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Academic advising is a collaborative educational process between you and your advisor, designed to support your academic success. An academic advisor is assigned to each student enrolled at BSC. Dependent upon your program of study, this advisor may be a member of the faculty or professional staff.

Tutoring and assistance with learning and/or implementing effective study skills strategies are services offered by the Academic Support Services. These services are free and available on a drop-in basis for all currently enrolled BSC students.

In addition to new and used textbooks, the Bookstore houses Mystic Java, carries stamps, BSC clothing, computer software and offers a fax machine and copy service.

Purchasing Textbooks
Textbook information is available online approximately 30 days before class begins. Find a complete list of textbooks and ISBN numbers here.
We GUARANTEE the books purchased at the bookstore are the books your instructors want you to have.  If there is a change, we can assist you in the return or exchange.  Please see the return policy for complete details.

Textbook Rental Program
The Bookstore is able to rent books for select core classes. Rental books are paid for at the beginning of class and returned by the last Friday of finals of the current semester.

     Textbook Returns
  • Last day for a full refund: 7 business days after classes start
  • Summer/8 week classes: 4 business days after classes start
  • Energy Classes: Textbooks must be returned by close of business the day the class starts
  • Original receipt must accompany all exchanges and returns.
  • Books wrapped in plastic may not be returned if unwrapped
  • Defective books replaced at no charge to the student, with receipt. Cash and check purchases will be credited to the student's account.
  • If there is no balance, the student will receive their refund on their BSC Beyond Card.
  • Credit card purchases will be credited to the respective credit card.
Book Buyback
During finals week in the Spring and Fall, students can bring in their books and try to sell them back for cash. A special buyback for Energy students is offered every November and April.

Financial Aid Charging
Financial aid charging is available to students who have a completed financial aid file and receive Pell, SEOG, Perkins, Deal Loans, Stafford Loans, unsubsidized loans, and Parent Plus Loans. Financial aid first must cover all current    institutional costs on your student account before charging books is allowed. Notify the Bookstore you are charging to financial aid prior to purchasing books with the cashier.

3rd Party Charging
Third party charging is available. A third party is an outside agency/business authorizing BSC Student Finance Services to invoice them for books and/or supplies. Examples of a third party include Tuition Assistance from the Military, Workforce  Safety and Insurance (WSI), Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Vocational Rehabilitation, BIA and private employers.

Lowest Price Guarantee
The Bookstore's Lowest Price Guarantee assures our customers the lowest price on all textbooks for the current semester.

Loyalty Rewards Program  
In appreciation to all of our loyal customers who keep their money on campus, we have implemented a reward program that allows you to earn points on everything you purchase!

Mystic Dollars
Sign in to bismarckstate.edu/mysticdollars and put money on your student ID card.  These funds can be used to purchase items in the BSC Bookstore, Mystic Java or BSC Food Services

Career services can help you select a program of study or land that first job.
  • Jobs of the present and future
  • Salaries
  • Job availability
  • Transferring information
  • Career choice pros and cons
BSC offers personal counselors to discuss issues and help students through difficult situations. We can help with:
  • Personal problems
  • Maintaining quality mental health
  • Developing coping skills
  • Establishing positive relationships
  • Text anxiety
  • Homesickness
  • Stress reduction
The BSC Library is a great place to find the information and resources you need.  Librarians, your information guides, can show you how to use library resources and technology, find good sources of information, figure out citations, and more. We offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a professional, experienced staff to help you. Stop by and talk with us or contact us by phone, email or by appointment. We are here to help you succeed.

The Collections
The Library has a rich collection of print, electronic, and media resources, all of which can be found by using the ODIN online catalog and the Library's website.  We offer access to an amazing array of online databases (many featuring full-text magazine and journal articles) and other online resources, including Films on Demand for streaming video and downloadable eBooks, which are available from campus or home 24/7. The Library's collections are supplemented by resources you can request through interlibrary loan services. The BSC Library also houses the BSC Archives, a non-circulating collection of historical and social records of the college.

Library Amenities
Individual and group study spaces, wireless access, an instructional computer lab, and comfortable seating make the BSC Library a great place to read, relax, study, and work on your research projects.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services provides culturally appropriate student support services designed to enhance the academic and personal success of all students of color attending BSC.

The Student Accessibility Office promotes equal access to campus programs and services by arranging accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To determine eligibility, students must submit an application for service and provide disability documentation which supports the need for requested accommodations.  For additional information or to initiate service, call 701-224-2575 or stop by the Sykes Student Success Center, Jack Science Center Room 312, to schedule an appointment.  

Student Health Center
The BSC Student Health Center provides health care to students and employees of Bismarck State College at a reasonable cost. Most major insurance carriers accepted. Uninsured payment plans available. Care is provided by the UND Center for Family Medicine and Dakota Nursing Program.

Student Health Insurance
The Student Health Insurance plan selected by the North Dakota University System is United Healthcare.

BSC Testing Services offers COMPASS Placement Exams, CLEP and DSST Credit Exams, make-up and accommodated testing and test proctoring services.  Call 701-224-5658 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be made during business hours and at least 24 hours prior to the appointment.

Veterans and military personnel, who wish to use GI Bill benefits while attending BSC, need to contact the School Certifying Official.  For additional information call the Veterans Services Office at 701-224-2575 or email us.

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