Bismarck State College, located in Bismarck, North Dakota, was founded in 1939 and is the third largest institution in the North Dakota University System. The school is a comprehensive community college that also offers four year programs that result in specific bachelor's degrees. The school is dedicated to providing opportunities for students both locally, and within the system of schools, facilitating transfer and graduate program options for students seeking such opportunities.
Bismarck State College offers education for both transfer and career options. Transfer programs allow students to pursue education in a specific area after completing the first two years locally. Students may exercise this option if their desired bachelor program is unavailable at BSC. Students may also pursue career training options for the purposes of long term employment after graduation.
These programs take between one and two years and result in training and education in a specific high demand field , followed by entry into the workforce as a qualified professional. Bachelor and Graduate level programs are also available, both having stricter admission requirements and curricula.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions requirements at BSU will vary based on the type of program an individual wishes to enroll in. Associate level programs require students to be eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma. Students should supply transcripts and test scores if available. Meeting with a counselor and participating in orientation is also encouraged.
Bachelor level and higher programs require more stringent applications and admissions requirements. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships, awarded based on need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,300. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $35 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $2,900-$3,400
- Out-of-State: $7,600-$9,168
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $320-$380 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||81%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||56%||$3,301|
|Receiving Student Loans||49%||$5,437|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Bismarck State College may provide services including:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Bismarck State College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Bismarck State College.
- Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND (128 miles away)
- Williston State College in Williston, ND (160 miles away)
- Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, SD (222 miles away)
- Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD (223 miles away)
- Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN (233 miles away)