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Bemidji State University Reviews

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  • 10/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    any kind that likes outdoors, sports (hockey), cold weather, lots of snow, town size of about 12,000-15000 ppl. wants to get away from home for a small cost ($16,000) approx. 4 hrs drive from twin cities. 2.5 hr drive from duluth 2.5 hr drive from grand forks. 2hr drive from canadian boarder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with on campus activities to meet new people if not from this area. try not to procrastinate. bringing a vehicle is a plus if you would like to go off campus for some activiites with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Im from Idaho and 1 major thing I chose BSU for was NO out of state tuition. City is really pretty and people are nice once you get to know them. cheaper than most U of MN colleges. Worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Love the on campus activities many are free for students. Mens hockey games are amazing. Town of Bemidji is awesome not to big and not to small quite a few things to do (legally) around town, movies, paintball, hunting, go carts 15 mins away, fishing, boating, swimming, snowboardng, etc. love the town

    Am learning a lot

    Im a second year freshman and the professors are nice and help the students that have questions. Some professors are confusing and drag on about 1 thing but studying with friends is helpful. friendly environment

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 2 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that like to be active outdoors and in extracurriculars will fit right in at BSU because there is always a group going somewhere or doing something.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking at Bemidji State make sure before you commit that the small school atmosphere is what you want. Some students complain about not having stuff to do and they are always bored, but if you are willing to make friends with new people and find stuff to do then what you get out of your experience relies on what you put in.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the reasons I was so attracted to Bemidji State when I was looking at schools was the fact that for a state university they offer all the qualities of big state schools in this neat little package that is Bemidji. Sometimes I do feel like I'm at a private college because the campus is so small and interconnected.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE Bemidji State. I've met the coolest people through classes and playing intramurals. I'd say about 90% of the campus population is from Minnesota which makes it easy to find friends from the same area as you.

    Am learning a lot

    In each of my classes I picked for fall semester there was a different tone of learning in the class. My math class really went for understanding and clarity, we moved slowly and the prof was incredibly helpful in making herself available for any questions we had. I'd have to say this really is the atmosphere of most classrooms at BSU, the teachers are considerate and will help you if you ask for it.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Bemidji State University is a great place for students that want to get a life long education. This campus offers so many majors and there are many teachers that are willing to help you figure out a plan that you can handle. It is great for those who love the outdoors during any season. You can canoe or go swimming on the lake in the summer, ice fish during the winter, and play all types of sports whether its for the school, for an intramural team, or just for fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    When picking out a college make sure it's the right one for you. When I came to Bemidji I automatically knew I was coming here. Also, check in with the Admissions office or Career Services to make sure the college offers the major you are intending to do. Another thing, when picking out classes don't just look for ones you know you do well in. Try to pick a few that you think would be interesting and open up your mind to a different view or way of thinking. You might find out you really like something else.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition to attend Bemidji State is actually quite reasonable. The college is good about helping with financial aid and will do as much as they can to help you with your own needs. The education you will receive in the end is worth whatever amount you have to pay. Going to college makes your diploma worth more, therefore you can earn more in whatever career you decide to pursue.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful in summer and winter. You can even park on the lake while it's iced over. The people are great and the teachers are friendly and helpful. I have made many friends through classes and living in the dorms. The only downfall is the cold weather, but there are tunnels all along campus so we don't have to walk outside in the bitter cold.

    Am learning a lot

    Bemidji State has many classes to choose. The chances that you were learning something in each one is very high. In each and every class I took last semester I learned something from a little astronomy to how to write an argumentative paper. Some classes are harder than others but that's expected. You just have to change your mind frame and go into each class telling yourself you are going to listen and go to class so you can learn something. After all you are paying for an education, not to party.

  • 11/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Once you are familiar with the area, you will notice that there are also many things you can do outside of school to have fun. There is a ski or snowboarding area north of town called Buena Vista, the campus is right on Lake Bemidji which is a great lake for fishing, there is a lot of public land for hunting if you are interested, and snowmobile trails for those who are interested in outdoor activities. There is also a new movie theater and a new event center here in town where hockey games are held as well as other events, such as concerts and more. On campus jobs are available here as well if you are interested.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I have learned so far is that attendance, whether required or not, is key to doing well in your classes. The professors test a good amount on material that was discussed in class, rather than information straight from your text book, so pay attention! Something useful for saving money, is don't get your textbooks right away. Yes, you will need them for most introductory classes, but once you get further into your major, you don't spend a lot of time with the books and some professors might even tell you that they don't require you to have them. Most professors don't use them the first week, so you will have time to get them after you find out if it will be necessary. Also, if you have a close friend in a class, consider sharing a text book.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition for this college is so reasonable for all the majors and other classes offered. There is a broad range of classes to choose from including industrial tech, science, math, art, music, business, criminal justice, medical, and so many more that can be found by accessing the school website, and clicking on the link Majors and More under the Academics link at the bottom of the page. There are also many scholarships, or school loans that are available to those eligible students, in order to help pay for college.

