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Winds of Change Names BSU One of Nation's Best Colleges for Native Americans


Winds of Change magazine has again named Bemidji State University one of the top 200 colleges in the nation for Native American students. BSU has made the list each year since 2008.

The Winds of Change Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans list features schools where native students attend in significant numbers and where the community, Native programs and support are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation. The list focuses on a college’s native community and support system. It also includes data measuring undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, technology and mathematics-related disciplines and six-year graduation rates.

“We are honored to have Bemidji State be a part of this prestigious list for the eighth year in a row,” said Bill Blackwell, executive director of Bemidji State’s American Indian Resource Center. “This speaks to the commitment by the leadership of BSU and the hard work being done to serve the needs of our native students. We look forward to expanding on the work in the future.”

The magazine’s data was compiled from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Bemidji State is one of five Minnesota universities to make the list. It was joined by Augsburg College, The College of St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota-Morris.

About Winds of Change

Winds of Change focuses on career and educational advancement for American Indians and Alaska Natives with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The magazine is published seven times a year and nationally distributed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. The annual college issue features a list of the Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans. Winds of Change also publishes two biannual digital guides, the Job Hunting Guide and the Professional and Academic Development Guide.


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