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Including well placed facts and statistics can help underscore the points you make in your communications. They also engage your audience(s) by adding personality and interest -- especially as sidebars and callouts.

BSU boasts a lot of impressive and amazing facts and quick "blurbs" that you can use to do all of the above, and to help BSU stand out. We've gathered them here for you in one place.

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In every communication piece, be sure you select facts that best support the key messages that matter to your specific audience(s).

Just the facts


  • We have 5,000 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students.
  • Average ACT score of 22.
  • Over 85% of our students come from Minnesota.
  • 30% of incoming freshmen are from the Twin Cities area, while 55% are from northern Minnesota.
  • Over 10% of our students come from 35 different states and 49 different countries.
  • Almost 85% of freshmen live in the dorms.
  • 82% of students receive some financial aid.
  • More than 800 students receive scholarships totaling more than 1 million dollars.
  • About half of the cost of college is paid by the state.
  • Banded Tuition (students do not pay any additional money for 12-18 credits).
  • All students receive in-state tuition or reciprocity tuition.
  • Students from our pre-professional programs, i.e. medicine and law, often go on to attend such universities as University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of North Dakota, and University of Iowa.
  • Approximately 90% of BSU FasTrack/online students live more than 60 miles from campus.
  • 71% of BSU FasTrack/online students work full time.
  • More than 60% of all BSU online students own their own homes.
  • More than half of BSU's online students have children.
  • 78% of BSU online students are over age 25.
  • Number of alumni in the greater Twin Cities metro area: 10,279.
  • Number of alumni in Minnesota: 25,805.
  • Athletics: women (basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball): men (baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, track).
  • Men's and Women's NCAA Division I Hockey (All other sports are Division II).
  • Annual events: music and theatre productions, Madrigal Dinners, Funtastic Dance Follies, student-union sponsored activities, and nearly 100 student clubs and organizations.
  • Intramurals: beach and indoor volleyball, flag football, broomball, hockey, basketball, dodge ball, softball, and soccer. Rugby is a club sport.


  • Admission Requirements: 21+ on ACT or top 50% of your graduating class.
  • 65% of classes are under 20 students.
  • Only 4% of classes are over 50 students.
  • 19:1 student/faculty ratio.
  • Largest Majors: education, business, science, technological studies, criminal justice, and psychology.
  • The Honors Program, an alternative to the regular Liberal Education core requirements, offers special academic challenges to talented students. It is available only for baccalaureate students. Honors students may live in the Laurel House, an on-campus home especially for them.
  • Unique BSU majors include: aquatic biology, creative and professional writing, Indian studies, marketing communications, model design, model making, wilderness management, and outdoor recreation planning.

Campus Facilities

  • 20 service and academic buildings, 6 residence buildings, including suites and single parent apartments.
  • 89-acre campus and 240 acre private forest.
  • OPC (Outdoor Program Center) and its lakeside facility provides kayaks, canoes, pontoons, sailboats, ski boats, x-country skies, mountain bikes, tents, backpacks, snowshoes, fish houses, and sleeping bags for rental. Weekend trips and semester break trips available at student-discounted prices.
  • Rec Center: 6 basketball courts, 8 outdoor tennis courts, 4 indoor tennis courts, 5 racquetball courts, 200-meter indoor track, 8-lane outside track, 6-lane 25-yard pool, 3 baseball and softball fields, 4 indoor volleyball courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, free and fixed weights, and 13 cardio machines; located near the residence halls.
  • Campus recreation has a state-of-the-art rock climbing wall.


  • Bemidji comes from the Ojibwe word Bay-me-ji-ga-maug, which means, "flowing through or across."
  • On 6,400-acre Lake Bemidji (76 ft. deep) with 6 public access points -- over 396,000 acres flow into the lake.
  • Lake Bemidji does freeze over. The average date is Nov. 26. The average date of ice-out is April 26.
  • The Paul Bunyan statue is 18 feet tall, was constructed in 1937, and is a favorite local stop for tourists.
  • It was either Paul Bunyan's footprint or glacial activity that formed Lake Bemidji. You decide.
  • Transportation: Bemidji/Beltrami County Airport, Jefferson Bus Service, and Bemidji Taxi Service.
  • Paul Bunyan Transit offers a free shuttle for BSU students.
  • Bemidji area is a vacation, as well as a college, destination. From four-season outdoor fun to the food and culture of Bemidji itself (area population around 30,000), our area is a great place for you to call "home" during college.

Notable-important and interesting achievements that distinguish BSU

  • U.S. News and World Report named Bemidji State University a top tier Midwest Graduate University for the third consecutive year.  Among Midwest public universities, BSU ranked 35th.
  • In November 2008, Bemidji State University became a part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, adding BSU to a growing roster of nearly 600 colleges and universities nationwide who have signed the commitment to become carbon neutral.
  • A Bemidji State University study determined that Minnesotans were willing to pay for the restoration of lakes impaired by pollution. The study, conducted by Dr. Pat Welle, professor of economics and environmental studies at Bemidji State, and principal researcher for the project and Jim Hodgson, Upper Mississippi River Basin coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, was funded by the MPCA in collaboration with the Sauk River Watershed District, and the city of Lake Shore, Minn.
  • "Emily Broken Nose," a sculpture by Bemidji area artist SuziRhae Ross, now resides on the grounds of the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), thanks to a joint effort in 2010 between the AIRC and BSU's social work program.  "Sun and Wind," a sculpture by local artist Gordon Van Wert, was installed at BSU in July of 2008. The half-ton limestone and cast glass sculpture depicts an American Indian elder channeling energy from Lake Bemidji, and its surroundings.
  • The Bemidji State men's and women's track and field teams were both selected as 2010 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Academic Teams. With a 3.34 team grade-point average, the BSU women were ranked 22nd among 67 teams honored and were led by All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle, who was named among the USTFCCCA's Division II individual All-Academic honorees.
  • The BSU men's ice hockey team won the 2009-10 College Hockey America regular season title enroute to earning its first at-large bid into the NCAA Division I tournament. It was the team's fourth trip in six seasons. The team earned a bid to the Frozen Four and gained membership into the WCHA in 2009. 
  • The BSU women's ice hockey team made its debut in the WCHA Final Face-Off, having gained its first ever post-season series victory over St. Cloud State University.
  • The men's and women's hockey teams move to their new home in the Bemidji Regional Event Center in October 2010.