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. 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

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. 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.

10. Attend an Orientation

Get to know the campus! More to come.

11. Pay Tuition

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

12. Purchase Books

Books can be purchased at the Mica Peak Exchange in the Student Union Building or on-line at

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