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  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Northern State University is well-known for its music and history departments, so if one of these are your major area of study, I suggest you give Northern a second look. However, NSU is a good four-year university for many students in many different areas of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend visiting the NSU campus and meeting the faculty. I found NSU was the best fit for me once I took a look around and met the faculty here. That combined with the low price of the college before and especially after their generous scholarship program made it no question where the best college for me was. Also, visiting the northern website (northern.edu) would be a good first step for prospective students.

    Bang for the buck

    Northern State University is a public college with public college prices of under $15,000 a year (in-state tuition) but has a private college size. Even the largest general classes at NSU are around 60 students (and that's big!). Northern State University also has a wonderful 4-year academic scholarship program called the Wolf-Pact Scholarship program which is one of the best (if not the best) scholarship offer in the state of SD. This scholarship varies depending on a student's ACT (or SAT) score and GPA.

    Am enjoying being here

    Going to college at NSU is like having a second family. Even the people I don't know are always friendly which includes all the faculty, alumni, and students. Students can be as involved or relaxed in their schedule as they want with varsity and intramural sports; the Symphonic, Community, and two Jazz Bands; Collegiate, Chamber, and Jazz Choirs; Debate and Speech Teams, multiple theatre activities including musical theatre, and different interest groups including the Accounting Club and many, many others. Students at NSU never have the excuse of being bored.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning everything I had hoped to as a college Freshman. The faculty here is not only more than qualified but because NSU is such a small campus, students here are more than just a number. Every professor genuinely cares about his/her students. All my professors knew me by name and said hello to me outside of class after a month of class. The professors at NSU have so much information to give you and are really excited to share it with you.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe and the student body works together to insure this.

    Greek Life

    there is no greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club or activity for everything that a person could possibly be interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    small town, rural students who grow up on farms and ranches. asian students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    students find their own space and locations.

    Bang for the buck

    nsu is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    plenty of shopping, movies and restaurants. on campus they keep the activities going so that there is always plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    it's campus food, but it's not bad.

    Dorm Life

    smaller dorms with close knit activities. they do allow you to move around in the case that you don't see eye to eye with a roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    it is hard work, but there are plenty of ways to get extra help when and if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep your dorm room door open. meet people. try new things.

    In three sentences

    i love nsu! it is a smaller campus where faculty do get to know who you are. it is a caring campus, where you can get involved.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. You can work to the stores at 2 a.m. in the morning without worrying about anything.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends on the weekends. Go to movies. Go camping, fishing and hunting.

    Food and Dining

    Food is normal, not very special. There is not a lot of variety for you to choose.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something to do in the dorm. You can always relax by participating in pool competition or red-neck prom or box car racing. You will never get bored.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best business courses in the State of South Dakota.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the professors. They are very friendly. Participate in lots of activities. That's the best way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Northern State University offers one of the best business course in South Dakota. I'm very satisfy with what I learn because the business professors are very good at teaching. Most of graduates from business program have jobs related to their major.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A student shouldn't be scared to be on campus during day and night hours. During night hours always have someone with you but there are campus officers that are around campus and watching for any type of mischief that might happen.

    Greek Life

    I do not recognize any Greek Life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs that you can join at NSU with different activities that go along with them. You can be in clubs that travel overseas or in a different state.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern State University is a great place to go to college at especially students that want to make a career in music/theater and education or special ed. Northern has one of the top music and theater programs in the central division and has an excellent Education program for students who want to become teachers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unusual traditions that happen during the daytime could be that foreign student would get into groups and perform a flash mob randomly during the day. Its fun to watch and enjoy.

