Online & Distance Learning

Online courses fit most active lifestyles like yours. LRSC Online Campus allows you to take courses from almost anywhere. Courses can be completed day or night, weekday or weekend. Courses are flexible and designed to meet the needs of working adults. If you can dedicate your time and energy, we can help you complete courses and earn a degree online.

Online courses at LRSC are affordable. Tuition rates are competitive and financial aid is available. Look for tuition assistance or incentive programs in your place of work too.

The support of faculty and staff at LRSC will make your goals attainable. If you give your time, ambition and drive for success, LRSC Online can help you meet your educational goals. Complete a course, certificate or a degree. We’ll help you succeed!

Lake Region State College offers programs in the following locations:

Grand Forks
Peace Officer Training

Grand Forks Air Force Base


Peace Officer Training

Peace Officer Training

Peace Officer Training

Lake Region State College is the largest and longest serving dual credit provider in the state of North Dakota. Dual Credit or sometimes called Early Entry is when a sophomore, junior, or senior enrolls into a college course and in many cases earns high school credit upon successful completion of the college course. This gifted and talented student program helps high school students apply a more rigorous academic schedule while still in high school. At the same time, this student can earn credits toward a college degree and towards their high school graduation at a reduced tuition cost while the student is still living at home. More than 750 high schools enroll in early entry opportunities with LRSC every semester.

Resources for Online Students

As a student at Lake Region State College, you are required to make responsible choices when it comes to your academic career. LRSC wants to help you make informed decisions. Our online advisor is here to help mentor and advise you. With the help of your advisor, you can set realistic goals and map out your future education. Your advisor will be your first stop when needing assistance with academic issues.

Andy Wakeford
701-662-1545 or 800-443-1313 ext. 21545
Skype IM:

Lake Region State College has a comprehensive online program offering courses and complete degree programs. Online courses and degrees are available to out-of-state students based on state authorization.

State and federal laws require authorization for colleges and universities to offer online courses and degree programs in states other than their own.

LRSC is a member of the North Dakota University System and has authorization to offer courses in states on this map highlighted in Blue. The exception is California. LRSC is authorized, but California is not a member of NC-SARA.

SARA States & Institutions


SARA states are colored in blue on the map. Click HERE or the image link to see approved SARA institutions.

No online authorization
Lake Region State College does NOT have authorization to deliver online courses and degrees in the following states. However, if we have a program that interests you, contact admissions about becoming a student on our campus.

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to online classes. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.

Lake Region State College Students have access help in both online and on campus courses anytime…day or night!

Online Tutoring Services are integrated into Blackboard courses. To access Smarthinking, log in to your course and use the Smarthinking link in the Course Home Area.

The Smarthinking Online Tutoring Service provides students with assistance in these subject areas, but are not limited to: English and Writing, Mathematics (Algebra, Calculus and Statistics), Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Business (Accounting, Economics).

Smarthinking evaluates the subjects regularly and more subjects are added as necessary. Students can: Connect with an e-structor to interact with a live tutor, submit their writing to the Online Writing Lab or submit a question and receive a reply from a tutor (usually within 24 hours).  Smarthinking services are free to LRSC students.

Smarthinking Student Handbook
Smarthinking Faculty Handbook
FAQ for Faculty

Blackboard FAQs

Q: How do I log into my online classes?
A: Log into LRSC Online using your NDUS Credentials (CampusConnection). You can access the login page two ways: 

Q: Forgot Username or Password to log in?
A: If you need help with your login or password, contact the NDUS Helpdesk, call 866-457-6387, or

Q: Where can I find help using Blackboard courses?
A: There are multiple resources available for help using Blackboard Learn.

  • -- Login help
  • Blackboard Support Portal: Go to to access a Knowledge Base of articles, live chat support, submit a ticket or call the 24/7 toll free number, 1-844-348-3963
  • Support instructions for Blackboard Learn
  • Video Tutorials showing how to perform common tasks

Q: How will I get communications from LRSC?
A: LRSC uses email as the main method of communication. Students must access their LRSC email account. For your convenience, you may also forward your college email to a personal account.

