Meet new friends. Make new memories. Share similar experiences with students who, like you, have just arrived at Bemidji State.

All new first-year students participate in the First-Year Residential Experience program (FYRE), which provides a unique FYRE Logoacademic and social experience specifically designed for first-year students. Students have the opportunity to live with a roommate in a double room along with other first-year students in Oak or Tamarack Hall. Together you explore BSU and help each other adapt to college life.

You’ll have the chance to learn more about the FYRE program and opportunities when you arrive on campus for the New Student Orientation.

FYRE Facts

  • 771 students
  • 17 residence hall floors
  • 1 PAA per floor

FYRE Benefits

  • An individualized orientation program designed exclusively for FYRE students
  • FYRE sections of the First-Year Experience (FYE) Seminar classes
  • Caring Resident Assistants (RAs) on each floor
  • One Peer Academic Assistants (PAA) living on each floor
  • Students can search for a roommate right in the housing application — the roommate experience is a key part of FYRE
  • Academic Resource Centers (ARC) in Oak and Tamarack Hall
  • FYRE social activities

Activities and Traditions

There is ALWAYS something to do for participants of the FYRE program. Activities include:

  • Bingo
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Mocktails (Alcohol-free bar and dance)
  • Trick or Treating in the Residence Halls
  • Paint Nights
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Family Weekend
  • End-of-year FYRE banquet

Choose Your Experience

Floor communities for Fall 2024 will be located here:

Area of Interest Hall/Floor
All-Male Living Oak 1C
All-Female Living Oak 4C
Co-ed Living

Oak 1A-4A

Oak 1B-4B

Oak 1C-2C

Tamarack floors 2-11

Criminal Justice Learning Community Oak 3C
Honors Learning Community Tamarack 3
Indoor Adventures Tamarack 4
Outdoors Learning Community Tamarack 7 & 8
Rainbow Residence Community Tamarack 11
STEM Learning Community Oak 3C