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a place to discover the future Bemidji State University is a friendly learning environment on a legendary north woods campus where inspired individuals prepare to achieve, to lead and to serve in a changing world. Students from across Minnesota and around the world thrive in a community that celebrates innovation 2

and cherishes tradition. They pursue excellence in the arts, sciences and professions, guided by outstanding faculty who are dedicated to their success. U.S. News and World Report has continually recognized Bemidji State as a top-tier university in the American Midwest. 3

The University Facts at a glance Founded: 1919 Governance: One of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. Enrollment: 5,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. Signature themes: International/multicultural understanding, civic engagement and environmental stewardship. Academic offerings: 54 bachelor’s degrees and nine graduate degrees, in addition to teacher licensure in 16 fields, 14 pre-professional programs and nine specialized licensure programs. Teaching: With a student/faculty ratio of 23:1, average class sizes for upper-division courses are among the smallest throughout MnSCU, providing more individual attention and allowing professors to get to know students. In-state tuition benefits: BSU provides international students with in-state tuition rates, providing a high-quality education at an affordable price.

The students of BSU z 89% come from Minnesota, including 28% from the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul. z For the 2012-2013 school year, there were 123 international students from 38 countries: Argentina, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Moldova, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


z Many BSU international students take advantage of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation, which allows them to work in their field of study anywhere in the United States.

A lakeside campus setting like no other Bemidji State is a university in the pines, situated on the western shore of Lake Bemidji in northern Minnesota. The lake’s 6,400 acres are a recreational playground, a scientific laboratory and an unforgettable backdrop for one of life’s most important chapters. The campus is set in a quiet neighborhood of central Bemidji, close to the famous statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox. Although BSU is a world away from urban distractions, it can be easily reached from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rich in history, Bemidji is proud to call itself the First City on the Mississippi River. It is both a safe, welcoming, walkable town and a dynamic regional center, with excellent shopping, dining and entertainment, daily flights to Minneapolis and a top-notch medical center. The surrounding area offers hundreds of lakes, beautiful public lands and endless trails, with year-round activities to suit every interest.


majors and more Bachelor of Science Accounting Aquatic Biology Art and Design Biology Business Administration Chemistry Clinical Laboratory Science Community Health Computer Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice Economics Environmental Studies Exercise Science Geography History Individualized Studies Industrial Technology Management Information Systems Marketing Communication Mass Communication Mathematics Nursing Psychology Science Education Social Work Bachelor of Arts Biology Chemistry English Geography History Humanities Indian Studies International Studies Liberal Studies Music Political Science Psychology Social Studies Sociology Spanish Sport Management   Bachelor of Fine Arts Creative and Professional Writing Bachelor of Applied Science Applied Engineering Technology Management Wilderness Management & Outdoor Recreation Planning* *Transfer only from Vermillion Community College


Minors Not Corresponding to Major Field Names Applied Public Policy Chemical Dependency Computer Forensics Earth Science Electronic Writing Fraud Examination Geographic Information Systems Geology Health Promotion and Education Human Performance Ojibwe Philosophy Physics Religious Studies Space Studies Wetlands Ecology Women’s Studies/Gender Studies Associate in Arts Liberal Education Teacher Licensure Chemistry Specialty Developmental/Adapted Physical Education Earth and Space Science Specialty Elementary Education English Education Health Education Life Science Specialty Mathematics Education Music Education Physical Education Physics Specialty Science Education Social Studies Education Special Education Specialized Licensure Programs Alcohol and Drug Counselor School Social Work Social Work Pre-professional Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dentistry Pre-Engineering Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Mortuary Science Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Podiatric Medicine Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Fields of Emphasis (applicable to any major) International Studies Writing Honors Program The Honors Program, an alternative to the regular Liberal Education requirement, offers special academic challenges to talented students. It is available only for baccalaureate students. Graduate Degrees Biology, M.S. English, M.A. English, M.S. Environmental Studies, M.S. Mathematics, M.S. Elementary & Middle-Level Mathematics Education, M.S. NOTE: Students coming to BSU on an F-1 visa are not eligible for these online-only graduate degrees. Education, M.S. Science, M.S. Special Education, M.S., M.SpEd Master of Business Administration

The faculty and staff of Bemidji State University are determined to see students receive the greatest possible benefit from their educational investment. Academic programs emphasize personalized, hands-on learning and share a strong foundation in the arts and sciences. Graduates gain confidence, critical-thinking ability and communication skills that serve them throughout their lives. Consistently ranked in the Midwest’s top tier by U.S. News & World Report, Bemidji State offers a broad range of professional degrees, including business, education, nursing and criminal justice, as well as such hard-to-find majors as aquatic biology, design technology and sports management. From their first freshman courses to their final presentations as seniors, BSU students are consistently challenged and supported. Small class sizes allow them to build rapport with faculty whose scholarship and practical knowledge lend real-world relevance to their teaching. Internships, research opportunities and study abroad complete the experience. The result: powerful learning and enormous personal growth.

