Best Value Schools Ranks BSU Nursing Program Among Nation’s Most Affordable

Bemidji State University’s blended online and in-classroom registered nursing and bachelor of science in nursing programs have been recognized by Best Value Schools for their quality and affordability.

BSU’s program ranked third on the website’s list, “Top 30 Low Cost Online RN Programs 2016-2017.”

Bemidji State offers a blended format combining both on-campus and online instruction, allowing students to balance their educational pursuits against other obligations, such as a job or family. Classes are offered on campus in Bemidji and at Anoka-Ramsey Community College — Cambridge, Anoka-Ramsey Community College — Coon Rapids, Century College, Lake Superior College and Northland Community and Technical College — East Grand Forks. While some courses are offered fully online, some courses require students to visit campus three days per semester for in-person instruction. Students select sites convenient to them to complete 30 hours of clinical or practicum experiences.


Best Value Schools used College Navigator to research all colleges offering online bachelor’s programs in nursing. It then evaluated those programs based on the length of time programs have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and on affordability, based on a school’s tuition rate. For schools with differing tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, average tuition was used in order to streamline the ranking process.

About Best Value Schools

Best Value Schools provides information to help prospective students identify schools that match their educational goals. The site aims to provide clear, credible guidance to help students evaluate programs by both their cost and value.


MN State logo 100x175Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.