Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College, also known as BSC, is a public, comprehensive, two-year and four-year Community College located in Bismarck, North Dakota, United States. It was founded in the year 1939. BSC is the fourth largest college under the North Dakota university system. BSC offers more than 20 bachelor degrees, various graduate programs, over 30 technical programs, and more than 140 online courses in diverse areas of study.

BSC's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. It is a member of the NJCAA and takes part in several intercollegiate games and events. Their athletics teams are nicknamed the Mystics. The Mystics participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, and volleyball.

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Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave
Bismarck , ND 58506-5587
General Phone: (701) 224-5400

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Bismarck State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts410liberal arts and sciences
Engineering Technician171engineering technology, electronics tech, electromechanical instrument tech, industrial tech, industrial production tech, surveying tech, nuclearn engineering tech
Construction Trades67carpentry, lineworker
Nursing and Emergency Medicine54EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Mechanics and Repair46HVAC, industrial mechanics, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Computer Science and Engineering25web design, computer networking
Photography and Commercial Art16commercial art
Business and Management15business, operations management
Family and Social Work14human services, social work
Office and Administration12administrative assistant, office data entry
Agricultural Science and Management11agricultural management, farm management
Medical Support and Technology8surgical tech, medical lab tech, clinical and medical lab science
Production Trades8welding
Hospitality5hotel management, restaurant and food services management, hospitality administration
Medical Administration2medical secretary
Law1legal secretary
Security and Law Enforcement1criminal justice and safety
Education and Teaching0teacher aide

Number of programs and degrees for Bismarck State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree71235
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years15222
Award of less than 1 academic year22
Bachelor's degree01

Bismarck State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bismarck State had a total enrollment of 3,591 students (2,747 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 89%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 16%
20-21 28%
22-24 17%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 9%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Bismarck State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 50 %

Bismarck State Room and Board (2007)

Bismarck State offers campus housing for 281 of its 2,747 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bismarck, North Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Dakota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bismarck State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,229
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,723
Room and board $ 4,540
Room charge $ 1,825
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,000
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,750

Financial Aid:
Bismarck State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 298800)

Bismarck State Faculty

Bismarck State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2215
Non-tenured and not on tenure track89

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Assistant professorcalendar year8$59,2403$56,882
Instructorcalendar year2*3$50,702
All faculty totalcalendar year10$58,3926$53,792

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year3$58,0051*
Associate professoracademic year18$49,60814$45,517
Assistant professoracademic year27$43,84018$40,316
Instructoracademic year6$40,4366$37,499
All faculty totalacademic year54$46,17139$41,980

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bismarck State Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports077

Bismarck State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Instrumentation/Maintenance Techs, Other
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Restaurant/Food Services Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

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Bismarck State Highlights

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What Sets Bismarck State Apart:

% of degrees in engineering technician
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Top 11%Bismarck State % of degrees in engineering technician
% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 12%Bismarck State % of degrees in liberal arts
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 14%Bismarck State Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 17%Bismarck State Male % of student body
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 18%Bismarck State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of degree programs
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Top 18%Bismarck State Number of degree programs
Number of students
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Top 20%Bismarck State Number of students
% of degrees in construction trades
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Top 20%Bismarck State % of degrees in construction trades

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