• Address: 1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587

  • Phone Number: (701) 224-5400

  • Website: https://bismarckstate.edu

About

Bismarck State College (BSC) is a public institution founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. The first class was held on September 4, 1939, with 107 students and 12 faculties. By the late 1940s, a new campus and buildings became increasingly urgent to accommodate the overwhelming enrollments. In 1955, BJC moved into its own building situated on 15 acres at 900 Boulevard Avenue. As the institution has gone through several stages in the development, there were several changes in the name and in 1987 it was renamed to the current name, Bismarck State College (BSC).

  • The institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • BSC acceptance rate is 100% as it follows the open admission policy.

  • The total student population is 3,976 which consists of 2,241 full-timers and 1,735 part-timers.

  • The total graduation rate is 45%.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 14:1 which allows the individual attention towards each student.


Online Education at BSC

There are about plenty of online degrees provided for the students to choose from. The online programs are designed in such a way that the students develop the skills required in the job market. It keeps on analyzing the job market and technology updates to implement the changes in the programs.

The college offers more than 40 career and technical programs in high demand feel and about 20 collaborative programs that offer four-year degree right on the BSC Campus.

In the online format, it offers 36 programs across 8 majors. The majors include Business Management, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Environmental Science, Human Service, Information Systems, and Information Technology.


Reviews

  • There are many resources and activities available on the campus for students to enjoy. There are plenty of computers in the lab with the availability of access to printers.

  • There are much more benefits in online classes than traditional on-campus classes. It's easier to clear the doubts in the online classes.

  • The professors are well-experienced and passionate in teaching and thus they come to any extent to help the students.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Public

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Headquartered at

Bismarck, North Dakota

FAFSA/Federal School Code

002988

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Institutional Accreditation

HLC

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Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://bismarckstate.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 14: 1
Total Population 3,976
Student Population Full Time: 2,241 Part Time: 1,735
Gender Division Male: 57 % Female: 43 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 46 %

The College Monk

Female: 42 %

Total Graduation Rate: 45 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Bismarck State College (BSC) offers 50 online programs across 8 Majors

Criminal Justice

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Business Management

Offering 6 programs accross 2 degrees

Information Systems

Offering 6 programs accross 3 degrees

Human Services

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Engineering

Offering 30 programs accross 3 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Environmental Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Computer Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $35

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are many financial aid programs provided to BSC Students which include Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Federal Work Study programs.

The Scholarships are the contribution of alumni, faculty, parents, clubs, organizations, and corporations through the BSC Foundation.

  • Grants are kind of aid the students do not have to return. Recipients are picked based on financial need and eligibility. It is available through the federal and state governments. These include Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Grant (SEOG), and North Dakota State Grant.

  • Federal student loans provide an opportunity for students to borrow money at low-interest rates. However, this has to be repaid. This makes sure that the students meet a portion of tuition. It includes Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Parents, and Nursing Education Loan.

  • The FAFSA application needs to be submitted to attain all the above aids which enable the college to understand your need and eligibility. Bismarck State College (BSC) federal school code is 002988.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $3,733 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $166 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loans $4,854 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. June 30th, 2018
Direct Unsubsidized Loans $4,854 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loans $5,981 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Dependent students. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
North Dakota State Grant Varies Citizen or permanent resident of the United States. North Dakota resident. Undergraduate student. Varies
ND Space Grant Varies US Citizen. Pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Minimum of 3.00 GPA. December 30th, 2018
State Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
ND Academic Scholarship Varies Minimum of 3.0 GPA. Enrolled full time. Composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT. October 1st, 2019
ND Career and Technical Scholarship $6,000 North Dakota high school seniors, GPA of 3.0 or higher. Score of 24 or higher on the ACT. October 1st, 2009
ND Indian Scholarship $2,000 Enrolled as full-time student. Maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher. North Dakota resident. October 1st, 2019
ND Scholars Program Varies Good score in ACT. North Dakota resident. Varies

Data Source: https://bismarckstate.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
BSC Academic Scholarship Varies Enrolled in BSC program. Minimum of 3.5 GPA. January 1st, 2019
Energy Program Scholarship Varies Enrolled in BSC program. Minimum of 3.0 GPA. September 15th, 2019
BSC Chesak Family Scholarship $1,000 Enrolled full time. Minimum of 2.5 GPA. April 14th, 2019
Bakken U Scholarship Varies Current or former employees of energy or energy-related companies. Varies
Technical Program Scholarship Varies Students must earn at least a 2.5-3.0 GPA. Enrolled in BSC technical on-campus or online programs. Varies

Data Source: https://bismarckstate.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Post 9/11 GI Bill $3,498 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies
Tuition Assistance Program $1,976 Eligible Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Varies

Data Source: https://bismarckstate.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $5,996
$30,001 - $48,000 $6,131
$48,001 - $75,000 $9,408
$75,001 - $110,000 $11,326
Over $110,000 $11,891

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 15% $3,569
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 62% $3,739
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 24% $4,228
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 29% $1,631
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 47% $5,623
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 45% $4,836
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 9,258
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 176 $3,636
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 176 $3,636

Data Source: https://bismarckstate.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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