Admission Steps for
Transfer Students - Degree Seeking
If you are planning to complete a certificate or degree at NIC you are considered a degree seeking student. NIC has 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. Complete an Application 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 www.nic.edu/financialaid.
3. Submit Transcripts
Students should submit an official transcript from all previous colleges attended. Transcripts are considered official if received in sealed envelope from the college. Contact your previous colleges to learn how to request your official transcripts.
4. Meet Assessment Requirement
The assessment requirement can be met by submitting official transcripts showing completed prior college coursework in English and math. If you have not completed prior college coursework in English and math, this requirement can be met by taking the COMPASS test, or submitting ACT or SAT test scores (taken within the last two years). If the COMPASS test is required, please schedule an appointment at www.nic.edu/compass/.
5. Check your Postal Mailbox
The NIC Admissions Office will send you a letter via postal mail to notify you that your application has been processed and laying out your next steps. The most important item to tackle first is to set up your MyNIC and Cardinal Mail accounts. Learn how to forward your Cardinal Mail to another account!
6. Check your Cardinal Mail
All official communication from NIC will be sent your Cardinal Mail account including communication from the NIC Financial Aid Office.
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. Visit the Campus
To learn what NIC has to offer you as a student, we encourage you to schedule an
individual campus tour at www.nic.edu/admission/visit. Come see what it’s like
to walk along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, eat at the Market, meet friendly
faculty and staff, and hear the cheers at a soccer game. If you can’t make it in
person, be sure to check out the campus virtually by visiting the Virtual Tour at
10. Be familiar with Campus Safety, Drug and Alcohol Policies, and Emergency Procedures
North Idaho College is committed to the safety and security of its students, employees, and
visitors. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the college publishes an annual Security
and Fire Safety Report that contains information regarding NIC’s safety policies, crime and
fire statistics, and campus resources. A paper copy of the report may be obtained by
contacting Campus Security at (208) 769-3310 or visit
All college employees and students have a responsibility to engage in their own safety and
security. As an institution, North Idaho College has several notification systems used during
campus emergencies. The Alertus system utilizes a series of beacons that will sound an alarm
in college buildings when activated as well as take over the screens of all networked
computers with an alert message. In addition, the Cardinal Contact system sends alert messages
via email, voicemail, and text to all contacts in the MyNIC system. Employees and students
are automatically signed up to receive Cardinal Contact alert messages. Please ensure that
you’ll receive alerts by checking your contact information in MyNIC. Log in to MyNIC and then
under the “Services” tab, click “User Account” then “Contact Information.” The phone numbers
listed as “Cell” will receive text messages via the Cardinal Contact system. The phone numbers
listed as “Business” or “Home” will receive voicemail. More lockdown and shelter in place
guidelines are available at www.nic.edu/security. There, you can also watch the emergency
preparedness video to review responses in an active shooter situation. The college will test
emergency procedures each semester with a collegewide drill.
North Idaho College is a drug- and alcohol-free education institution. The Drug-Free Schools
and Communities Act (DFSCA), as articulated in the Education Department General Administrative
Regulations (EDGAR), Part 86 requires institutions of higher education to establish policies
that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. It also
requires the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program. Students, staff, and
faculty may request additional information by contacting either the Director of Student
Disability, Health, and Counseling at (208) 769-7794 or the Director of Student Development at
(208) 769-5970. You may also find additional information at
11. Attend an Orientation
Get to know the campus! More to come.
12. Pay Tuition
Pay by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. Payment can be made through MyNIC with a Visa, MasterCard, or debit card. More information ...
13. Purchase Books
Books can be purchased at the Mica Peak Exchange in the Student Union Building or on-line at www.bookstore.nic.edu.