Thinking About College? Apply to Bemidji State University for Free in October

Bemidji State University will join other Minnesota State colleges and universities in celebrating College Knowledge Month by waiving application fees during the month of October.

College Knowledge Month is a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior — especially underrepresented students — with the opportunity to apply to college without the barrier of an application fee. High schools and postsecondary institutions work together to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process.

“The colleges and universities of Minnesota State offer a transformational education, and are the most affordable and accessible options in the state,” Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State, said. “I encourage everyone who is considering higher education to take advantage of College Knowledge Month to fully explore the many opportunities available in Minnesota and take the first steps towards a brighter future for themselves and for their families.”

Why Choose BSU?
  • BSU offers more than 80 degrees and pre-professional programs, many that are customizable to fit personal interests and talents.
  • Located on Lake Bemidji, BSU is a small, easy to navigate campus. Students don’t have to worry about racing across campus to get to class on time.
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1, making it easier for students to get involved.
  • More than 85% of students receive financial aid. There are also many on-campus student employment opportunities.
  • Underground tunnels connect nearly every building on campus, making the winter months not only warm, but manageable. Shorts and flip-flops, year round!

College Knowledge Month is a period in which colleges and universities across the state waive application fees. This year, all Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving their application fees for the week of October 28 – November 1. Some colleges and universities, including Bemidji State University, are waiving their application fees for the entire month of October, while others never charge an application fee.

Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State colleges and universities. If prompted for a promo code, applicants should use “CKM2019.”

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.


Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit or find us at BemidjiState on most of your favorite social media networks.