Top 50% class rank or 3.2+ GPA*
3.40+ GPA*


total over 4 years

Maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment (24 credits per year)


  • Students will always be awarded the largest merit scholarship that they meet eligibility for, regardless of if they have an ACT/SAT or not.
  • The above award criteria goes into effect for all new domestic students, whose first enrollment as an undergraduate student begins Fall 2021. Students currently enrolled should refer to their initial award letter to verify the renewal criteria and award amounts at the time you began enrollment at BSU.
  • To be eligible for a merit scholarship, students must enroll during the year they graduate from high school.
  • Award recipients must enroll as full-time students (at least 12 credit hours at BSU) during the fall and each successive regular semester following award notification.

Please note, scholarship award packaging may not exceed the total cost of attendance at BSU.

Additional scholarships for new and current BSU students can be accessed through the Foundation Scholarship Application.

* Beginning Fall of 2022, when provided, weighted GPAs will be used to determine a student’s Merit Scholarship eligibility.