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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.

Your pace
BSC offers exactly what you need to build your career and your future. One class, one certification, one degree at a time, we’ll help you find your path. So, whether you're just starting your educational journey or are going back to college, our programs will prepare you for today's most in-demand careers and opportunities.

Your needs
At BSC, you’ll also have the support you need. Our Admissions team can help our adult students navigate the admissions process and financial aid, including connecting you to scholarships and waivers, and identifying how any previous college credit, military or work experience might already earn you credit toward your degree program.

Your schedule
You have more than college on your plate. To do it all, you need flexible and convenient course delivery. BSC’s courses are offered in-person, online and in a hybrid format where you get the best of both worlds. Every class – whether online or in-person – is interactive, engaging, applicable and taught by engaged faculty who often have vast experience in their field. With multiple start dates a year, you can begin your degree at a time that works best for you.

Whether you dive in full time, or take it one class at a time, BSC welcomes you!  

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

Request a Virtual or In-Person Visit

Request a BSC Admissions Packet

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 –that doing occurs in hands on labs, on the job and/or through apprenticeships or internships. Our courses boost 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 get to the career you love sooner.

Learn more about how prior learning can get you to 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

Our advisors in the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center are there 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 more about the MACC