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Bismarck State College Data & Information Overview

461 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
6% Student Loan Default Rate
Want the scoop on Bismarck State College? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors BSC offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bismarck State College Ranked?

#532 Best Colleges in Nation
#5 Best Colleges in ND
Other Environmental Control Technologies Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bismarck State College was awarded 461 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other environmental control technologies/technicians.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, BSC is ranked #532 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

BSC also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in North Dakota ranking.

See all of the rankings for Bismarck State College.

Is It Hard to Get Into BSC?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Bismarck State College has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Learn more about Bismarck State College admissions.

Is Bismarck State College a Good Match for You?
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Bismarck State College Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
98% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Bismarck State College is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bismarck State College is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bismarck State College

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Bismarck State College.

Bismarck State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,955 Full-Time Undergraduates
13.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
41.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,716 undergraduates at BSC with 1,955 being full-time and 1,761 being part-time.

How Much Does Bismarck State College Cost?

$9,756 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
$23,028 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of BSC is $9,756. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BSC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,265 $6,399 $9,431 $11,564 $12,460

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of BSC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do BSC Graduates Make?

$49,499 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from BSC make around $49,499 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future BSC graduates since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Bismarck State College make the most money.

Location of Bismarck State College

North Dakota State
1,955 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Bismarck State College is a public institution located in Bismarck, North Dakota. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for BSC are given below.

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

Bismarck State College Majors

32 Majors With Completions
845 Undergraduate Degrees
4 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 32 majors graduated from Bismarck State College. Of these students, 845 received undergraduate degrees and 4 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 56 $94,930
Human Services 4 NA
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 NA
General Business/Commerce 0 NA
Public Relations & Advertising 0 NA
Audiovisual Communications 0 NA
Computer Software & Applications 0 NA
Computer Systems Networking 0 NA
Carpentry 0 NA
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bismarck State College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at BSC

66% Take At Least One Class Online
37% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 2,434 students took at least one online class at Bismarck State College. This is an increase from the 2,005 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,434 1,381
2018-2019 2,005 1,212
2017-2018 2,465 1,695
2016-2017 2,394 1,623
2015-2016 2,432 1,691

Learn more about online learning at Bismarck State College.

Notes and 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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