    Am enjoying being here

    Bemidji State is a great school with many opportunities. There are so many options when choosing your classes, so you have the opportunity to try out new things and get a broad perspective of the world, as well as knowledge about your major. There are also many activities that are school related that you can attend as well, such as events for charity, clubs, and much more so that you may enjoy your time here.

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much useful information to be obtained through every class. The professors do their best to make sure students here are successful but there are some who go on and on about one subject that isn't exactly useful, so study groups and reading your text book can both be very helpful. The advisors here are also excellent. If you have questions on what classes you should be taking, or others relating to school, talk to your advisor and they always help. There is also a financial aid center, where you can ask questions about your tuition, loans, and more.

  • 02/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    BSU is affordable, it tuition isn't that high, and most of my teachers choose textbooks based on quality and do take in the price range while selecting it for the class. BSU parking can be a pain especially during the winter months, but with a parking pass its alot better.

    Am enjoying being here

    Bemidji State University has a lot of offer! There are various activities that anyone can partake in due to its location. BSU is on a lake and after class swimming, canoeing, and fishing are great stress relievers. A public park runs across part of the campus allowing for great leisure time, picnics, and a nature filled environment for one to kick back and study peacefully in. BSU provides on campus events such as swing dance, plays, has a great recreational center, and dorm to dorm activities. The scenery is beautiful, and anyone who loves the outdoors will find a home here at BSU.

    Am learning a lot

    Several programs are being cut due to the new budget, BSU has some great programs such as in Nursing, Social Work, and Business to name a few. Every teacher I had has met my expectations thus far.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who like cold, because it gets very very cold, and for the type of people who like to hunt and fish. It is on a big beautiful lake and other than out doors activities, there isn't all that much to do in town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like hunting, fishing, or hockey because it is a very out doors oriented school. If you are a freshman, join the FYRE program and it will help you meet a lot of cool people pretty quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    Seeing as its a fairly cheep school, its definitely worth the money. The meal plans offered also are pretty cheep for how well fed they will keep you. The dorms are nice, and the facilities are all very well maintained

    Did enjoy being here

    The overall atmosphere was pretty nice, the winters are absolutely breathtaking. It is definitely a school for out doors people. The community is pretty friendly and it is a nice town. There isn't a whole lot to do other than out doors activities however.

    Did learn a lot

    I learned a fair amount from my classes, there are always going to be classes that you don't really learn much in, and others where its hard to keep up, but overall it was a fairly informative school. Some professors were always willing to go the extra mile, but a few seemed uninterested and it was clear they were only in it to make a living

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your credits transfer and take a tour with you department

  • 12/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You'll like this school if you like the cold, want to be a mass communication major (it has a radio station, a TV station, and teachers with a million years experience), want to go into education or business, enjoy deep discussions, like small class sizes, want a flexible schedule, etc. Really it's great for a ton of reasons...most people can fit in okay or get along fine in classes. It's not for everyone, of course, but it's great overall and it's a great fit for some, like me!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like the cold or can withstand it. Don't rely on the heated underground tunnels if you don't like the cold...one section is closed this year and there is one spot where there is no tunnel, so you do get exposed to the cold some if you walk between Tamarack and Linden or between Decker and the class buildings. If you were coming here for arts, consider all other options or make sure your major is still offered since many arts are being cut or combined into one major...theatre is gone after spring 2012. Bemidji accepts most applicants so there is no fear of being rejected. Don't rely on emailing anyone for stuff...if people don't answer your questions, bug them in person or call until they respond. And don't assume you can skip, because these teachers are serious and some take attendance or hand out in-class assignments that you can't make up if you miss them. Also, and this is super important: DON'T GET A MEAL PLAN--GET BEAVER BUCKS. The place you can use your meal plan is too far from class buildings, and you'll find yourself eating at the food court or buying things from the C3 and wasting your meal plan and buying more beaver bucks. Just save yourself the hassle and get beaver bucks, please.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely! It's cheaper than any of the schools I applied to in my home state (Maryland). It's reasonable, though tuition is increasing slowly and departments are being cut (theatre being the main one people are outraged about, since Bemidji is an arts town). Still, it's a quality education for less than what private schools and many state schools are asking for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love my friends at BSU and I made plenty right away. I was a searching Christian when I came here, and after the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship welcomed me, I made lots of friends and found it to be very warm and that the people love to discuss and analyze Bible passages...not follow them blindly and believe just what churches say, but find our own understanding. As for the weather, it gets to -60 degrees, I'm told...it's very cold and the lake freezes over. But the lake is beautiful year round, and the breeze on it is a blessing in the hot months. The dorms are okay...Maple is the worst, Tamarack comes close and Oak is pretty bad too but bigger and more inviting...Linden is amazing but pricey and Birch was just redone and is supposed to be pricey but fantastic. The school has amazing facilities (athletic, tech, etc). Overall, I love BSU. :)

