Sitting Bull College maintains an “open” door admissions policy. Any person who is a graduate of an accredited high school or has their GED certificate may be admitted to SBC.

International Students

Sitting Bull College can only accept international students who have a current I-129 Petition for Immigration Worker with the H1 status.

Dual Enrolment / Dual Credit

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for admission to take 100 level classes. These students are not seeking dual credit. A high school sophomore, junior or senior will not be allowed to enroll in any developmental course with the exception of Math 102 Intermediate Algebra.

The fifty-fifth legislative assembly of the State of North Dakota passed senate bill number 2033 at the 1997 session. The bill allows juniors and seniors in North Dakota’s public schools to take courses offered by an approved post-secondary institution for both high school and post-secondary credit. The program provides students with a greater variety of class offerings and the opportunity to pursue more challenging course work.

Enrollment Policy for Dual Enrollment and Credit

  1. Students must complete an application for enrollment at SBC.
  2. Students must take the COMPASS and score at or above the established cut scores for Composition (ENGL 110) and Math (MATH 102) in order to enroll in classes.
  3. The program will allow students to enroll in only 100 level courses.
  4. The students will only be allowed to enroll in a maximum of two courses or eight credit hours per semester
  5. The students will pay the same fees as a regular student.
  6. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the college.
  7. Enrollment of a high school student cannot displace regular student enrollment. Example: The Building Trades program has limited enrollment in some courses.
  8. Each high school must appoint a liaison to work with SBC.
  9. High school students placed on probation with SBC will not be allowed to register for classes until after their high school graduation.
  10. Follow SBC policies for on-line and PSI courses.

Under Exceptions and Special Conditions, credits do not become official college credits until the student has submitted proof of graduation from high school or completion of GED.

Admission Procedure

Students applying for admission to SBC must submit the following documentation to the Registrar

  1. Application for Admissions.
  2. Transcripts:
    1. New students must submit an official high school transcripts or GED certificate/GED transcript.
    2. Non-degree seeking students must submit either official high school transcripts, GED certificate/GED transcript, or official transcripts of the last degree received.
    3. Transfer students must have an official copy of their transcript(s) from previously attended college(s) sent directly to the registrar’s office at Sitting Bull College.
  3. All Native American students must submit an official verification of tribal enrollment to the Registrar.
  4. If applicable, Native American students not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe must submit an official verification of tribal enrollment of one of their parents.

*A hold will be placed on a student’s academic record if all documentation is not in their file at the end of the first semester of enrollment.

Special Admissions Requirement

The following programs of study have special admissions requirements:

Early Childhood Education – criminal history check (no convictions involving children)
Teacher Education/Elementary Education/Secondary Science Education – criminal history check (no convictions involving   children)
Practical Nursing – criminal history check, physical, and current immunization.

No Show Policy

A student who does not attend any classes within the first three weeks of the fall/spring semester or the first week of the summer session shall be considered a “no show” and 100% tuition and fees refund will be issued.

The student will be billed a “no show” fee of $10.00 per course, registration fee ($25/full-time or $15/part-time), and the total cost of purchases made at the SBC Bookstore.   Students may return books up to six weeks from the start of classes if the books have not been written in or if the books are still enclosed in the shrink wrap in which they were shipped.

Office of the Registrar

The Registrar’s Office maintains the following records:

  1. Registration/admission forms: SBC application, degree of Indian blood, high school/college transcripts or GED transcript, release of information, transcript requests, documents relating to deferments, VA documents, and certificate of achievements.
  2. Degree plan.
  3. Graduation forms: application for graduation, one letter of recommendation, and resume.
  4. Permanent Academic Records: semester grade reports, official transcript, and completed add/drop forms.

Family and Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

Sitting Bull College adheres to a policy of compliances with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment). The definition of this Amendment is as follows:

“A federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.”

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school/college beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students”.

Sitting Bull College has designated the following information as “Directory Information”: Students’ name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, dates of attendance, major field of study, and recent schools/colleges attended.

This information is generally considered not harmful and may be released to anyone unless the student requests otherwise.   If there is any information above a student does not want released, he/she may indicate so on the Disclosure of Student Records/Information Release Form which is a part of the Application for Admissions.

