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Adult Students

The building blocks of a great career and rewarding future are waiting for you as an adult returning to college at Bismarck State College. Whether you dive in full time, or take it one class at a time, BSC welcomes you!

Your needs. Your schedule. Your pace.


Choose the program and path that’s right for you

You may have a major in mind, if not, we can help you find the degree right for you. BSC offers nearly 50 transfer options in which you can complete your general eds, begin the degree requirements and transfer on to another institution. BSC also offers more than 45 hands-on technical certificates, two- and four-year degrees that align your passions with a great paying career in high demand fields. As North Dakota’s polytechnic institution, all of our programs are designed to give you the real-world knowledge and hands-on skills.

We’ve designed our programs to facilitate learning while doing–in hands-on labs, on the job and/or through apprenticeships or internships. Our courses connect specific skills with pathways that lead to credentials, certificates and degrees. Some of the programs you can quickly make progress toward a degree include: Learn more about BSC’s programs

Affordable and accessible

Paying for college is only one of the financial obligations in your world, so be assured that BSC tuition rates are something you can actually live with. With more than $500,000 in scholarships and other financial aid options as well as BSC’s affordable tuition, this is an investment you can afford.
  • Tuition starts as low as $198/credit hour
  • Scholarships and payment plans are available
  • BSC works with employers and employees to leverage tuition benefits
  • BSC is an approved WIOA Eligible Training Provider
Learn more about BSC's affordable tuition

Find scholarships

Receive credit for your experience

Whether you’re a first-time college student or returning to college, you’ve likely had courses, professional licensures or even military experience that may qualify for academic credit. As an adult student in college, let us help to identify what you’ve done that will help you graduate faster and onto your career sooner.

Learn more how your prior learning and work experience can qualify for academic credit towards your degree

Faculty with industry-leading experience

In any area of study, you’ll be taught and mentored by faculty who have worked in the field they teach, are highly credentialed and respected as practitioners, leaders and more.

Learn more about our faculty and our programs

Resources for returning students

If you’ve ever been enrolled at BSC or have taken a class with us, welcome back! Our Admissions team will help you make your return as seamless as possible.

Application steps for returning to BSC

Mystic Advising and Counseling Center (MACC)

Our advisors in the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center are here to help you navigate your education, connect to a career and ensure that you have the supports in place to keep you moving forward. Both as a student and as an alum, you’ll have access to career counseling and access to the Job Seekers Network.

Learn how the MACC can help


Contact Us
Call: 1-800-445-5073
Text: 701-390-1075