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are very helpful and understanding, and they really know what they're teaching and can teach it well. I learned more about a lot of subjects than I thought I would. For example, before they cut the theatre department, I had a scenery building class with a teacher who had 30+ yrs experience in the field. I learned more about wood, safety, and saws than I ever thought I would, and I can use this information in everyday situations. And after taking philosophy, I think deeply about life's questions, and look at problems from different angles. This is a quality education.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is available when ever need arises. there are emergency posts throughout campus and a 24/7 hotline that you can call.

    Great for these types of students

    this is an excellent college for hunters. a gun locker and game cleaning room are provided for use on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if the football team wins homecoming, then everyone jumps into the lake with their clothes on. this tradition includes the football team, the coaches, and the fans.

    What to do for fun

    there are many different activities available. there is a game room in each of the dorms, fishing on the lake next to the campus, hunting in the many woods around the city, and all of the clubs offered on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    bemidji state university offers a dinning hall, a food court, and a late night dinner option. the hours of these places are so that when one place closes, the other opens.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life helps freshmen get to know more students on campus. it is a fun way to get to know people and become really close to people.

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers at bemidji state university are there to help, but if you slack off and do not take your studies seriously they will not show sympathy.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't just sit in the dorm room. get out and join one or more of the many different organizations the college has to offer.

    In three sentences

    bemidji state university has a friendly staff and student community. the college offers great work study opportunities as well as many off campus jobs. along with all of the academic choices, bemidji state university also has a beautiful campus that will take anyone's breath away.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    bemidji state university always has security on patrol and many emergency phone booths (i don't know what else to call them since i have never had to use one). the campus is also well lit and welcoming. we also have an underground tunnel system for students who do not want to walk outside.

    Greek Life

    i know that bsu has a sorority and a fraternity, however, i cannot be of much help in this category because i am not a member of either.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am in the student nurses association and ducks unlitited which really shows the diversity of the clubs and organizations that bsu offers. bsu has far too many clubs and organizations to list, these include club mud, anime club, rugby club, chemistry club, hall council, art club, math club and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    bemidji is great for students who love the outdoors, especially if they enjoy hunting and fishing. bsu is also a great place to be for nursing students because they have a competitive nursing program. lastly, it is a great school for students who want small class sizes and accommodating professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one tradition bsu has is the annual lake storm. this is where the football viewers storm and jump into lake bemidji after the homecoming game if the beavers win.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition cost is moderately low for a four year university and if you live at home or rent it is really worth every penny. the curriculum is alto more rigorous than i had imagined considering that it is an affordable school. moreover, bemidji state university offers many scholarships which i truly love.

    What to do for fun

    there are copious options as far as activities organized by the school and volunteer activities. bemidji, and the surrounding area, is a great place for hunting and fishing. finally, there is a bowling alley, arcade, water slide/go kart park, mall, an art center, and a few museums.

    Food and Dining

    there are endless dining options here at bsu. we have a coffee shop, two convenievce stores, five fast food style lunch shops, a large buffet/banquet hall, and a late night dining option that offers: pizza, sandwiches, buffalo wings, fries, chicken wings and more. there are also many healthy options and even a vegetarian option every night, furthermore, bemidji has just about every dining establishment that a college student can imagine, except buffalo wild wings.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life can be a challenge at first because you are living in a community setting with very little privacy but keeping your room clean and door open will really help you to make friends. do not be afraid of your room mate, they will probably turn into your best friend, and if not there are always options. bemidji is really welcoming and accommodating to their incoming freshmen so it is a great school to start off at.

    Academic Rigor

    there are certainly slide classes here but i have come to learn that if you want an a you really need to study your tail off. i spend between 5 and 12 hours a day doing school work but it pays off. do take the time to go onto ratemyprofessor.com and figure out which professors have teaching styles that will benefit you.

