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1. Fill out an Application for Admissions.
If you would like to apply online and pay your application fee (if applicable) by credit card, check card or electronic check, please go online to the BSC web-based admissions application. Note: You must have a valid email address to apply online.

2. Application Fee payment. There is a $35 application fee for all students applying to Bismarck State College.  This fee may be paid online with your application.

Any student who provides documented proof of active military duty status will have the fee waived. Proper documentation includes a copy of one of the following:
   - Common Access Card (CAC)
   - Military ID indicating Active Duty Status
   - Orders indicating Active Duty Status
A copy of the documentation may be faxed to the Admissions office at 701-224-5643 or emailed to BSC.Admissions@bismarckstate.edu.

3. Assessment. All students who plan to be degree-seeking and/or take an English or Math course must submit appropriate assessment scores prior to enrollment. If you have not previously completed a college level Math and/or English course, an ACT score is required for students under age 25. For students 25 and older a COMPASS or ACCUPLACER score is required.

ACT scores more than five years old and COMPASS or ACCUPLACER scores more than three years old are considered expired.

For more information about placement tests, please view the Placement Test Information and Proctor Agreement for ACCUPLACER Assessment. For information about English and Math placement at Bismarck State College, view the Placement Score Chart below.

The ND Board of Higher Education requires all first time students ages 24 or younger and/or students with less than 25 semester hours of completed college credit to submit ACT scores (no more than 5 years old). Students with ACT scores more than five years old must complete the COMPASS placement exam.
BSC requires all students who are 25 or older to submit COMPASS or ACCUPLACER scores (no more than 3 years old).

Students who have successfully completed college level English and/or Math courses are exempt from the assessment requirement. Example, if you have taken a college level English course, but not Math, you would be required to submit assessment scores for Math.

The math assessment requirements for energy classes are as follows:
   - ACT score of 16 or higher in math (no more than 5 years old). Nuclear Power Technology is an ACT score of 19 or
   - COMPASS score of 41 or higher on the pre-algebra portion (no more than 3 years old). Nuclear Power Technology
     is a COMPASS score of 51 or higher on the algebra portion.
   - ACCUPLACER score of 44 or higher on the elementary algebra portion (no more than 3 years old). Nuclear Power         Technology is an ACCUPLACER score of 109 or higher on the elementary algebra portion.
   - Completion of previous college math (Beginning Algebra or above) also meets the program entrance requirements.

After BSC receives your college transcript, we will review the math course and let you know if it meets the requirement.

4. Previous college and/or military transcripts. If you are interested in meeting graduation requirements or receiving Financial Aid, all transcripts need to be officially sent (in a sealed envelope) from the schools to: Bismarck State College, Attn: Admissions, PO Box 5587, Bismarck, ND 58506.

   - If you have no college experience: official high school transcripts or GED.
   - If you have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit: official high school transcripts or GED and all
     official college or university transcripts.
   - If you have earned more than 24 semester hours of college credit: all official college or university transcripts.

Many students transfer to BSC each year from community colleges and accredited universities and colleges. The Transfer Equivalency Database will allow you to find course equivalencies from various schools across the United States.

Bismarck State College awards credit for Military Training Programs as outlined by the American Council on Education (ACE). A maximum of 45 semester hours of non-traditional college credit (e.g., AP, CLEP, military training, BSC challenge test credit, portfolio development, prior learning, and courses covered under high school articulation agreements) may be applied to an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate at BSC. (Information about BSC's Credit for Military Training Programs Student Policy, is available online.)

Upon completion of your application, you will be contacted by email within 2-3 business days about the status of your application. Once your admissions file is complete, you will be notified by email that you are eligible to register for courses and you will need to work with your academic advisor to determine an educational plan.

If you have any questions, please contact the Distance Learning office by email (christine.a.beckler@bismarckstate.edu) or phone 701-224-5779 or 1-800-445-5073.

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