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""The 120-acre campus, in the vibrant, capital city of Bismarck, is beautifully situated overlooking the Missouri River with easy access to the Interstate as well as Bismarck’s many amenities. Safe and easy to navigate, Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area have a growing population of more than 100,000.

Polytechnic Designation

Bismarck State College is the only polytechnic in North Dakota. About 3% of higher education institutions are deemed polytechnic. Designated in 2018 by the ND Legislature and State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). (See page 6 of September 27, 2018 Meeting Minutes under SBHE Meeting Archive.)

Student Body

map graphicThe third largest college in the ND University System, BSC has approximately 4,000 students, 52% male, 48% female; student/faculty ratio 14:1; average class size, 14.

Academic Programs

Associate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, and three bachelor’s degrees. Transfer seamlessly to a 4-year college or finish your degree on campus through our cooperative degree programs or online.

Mystic Athletics

Girl playing volleyballBSC fields varsity NJCAA intercollegiate teams including volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, track & field, cross country and esports. The Mystics are part of the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference, an alliance of eight state, community and technical colleges located in North Dakota and Montana.

Clubs and Organizations

Nearly 20 clubs and organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa and Future Business Leaders of America, student government, performing arts programs, facilities for health and wellness, and intramural sports.

On Campus Housing

Conveniently located on campus making the most of your time and money. Limited availability. Co-ed: Lidstrom Hall, Mystic Hall, Ritchie Hall, Gate City Hall. Women’s residence: Swenson Hall; Men’s residence: Werner Hall.


The BSC Foundation offers nearly $533,000 in scholarships annually to incoming freshmen and sophomores.

Affordable Tuition

Total cost for tuition and fees for one year - based on 12 credits per semester - are around $4,800 for a North Dakota resident studying on campus.

Top Workplace

North Dakota Young Professionals Network has repeatedly named Bismarck State College as a Best Place to Work.