    Tips for prospective students

    take college seriously, even the first few weeks. it may seem like your in an ocean of schoolwork but once you get to know your professors and start studying you will be able to swim your way to the top. don't splurge for colored towels/sheets because you'll learn that the white ones are best because you can bleach, which is nice because the washers/dryers alone do not clean your laundry as well as your mom does.

    In three sentences

    bemidji state university is a great school with small class sizes and challenging courses for dedicated students. the campus is absolutely beautiful and is right next to the lake, which is great if you love to fish! finally, i cannot imagine calling any other campus home because bsu is such a fun and welcoming university.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who want a campus were you meet a lot of people but is not overwhelming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If the football team wins the homecoming game they jump in the lake.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of outdoor things and activities on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to ask questions of your teachers and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Bemidji State University is a very good college in my opinion because the size is ideal for someone wanting a college that isn't too big or too small. The class sizes are perfect to get to know your professors and have one on one time help with them. Overall it is a very good learning and social environment.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Play rugby, enough said!

    What to do for fun

    Go outside.

    Food and Dining

    If you enjoy food prepared in bulk then you will love the food here.

    Dorm Life

    Its about as good as its going to get when you live with a bunch of people. The RAs and other building staff are all very nice and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Its tough but not to bad, my guess is that it has a lot to do with the program you are going into and how far along in that program you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    ratemyprofessor.com is a life saver. Also don't be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Bemidji State University is a great place for new college students and people who aren't quite sure where they want to go or what they want to do. The campus is really nice and very easy to navigate. Its a great started university.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always around to protect the students along with key cards that can only get you into your dorm building. There are emergency poles that have a button to press if you feel unsafe. Also, campus security has a gun locker to store them so students feel more safe.

    Greek Life

    there is only one fraternity and sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    BSU offers hundreds of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like the outdoors and enjoy nature. Also for students from smaller schools because then its not too much of a change.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After every homecoming game, if the football team wins, they run and jump into the lake right behind the stadium. Also, during the winter many students with a car choose to park on the lake.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is good quality for the amount that tuition is.

    What to do for fun

    BSU is right on the lake with two beaches in walking distances. They have a mall and other shopping centers. BSU also has a division l hockey team which makes Friday and Saturday nights during the winter fun and intense.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but there aren't very many options in the dining hall with the food court on campus only open during lunch time.

    Dorm Life

    They have all types of accommodations to fit any students needs. They have the FYRE program, which is first year residential experience, for the freshmen and co-ed floors, along with learning environment floors such as honors floors.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are made to fit to your needs and the professors are there to help you as much as you need them, as long as it is during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to pack all of your winter clothes because during the winter it becomes the frozen tundra. For the days that it is below freezing, use the tunnels but be sure to leave about ten minutes before the time you would normally leave.

    In three sentences

    Bemidji State University is a perfect school for future students who want to attend a smaller sized school. The professors here are sure to know their students by name. And the scenery makes it an enjoyable place to be and an easy environment to learn in.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The BSU public safety is among the best that I've seen. A lot can happen at college where there is bound to be trouble and parties involved with people who may try to harm others or disturb those who reside in the dorm halls. The public safety has strict but meaningful policies that are in the best interest of everyone on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is flourishing at BSU with two fraternities and sororities that promote religious values and social gatherings that allow all college students to feel right at home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much that goes on at campus every week of the school year. There is a wide variety of social clubs and events that are promoted in every single dorm hall and academic center where you can openly join without segregation. This allows for positive social interaction and new friends!

    Great for these types of students

    BSU is great for any type of person. Whether you are city goer looking for a great education with a scenic campus or if you are a small town type looking for a successful career while doing all the activities you love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some very fun and unusual traditions on campus. At the beginning of the year, there is always a freshman Orientation bonfire and activity week filled with fun activities and helping new-coming students feel right at home.

    Bang for the buck

    BSU is a great college that would provide pretty much anything and everything that you would expect to pay for. I feel it is definitely work the bang for your buck!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in the area being that BSU is located in a small town of about 11,000 with a surrounding 17 mile perimeter lake and boundless countryside. You can do anything from snowboarding and skiing at the Buena Vista Ski resort, go to a movie, eat at one of the many local restaurants, fishing, hunting, biking, camping, sightseeing, boating, anything!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining service here is excellent. Depending on where you are from we have a vast array of foods such as vegan, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and comfort food. There is so much to choose from there is no doubt that you would be satisfied with the experience.