Generally, schools/colleges must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools/colleges to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:

College officials with legitimate educational interest (Faculty/Staff of SBC);
Other colleges to which a student intends to transfer to;
Auditors or Evaluators of college programs;
Funding sources such as Higher Education, WIA, JPTP, VA, Scholarship Programs, etc;
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the college;
Accrediting organizations;
Local, State, and Federal judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoena;
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies.

Each student has the right to inspect or access their educational record and may:

Be provided a list of personal educational records, files, and documents maintained at Sitting Bull College (attached to the Disclosure of Student Records/Information Release Form which all students are required to sign at the beginning of their first term of attendance at SBC);Each student has the right to inspect or access their educational record and may:
Inspect and review the content of such records (contact Registrar to do so);
Receive a response from the college to a reasonable request for explanation or interpretation of records; and,
Have a hearing to challenge the content of the records.

Any student wishing to inspect his/her file must contact the Registrar.

Academic Advisement

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon enrollment at SBC. In most cases, the advisor will be an instructor in the student’s specific area of study. First-time degree seeking students are required to meet with a Freshman Advisor.

The advisor assists in proper course selection to meet curricular requirements and helps students avoid errors in scheduling. However, students have the final responsibility for satisfying the degree requirements for the curriculum chosen and the college’s general education requirements.

Registration Procedures

During registration week, representatives from the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, Business Office, Counseling Office, and all academic/career and technical education departments are available for consultation. With the assistance of these individuals, students must complete the following steps in order to register for classes:

Returning or Continuing Students

  1. Obtain registration materials from the Registrar’s Office.
  2. See Accounts Receivable Technician to determine debt status.
  3. See Financial Aid Office to finalize financial aid paperwork.
  4. Meet with Academic/Career and Technical Education Advisor for scheduling assistance and approval. First-time degree seeking students are required to meet with a Freshman Advisor.
  5. Obtain Student ID Card/E-Mail Address. Replacement cards will cost $5.00 payable at the time of the request.
  6. Return all registration material to the Registrar’s Office.
  7. Go to Bookstore and acquire the necessary texts and materials.

New Students

  1. Check in at registration table to start registration process.
  2. See Financial Aid Office to arrange for financial assistance. Students are encouraged to complete their financial aid applications prior to enrolling or as soon as possible thereafter.
  3. See the Office of Student Services if do not have GED to arrange for completion.
  4. See the Office of Student Services to arrange for completion of the COMPASS test if not done previously.
  5. Consult with Academic/Career and Technical Education Advisor in their field of interest or major scholastic area for scheduling assistance and approval.
  6. Obtain Student ID Card/E-Mail Address. Replacement cards will cost $5.00 payable at the time of the request.
  7. Return all registration materials to the Registrar’s Officer.
  8. Go to Bookstore and acquire the necessary texts and materials.

Compass Test

The Office of Student Services will test all new degree seeking students, with the exception of the one semester certificate seeking students.

Students will be administered the COMPASS test in English, writing, reading, and math proficiency to determine the proper placement of students in Math and Composition courses. The information derived from the test will be used to assess which courses will be mandatory for the students to assure academic success. Students will not be denied admission to the college on the basis of COMPASS score results.

Students who do not score at the established cut scores for English and math on the COMPASS will be required to enroll in the respective 099 Developmental course(s).

New Student Orientation

Orientation for new students is mandatory and will be completed on the second week of classes and is facilitated by the instructor for the First Year Learning Experience class. Orientation is designed to make the adjustment to college life a pleasant experience. Orientation will acquaint new students with various offices and services, policies and procedures, and introduce students to the SBC Bulletin, as well as Financial Aid procedures and deadlines.  Students will also learn to navigate their college email and MySBC. During orientation students will meet with the faculty in their chosen area of study. Students will be asked to answer questions throughout the orientation and will complete a survey to help the college refine the orientation process.

Master’s Degree Program

To view Master’s Program Admission requirements, please click here.

Exceptions to Admissions

If an applicant for admission is NOT a current high school student, a graduate of an accredited high school or has not received a GED certificate, the applicant is eligible to enroll for one semester in up to eight credit hours with a course requirement of PSYC 100 First Year Learning Experience for three of the eight credits, providing they have successfully completed three of the four official GED tests. However, the applicant will be required to work with the GED Director on obtaining a GED by the end of the semester. Students are not eligible to enroll a second semester until proof of GED completion is submitted to the Registrar’s office