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Ready to Apply? Complete the following steps

Step 1 - Application
  • Non-refundable $35 application fee*
    • Students who meet one of the following criteria are exempt from the application fee:
      • You previously paid the application fee
      • You are active duty military and as proof provide one of the following:
        • Military ID indicating Active Duty Status - verified in person only
        • Leave and Earning Statement (LES)
        • Orders indicating Active Duty Status
These documents may be uploaded through the BSC Admissions Secure File Dropbox.

*If proof of fraudulent payment is discovered toward submission of the $35 application fee, BSC Admissions reserves the right to withdraw the student’s application and may impact admission for future terms.
Step 2 - Transcripts
To be considered official, the transcripts must be received by BSC in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or through a secure electronic transcript service.
  1. High School Transcript or GED. Exemptions to this policy may be granted if you have completed 24 or more semester hours of college level coursework. If you are a current high school student a hold will be placed on your account until the final high school transcript is received.
  2. College/University transcripts. Including any transcripts for credits completed while in high school. In progress transcripts will be required for any institution currently in attendance. A final transcript will also be required once grades are posted.
Transcript policy: Bismarck State College reviews for all prior transcripts from colleges reporting attendance through the National Student Clearinghouse. Transcripts will be required from all students reported on NSC as well as institutions self-identified on the BSC application. If a student has not attended an institution that reports enrollment, a letter confirming non-attendance must be obtained.

Electronic delivery can be sent to
If electronic delivery is not available, official transcripts may be mailed to:
Bismarck State College
Attn: Admissions
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Military Transcripts - Bismarck State College awards credit for Military Training Programs as outlined by the American Council on Education (ACE). A maximum of 40 semester hours of non-traditional college credit (e.g., AP, CLEP, military training, BSC challenge test credit, portfolio development, prior learning, and courses covered under high school articulation agreements) may be applied to an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate at BSC. Read BSC's Credit for Military Training Programs Student Policy, for more information.

Request your Joint Service Transcripts.

International Transcript - Any high school or college credential from an institution outside of the United States must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service. For further details regarding the evaluation process, please visit our International Students page.

Official transcripts must be received from ALL institutions previously attended. If you are unable to have an official transcript sent due to impacts of COVID-19, please contact the BSC Admissions department.
Step 3 - Immunizations

Documented proof of immunity to the following diseases is required for all students enrolling in on-campus courses.

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    • 2 doses if the student was born after 1/1/1957.
      • A student may be accepted with proof of one dose provided a second will be received in no less than 28 days.
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal) - Meningitis information
    • All students 21 years of age and younger must provide documentation of Meningitis vaccination.
    • Vaccination must be AFTER age 16.
    • NOTE: Meningococcal-B is a separate Meningitis vaccination. It does NOT meet the NDUS requirement.

Exemptions to this policy may be granted in accordance with SBHE Policy 506.1Students with vaccination exemptions may be excluded from class in the event of an outbreak. Contact BSC Admissions with questions regarding exemption.

Vaccine documentation may be uploaded through the BSC Admissions Secure File Dropbox

Step 4 - Placement Assessments
Submission of placement assessment scores at the time of admission is encouraged, however, is not a requirement. 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.

The following Placement Exams are preferred by BSC:
  • ACT or SAT must be dated within the last five years
  • ACCUPLACER dated within the last three years
The assessment may be waived by the following:
  • Remedial or College level English and Math courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • A baccalaureate or higher degree has been earned from a regionally accredited institution
Bismarck State College offers the ACCUPLACER exam. For further details or to schedule an exam, please visit the BSC Placement Testing page.

Next Steps:

The admissions process typically takes 1 - 3 weeks, depending on BSC receiving required documentation. If you have questions with any part of this process, feel free to connect with an Admissions Counselor or call 701-224-5429.

Upon completion of the online application, you'll 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 Application Status
  • Check your To-Do List
  • Apply for Housing
  • Register for Classes
  • Pay Tuition
  • Accept Financial Aid
  • View Holds

For Helpsheet and Video Tutorials visit our Campus Connection Help page.

Also, all email correspondence between students and BSC staff/faculty is required to be exchanged from the student's official BSC email address after the student has registered for one or more courses.  For directions on how to access you student email account and set up your email on your mobile device, click the button below.

*If you have any previous college credits you may want to know how these credits will fit with BSC's requirements and what courses you will need to graduate. The Transfer Equivalency Website will allow you to find course equivalencies from various schools across the United States. This database is provided for planning purposes only. The absence of a college or university on the list is not an indication that BSC does not accept credit from that institution.

Bismarck State College Admissions Office reserves the right to revoke review of admission upon proof of fraudulent practices in the application process. 

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