    Dorm Life

    The residential staff as friendly and understanding. They are carefully selected to fit your needs and will help you interact socially as well as help any resident cope with issues such as anxiety away from home. The people at BSU are warm and welcoming!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here motivate you to be and do your best in everything that you do. I find that it's so easy to get caught up in other things, but the main focus on campus is to become intellectually sound and better your future career with with best education possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always remember to sign up as soon as possible when the registration for the upcoming semester comes out. Keep your head up and you can go anywhere you please. Also, when you receive your I.D., always keep it on hand as it is your meal plan card and ticket to on campus social events.

    In three sentences

    I really like how scenic and close-knit Bemidji State University is. The faculty is friendly and inviting while the residential life is diverse and mulitcultural. The town is a perfect place for any homebody or prospective city college student to find a great place to be educated.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always officers on duty and the campus is really safe.

    Greek Life

    There is one sorority and one fraternity. Both are pretty awesome!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that you can join, with all different things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When the football team wins the homecoming game, they all jump into the lake no matter how cold it is outside.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a great school with normal Minnesota school tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is mostly outdoors activities to do in Bemidji. So if you like the outdoors this school would be perfect for you.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of options for food. Most of the options are healthy but there are some unhealthy ones. Like any other college food it gets repetitive after a while.

    Dorm Life

    There is a first year program that you get put into, it helps you meet a whole bunch of new people. The dorms are also built really well so its always fun going back to the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes get harder with every year your in school. Than by your senior year its not as hard its more time consuming. They have a great program to get you introduced to college work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great school if your still unsure about what you want to major in. It also is small but big enough that you meet a lot of people.

    In three sentences

    It is a really nice school, with a history feel to it. The programs offered here are well structured, so its easy to figure out what you need to complete. Also the professors are all really nice.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 32

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go canoeing, biking around the lake and through Bemidji State Park, you can go snowboarding or skiing at Buena Vista just north of the school. You can also have fun in town just with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Bemidji State offers a great variety of food for each meal. There are so many options to choose from. Even in Bemidji you have a great choice of food when you do not want to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    By what I have heard, the dorm life is good but is not for everyone. Since I don't live on campus I am not sure about it completely.

    Academic Rigor

    Bemidji State has academic rigor in all areas of classes you can take while pursuing your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just keep up with your work and study hard. It is different from High school. Ask for help when you need it.

    In three sentences

    If you like being on the lake or enjoy the nature, then Bemidji State is for you. Bemidji State is right on the lake and offers activities that involve the lake and all of the nature. It is a great place to be.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    17 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always someone there to help if you do need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a club for almost anything. So whatever clubs you are looking for they probably have it.

    Bang for the buck

    BSU has so much to offer. It is definitely worth your money!

    What to do for fun

    BSU has a great indoor gym. In the gym there you can find an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts, weight room, pool, and a rock wall. There are also a tennis courts, outdoor track, and baseball/softball fields. BSU is right on the lake and it has a beach to go to in your free time.

    Food and Dining

    BSU has a variety of options. They have anything from pizza, pasta, sandwiches, to eggs, and even ice cream, and a lot more.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms helps you meet new people. As a freshman, you may be a part of the FYRE program. This program really helps you to meet people a well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not like the cold, you will have a tough time here. Also BSU is more for people that like to be outside.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 32

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Fish, support sports teams, and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    It gets kinda old after a while, but they are on-campus store where you can but what you want.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, the people really make the experience here. The dorm rooms are small depending on your selection.

    Academic Rigor

    Good college, out-of-state students get the same tuition as in-state students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a warm coat, it gets really cold here.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university. Small town feel, with good people.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Church

    Bang for the buck

    I enjoying helping at my church with the program called AWANA's (approved workmen are not ashamed), teaching these young minds about God in a fun filled experience for all not just the children.

    What to do for fun

    family fun activities: Ski, rollerblading, boating, fishing.

    Academic Rigor

    Great

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on task, dont be afraid to ask for help, no question is dumb question.

    In three sentences

    Bemidji State University is a great school that treats each students as a respectful person not as a number. Teachers are willing to help without question.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe the security tries to make everybody as comfortable as possible. They will walk you to and from evening classes if you don't feel comfortable alone, and there are safety posts all over campus. All you have to do is hit a button and security will be there.

    Greek Life

    We have one sorority, and one fraternity and they're both relatively small. They're pretty easy to get into, and they throw some big parties, but their dropout rates are known to be pretty high.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and student groups for every type of person. They range from ballroom dancing to rec sports, student leadership.

