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Thank you for choosing BSC! Please be advised that all documents submitted must be official, translated into English and certified as to their authenticity and accuracy.

The I-20 immigration form will not be issued by Bismarck State College until the Admissions file is complete.

Complete Admissions File Deadline for FALL...............................June 1
Complete Admissions File Deadline for SPRING..........................November 1

It is the international student's responsibility to be aware of and comply with all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requirements. Helpful websites are,, and

View the International Student Life Cycle

The Admissions process typically takes 1-3 weeks, depending on BSC receiving required documentation. If you have any questions with any part of this process feel free to connect with an Admissions Counselor or call 701-224-5429.

Submit information to:
Bismarck State College
Admissions/Enrollment Services
P.O. Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Please complete the following checklist for admission to Bismarck State College:

1. Application for Admission

  • Non-refundable $35 application fee
2. Official Transcripts
Official High School (secondary school) transcript
  • International high school credentials must be evaluated through an approved evaluation service. The evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant and must be submitted for evaluation to the Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA) or member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). BSC recommends using Worldwide Education Services (WES) or Spantran for evaluation.
  • Please submit official transcripts/academic records from all secondary schools attended, along with document-by-document evaluation. There will be a cost to the student for the evaluating service. Exemptions to this policy may be granted if you have completed 24 or more semester hours of college level coursework evaluated through an approved evaluation service, or from an accredited institution in the United States. High school graduates from Canada with transcripts issued in English may be exempted from the evaluation requirement and can have the transcript sent directly to Bismarck State College.
Official College or Post-Secondary transcript(s)
3. Immunizations
Request documented proof of the following immunities:
  • measles, mumps, and rubella 2 doses if student was born after 1/1/1957
  • meningitis (meningococcal) - meningitis information
    • All students 21 years of age and younger must provide documentation of vaccination of meningitis
    • vaccination must be AFTER age 16
    • NOTE: meningococcal-B is a separate meningitis vaccination. It does NOT meet the NDUS requirement
Per SBHE Policy 506.1, immunization waivers may be granted when:
  • Immunization is contraindicated by a medical condition that is certified by a licensed provider;
  • The student's beliefs preclude participation in an immunization program; or
  • Instances when the student has had one MMR immunization and agrees to have a second one no less than twenty-eight days later. Student will be accepted and allowed to register for one semester. A hold will be placed on the student’s account for any subsequent semesters until the 2nd MMR is received.
*Please contact the BSC admissions department for information about the waiver process.
Tuberculosis Screening may also be applicable. Read about Tuberculosis Screening for International Students.

These documents may be uploaded through the BSC Admissions Secure File Dropbox or faxed to the admissions office at 701-224-2500.
4. Placement Test Scores
Bismarck State College (BSC) currently requires all students to take a placement assessment. The purpose of placement testing at BSC is to match the academic readiness of the incoming student with the academic requirements of the curriculum. Although the tests do not affect admission to the college, students will be required to meet established criteria in certain courses and programs.

The following Placement Exams are preferred by BSC:
  • ACT or SAT dated within the last five years
  • ACCUPLACER dated within the last three years
The assessment may be waived by the following:
  • Remedial or College level English and Math courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree has been earned from a regionally accredited institution
Bismarck State College offers the ACCUPLACER exam. For further details or to schedule an exam please visit our Placement Testing Page. The Accuplacer Next Generation Writing Exam or ACT/SAT English score may also be used to demonstrate English proficiency.

*Effective for fall 2021 applications, the placement assessment will no longer be a requirement prior to acceptance to BSC. Although the placement assessments will be waived for admission, appropriate placement scores or equivalent courses will be required in order to register for math and English courses. Some programs will require minimum entrance scores be submitted for a student to be accepted into the program. A complete listing of these programs is located on the BSC Minimum Entrance Score Requirements for Technical Programs sheet.
5. English Proficiency
Students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English Proficiency in one of the following ways:
  • At least two years of study, in good standing, at a U.S. high school or regionally accredited U.S. college/university.
  • At least two years of study, in good standing, at a post-secondary institution with English as the language of instruction to include a minimum of 6 credits in subjects that require reading and/or speaking with a B or higher (not to include ELS courses).
  • A degree or diploma from an institution in which English was the language of instruction.
  • A U.S. General Education Diploma (GED) administered in English.
  • College Composition I and College Composition II, or equivalent courses, with a grade of A or B from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary college and/or university.
  • Any of the placement scores on the ACT, SAT, PLAN, ACCUPLACER Write Placer or Next Gen Writing for English:
    • ACT English sub test of 18 or higher
    • SAT test taken prior to March 5th, 2016; Writing subtest of 430 or higher
    • SAT test taken March 5, 2016 to September 20, 2018; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher
    • SAT test taken From September 20, 2018 forward; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 490 or higher
    • Act Plan English subtest of 15 or higher
    • ACCUPLACER Write Placer of 5 or higher
    • ACCUPLACER Next Gen Writing of 256 or higher
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum TOEFL internet based test (iBT) score of 65. BSC's code is 6041.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.0. Technical based programs may consider a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.
  • The Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE-A) with a minimum score of 50.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 55. 
  • The Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 95.
6. Declaration of Finance
The Declaration of Finance form must be filled out and submitted to BSC with appropriate documentation. Bank statements must be sent directly from the bank to Bismarck State College. The account must show deposits and withdrawals from the last six months. Documentation must show a source of full financial support for all years of attendance at Bismarck State College. You should be prepared to provide additional certified bank records or other pertinent documentation upon request.

The forms may be completed as a fillable pdf before being printed and signed to be set to BSC.
Declaration of Finance Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Declaration of Finance All Other Canada Provinces and Norway
Declaration of Finance International Saudi Arabia
Declaration of Finance All Other International Students

International students are also encouraged to apply for BSC's International Student Tuition Waiver.

These documents may be uploaded through the BSC Admissions Secure File Dropbox or faxed to the admissions office at 701-224-2500.
7. Next Steps
Upon completion of the online application, you will receive an email giving you instructions on setting up an account in CampusConnection. This Online portal gives you access to the following (and much more).
  • Check your Application Status
  • Check your To-Do List
  • Apply for Housing
  • Register for Classes
  • Pay Tuition
  • Accept Financial Aid
  • View Holds

For Helpsheet and Video Tutorials visit our Campus Connection Help page.

8. Upon arrival at Bismarck State College

Medical Insurance

Medical Insurance: All F-1 students who enroll at BSC are required to purchase a medical health insurance policy which remains in effect for the duration of study. The premium for coverage under this plan will be billed directly to the student. The annual fee must be paid in full at the beginning of the first year and prior to each subsequent year of study. The insurance will be coordinated by the International student admissions office. (Students from Canada and Norway are exempt).


Copy of your passport, including passport expiration date and the U.S. entry visa stamp in the passport with expiration date (except Canadians) - after a student arrives on campus.