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Why Study Online?

BSC offers online classes in nearly every discipline as well as several online-only programs. Nearly two-thirds of our student body is enrolled in at least one online course and 44 percent are enrolled only in online courses.  

While online learning offers great convenience and flexibility, it requires Onlinegraphics275X550.pnggreat discipline and self-motivation as well. Online courses are not easier than on-campus courses, your ability to guide and direct your own learning will be key to your success. An online class is not an independent study where you work at your own pace. Instead, you will have weekly assignments, quizzes and tests. Students are required to meet deadlines and participate in discussions on a schedule set by your instructor. Students must log on daily to keep up to date with class announcements, assignments and information relevant to the course.

1. Application for Admission

  • 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 faxed to the admissions office at 701-224-2500 or emailed to

2. All Official Transcripts

To be considered official, the transcripts must be received by BSC in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  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.
US Transcript - To send an official electronic transcript, please use the following sites:, and

If those services are not available for you college(s) please request an official transcript be sent to:
Bismarck State College
Attn: Admissions
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Transcripts from countries other than the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). The evaluation form may be obtained at The form must be submitted with official transcripts/academic records from institutions attended, along with word-for-word English translations. There will be a cost to the student for the service charged by World Education Services.

Official transcripts must be received from ALL institutions previously attended.


3. ON - Campus students documented proof of immunity to the following diseases

  • measles, mumps, and rubella 2 doses if student was born after 1/1/1957
  • meningitis (meningococcal) - meningitis information
    • All students 21 years of age and younger must provide documentation of vaccination of Meningitis
    • Vaccination must be AFTER age 16
    • NOTE: Meningococcal-B is a separate Meningitis vaccination. It does NOT meet the NDUS requirement
North Dakota Residents:

Exemptions to this policy may be granted if your beliefs preclude participation in an immunization program. 

4. Placement Test Scores

Bismarck State College (BSC) along with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) 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:

  • 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
  • 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 click here.


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 and view Holds

For Helpsheet and Video Tutorials please click here

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.

Registering for Class

Step #1 – Watch for an Email: Once your admissions file is complete, you will be notified by email that you are eligible to register for courses.

  • An email that contains getting started information for Blackboard will be sent to your campus email about 60 days prior to the start of the semester.  After that, you will receive an email within 24 hours after enrolling in Campus Connection.
  • You will register for online courses in the same way you register for on campus courses.

  • The login ID and password for online courses is the same as the user ID and password used for CampusConnection.
Step #2 – Email Address
  • BSC student email is the school’s official means of communication with students.  If your Home Campus is BSC, your BSC email will be the one listed for you in Blackboard.  If your Home Campus is one of the other NDUS schools, it then generally populates you with your email for that school.  For all other students not Home with BSC or one of the other NDUS schools, the system will populate you with either your BSC email or NDUS email if you don’t add the BSC email address in Campus Connection.  This is important to note, as this email address is the one that your instructor will use to communicate with you throughout the class. 

  *Note: You will not see your class in Blackboard until the instructor makes it available, which generally is the first day of class.

Activate your BSC Student Email Account

Your registration email contains the following important information:
  • Registration is completed using CampusConnection. To be able to register you must have your CampusConnection User ID and Password. If you need to obtain your User ID and password, call 1-866-457-6387. Additional help can be found by visiting CampusConnection Help.
  • If you need assistance in choosing your classes, log on to CampusConnection portal to find your academic advisor. Refer to the "View My Advisor" help sheet for instructions.
  • To search for available courses, go to CampusConnection Help, locate the Course Search directions, then log into CampusConnection to begin your search.
  • Keep in mind specific deadlines for adding a course, dropping a course and withdrawing to zero credits. This information can be found at Calendars & Deadlines.
  • After you register for an online course, you will receive an email that contains important information about taking an online course. This email message will be sent 1-2 weeks before the semester begins, or if the semester has already begun, you will receive the email 1-2 days after you have registered.
  • You can order books online or over the phone by calling 1-800-445-5073 or 701-224-5453.
  • Tuition is due each semester by a specific date View Academic Calendar. Tuition can be paid with Tuition Assistance, Financial Aid, paid in full by cash, check or credit card. Tuition can also be paid online. Instructions to view your tuition information in CampusConnection can be found on the CampusConnection webpage.
If you have further questions about your tuition balance, please contact the Student Finance Office at 701-224-5533, 701-224-2451, 701-224-5706 or 1-800-445-5073, or by email at

Tuition Assistance documents may be faxed to the Student Finance office at 701-224-5550 or emailed to