    Great for these types of students

    Bemidji is great for anybody who loves the outdoors, and a smaller town feel. It also has a great nursing program, as well as an excellent education program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The BSU football team has an awesome homecoming tradition of running and jumping into the lake after a win on homecoming. This year (2012) Our team even made it onto yahoo news for this chilly tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition here is relatively cheap compared to other schools, but its well worth it. Between the environment, and the tight knit community that the school provides I think it is a fantastic place to further your education!

    What to do for fun

    Bemidji is great for people who love the outdoors. The campus is located on lake bemidji so there's always something to do. There's a movie theater and bowling alley in town as well. Students also get free access to the fitness center so you can always work out.

    Food and Dining

    There's always a lot of options when it comes to food, and if you go to wally's there's unlimited ice cream. (: They also have the nutrition facts displayed by the entrees so you know exactly what you're putting into your body.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kind of small, but if you make friends with your roommate, and floor mates it will be a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Talk to your academic adviser about the classes that will fit you well, if you have a plan, and do your work you'll do great here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the tunnels early on if you want to avoid the cold, and join some clubs to get involved. If you have trouble waking up, I don't recommend an 8 AM class.

    In three sentences

    Bemidji State is a smaller campus, so you get to know people better, but you also get the university feel. The lake is beautiful, and the staff is great! I highly recommend it to all, the only downside is the cold, so bring your mittens!

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The classes get a moderate on my standards. It helps that I'm not wasting my money by getting bad grades though.

    What to do for fun

    They have a cheap bowling night at the bowling alley for students. Parties happen almost every night if thats your kind of scene. Theres a great lake right on campus, if you like to fish, it's perfect.

    Food and Dining

    Breakfest here is the best. Dinner isn't always good because it can get repetative. I do wish there was more options on what to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I love my roommate, complete strangers before. Having the food plan was smart so I didn't run out of food. The option to go out and have a warm place to come back to every night feels just like home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't as hard as I expected. There is a bit of homework. Studying for tests at least once a week is recommended.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do the homework. Getting a computer is a must. Live on campus your first year, you can always go out.

    In three sentences

    A great place to be. The campus is just the right size. The people make you feel welcome.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 32

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus, right on a lake in Northern Minnesota. The professors are great and approachable. I would recommend it to other students.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security guys that walk and drive around campus at all hours of the day, there are also emergency button located around the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to choose from, there are groups from dancing to hunting, outdoor sports like rock climbing.

    Great for these types of students

    This College is great for people who like the outdoors and outdoor sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a little hill between two buildings, if you stand on top and clap your hands it makes a really weird noise.

    Bang for the buck

    There are underground tunnels that connect the dorms to the academic building so you don't have to go outside in the winter. If you are a hunter you can bring your guns, there is a place to store them.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in your free time, you just need to look. There are days where the dorms put on a dance, there's a rock wall and fitness center. You can also join a group, there are many groups to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for dinning, one campus you don't have to use money, there is a meal plan where you can get beaver bucks and its all on a card so you don't need to carry around loose cash. There are many places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are great you get to meet so many new people from allover. Dorms are a good place to live because your right on campus and you don't have to worry about parking or driving to school.

    Academic Rigor

    To prepare you for academics, you need to take time outside of class to study. Go to all your classes and take notes. There are four different level of classes that your can take, start with the lower level ones!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms your first year, it a nice way to meet new people and to make friends. If you don't know your major that's OK you have the first semester to think about it.

    In three sentences

    If you like the outdoors this is a campus for you. There is a lot to do if you time the time and adventure out. There is many great people that you will meet trough out the year.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple different campus clubs around, molded to fit each student's interests. There is a Swing Dance and a Ballroom Dance Club, for instance, that keeps the kids moving and learning something fun that they can take with after graduation. The Swing Club also hosts a tradition going back generations (since 1945!) called the Funtastic Dance Follies, a fantastic opportunity for students to perform and the community to gather together.

    Great for these types of students

    Bemidji is perfect for the hunters and fishermen of our great nation. There are plenty of opportunities to hunt and fish around Lake Bemidji, and the dorms even have gun lockers and a special site to clean your hunt or catches of the day. It's a perfect place for ice fishermen, too!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tunnels deep under the campus that connects most of the buildings, including the academic buildings, to keep the students safe from the weather outside when it turns nasty. A wonderful opportunity to take, since many schools do not have tunnels and the wind and snow can get much colder and more forceful up here in the North.

