Bemidji State University: Narrative Description

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1500 Birchmont Dr., NE
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
Tel: (218)755-2000; 800-652-9747; Admissions: (218)755-2040; Fax: (218)755-2074; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 89-acre small town campus. Endowment: $7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $99,035. Educational spending 2002-03: $4260 per student. Total enrollment: 5,024. Faculty: 401 (214 full-time, 187 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 1,542 applied, 74% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 3,440 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 1,220 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 47 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 0.4% Hispanic, 0.5% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 20% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 68% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other colleges in the Minnesota State College and University System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4338 full-time, $212 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9200 full-time, $307 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $710 full-time, $78.16 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4597. College room only: $2448. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 85 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 2% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: International Students Organization, Jazz Band Club, Madrigal Dinner Club, Student Senate, Council of Indian Students. Major annual events: homecoming, Funtastic Dance Follies, Feast of Nations. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,600 college housing spaces available; 1,482 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. A. C. Clark Library with 554,087 books, 980,000 microform titles, 991 serials, 5,521 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $568,711. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A regional home for outdoor sports and cultural arts activities, Bemidji (population 12,000) lies in Minnesota North Country on the shores of Lake Bemidji. This area is noted for its scenic forests and lakes that are enjoyed by recreational enthusiasts during all seasons. From excellent fishing in the summer to cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter, residents and visitors alike have found Bemidji to be a community that satisfies a great diversity of interests.

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