Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
(701) 224-5400
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Located in the state’s capital city, Bismarck State College is a public four-year institution located in North Dakota’s capital city,. With an enrollment of approximately 4400 students, the school is the third largest college in the North Dakota University System. Bismarck State College was originally established in 1939 and is primarily an associate degree granting institution. However, a number of certificate and bachelor’s degree programs are available as well. The school also offers a growing number of online learning options, ideal for working adults and non-traditional students looking for more flexibility in their course work.

Programs Offered

Whether students are looking for a career-focused curriculum or a liberal arts program, they are likely to find options at Bismarck State College. Some examples of available majors include automotive technology, agriculture, business administration, computer science, dentistry, English, history, mathematics, nursing, political science, psychology, public administration, and social work, to name a few. The school’s online division also offers online courses, certificates, and associate degree programs in areas such as petroleum production technology, renewable generation technology, criminal justice, human services, and web page development and design. This flexible curriculum allows students to mold their learning experience to their personal and professional schedules.


Bismarck State College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966.


Students interested in enrolling in Bismarck State College can submit their application online or via mail. There is a $35 application due at the time of submission. In addition, students must request that their official high school transcripts be sent to the admissions office. If students have completed a GED program, they can have their test results sent to the school as proof of completion. Students who will be attending any on-campus classes will need to submit up-to-date immunization records as well. SAT and or ACT test results are required for students under the age of 24 and/or those with less than 24 semester hours of college credit. Bismarck State College has an open admissions policy, but some programs may have special requirements. For more information, students can contact the admissions office directly.

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