Bismarck State College Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Graduation Rates & More

Capitol Building in Bismarck, North Dakota
Capitol Building in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bobak Ha'Ari / Wikimedia Commons

Bismarck State College Admissions Overview:

Since Bismarck State College has open admissions, anyone has the opportunity to enroll/attend. However, students still have to apply, and Bismarck State's website can guide any interested students through the application process. Students should also submit a high school transcript, scores from the ACT or SAT, and an immunization record. Applicants must also pay an application fee. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and to meet with a member of the admissions office, and applicants are encouraged to contact the admissions office with any questions they may have about admissions..

Admissions Data (2016):

Bismarck State College Description:

Located in the capital of North Dakota, BSC is the third-largest college in the North Dakota University System, with approximately 4,000 students. Founded in the late 1930s, the college has grown over the years, moving from a high school building to its own campus. In the 1980s, the school became a part of the state's university system; it still mainly offers 2-year degrees. Academics are supported by a healthy 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Students can join a number of clubs and activities, ranging from recreational sports to religious groups, from performing arts ensembles to social and academic societies. In athletics, the Bismarck State College Mystics compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in Region XIII. Other popular sports include soccer, softball, baseball, and golf. 

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,976 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 57% Male / 43% Female
  • 56% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $3,659 (in-state); $8,528 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,400
  • Other Expenses: $3,400
  • Total Cost: $15,559 (in-state); $20,428 (out-of-state)

Bismarck State College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $3,739
    • Loans: $5,623

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Operations Management, Industrial Technologies, Surveying, Human Services, Carpentry, Automotive Mechanics

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): - %
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 45%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: - %

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Golf, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Bismarck State College, You May Also Like These Schools:

Other great and largely accessible colleges and universities in North Dakota include the University of North Dakota, the University of Jamestown, North Dakota State University, and Minot State University—these schools range in size, with enrollment numbers from a few thousand students to over ten thousand.

Bismarck State College Mission Statement:

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"Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities."

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