BSU waives ACT, SAT test score requirement

New Bemidji State students will no longer need to submit their ACT or SAT test scores when applying for a new program.

According to a release, incoming freshman can apply for the merit-based scholarship program, which will include three scholarships ranging from $2 to $10 thousand dollars.

Traditional scholarship criteria takes class rank, GPA and ACT or SAT test scores into account, with a minimum 22 ACT score and an 1100 SAT score, but the new criteria will allow students to be considered for scholarships based on their unweighted high school GPA.

The decision to forego the test scores was to support students who didn’t have the opportunity to take the tests due to COVID-19.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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