Community Living

Orientation 2013

If you live in the Residence Halls, you’ll hear the word “community” a lot.

Many floor members form close relationships, often with students very different from themselves, and get involved in many activities together. When things are going well, the floor becomes like a family and the hall like a neighborhood. The sense of community in the Residence Halls is only as strong as its members make it. Each member must contribute positively toward the sense of hall unity.


FYRE (First Year Residential Experience) helps new freshmen students easily make new friends, share similar experiences and successfully transition to college life. Students live in assigned groups together on a floor in either Oak or Tamarack Hall.


Health Sciences Learning Community

The Health Sciences Learning Community is located in Oak Hall (floor 3B) and is designed to foster academic and social success. The students on this floor have a common interest in that they want to go into the health care/medical field (nursing, exercise science, pre-med, etc.). This floor has caring and well-trained staff, who are also going into the health care/medical field, that provide educational and social programming and activities designed with the Health Science field in mind.

FYRE Outdoors Learning Community

If the beauty and the opportunities of the Northwoods is what drew you to BSU, this is the floor for you! Located in both Oak (floor 2C) and Tamarack (7th & 8th floors), the Outdoors themed communities offers activities and events such as canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and other various outdoor activities (including birdwatching!) Come make life-long friends with people that have the same passion for the outdoors and nature as you!

FYRE Indoor Adventures Community

Bemidji State University is not just full of Outdoors people. If being inside, playing video games, and enjoying smaller group interactions is more up your alley, look into the Indoor Adventures floor. This community offers a greater sense of team building through the use of video games, board games, and activities that center around the worlds outside of reality. If picking up a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Fortnite, or Munchkins is what excites you the most, look no further than 5th floor Tamarack Hall!

Connections Community (NTC/BSU)

This community connects students from both Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University to the activities that BSU and the city of Bemidji have to offer! This community allows those who attend NTC to find other students in and out of their programs and BSU students to learn about our sister institution! What better way to find study groups with other students in your program than in the Connections Community on 10th floor Tamarack Hall!

Honors Learning Community

The Honors Program and Housing & Residential Life are partners in the Honors Residential Experience located on the 11th floor of Tamarack Hall. It offers students the opportunity to create a special learning community where fellow residents share educational values and enrichment. Freshmen living in this Learning Community will be invited to participate in FYRE activities and should enroll in HOPR 1190 during your first semester. For more information, contact the Honors Program at 218-755-3984 or