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Bemidji State University
Established 1919
Type University
Endowment $10,912,494
President Dr. Jon Quistgaard
Faculty 246
Students 5,020
Undergraduates 4,463
Postgraduates 437
Location Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
47°28′54″N 94°52′32″W / 47.48175°N 94.87557°W / 47.48175; -94.87557Coordinates: 47°28′54″N 94°52′32″W / 47.48175°N 94.87557°W / 47.48175; -94.87557
Campus Urban
Former names Bemidji State Normal School;
Bemidji State Teachers College;
Bemidji State College
Colors Green and White
Nickname Beavers
Mascot Bucky the Beaver

Bemidji State University (BSU) is a public state university in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA, located on the shores of Lake Bemidji. It is a part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). BSU was founded in 1919 as Bemidji State Normal School. The name was later changed to Bemidji State Teachers College, then shortened to Bemidji State College and finally Bemidji State University. During the 1998-1999 academic year, the University Board of Regents recommended changing the name of the university to Minnesota State University - Bemidji, just as Moorhead State University and Mankato State University had changed their names to Minnesota State University–Moorhead and Minnesota State University–Mankato, respectively. The board argued this would emphasize the fact that BSU was a Minnesota university and thus attract more students from both in-state (who would otherwise be unaware that it was located in Minnesota) and out-of-state (who saw Minnesota as a good state in which to attend university). Large vocal and written opposition from students, alumni, and local townspeople made the Board withdraw the recommendation. Current enrollment is about 5,000 students, with students from 44 US states and 40 countries. Each student attending BSU pays a 43 cent per credit fee to sustain the Minnesota State University Student Association, a student-led non-profit that advocates on behalf of all Minnesota State University Students.


Academic programs

Bemidji State University is becoming well-known for its programs and conferences in writing. It offers the only BFA in Professional and Creative Writing in the MnSCU system. The program includes a minor and certificates in Electronic Writing, consisting of courses in weblogs, wikis, web content writing, web design, digital rhetoric, and teaching writing with technology. It is also the site of the annual Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. Bemidji State also has a 96% rate of Social Work Majors passing their licensing exams compared to the 76% rate for the entire state.

Foreign Programs

For 16 years BSU has had a relationship with Liaoning University, a university in China. Each year a professor from Liaoning University goes to BSU to teach Chinese and each summer BSU students participate in "Sino-Summer", a month long visit to China with half of the time spent at Liaoning University and half touring other parts of China including Beijing, Xi'an and Guilin. Unfortunately, in 2007 for the first time in almost two decades, no group of BSU students went to China through the Sino-Summer program.



Notable Alumni


The school sports teams are called the Beavers and compete in NCAA Division II, except in men's and women's ice hockey. The Beavers are members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in most sports, with both hockey teams competing at the Division I level. The men's hockey team is a member of College Hockey America and will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association beginning in 2010-11. The Bemidji State Beavers women's ice hockey team also competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The men's ice hockey team qualified for the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The team defeated number one seed Notre Dame in a first round upset. The team later defeated Cornell to advance to its first Division I Frozen Four appearance, but then lost to Miami University in the semifinals.


Fight song

Go Bemidji Beavers,
Go you Green and White.
Go Bemidji Beavers,
Fight with all your might.

We are here to cheer you.
We're out to bring you fame.
So go Bemidji Beavers,
Fight and win this game.

B-E-M-I-D-J-I Bemidji, Bemidji, Go BEAVERS!!

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