Campus Life at NDSCS

By Sarah Hoffbeckndscs_14_8429

Being a student at NDSCS is about studying hard and playing hard, meeting new friends outside of class and the lab, and getting involved.

Having fun along the way is just a given!

Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D., boasts a university atmosphere with over 30 affiliated student clubs and organizations, music groups, theater productions, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and numerous social activities.

Students also enjoy the option of living on campus at NDSCS in Wahpeton. Choose from six traditional residence halls or three apartment complexes. And whether your family member decides to live on or off campus, signing up for a dining plan is the way to go. Choose from four affordable dining plans and never worry what’s for dinner!

Is your student ready to experience the full collegiate experience close to home on a two-year campus that’s unlike any other in the upper Midwest? Then request more information or schedule a visit to tour our Wahpeton campus, located just miles from the South Dakota border.

Paying for College at NDSCS

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While the thought of paying for your student’s college education may seem daunting, the good news is we’re here to hopefully make it less challenging.

In fact, there are some great resources and checklists out there created to help us all stay a bit more organized in our crazy lives.

Understanding Financial Aid
If you’re like most families out there, financial aid is key in paying for college. But what is financial aid exactly? Financial aid is money to help pay for college including grants, work-study and low-interest loans. Aid can come from the U.S. federal government, the state or the college.

Grants vs. Loans
While grants do not have to be repaid (as long as your family member completes the enrollment they were paid to attend), loans do. Educational loans must be paid back with interest, regardless of course completion (just for fun, do the math—skipping one class could literally mean throwing hundreds of dollars away!). Generally speaking, students do not have to pay back a loan until they complete their education or stop attending at least half time, whichever occurs first.

Types of Grants & Loans

Award Information
This is important, so don’t skip it! Your student must accept or decline their financial aid award by following a few simple steps. Click here for detailed instructions. Basically, if your family member is a first-time loan borrower, they will need to complete entrance loan counseling and a master promissory note before any funds are released.

Other Helpful NDSCS Resources

Check out the following video to learn what the financial aid process could look like for you!

NDSCS to offer New Practical Nursing Option!

By Sarah HoffbeckHealth

Earn an A.A.S. degree in Practical Nursing in southeast North Dakota

Thanks to a new practical nursing option added at NDSCS, students looking to complete a practical nursing degree in southeast North Dakota, need look no further.

The NDSCS North Dakota Southeast Practical Nursing option will be delivered over a three-year period in the Oakes, N.D. area to allow students to continue with current employment and maintain other responsibilities.

Students will benefit from evening classes designed specifically for adults, clinicals that will take place in southeast North Dakota, and convenient classes, including online, interactive TV network and face-to-face options.

Program graduates will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing. Curriculum will include a focused study in clinical affiliations in adult, maternal-child, psychiatric, long-term care, home health and clinical nursing.

Prospective students can learn more about the NDSCS North Dakota Southeast Practical Nursing option by visiting or by calling the Mayme Green Allied Health Center at 701-671-2333.

Summer Athletic Camps at NDSCS

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Wondering how to keep your student busy and active this summer? Consider enrolling them in an NDSCS Wildcat Athletic Camp! Whether they’re into basketball or volleyball, there’s a camp for almost every age group and skill set. Ready, set, dribble and spike!

Girls’ Basketball Camp

  • June 21-25, 2015
  • For girls entering grades 6-10
  • Four camp plans, ranging from $120-$200

Kiddy ‘Cat Basketball Camp

  • June 29-July 1, 2015
  • For boys and girls 4 years old through 5th grade
  • Camp Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday
  • Camp Cost: $55
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, June 26

Boys’ Basketball Camp

  • July 6-10, 2015
  • For boys entering grades 6-10
  • Four camp plans, ranging from $120-$200

Kiddy ‘Cat Volleyball Camp

  • July 19-21, 2015
  • For girls entering grades 3-6
  • Camp Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday
  • Camp Cost: $50
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, July 17

Volleyball Camp

  • July 22-24, 2015
  • For girls entering grades 7-12
  • Four camp plans, ranging from $90-$160


For more information or to register, go to

Congrats Class of 2015 NDSCS Graduates!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Last week’s NDSCS Commencement Ceremony took place on the Wahpeton campus in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center. Just over 700 students from the Wahpeton campus, NDSCS-Fargo location and online graduated from 19 states and three international countries!

