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Bismarck State College Overview

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

What Is Bismarck State College Known For?

998 Undergraduate Awards
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at BSC.
  • In 2017-2018, 97% 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 #152 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 14 colleges in North Dakota, it is ranked at #1.

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
#23 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Best Undergraduate Certificate 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 Mining & Petroleum Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Heating, Ventilation, Air & Cooling Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Nuclear Engineering Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Heavy Equipment Maintenance Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Agriculture Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Associate 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 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#3 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools College Factual
#3 Best Agricultural Economics & Business Schools College Factual
#17 Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools College Factual
#23 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#40 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Bismarck State College?


Contact details for BSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
Phone: 701-224-5400

How Do I Get Into BSC?

You can apply to BSC online at:

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?

46% Take Out Loans
7.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At BSC, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $5,757 a year. That adds up to $23,028 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BSC is 7.9%. 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

1,955 Full-Time Undergraduates
41% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,716 undergraduate students at BSC, with 1,955 being full-time and 1,761 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,955 full-time undergraduates at BSC, 59% are male and 41% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 93
White 1,674
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 124

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

1,381 Took All Classes Online
2,434 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,434 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.


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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of BSC

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Bismarck State College was $3,604 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $8,383. The following table shows how BSC is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Engineering-Related Technologies #1 #1
Engineering Technologies #7 #1
Business Administration & Management #13 #31
Business, Management & Marketing #19 #31

Online Growth Rankings of BSC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bismarck State College was -3.5%. This is the #1,900 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 Administration & Management 3%

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 #7
Human Services #145
Engineering Technologies #357

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 0 405 0 0 405
Electronics Engineering Technology 4 85 2 0 91
Industrial Production Technology 0 68 8 0 76
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 60 60
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 17 27 0 44
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 38 0 38
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 32 0 0 32
Nursing 0 30 0 0 30
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 25 4 0 29
Computer Systems Networking 0 22 0 0 22
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 6 15 0 21
Precision Metal Working 0 10 7 0 17
Carpentry 0 3 11 0 14
Allied Health Professions 0 10 4 0 14
Design & Applied Arts 0 13 0 0 13
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 8 4 0 12
General Business/Commerce 0 11 0 0 11
Computer Software & Applications 0 8 2 0 10
Engineering-Related Technologies 4 4 1 0 9
Environmental Control Technology 0 4 4 0 8
Mining & Petroleum Technology 0 7 1 0 8
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 4 2 0 6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 6 0 0 6
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 0 4 1 0 5
General Engineering Technology 0 4 0 0 4
Human Services 0 3 1 0 4
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0 3 0 0 3
Insurance 1 0 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 1 0 0 1
Audiovisual Communications 0 1 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 1 0 0 1
Legal Support Services 0 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9 797 132 60 998


*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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