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 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. 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 www.nic.edu/compass/.
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. 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 details 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 Edminster Student Union Building or online at www.bkstr.com/nicstore/home.