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About Williston State College

Williston, (estimated) population 31,000, offers cultural events and many entertaining options. The surrounding countryside offers unique opportunities for hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and one of the best public golf courses in the nation. Once explored by Lewis and Clark, this area where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers meet is dotted with reminders of North Dakota’s rich history including restored forts Buford and Union.

Williston State College (WSC) operates as a two-year public community college in the NDUS. The College is one of 11 institutions under the North Dakota SBHE's jurisdiction.

WSC is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.WSC offers transfer programs leading to Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Students can complete the first two years of many majors and transfer with junior status to most four-year colleges and universities.

The Associate in Applied Science degree and the certificate program are awarded to students completing career-technical programs. Students receiving career-technical training may continue at a four-year college or university, earning an advanced degree.

WSC operates on the semester calendar. All academic units are expressed in terms of semester credit hours.


The mission of WSC, “Where the People Make the Difference," is to provide accessible, affordable, life changing, and life-long educational pathways to residents of North Dakota, the Upper Plains, and beyond.


We are committed to student excellence. We embrace quality student experiences, open communication, and actionable data that enrich personal relationships among our college, faculty, and students.

We believe that people make the difference; that the College is the heart of the communities we serve; that our facilities are a needed, neutral, and central community space; and that our faculty and staff serve multiple and diverse needs in a global environment.

We strive for a strong student presence on-campus, expanded offerings, fiscal sustainability, modern facilities, current technologies, and continuous improvement as a result of both our master and strategic plans.


Personal & Professional Growth


The two-year colleges respect and acknowledge the need to remain open to evolutionary change to ensure they can respond to the needs of the citizens of North Dakota. They share the following core purposes:
  1. To provide academic transfer courses and programs that are parallel and equivalent to those offered during the first two years at baccalaureate institutions.
  2. To provide career and technical education, as well as customized training, to prepare the learner for careers in a specific occupation.
  3. To provide cultural, educational, occupational, and vocational programs to each campus’ host community and the state of North Dakota in the form of courses, workshops, seminars, and institutes.
  4. To provide community service and applied research in collaboration with business and industry to enhance economic development.
  5. To provide open access and support services for a diverse student body.
  6. To facilitate baccalaureate and graduate degree course work within the service area via telecommunications and other appropriate modes.
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