BSU marks the 21st century with a deep sense of commitment to its region, a national reputation for quality programming and an international perspective. Founded on a sound liberal education, university programs are designed to educate students so that they may live as responsible, productive and free citizens in a global society. Bemidji State began as a state Normal school in 1919, became a leading teachers' college in the region, and achieved University status in 1975.
Quality education is a priority, as many programs have earned national acclaim. The accounting program ranks among the nation's Top 10 in preparing students for the CPA examination, and scientific research has gained national exposure in a variety of fields.
Nearly 70 percent of students come from Northern Minnesota, but BSU broadens its services to attract students and faculty from divers backgrounds and aspirations. Through teaching and informed attention to the educational needs of students, the university seeks to instill the spark of openness and commitment for lifelong learning. Many faculty members continue to pursue knowledge as specialists and educators in their field.
In the heart of the Minnesota lakes and forest region, BSU is situated between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Winnipeg, Man. Bemidji provides a focus for educational, business and medical services. Entertainment and activities include a lively downtown, shopping malls, theatre, art, alpine skiing, and water recreation. The campus spans 89 acres including the recently renovated Physical Education Complex which houses John S. Glas Fieldhouse.
The Sanford Center encompasses approximately 185,000 square feet and include all amenities required to host concerts, family shows, trade shows and community events. It has also been designed as an elite Division I hockey facility, providing the BSU men's and women's programs with one of the finest home venues in the nation.
The arena seats 4,373 around a 200'x85' ice sheet for hockey and can be reconfigured to accommodate approximately 6,000 guests for concerts and trade shows. Seating includes a club level and 26 luxury suites, and all areas of the arena will have access to full-featured concessions areas.
The building also includes convention facilities, featuring a 10,000-square-foot dividable ballroom and 4,000 square feet of meeting space. The convention and meeting facilities have been designed to accommodate future expansion to meet the expected growth of Bemidji and its surrounding area.
The facility has a distinctive design with attention to detail both outside and inside the building.
The existing boat launch, trails and park settings will be enhanced to create a unique ambiance that makes this area an exciting place to be year round.