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

Scholarship Criteria with ACT/SAT Criteria without ACT
Amount 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 earn 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 3.0 GPA and earn 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 earn 24 credits per year


  • Students will always be awarded the largest merit scholarship for which they are eligible, regardless of completion of the ACT or SAT.
  • The criteria above are used for all new domestic students, whose first enrollment as an undergraduate student begins in Fall 2023. Students currently enrolled should refer to their initial award letter (from the time they began enrollment at BSU) to verify the renewal criteria and award amounts.
  • 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.
  • Merit scholarships are good for a total of eight consecutive semesters from the date of initial enrollment, or the point at which a student earns his/her first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.

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.