Military Students

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:
  • Military ID indicating Active Duty Status (in-person only)
  • Military Orders indicating Active Duty Status
  • Most Recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
A copy of the documentation may be faxed to the Admissions office at 701-224-2500 or emailed to

3. Student Verification. The verification form helps us to better assist you in reaching your educational goals.

4. 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. For more information, visit Placement Testing.

5. Previous college and/or military transcripts. To be degree seeking student or to receive 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.
All official transcripts will be accepted through, and

If those services are not available for your college(s), please request an official transcript to be sent (in a sealed envelope) by the schools to:

Bismarck State College
Attn: Admissions
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Transcripts from countries other than the United States need to be evaluated by (World Education Services).

Many students transfer to BSC each year from community colleges and accredited universities and colleges. Visit our Transfer Information site for help with transfer equivalency questions.

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. Read BSC's Credit for Military Training Programs Student Policy, for more information.

Request your Joint Service Transcripts.

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.

For any other questions, please contact BSC Military Affairs by email at or Toll Free: 1-800-BSC-1939 (272-1939).