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 - 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
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. Request for Transcript Form
4. Meet Assessment Requirement
This can be met by taking the COMPASS test, submitting ACT or SAT test scores (taken within the last two years), or by prior college coursework in English and math. If the COMPASS test is required, please schedule an appointment at www.nic.edu/compass/.
5. 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. Come experience what it's like to hear
the cheers of a soccer game, walk along the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, eat
at the Market, and meet some of our friendly faculty and staff.
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
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.
6. Meet with an Advisor
New students cannot register in classes until they meet with an advisor and attend OARS.
Upon acceptance, you will receive a letter from the Admissions Office indicating that an advisor will be contacting
you to schedule an advising appointment. At this appointment the advisor will schedule you for an
7. Attend an Orientation, Advising, and Registration Session (OARS)
Orientation, Advising, and Registration Session (OARS) is where you will receive information
regarding NIC, financial aid, and register for the classes you selected at your advising appointment.
You will also meet other new students, obtain your student ID card, buy your parking permit, and
speak with various services on campus.
8. Pay Tuition
Pay by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. Payment can be made through MyNIC with a Visa, MasterCard, or debit card. More information ...
9. Purchase Books
Books can be purchased at the Mica Peak Exchange in the Edminster Student Union Building or online at www.bookstore.nic.edu.