Admission Steps for
New Students - Degree Seeking

If you are planning to complete a certificate or degree at NIC you are considered a degree-seeking student. NIC offers numerous degrees and certificates to help you achieve your educational and career goals. To explore our programs please browse through the Instructional Programs, Degrees, Schedules, Catalog, etc.

1. Apply for Admission

Print and mail the application to the Admissions Office or submit the application online.

2. Apply for Financial Aid

You may qualify for financial assistance. Apply for financial aid and scholarships online at

3. Submit Transcripts

First-time students must submit a final high school transcript or GED scores. Transcripts are considered official if received in sealed envelope from the school. Contact your high school or GED center to learn how to request your official transcripts or GED test scores.

4. Check your Postal Mailbox

Admissions will send you a letter in the mail letting you know your application has been processed and your next steps. Most important next steps will be to set up your MyNIC & Cardinal Mail accounts. Learn how to forward your Cardinal Mail to another account!

5. Meet Assessment Requirement

This can be met by taking the COMPASS assessment, submitting ACT or SAT test scores (taken within the last two years), or by prior college coursework in English and math. If COMPASS assessment is required, please schedule an appointment at

6. Check your Cardinal Mail

All official communication from NIC will be sent to your Cardinal Mail account including Financial Aid communication.

7. Complete the New Student Questionnaire

Upon acceptance, you will receive an acceptance letter in the mail and a New Student email from the Admissions Office. Your next step is to complete the New Student Questionnaire.

8. Meet with an Advisor

Upon completion of your new student questionnaire, an advisor will contact you within three business days to schedule your advising appointment. At this appointment you will talk about your goals, create an education plan, and register for classes. You must meet with an advisor to be granted registration access.

9. Get to Know Our Campus

To get a clearer idea of college life and the campus culture, we encourage you to schedule an individual campus tour. To get a clearer idea of college life and the campus culture, we encourage you to schedule an

North Idaho College recognizes that there is a natural source of concern for safety on campus and in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the College publishes an annual security and fire safety report that contains information regarding North Idaho College’s safety policies, crime and fire statistics, and campus resources. A paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the Campus Security at (208) 769-3310.

10. Attend an Orientation

Get to know the campus! More details to come.

11. Pay Tuition

Pay by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. Payment can be made through MyNIC with a Visa, MasterCard, or debit card. More information ...

12. Purchase Books

Books can be purchased at the Mica Peak Exchange in the Edminster Student Union Building or online at

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