    Bang for the buck

    There are lots of different on-campus jobs that take place at Northern State University. Several of these jobs run from working in the cafe', working in the C-store, library help, gym and weight room help, and much more. It is easy for students to get to and from wherever they are to go to work and make good money. It also helps students not to drive to work since gas is not the cheapest these days either. Working on-campus is a great opportunity for students.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun things to do on and off of Northern State University's campus. On campus there are a ton of volleyball courts to play volleyball and badminton at. There are a tons a green fields to play different field sports at or for the girls, laying on to tan. There is also a gym on campus to do activities in if people don't want to be outside. Off campus during hot weather days there are go carts you can ride on and swimming facilities to hang out/swim at. You can also go shopping at the mall or other places. When your 21 there are a ton of bars to go to, especially the bar called The Zoo. It is the most popular bar in town and excitement is always there.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Northern State University isn't the healthiest, but it supplies you with a ton of options for what to eat. There is a salad bar, possible 3-4 different meals, based on what you want, a foreign bar of what I call it. This is a bar to get use to other countries, shows you what they eat on a daily base. There is also a desert table for your to pick out 2-3 different deserts also based on what you want. The food gets old after a while, but at least its something that is being provided for you.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be something new for everyone to get use to. These new living conditions helps you meet people that you will become friends with for your whole life. It also helps you to meet new people from different countries and become custom to their beliefs and traditions. Dorm life also helps you to face new challenges and how to share different things with all the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a ton of Academic students at NSU. There are also a ton of Honor programs that you can become off and graduate from the University in High Honors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northern State University is very well based on their education and music programs. So any students that are interested in these subjects, NSU is the place for you. I feel like college is a lot easier than High school for me, but it doesn't mean that I am going to slack off. Future students: try your best in college and do well. Never know what opportunities can come your way.

    In three sentences

    Northern State University is a highly educated University. It has a ton of majors and minors anyone would be searching for. The teachers/professor are excellent with the students and love to see them succeed.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great, never feels like a threatening environment.

    Greek Life

    There is not a greek life on campus, but there is Gypsy Days, which is NSU's homecoming celebration. Full of activities to keep the homecoming week going and the school spirit up.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge assortment of clubs from academics to sports. It is very easy to stay involved because they cover a lot of the hobbies most students have.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like to learn and have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a whole lot of traditions that go on around campus. They are always filled with students having a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    At NSU, you feel like you're in your own small-town community where everyone knows everyone and they all get along. The tuition is a lot lower than most universities, but that fact don't take away from the amount of learning you will go through at NSU.

    What to do for fun

    Any hobby people at NSU have, they can find right on campus. There is so much stuff to do, there is always an activity to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, you have your choices from something off the grill to something that may interpret a home-cooked meal. You can always eat healthy because the salad bar is always open. You have other options as well like pizza or the Asian station.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms give you great space for when you want to get your studies done. Activities at the dorms are always going on so if you don't have any studying to do, you can always go out and have some fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers, the courses, and advisors are always top-notch. Teachers are always there to help you when you need them, the courses give you a chance to experience what you will be going through in your career, and the advisors are always helpful in getting you on the right path and keeping you on the right path to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    At NSU, you will be part of a community that cares. People are always willing to help and are always super-friendly. Its a great place to learn and it is a great place to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The teachers at Northern State University are top-notch. They teach us the things we will need to know to succeed out in the working world. The institution as a whole could not be better, an overall friendly atmosphere.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very reasonable!

    What to do for fun

    A huge variety of fun clubs!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus FIRST!

    In three sentences

    It has a great environment! Very friendly students and even friendlier staff!

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The Greek life is almost none-existent. There are two music fraternities, but nothing else.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern has a phenomenal music program. The faculty is top notch, and is the reason I came here. There is also a great business program that attracts many international students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our homecoming is called Gypsie Days. It is a really big deal, and everyone goes all out. I have heard about something called The Burning of the 'N'.

    What to do for fun

    Aberdeen is a small town. There are a lot of clubs on campus that one can join. A large majority of the campus enjoys going to the sporting evetns. The town has a great sense of community pride.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best. It is very reminiscent of high school food. There are some options that are ocassionally edible. There is a coffee shop on campus that I prefer to eat at. It is better to get more flex dollars on you meal plan because the coffee shop and convienience store accept them.

