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Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND 2-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

About Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College Overview

Bismarck State College is a public, state school in the city of Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 and enrolls 3,549 undergrads and no graduate students. Bismarck State College ensures on-campus housing for up to 434 students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms. On the weekends, about 25% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

Student Activities at Bismarck State College

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bismarck State College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Bismarck State College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Bismarck State College does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Bismarck State College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bismarck State College on the Student Life page.

2022 Bismarck State College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
In-State Tuition $4,167
Out-of-State $6,251
Percent of Need Met 63.73%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,497

Is Bismarck State College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what Bismarck State College offers and if the college could be the right college for you.

Bismarck State College Acceptance Rate 2022

Bismarck State College is not competitive to get into. The acceptance rate at Bismarck State College is 85%. Last year, 1,183 students applied to Bismarck State College and 1,009 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bismarck State College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 68% of students who start at Bismarck State College return the next year. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Bismarck State College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Bismarck State College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Bismarck State College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Bismarck State College's endowment was valued at $26.1 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bismarck State College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Bismarck State College meets 63.73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Bismarck State College full-time are awarded $10,497 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bismarck State College.

Based on this information, how does Bismarck State College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Bismarck State College a good school for you?

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Where is Bismarck State College Located?

Bismarck State College is located in the city of Bismarck, North Dakota.

If you would like to see Bismarck State College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Bismarck, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bismarck Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bismarck State College and Bismarck are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1500 Edwards Avenue PO Box 5587 Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Campus Setting: Urban

Bismarck State College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bismarck State College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bismarck State College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bismarck State College ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bismarck State College is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Bismarck State College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bismarck State College SAT Scores


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Bismarck State College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bismarck State College is like? There are approximately 3,549 students enrolled at Bismarck State College. 51% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from ND and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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