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Bemidji State University Data & Information Overview

151 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
69% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bemidji State University Ranked?

#1,008 Best Colleges in Nation
#37 Best Colleges in MN
Aquatic Biology/Limnology Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Bemidji State University was awarded 151 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is aquatic biology/limnology.

Overall Quality

Bemidji State University landed the #1,008 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Bemidji State University also holds the #37 spot on the Best Colleges in Minnesota ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bemidji State University?

69% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Bemidji State University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 69%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

Bemidji State University received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Bemidji State University  ( 19 to 24 )

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Bemidji State University Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
64% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Bemidji State University, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bemidji State University is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bemidji State University

72% Freshmen Retention
30% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Bemidji State University is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Bemidji State University this rate is 30%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

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Bemidji State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,753 Full-Time Undergraduates
15.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,165 undergraduates at Bemidji State University with 2,753 being full-time and 1,412 being part-time.

How Much Does Bemidji State University Cost?

$16,033 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
$33,656 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bemidji State University is $16,033. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bemidji State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,178 $10,377 $14,520 $18,078 $19,860

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bemidji State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bemidji State University, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $8,414 a year. That adds up to $33,656 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bemidji State University is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Bemidji State University Graduates Make?

$46,619 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Bemidji State University make around $46,619 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Bemidji State University graduates since it is 10% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Bemidji State University make the most money.

Location of Bemidji State University

Minnesota State
2,753 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Bemidji State University is a public institution situated in Bemidji, Minnesota. The location of Bemidji State University is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for Bemidji State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 800-475-2001

Bemidji State University Majors

48 Majors With Completions
1,114 Undergraduate Degrees
99 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 48 majors graduated from Bemidji State University. Of these students, 1,114 received undergraduate degrees and 99 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 179 $41,901
Nursing 156 $68,571
General Psychology 99 $33,925
Criminal Justice & Corrections 69 $40,717
Accounting 57 $47,810
Teacher Education Grade Specific 56 $35,652
Health & Physical Education 48 NA
General Biology 40 $29,149
Teacher Education Subject Specific 38 $39,119
Social Work 33 $38,358

Learn more about the majors offered at Bemidji State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bemidji State University

51% Take At Least One Class Online
27% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 2,346 students took at least one online class at Bemidji State University. This is an increase from the 2,213 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,346 1,225
2018-2019 2,213 1,343
2017-2018 2,255 1,371
2016-2017 2,175 1,246
2015-2016 2,058 1,102

Learn more about online learning at Bemidji State University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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