    Dorm Life

    Not all of the dorms have air conditioning, so it can get pretty hot. All of the dorms house both males and females, but some of them split up the genders by floors. Most of the dorms are very social. Often a large group of students from a dorm will go over and eat together.

    Academic Rigor

    The general classes course load if very managable. However, because I am a music major, I spend a lot of extra time doing things that other people don't. But it is very managable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leave your dorm room door open at all times; it is great way to meet new people. Get involved and make friends. Don't be afraid to be social. You don't have to know what you want to do with your life because there will be time for that. This is the time to figure that out, and there are people who will help you along the way.

    In three sentences

    Northern has a beautiful campus. It is a fairly small college, but that is what makes it so wonderful. One can really feel at home here.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 17

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    A private school feel at a public school cost. This small college provides an amazing range of subjects and fantastic professors. Here, you're more than just a number.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 17

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on campus and athletic events to attend. Also, people are very friendly within the dorms and there is always time to have fun or hang out with other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and attend your classes. Participate and be involved with student activities. Also, never turn down free food :)

    In three sentences

    It's a small town atmosphere with great and friendly people. The professors are great and spend time with you working to help with any questions students have. It's a great place to be!

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 17

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I've visited the campus, met with some faculty, and I absolutely love it there! It's a cozy, friendly, welcoming campus with so many doors wide open. They also have free laundry! :p

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty good, and we do have a campus cop.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities to join.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is most known for its business and teaching programs, however there is a lot more to offer than that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gypsy days is our homecoming week for celebrations.

    Bang for the buck

    Northern is relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of other schools. It's a little smaller, but that means more student/professor one-on-one time.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of different things that you can do on campus, but off campus they have a mall, theater, and fun stores downtown. Always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    We have a wide range of food in the cafeteria. You might get pretty sick of it after a while, but that's cafeteria food for you. It really isn't that bad. Just get the 100 meals and the 400 flex for the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I honestly love dorm life. I have made so many new friends, and it's nice just being able to hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of work just depends on the classes you are taking, or if you are in honors or not. For the most part though it is somewhat of a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would come and take a tour, because it has such a great atmosphere. Don't be afraid to ask questions either.

    In three sentences

    I would give Northern a five out of five! I love it there so much, and it's nice because everything is at close range to you. I love how easy it is to get answers to your questions as well for things like financial aid.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply during November because it is Free Application Month.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a small school, good for students who do not want to be lost in the crowd. Class sizes are small, so professors learn who you are on a first name basis. There are also a lot of opportunities for studying abroad or undergraduate research across the country.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has a local police officer. He is a licensed law enforcement officer and available for keeping the campus safe.

    Greek Life

    None available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs range from Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Student Activities Club to intramural sport teams, business clubs, academic, special interest, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern State is great for students who don't want too big of a college, but don't want too small of a college. It is a wonderful size with new facilities, improvements, and filled with activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition at Northern State is I Hate Winter weekend. During this weekend, students dress up in summer attire and attend the basketball games. It is a great way to cheer on the hometown teams and be a part of the roaring student section. There is a hot tub during the games that students can sit in too!

    Bang for the buck

    The basketball games are very exciting. Wachs Arena can hold a lot of fans. Aberdeen is a smaller community; the majority of people from Aberdeen attend the games which make the atmosphere exciting.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun. Some activities around campus like ace of cupcakes, bowling, ice skating, dances, fondue gatherings, swimming, pool table, ping pong, etc. You can attend basketball games, football games, wrestling, baseball, etc. too.

