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LAUNCH! is a partnership between Lake Region State College (LRSC) and the University of North Dakota (UND). The program is designed to serve students who are not yet eligible for admission to the University of North Dakota, but meet eligibility requirements for Lake Region State College. Students who choose to participate in the LAUNCH! Program will enroll as full time LRSC students, but will also take a limited number of prescribed UND classes. Classes will be held on the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Students who successfully complete 30 transferable credits and earn a 2.5 grade point average may be considered for admission as a degree-seeking transfer student to UND. LAUNCH! students may participate in student life, housing, student services, organizations, facilities and activities, except Division I sports, available to every degree-seeking UND student. The program offers heightened academic support and unmatched personal attention. Courses are small in size, offering an opportunity for the instructor to assist students. Tutoring times are built into the schedule and additional tutoring is available by the Student Success Center on the UND campus. Intensive advisement is offered to each of the student and the LAUNCH! Coordinator is located on the UND campus to offer assistance to students.


How to Apply

Students must submit the following:

  1. Application for Admissions with a $35 one time application fee (required)
  2. High School transcript request form or GED test results
  3. ACT/SAT or Compass Testing
  4. Immunization records
  5. UND Health Form

Lake Region State College is an open-admission college. After submitting the required documents students will be mailed a letter of acceptance.

Next Steps

Complete the FREE Financial Aid Form (

Complete UND Housing Application

Visit the UND Campus and LAUNCH! Office

Please take the time to visit the University of North Dakota campus. When you schedule a visit with UND they will set up a time for you to visit the LAUNCH! Office as well. You can set a tour time by visiting UND Admission


Payment Plan

Withdrawal Form


UND FERPA Form (students will be unable to complete form until they are registered for their UND course(s))

UND Immunization Form

Financial Aid Forms


LAUNCH! Registration July 31st, 2014

Location: 2nd floor of Memorial Building in the River Valley Room

 9:00a-9:15a Check-in
 9:15a-9:30a Welcome!
 9:30a-10:30a Financial Aid Overview
 10:30a-11:30a Family Session
 10:30a -12:00p Registration and LRSC Email Accounts
 12:00p-1:00p Lunch, Memorial Union
 1:00p-2:00p Student Services Overview
 2:00p-3:00p Housing 
 3:00p-4:00p LAUNCH! Overview 

Campus Tours


 *Orientation will be August 25th from 9a-12p

Transfer Information

Students will complete the UND application online. Click Create an Account on the right side of the web page. Students need to create a new account to complete the transfer application. If a new account is not created, students are unable to complete the new application. Complete the application and submit it. Students are responsible for sending a final high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores and other college transcripts to UND Admissions. Please take the time to verify these items have been received by UND by calling 701-777-3000.

Students will request a transcript from LRSC to be sent after grades are posted for the spring. There is a fee to order your transcripts. 

Students are not able to register for their UND courses until they have been accepted in the university. UND offers transfer information on their website.

Instructors and Staff

Terry Beich

Terry Beich brings energy and enthusiasm to his classes and makes learning fun. He has worked in the education field for over 20 years and has worked with a wide range of students, from elementary grades through high school, to active duty military, veterans and civilians. Terry has taught a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Interpersonal Commun9ications, Physical Education and Early Childhood Development. He currently teaches course for Lake Region State College and Park University. He has taught for the LAUNCH! program since it's inception in 2010. He is a graduate of Southwest State University, Winona State University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He holds BA and BS degrees in Speech/Theatre Arts, Physical Education and Education as well as an MA degree in Theatre Arts/Communications.


Lonamalia Smith

Lona's credentials are as follows: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2007 and a Master of Arts in Sociology in 2013, both from UND. She has been teaching various courses since 2008 which include: Intro to Sociology, Research Methods, Social Psychology and Drugs, Society and Behavior.


Dewitt Johnson
College Algebra

Dewitt Johnson has a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC, a master's degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Teaching for the LAUNCH! Program has been an enriching experience for him because there is always something fascinating to learn about his students. Whether it's a talent they have or how to better reach them academically, the journey taken through the course of the semester if full of enlightening moments. He strongly promotes students taking responsibility for their own learning, so he looks for ways to confront and encourage students' sense of self-belief. College algebra is historically difficult, so students must be ready for the challenge. However, he feels privileged to positively contribute to the lives of his students through support and communication.


Barbara Brenner
Developmental Math

Barbara Brenner is pleased to begin another year as a mathematics instructor with the program as she has been with LAUNCH! since its inaugural year. Her experiences include teaching mathematics in middle and high school, as well as at the junior college level with LAUNCH! Additionally, she worked in the banking industry as a research and fraud analyst. Barbara is a proud graduate of both Lake Region State College and the University of North Dakota. She is looking forward to assisting students with the next phase of their academic careers in LAUNCH!


Kim Gasparini
History and Government

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/Social Sciences. In May 2000, she did post graduate work at UND in Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology and History. She has a Masters in History with an area of concentration in British Imperial History.

Kim graduated from UND in 2000 and began teaching high school social science classes in Grafton, ND in 2001. In 2007, Kim returned to UND to do post graduate work. In conjunction with her studies, she worked for the UND Student Success Center where she taught Introduction to Effective Study Skills, Introduction to University Life and College Reading. Kim has been with the LAUNCH! Program as a History and Government instructor since August 2011. She loves teaching and encourages her students to work hard, make good choices and to make the most of their college career.

Allison Lund
Cindy Rerick
LAUNCH! Coordinator

LAUNCH! Coordinator

Cindy Rerick
(701) 777-4901

Physical Address

University of North Dakota
370 Oxford Street
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Mailing Address

2901 University Avenue
Stop 7082
Grand Forks, ND 58202

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