Rigorous and relevant academics


Assets and distinctions Countless elements combine to make a Bemidji State education truly distinctive, in and out of the classroom. Here is a sampling of the many programs and strengths that contribute to the BSU experience:


In-state tuition benefits Bemidji State University is

pleased to offer resident (in-state) tuition rates to all international students. This results in substantial savings in tuition costs for international students. In addition to the highly competitive tuition rates, BSU also offers “banded tuition� for undergraduate on-campus students. This means that the tuition rate stays the same for 12-18 credits. Banded tuition helps students to plan more efficiently for degree completion. Housing, dining and recreation center The BSU

campus is an ideal place to live and learn. Five residence halls, all with their own personalities, are home to all freshman and new students, who enjoy fresh, local and healthy menus in two main dining facilities, a coffee shop and several restaurants. The Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center features an indoor pool and track, basketball and racquetball courts, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment and fitness classes. A complete campus network of underground walkways shield students from winter cold.

ENGLISH Language CENTER Beginning in Fall 2014,

Bemidji State will have a new English Language Center in partnership with Winona State University. The center will offer English language instruction and cultural activities to international students who are preparing to study at Bemidji State or another U.S. university or who simply wish to improve their English. open borders learning community The Open

Borders Learning Community is a cultural sharing program in the residence halls. International students and domestic students live together and share in many social and educational opportunities ranging from cultural-exchange dinners to international movie nights and community involvement programs. SAFE AND WELCOMING COMMUNITY Bemidji State is a

convenient campus located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Bemidji, a friendly and welcoming community. Daily commercial flights from Minneapolis make the city easy to reach, and university staff will pick international students up at the Bemidji airport.

American Indian studies and resources

The American Indian Resource Center supports the success of native students at Bemidji State and is home to acclaimed programs in Indian Studies and the Ojibwe language. The center is a focal point for efforts to preserve the culture and enrich the future of indigenous peoples in northern Minnesota and beyond. Deep commitment to the environment

Concern for the earth is woven throughout life at BSU, from courses to campus organizations and institutional priorities. The university is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and being a leader in environmental stewardship through research, conservation and design. The green & white athletics tradition Proudly

wearing the colors green and white and continuing decades of winning tradition, the BSU Beavers compete in 14 men’s and women’s sports, including championship-level hockey. BSU also offers a number of intramural sports, including flag football, outdoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, hockey, broomball, softball and more.


Admissions checklist • Submit a completed International Student Application and $20 (USD) application fee. Access application and further details at our international admissions webpage: • Submit original transcripts or officially certified copies of original transcripts from all institutions previously attended. • Provide proof of English proficiency and request that official copies be sent directly to Bemidji State University. • Complete a Financial Affidavit Form and provide supporting bank statements. • Include letters of recommendation (graduate students only).

Life Beyond Bemidji State Graduates step into rewarding futures for themselves and their families as they join the workforce or pursue advanced degrees. Many say the choice to attend BSU was the best decision they ever made.


• Include a 300- to 500-word autobiographical essay describing academic program and educational objectives at Bemidji State University. • Complete International Student Agreement Form.

Post-graduate study Graduate Schools where BSU graduates have pursued advanced degrees include: Augsburg College Bemidji State University Creighton University Duke University Indiana University North Dakota State University Ohio University Rutgers University St. Catherine University St. Thomas University University of Chicago University of Connecticut University of Illinois University of Minnesota University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School University of Notre Dame University of North Dakota University of Wisconsin University of Utah Vermont College of Fine Arts William Mitchell College of Law

To get more information There is much more to learn about Bemidji State University. Call or visit us online to ask questions and find out more.

ftY To apply for enrollment If you’ve decided

Bemidji State is the school for you, you’ll find everything you need to know about the application process online. We’re also happy to hear from you, so if you have a question, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

International Program Center Office hours (academic year): 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F) Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (M-F) 218-755-4096 or fax: 218-755-2074 Mailing address: 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13 Bemidji, MN 56601-2907 U.S.A.


1500 Birchmont Drive NE Bemidji, MN 56601 218-755-2040 | 1-877-236-4354