Students received A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degrees, Certificates and Diplomas in 34 areas of discipline.

We wish our graduates continued success as they prepare for the next step in their futures.

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!

NDSCS Agawasie Day 2015!

Bring Your Posse to Agawasie!

NDSCS students, faculty and staff celebrated Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 7 on the Wahpeton campus.

Events began at the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center at noon and included free food, competitions (car show, volleyball, tug-o-war and the Burnout), inflatables, numerous attractions and an evening street dance.

In 1914, the College published its first yearbook called the Agawasie. While the origin of the name is obscure, an earlier issue of the annual explained it as an Indian word for “Ascience.” The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, hence the start of the annual Agawasie Day Picnic.

While publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, the day for celebration still lives on as Agawasie Day and is celebrated every year right before the start of finals.

For more information about Agawasie Day, click here.

And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s photos by clicking here.


Register for NDSCS Summer Classes!

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Is your student ready to get ahead this summer? Then remind your family member to sign up for summer classes at NDSCS! They’ll be able to choose from online, NDSCS-Fargo or Wahpeton campus courses.

Why Summer Session?

  • Choose from more than 100 general education courses
  • Shorter terms (4 or 8 week classes)
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Reduced fall course load

Summer classes begin Tuesday, June 2 and go through Friday, July 24. Click here to check out which classes are being offered and register now through CampusConnection.

Your student belongs at NDSCS this summer!

Please contact Enrollment Services at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2173 with any questions.

NDSCS Hosts Red Flag Week

By Sarah Hoffbeck

This week marked NDSCS’s first Red Flag Campaign.

A public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses, the Red Flag Campaign encourages students to “say something” when they see warning signs, or “red flags.”

Campus wide events included:

  • “What Would You Do?”
  • “Talk it out Tuesday”
  • Take Back the Night March
  • Free Cinema 6 Movie Night
  • “Bystander Bites”
NDSCS students and community members participate in the Take Back the Night March & Rally.

NDSCS students and community members participate in the Take Back the Night March & Rally.

In addition, numerous NDSCS students took the It’s On Us pledge – a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.

Check out this video of NDSCS students speaking out and sharing tips.

Let’s Get Cooking!

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Find out what the world of culinary arts is all about!

Does your student enjoy cooking, baking and making their own creations? Perhaps they’ve talked about becoming a chef or owning their own restaurant. Now’s the chance to sign your family member up for a session of Culinary Intensive, a four-day culinary camp at NDSCS in Wahpeton.

Culinary Intensive is geared for individuals 16 years and older. Students discover their passion for food and experience the art of cooking in a professional kitchen, practice food-garnishing techniques and compete against fellow campers in an Iron Chef competition.

Sessions run June 14-18, 2015 and June 21-25, 2015. Class-size is limited, so apply today and find out if a career in the culinary arts could be right for your student.

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application and a $100 fee due at the beginning of camp.

Cash in Your Credits for an Associate Degree!

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NDSCS and NDUS partner for student success

A new partnership between NDSCS and NDSU has resulted in the Reverse Transfer Agreement.

The first of its kind in the state of North Dakota, this agreement will allow a seamless transfer option to encourage degree completion.

“The bottom line is that we know there are students who leave NDSCS without achieving a degree, for a number of reasons,” said Philip Parnell, associate vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “They do it with the best of intentions, because they figure they will finish their degree at NDSU. In most instances that happens, but in some cases it doesn’t.”

“What we tried to work out was a system where a student can go to NDSCS, earn a certain number of credits and be introduced to a program,” Parnell continued. “The goal is to give these students a degree that we know they will need for employment.”

Under the agreement, students who transfer from NDSCS to NDSU before completing a degree will have an opportunity to apply credits from both institutions toward an associate degree. The students will qualify when they have earned at least 36 credits from NDSCS and at least 15 credits from NDSU.

“This innovative partnership will provide students in a variety of situations a flexible option to obtain an associate degree,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “We are pleased to collaborate with NDSU to offer another path for student success.”

For more information or to see if your family member qualifies, please contact:

NDSCS Contact: Philip Parnell | 701-671-2669 |
NDSU Contact: Rhonda Kitch | 701-231-7987 |