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.

1. Apply for Admission

Submit the application online or print and mail the application (pdf) to the Admissions Office.

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 NIC English and Math Placement Assessments, submitting ACT or SAT test scores (taken within the last two years), or by prior college coursework in English and math. If NIC English and Math assessments are 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. Meet with an Advisor

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 schedule an Advising & Registration appointment. The acceptance letter and New Student email will direct you to a Sign up Calendar to schedule an Advising & Registration 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.

8. Visit the Campus

To learn what NIC has to offer you as a student, we encourage you to schedule an individual campus tour at 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

9. 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 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

10. Pay Tuition

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

11. Purchase Books

Books can be purchased at the Cardinal Bookstore in the Edminster Student Union Building or online at

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Phone (208) 769-3311
Fax (208) 769-3399

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