    What to do for fun

    There are quite a few fun things to do around campus, including a bowling alley. This is also considered a hunting-friendly campus, and the lake next door provides swimming in warm weather and ice fishin and skating in the cold.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple choices on campus for dining experiences, especially for lunch choices. Unfortunately, many of the options are a little more expensive than outside sources, and due to budgets cuts they have had to shut down on other food resources. It is convenient, though, since you are given a certain amount of Flex dollars and do not have to produce real cash at that time.

    Dorm Life

    While this depends on which dorm you live in, since some are known to be quiet while others more fervent in their noise, Bemidji has a strong social community. It is recommended to live with a roommate for at least the first year if not more, since it is a wonderful life experience to learn to live and interact with the personality of another person week after week.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are very passionate about their work. The trick is understanding that they create their own curriculum; some may have a different style of teaching that you are unfamiliar with. Communication is key with the professors to ensure that you get the most out of your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a current Senior of BSU, my advice would be to study, and pace yourself; have fun, but try not to party too much, since you are paying for your education. Many freshman before have flunked out by making that mistake. Most importantly, enjoy every moment of your college career; it flies by even faster than high school without you realizing it.

    In three sentences

    Bemidji State University is a splendid school for degrees in Business, Nursing, and Education. There are multiple other degrees, but those three degrees are the major portion of Bemidji. It holds a calm, natural atmosphere, residing on Lake Bemidji.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel campus is really safe. Right between the two freshmen dorms is where Public Safety is located. They also patrol the area and have these things where if you're walking and don't feel safe, you just press a button and public safety will come to that location and either drive you or walk with you to where you need to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs but if you want to be a part of one, you definitely have to search for them. Most of them are involved in a lot of things and regularly plan activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is that if the BSU football team wins their homecoming game, they all jump in the lake right after the game. It was really fun to watch them do it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I go to hockey games or hang out with friends in the dorms. There are also other sporting events you can attend but I haven't yet.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Northwoods Dining Center (aka Wallies) is pretty good. They have pretty much anything you want to eat plus a homecooked meal each lunch and dinner and a special bar type thing each day. It's also a buffet. There's a convenience store in the same building that has pretty much anything you would expect a convenience store to have. Lakeside food court is also good. There are multiple places you can go and get food; like I said, it's a food court. They just added two new places this semester, actually.

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't like the dorm life. The rooms and bathrooms are nice, there's a kitchen on each floor and the FYRE (first year residential experience) program is great. They plan activities for freshmen throughout the year and they're all free except for hockey games. The floors can get noisy sometimes but that's to be expected. The rooms are small, too, but it's just something you get used to. No freshman dorm room is big. The RA's are great and are there if you need anything!

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely college work but if you did your stuff in high school and are serious about your college education, you'll do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! Definitely visit and do it twice if you feel you need to or if you're not sure. Ask lots of questions about everything; financial aid, jobs, dorm life, food, classes, etc. Stay on top of things like financial aid and registering for classes. Apply for scholarships; there are a lot you can get through the school. If you don't understand the website or can't find something, call admissions or the department you're trying to get information from.

    In three sentences

    I would rate BSU as a four out of five.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    26 of 32

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Bemidji has an amazing campus and everyone is so welcoming and inviting.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    27 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food at BSU seemed amazing. It looked appetizing and healthy. And they have coffee!:)

    Dorm Life

    I thought the dorms were a little bit small to my taste, but I can easily handle that.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the academic rigor was inspiring for students. Students have to try enthusiastically but it's not impossible to great scholastically.

    In three sentences

    I thought that the Bemidji State University campus was very inviting and clean. The class size seemed welcoming and not intimidating. It think I will be able to excel at BSU.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, Hunting, Fishing, outdoors, small town, home bodies

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After the football team wins the homecoming game. the whole team and coaching staff runs into the lake. We are one of only a few schools to have a water front sports complex.

    What to do for fun

    Sports! Hockey the most. Get out on the lake all year round. The campus offers all the outdoor things. Sailing. canoing, kayaking, you name it. Go hunting! tons of other kids on campus love to hunt. you will instantly make friends. ice fishing is another big thing. you can go to movies. and bowling. since it is a smaller town there are a lot of deals for the college students with your ID.

    Tips for prospective students

    Perfect for a getaway school. Close enough to the cities yet far enough away that you are independent. Be open. If you are not open to meeting new people and getting involved on campus, im sorry to say, that you will probably not make any friends. Get out there!! Be active in campus life!!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus all year round! Teachers care and take time to help you individually. Perfect learning settings.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    29 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bemidji State has security patrolling the campus 24/7 as well as the local police officers that drive through on their regular beats.

