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.


Bob Ross Painting Residential LifeFYRE (First Year Residential Experience) helps new freshmen students easily make new friends, share similar experiences and successfully transition to college life. Students live in double rooms on a floor in either Oak or Tamarack Hall.


CAN (Community, Academics and Networking) is a continuation of FYRE but for upper division students. Students develop skills to be successful in their higher-level courses and life after college. Residents living in Birch, Linden, Pine or upper division student floors in Oak are automatically part of CAN.

Residence Hall Floor Communities

The Arts Learning Community — Tamarack 4

The Arts Learning Community is for anyone interested in the arts! Inclusive of material/graphic arts, dance, music, theatre, poetry, creative writing and more. This floor community will explore the vast opportunities that the arts provide through creative programming as well as visiting arts inclusive spaces on campus and in town!

Health Sciences Learning Community — Oak 2A

The Health Sciences Learning Community will be located in Oak Hall (floor 2A) 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.

Outdoors Community — Tamarack 9, 10 and 11

If the beauty and the opportunities of the Northwoods is what drew you to BSU, this is the floor for you! Located in Tamarack (9th, 10th & 11th floors), the Outdoors themed communities offers activities and events such as canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and other various outdoor activities. Come make life-long friends with people that have the same passion for the outdoors and nature as you!

FYRE Indoor Adventures Learning Community — Tamarack 5

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!

Honors Learning Community — Oak 2A

The Honors Program and Housing & Residential Life are partners in the Honors Residential Experience. The Honors community will be located in Oak Hall on 2A. It offers students the opportunity to create a special learning community where fellow residents share educational values and enrichment. First years 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 honors@bemidjistate.edu.