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Bismarck State College Overview

Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, Bismarck State College is a public institution. The location of BSC is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Bismarck State College Known For?

1,118 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at BSC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from BSC with a bachelor's degree make about $44,800 a year. That's 10% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Bismarck State College Rankings

BSC landed the #50 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 10 schools in North Dakota.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

BSC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#173 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#357 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at BSC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best General Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Industrial Production Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Business Support & Assistant Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Business, Management & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards BSC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual
#1 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#1 Highest Paid Business Administration & Management Graduates College Factual
#2 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#17 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#34 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Bismarck State College?

Location of Bismarck State College

Contact details for BSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
Phone: 701-224-5400
Website: https://bismarckstate.edu/

How Do I Get Into BSC?

You can apply to BSC online at: https://bismarckstate.edu/admissions/howtoapply/

Since Bismarck State College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Bismarck State College?

50% Take Out Loans
6.4% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At BSC, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,592 a year. That adds up to $22,368 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BSC is 6.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Bismarck State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,033 Full-Time Undergraduates
39% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,739 undergraduate students at BSC, with 2,033 being full-time and 1,706 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  BSC

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,033 full-time undergraduates at BSC, 61% are male and 39% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  BSC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bismarck State College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of BSC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 46
Hispanic or Latino 68
White 1,754
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 141

Geographic Diversity

North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Bismarck State College. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 7 countries are represented at BSC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, Bahamas, and Philippines.

Online Learning at Bismarck State College

1,695 Took All Classes Online
2,465 Took At Least One Class Online
0.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,465 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at BSC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of BSC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bismarck State College was 0.2%. This is the #2,012 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at BSC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of BSC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Support & Assistant Services 38%
Computer & Information Sciences 24%
Computer Systems Networking 38%
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 39%
Human Services 65%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 7%
Liberal Arts General Studies 7%
Nuclear Engineering Technology 43%
Public Administration & Social Service 65%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at BSC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at BSC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nuclear Engineering Technology #3
Mining & Petroleum Technology #3
Engineering-Related Technologies #4
Electromechanical Engineering Technology #8
Environmental Control Technology #24
Industrial Production Technology #26
Electronics Engineering Technology #26
Human Services #45
Computer Systems Networking #51
Computer Software & Applications #69
Business Support & Assistant Services #136
Engineering Technologies #159
General Business/Commerce #172
Public Administration & Social Service #204
Criminal Justice & Corrections #390
Computer & Information Sciences #392
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #442

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bismarck State College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 447 0 0 447
Electronics Engineering Technology 20 88 1 0 109
Industrial Production Technology 0 82 5 0 87
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 58 58
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 12 36 0 48
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 43 0 43
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 41 0 0 41
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 5 31 0 36
Nursing 0 32 0 0 32
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 25 6 0 31
Carpentry 0 9 9 0 18
Human Services 0 10 7 0 17
General Business/Commerce 0 16 0 0 16
Computer Systems Networking 0 16 0 0 16
Allied Health Professions 0 9 5 0 14
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 11 2 0 13
Design & Applied Arts 0 13 0 0 13
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 1 11 0 12
Engineering-Related Technologies 4 2 4 0 10
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 0 6 3 0 9
Precision Metal Working 0 5 3 0 8
General Engineering Technology 0 7 0 0 7
Mining & Petroleum Technology 0 7 0 0 7
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0 7 0 0 7
Environmental Control Technology 0 2 3 0 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 4 0 0 4
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 3 0 0 3
Audiovisual Communications 0 2 0 0 2
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 2 0 0 2
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 1 0 1
Legal Support Services 0 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
Fire Protection 0 0 0 0 0
Social Work 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 24 866 170 58 1,118

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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