    Greek Life

    There are only a couple options as far as Fraternities and Sororities go but from what I have seen, these groups are very close knit and do a lot of activities together.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs available to students are very numerous and vary from psychology clubs to accounting clubs to art clubs to religious clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Bemidji is a very art focused town and the university caters to that. It is also great for anyone who enjoys hockey.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bemidji State is full of odd little nooks on campus. Benches down by the beach are my favorite in the Fall and Spring and in the winter, the upper union is always a fun place to study but still be able to observe and interact.

    What to do for fun

    Bemidji is a small town but it still has a lot to offer in ways of entertainment. The bowling ally is nice, downtown shops are popping up everywhere, you will never be lacking in coffee shop options, the art walk changes yearly and is always unique, Glazed and Amused is a great place to feed your creative side, the Rec center offers many workout classes along with tennis courts, racket ball courts, basketball, volley ball and rock climbing. And then, of course, there is the lake. BSU's outdoor program can help you take full advantage of Lake Bemidji with their sailboats, canoes, paddle boats, pontoons and many other water toys they have available to rent.

    Food and Dining

    The Union has a great variety of food. I wouldn't have made it through Freshman year without Java Junction.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms so I can't comment.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can be very challenging at times but as long as you attend class and talk to your professor when you have questions, it's nothing anyone couldn't do.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tunnel system it key, learn it and use it as much as possible! Connect with your adviser as soon as possible and really make it a point to get to know them.

    In three sentences

    BSU has a great learning environment with small class sizes and teachers who are willing to help. The campus is beautiful and easy to navigate with lots of places to tuck away and study. They also have a numerous amount of academic clubs to get involved with to help with your education and build your resume.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for students who are into the outdoors or hockey.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, most students either hunt or fish. Also a large portion of students go play hockey either at the outdoor rink or at the city rink for organized open hockey. There have been a few pick-up football or softball games in the field. Along with those, there are intramurals for either competitive or recreational athletes.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining hall isn't as good after the first few weeks of living on campus. It's good every now and then but after eating it every day; it gets old. Thankfully there is an on-campus store that you can go to and buy groceries to make food yourself.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not as bad as people say that they are. Aside from an occasional stall not being as clean as hoped, the dorms are pretty good. It's a great way to meet new people and make friendships. There are always activities going on that are either planned or unplanned. I recommend it for the first one or two years.

    Academic Rigor

    Class sizes are a fair amount. Anywhere from twenty to thirty in classrooms, and around one hundred to two hundred in the lecture halls. Teachers are willing to talk and work with students if you approach them and ask for help. Classes are taught well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for snow, tough parking, and wind. The campus is beautiful because it is right on the lake but the wind coming off there is strong and cold. Have a warm coat for winter or know how to navigate the underground tunnels.

    In three sentences

    It's a great university to attend if you're into the outdoors. Hockey, hunting, and fishing are a common interest of students here. Academically solid with reasonable class sizes and professors that care.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Not involved in any of this.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was in three clubs my first semester, it was amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After the first football game that they win, all of the football players jump into Lake Bemidji.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth all of the money, I love it here.

    What to do for fun

    Swimming, working out, walking around the lake, bowling, certain clubs have a movie night, there's a theatre and plenty of restaurants near by.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places inside as well as out in the surrounding area to eat!

    Dorm Life

    It's alright. I've heard a lot of complaints about noise, that's all.

    Academic Rigor

    Very enthusiastic professors. Some classes are extremely challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Room with someone you know if you can help it. Stay on top of all your reading and communicate with your professors!

    In three sentences

    Very large campus, super friendly people in the area. Beautiful area to study in, right next to a lake. Tunnels are underground so in the winter you don't have to freeze outside.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 32

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They're pretty top notch!

    Greek Life

    FAIL.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different options!

    Great for these types of students

    outdoorsy ones!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a game cleaning room. free parking on the lake. one of the only campuses with a football field right on the lake. every homecoming if we win the football team jumps in the lake.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap!

    What to do for fun

    Lots of fun! There is a lake, you can play sports, go fishing, join clubs, go sledding, there is a ski hill nearby, free bowling on Monday nights! The list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    The food court by the classes is amazing. The other food court could use a little work.

    Dorm Life

    So much fun! Everyone in the dorms is really close with each other. Like a family!

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty easy if you just do your work! It also depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that Bemidji has your program and you know what you want to do! As long as you make that a priority, things should go smooth for you!

    In three sentences

    I would give Bemidji a superb rating. The campus is absolutely beautiful, the people are down to earth, and it is a nice small campus that makes you feel right at home! When the weather is below freezing, the underground tunnels couldn't be anymore handy!