North Idaho College


Founded in 1933, North Idaho College is a comprehensive community college located on the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. NIC offers degrees and certificates in a wide spectrum of academic transfer, professional-technical, and general education programs.

The college serves a five-county region with outreach centers in Bonners Ferry, Kellogg, and Sandpoint, and has an extensive array of Internet and interactive video conferencing courses. NIC also plays a key roles in the region’s economic development by preparing competent, trained employees for area businesses, industries, and government agencies.


Quick Links & Contact Information

Admissions Office
(208) 769-3311

Office of the Registrar
(208) 769-3320

Financial Aid Office
(208) 769-3368

New Student Services
(208) 769-7733



I want to talk to a real person, who can I email or call?

Cardinal Central
phone: (208) 769-3311

How (and where) do I send my transcript to college(s)?

You can have your school (college or high school) send your transcripts to


North Idaho College
c/o Cardinal Central
1000 W Garden Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

I applied but haven’t heard back from the admissions office. When will admitted students be notified?

At North Idaho College, students are admitted within seven days of their application submission by mail. If you have not received your letter in that time, please call Cardinal Central at 208-769-3311 or send an e-mail to

Is it too late to apply to college?

You can still apply to NIC at Applications are due by the following dates:
FALL 2020 semester by August 13th, the semester starts August 24th

What college entrance exams are required for the 2020-2021 incoming freshman applicants?

For admission, students must have an English score on file – ACT, SAT, or The Write Class assessment. For an effective advising appointment and to identify appropriate classes, students are encouraged to take the ALEKS math assessment prior to advising.

I want to talk to a real person about dual credit transcripts. Who can I email or call?

Cardinal Central
phone: (208) 769-3311

Dual Credit Office
phone: (208) 625-329

When will I be able to request an official dual credit transcript?

You can request an official transcript anytime.

How do I request a dual credit transcript?

How much will each official transcript cost?

How do I pay for my transcript?

I want to talk to a real person, who can I email or call?

Cardinal Central
phone: (208) 769-3311

Where is this information on your website?

I want to talk to a real person, who can I email or call?

Cardinal Central
phone: (208) 769-3311

Have there been any changes in financial aid deadlines or award dates, due to COVID-19?

It is best to submit your FAFSA application as soon as possible so that NIC can provide you award information in time for you to plan for college expenses, but NIC does not have a filing deadline.

Is it too late to complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)?

You are still able to apply for Financial Aid at North Idaho College – just complete and submit your FAFSA and list North Idaho College. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, NIC is happy to meet with you by Zoom to help.

Is there a list of other scholarships that I can apply to?

Students can apply for scholarships by visiting their MyNIC student portal. Search “scholarships” and complete the NIC Foundation Scholarship Application.

I want to talk to a real person, who can I email or call?

Sara Schmelzer
phone: (208) 769-3449

Where can students explore your curriculum and course offerings?

To learn more about the programs at North Idaho College visit

I want to stay in the know. Where can I find your institution on social media?

Are you holding any virtual tours or events for incoming students? Where can I find that information?

North Idaho College has a virtual tour online at Our recruiters are engaging in live ZOOM events. Online events are posted on our website at You can reach out to the recruiters directly: Donya Gadely ( or Sara Schmelzer (

I want to talk to a real person, who can I email or call?

phone: (208) 769-7821

How will incoming freshmen register for classes?

After students have been admitted to North Idaho College, go to Select your program and follow the prompts. New and returning students must meet with an advisor to receive approval prior to registration.

If my plans to start school this fall change, will I receive a refund for any deposits I have made?

North Idaho College does not require deposits for admission. If a student would like a housing deposit refund, the request must be made by July 20.

Is student orientation required? If so, how will it be delivered and when?

Student orientation is not required at North Idaho College but it is strongly recommended. Students will have access to a 60-90 minute online course to learn about the services North Idaho College offers. Students should complete the online engagement by July. Throughout the summer, NIC will engage with students in live, online events on specific topics such as “Paying for College”, “How to be Academically Prepared for College”, “How to get involved in College”. During the first week of the fall semester, students are able to attend a series of “Week of Welcome” events to engage with the campus and get to know their new college community.

Will classes be held on campus this fall?

NIC is currently planning on holding classes on campus for the fall 2020 term. NIC will always make scheduling decisions with student safety as our top priority and we will follow the COVID guidelines as provided by the CDC.

Will there be summer classes? If so, will they be online or in-person?

NIC will host the majority of courses online for the summer 2020 term. We have placed a few science courses with a face-to-face component on the schedule. Our hope is to front-load the course with theory and host the lab later in the term. We will determine if the summer classes with face-to-face components will go forward as planned on May 22.

I want to talk to a real person, who can I email or call?

Residence Life
phone: (208) 769-5932

Are there changes for campus housing deadlines?

NIC accepts housing applications on a first-come, first-served basis. You can apply for housing at

Have housing refund deadlines been extended?

If a student has paid their $200 housing deposit but has decided not to live on campus at North Idaho College, the student can request their deposit back on or before July 20, 2020

Have sorority or fraternity recruitment schedules changed?

North Idaho College does not have sororities or fraternities.

When do I need to select a food plan?

You will select a food plan with your housing application but you are able to make updates to your food plan selection prior to the semester the student moves into the dorms.