Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 755-2068
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Bemidji State University was established in 1919 as a normal school, or teacher training school, with only 38 students enrolled in its programs. As the school continued to grow and expand its programs to greater levels of education, its name changed in reflection of the progress. Today, Bemidji State University enrolls more than 5,300 students in undergraduate and graduate programs and is ranked No. 93 by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. One indication of student satisfaction is the average freshman retention rate, which at Bemidji State University is 70%. The institution founded the Center for Extended Learning in 1973 to meet the needs of distance learners and provides a variety of accredited degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Programs Offered

For more than 30 years, the Center for Extended Learning has provided quality, accredited degrees to distance learners. Bemidji State University designed the online programs to allow students to satisfy required credit hours without ever stepping on a campus location. Admission to the programs can be conducted either over the phone or online and the staff is available to provide assistance whenever necessary. The online classroom experience involves discussion boards, live chats, posted readings, and video links. Because the classes follow an independent-study format, students can schedule their studying times around work or other obligations and still earn the same quality education as traditional programs. Eight bachelor degrees, including an RN to BSN, and three master’s degrees are offered online through Bemidji State University.


Bemidji State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a degree-granting institution. Specialized accreditation was awarded by two other agencies for specific programs.


Bemidji State University accepts applicants on a rolling basis and will accept students who satisfy the admission criteria. Undergraduate applicants must earn minimum scores of 21 on the ACT or graduate in the top 50% of their high school class. If an applicant has graduated from high school within the last two years, ACT or SAT scores will be necessary in order to apply. Transcripts from high school and college should also be submitted if applicable. Application standards for graduates necessitate that students hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75, and submit two letters of recommendation with their application and fee. Additional requirements apply for specific programs and are listed here.

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