Q: Can I receive class notifications on my phone or mobile device?
A: You can set your notification preferences within your LRSC Online website. Find instructions on the “Blackboard Help” website.

Q: Is Blackboard easy to use?
A: Blackboard Student Orientation Tutorial will appear on your Blackboard landing page when you log in at LRSC Online.

Q: Is there a mobile app available?
A: Blackboard’s new student app, the Blackboard App, is available in Apple, Google, and Windows app stores now. You can access Blackboard, get grades, and participate in discussions on your mobile device. Download the Blackboard App today!

Q: How do I take tests in an online class?
A: Tests are done within the online course system. Students should have a wired connection to avoid any issues caused with a drop in connection.Some faculty will have additional requirements for test security and integrity measures.

Exam Proctor – Instructors who require a proctor for testing will have a form and guidelines posted in their online classes. Students need to complete the form and return it to the instructor by the date indicated. Proctors cannot be friends, students or relatives. The guidelines list possible resources for proctoring services which may include public schools, public libraries, college test centers, public/community test centers, etc.

Lockdown Browser –Get the free download. Install the lockdown browser on the computer used for testing prior to the first exam. If you are testing at a remote or proctor location that may have download restrictions and firewalls, you should work with them before your first test to be sure they can load the software onto their computer.

Hundreds students enroll in courses at Lake Region State College each summer. Summer courses are designed to help students keep on track with their degree progress or complete their degree, early.

Students enroll from all over North Dakota and across the United States, as well as other countries, each summer. Most students need to begin the enrollment process by completing the application for admission. See the LRSC Website for more information. See the list of questions frequently asked questions for more information.

Q: I want to register, but can’t. What should I do?
A: Students need to start with an application for admission to begin the enrollment process.

Q: I’m a student at another college or university. Can I take a class?
A: Yes. The best route for students in the North Dakota University System is a Collaborative enrollment, but you must be enrolled in at least one course or credit at your home institution (home institution is the college or university from which you are seeking a degree). If you are not enrolled at your home institution, apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

Q: Do I have to pay the $35 admission fee?
A: Yes, if this is your first course at LRSC you will pay the admission fee. If you have previously attended LRSC, the fee will be waived.

Q: When do summer courses start?
A: Most courses begin June 6th. Some start earlier. Check the term schedule on the LRSC Website for a list of summer dates.

Q: What is the cost for a class?
A: Online tuition is charged, at a per credit hour rate of $183/credit hour. Textbooks and supplies can vary and are an additional cost.

Q: I can’t register for English Composition or Math (College Algebra). What should I do?
A: Placement scores are required by the NDUS for these courses. The most common score is the ACT English and Math sub scores. Other scores can be substituted. See the LRSC Website for test score information. Scores can be submitted to the LRSC Admissions Office.

Q: Placement information is required for Math and English Composition courses. See the LRSC website for details. Submit this information to:

A: Admissions Office, Lake Region State College, 1801 College Drive North, Devils Lake ND 58301
This information is required for enrollment in all math or English Composition courses.

Q: Is there a specific time that I need to be in class?
A: Usually, no. Courses are ‘Asynchronous’. That means the instructor and student are not generally in the class at the same time. Online courses are designed to be flexible. Assignments, discussions and quizzes/tests are due on specific days/times during the week or unit. A few courses do utilize a weekly chat session in real time to discuss topics and answer student questions.

Q: Will a book be required for my course?
A: Most instructors do require a book. See the LRSC Bookstore Website for course textbook requirements.

Q: How is credit transferred to the college or university when the course is complete?
A: Contact the Registrar’s Office. Request an Official Transcript. See the LRSC Website for more information.

Q: When can I pay my tuition? How do I pay?
A: Students can pay online using a credit or debit card. Payment can also be submitted to the LRSC Business Office. See LRSC Website for more information.

Contact the Center for Distance Education for any questions or to enroll into dual credit/early entry classes.