    Food and Dining

    The food will get old after awhile, but there is always a variety of choices to eat. Try eating cereal sometimes if you don't want the food from the grill or a sandwich. There is always pizza, a salad bar, and a sandwich bar. If you want to eat healthy your best choice is salad or the dinner style food (which would be the food not on the made from the grill or fried).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is as good as it gets. You get what you put into it. There are some things that aren't attractive about the dorm life like the bathrooms, dirty hallways, and sharing appliances in the lounge. The best thing about dorm life is hanging out with friends, helping friends with homework or other activities, and being on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic portion of Northern State is challenging, but achievable. Mix hard courses and easy courses during the same semester. Don't take all easy courses the first semester, then all hard courses the next semester. This will lead to stress and possibly a drop in GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips would be to work hard in high school so you can apply for a lot of scholarships and have a higher chance at being selected. Be involved in organizations, clubs, sports teams, etc. to get the full experience of college. Friendships are easily formed through activities.

    In three sentences

    I rate Northern State as an 8 out of 10. Northern State has some advantages and disadvantages--just like every other college.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 17

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They host multiple events on campus. Otherwise we have bowling, inline skating, and bike/walk trials all over town.

    Food and Dining

    Could be improved.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is as good as its going to get.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend supplemental instruction for your courses. It's a difference between a letter grade most of the time.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school if you're looking for a small campus. The staff is friendly and helpful. I recommend it if you want a more personal feel for the college.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 17

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    lots of campus activities daily, shopping, downtown events.

    Food and Dining

    food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    People are incredibly friendly

    Academic Rigor

    Classes arent to tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Join lots of clubs and be an Honors student!!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! The people are extremely friendly! The professors are really nice.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe due to the small size and nice people.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Northern. Which people here seem to be thankful for.

    Bang for the buck

    Northern is a cheap school and offers a great education as well as lots of help for future careers.

    What to do for fun

    Athletics are huge at Northern, so games and events are really popular. Fine arts is also really big and there is always concerts or plays. Aside from that, the school puts on fun activities quite a bit such as dances or other social events. Aberdeen also has a water park, frisbee golf, normal golf, and really good hunting.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad. Obviously it is not as good as mom's home cooking. But good enough to where you dont have to starve yourself. They actually listen to student reviews and did improve from a year ago.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun here, Northern is a pretty close nit community. So the social aspect is fun and the dorms are decent. The suites are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It is as hard as you make it. Northern has some tough teachers and classes, not to the point where it will sink your gpa, but it is a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend Northern, make the decision before the fall of your freshman year. They have really good scholarships for incoming freshman which are not available after that. Also, visit Northern, or any other school first to make sure the school is perfect for you.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great college with great professors who will help students with jobs and internships thanks to the small class sizes.

  • 04/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe and Bored out of your mind. That pretty much sums it up.

    Greek Life

    uggg

    Clubs and Activities

    No comment....good grief

    Great for these types of students

    LOL People who are used to living 100 miles North of the Artic Circle. People who think that catching fireflies and putting their butts on you finger is a great american past time. People who were dropped on their heads as a young child.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    LOL everything is unusual if you are used to living in a place that isn't a throwback from the Twilight Zone

    Bang for the buck

    This college is cheap......remember....YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

    What to do for fun

    Play with yourself. That's about it. The football team no...all of the sports teams, are a joke. Start digging and when you think you've hit bottom,......keep digging.....

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is pretty good. There's is a good variety and the cooks try to put food out that tastes good. Definately the best aspect of this institute of higher learning

    Dorm Life

    Huddling with a pack full of misfits who think that -20 degrees is short sleeve weather pretty much sums it up. Don't even think about having a beer.....the town clowns (officers of the law) have nothing better to do than to make your life as a student as miserable as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor is a laughable overstatement. There isn't any Rigor.....that's the problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you aren't from a high school in South Dakota with less than 50 in your graduating class and an ACT of 15 or less, RUN FROM THIS PLACE!

    In three sentences

    I think I have died and gone to Hell! I can't imagine a worse place to be on the planet. The people here are hicks, the academics are a joke, and if you are from outside SD people treat you as if you have a contagious disease.