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

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. This form can be used to request a transcript. 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 COMPASS test is required, please schedule an appointment.

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 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.

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 OARS appointment.

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 Student Union Building or on-line at

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

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