We are happy to assist you with applying to Bismarck State College. Please fill out the form below and a BSC representative will guide you through creating a user account and filling out the application for admission.
1. Create a User Account
BSC's admissions application requires that you create a user account. When applying from another Country, please select OTHER from the State/Province dropdown menu.
- A one-time non-refundable $35 application fee
3. Request Official Transcripts
Official College or Post-Secondary transcript(s)
Official College or Post-Secondary transcript(s)
- International high school credentials must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service. The evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant and must be submitted for evaluation to the foreign credentials service of America (FCSA) or member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). BSC recommends using Worldwide Education Services (WES) or Spantran for evaluation. Please submit official transcripts/academic records from all secondary schools attended, along with document-by-document evaluation. There will be a cost to the student for the evaluating service. Exemptions to this policy may be granted if you have completed 24 or more semester hours of college level coursework evaluated through an approved evaluation service, or from an accredited institution in the United States.
- International college credentials from any colleges/universities outside of the United States must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service. The evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant and must be submitted for evaluation to the foreign credentials service of America (FCSA) or member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). BSC highly recommends using Worldwide Education Services (WES) or Spantran for evaluation. A Course-by-Course Analysis is required. If you have attended a college/university outside of the US, you are required to submit this evaluation. An evaluation of high school documents alone is not sufficient for students who have also attended a college or university. If you have questions regarding which evaluation to order or how to order an evaluation, please contact BSC Admissions before ordering.
4. Placement Test Scores
Bismarck State College (BSC) currently requires all students to take a placement assessment. The purpose of placement testing at BSC is to match the academic readiness of the incoming student with the academic requirements of the curriculum. Although the tests do not affect admission to the college, students will be required to meet established criteria in certain courses and programs.
The following Placement Exams are preferred by BSC:
The assessment may be waived by the following:
- ACT or SAT dated within the last five years
- ACCUPLACER dated within the last three years
Bismarck State College offers the ACCUPLACER exam. For further details or to schedule an exam please visit our Placement Testing Page. The Accuplacer Next Generation Writing Exam or ACT/SAT English score may also be used to demonstrate English proficiency.
- Remedial or College level English and Math courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited institution
- Baccalaureate or higher degree has been earned from a regionally accredited institution
*Effective for fall 2021 applications, the placement assessment will no longer be a requirement prior to acceptance to BSC. Although the placement assessments will be waived for admission, appropriate placement scores or equivalent courses will be required in order to register for math and English courses. Some programs will require minimum entrance scores be submitted for a student to be accepted into the program. A complete listing of these programs is located on the BSC Minimum Entrance Score Requirements for Technical Programs sheet.
5. English Proficiency
Students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English Proficiency in one of the following ways:
- At least two years of study, in good standing, at a U.S. high school or regionally accredited U.S. college/university.
- At least two years of study, in good standing, at a post-secondary institution with English as the language of instruction to include a minimum of 6 credits in subjects that require reading and/or speaking with a B or higher (not to include ELS courses).
- A degree or diploma from an institution in which English was the language of instruction.
- A U.S. General Education Diploma (GED) administered in English.
- College Composition I and College Composition II, or equivalent courses, with a grade of A or B from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary college and/or university.
- Any of the placement scores on the ACT, SAT, PLAN, ACCUPLACER Write Placer or Next Gen Writing for English:
- ACT English sub test of 18 or higher
- SAT test taken prior to March 5th, 2016; Writing subtest of 430 or higher
- SAT test taken March 5, 2016 to September 20, 2018; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher
- SAT test taken From September 20, 2018 forward; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 490 or higher
- Act Plan English subtest of 15 or higher
- ACCUPLACER Write Placer of 5 or higher
- ACCUPLACER Next Gen Writing of 256 or higher
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum TOEFL internet based test (iBT) score of 65. BSC's code is 6041.
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.0. Technical based programs may consider a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.
- The Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE-A) with a minimum score of 50. This test can be taken from your own computer using Artificial Intelligence software for a fast and convenient testing solution. The test assesses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lasts approximately 3 hours and costs $200. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 55.
- The Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 95. This is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Bismarck State College when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
6. Declaration of Finance
*Applicable to students seeking to study inside the United States and therefore need a Visa.
International students are also encouraged to apply for BSC's International Student Tuition Waiver.
The Declaration of Finance form must be filled out and submitted to BSC with appropriate documentation. Bank statements must be sent directly from the bank to Bismarck State College. The account must show deposits and withdrawals from the last six months. Documentation must show a source of full financial support for all years of attendance at Bismarck State College. You should be prepared to provide additional certified bank records or other pertinent documentation upon request.
The forms may be completed as a fillable pdf before being printed and signed to be set to BSC.
The timing of the admissions process depends on when BSC receives the required documentation. If you have any questions with any part of this process feel free to connect with an Admissions Counselor or call (Toll Free) 1-800-445-5073 or 701-224-5429.
Submit information to:
Bismarck State College
P.O. Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
Upon completion of the online application, you will receive an email giving you instructions on setting up an account in CampusConnection. This Online portal gives you access to the following (and much more).
- Check your To-Do list
- Register for Classes
- Pay Tuition
- Accept Financial Aid
- View Holds
For Helpsheet and Video Tutorials visit our Campus Connection Help page.