Northern State University is a 4-year public school located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. NSU was named one of 10 colleges and universities with affordable out-of-state tuition by US News & World Report and USA Today College named Aberdeen the second-best small college town in America. NSU is home to the only Confucius Institute in the Dakotas, as well as the only Center for Excellence in International Business and Entrepreneurship in the state.
Key Admissions Stats
Not for Profit
This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission
In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Room and Board
The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
(amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
+ amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
+ amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies
Aid & Grants
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants
Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
Students Borrowing Loans
Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation
The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment
The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
I rate Northern State as an 8 out of 10. Northern State has some advantages and disadvantages--just like every other college.
Kelcy from Aberdeen, SD
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.
Jacob from Aberdeen, SD
NSU is small public liberal arts college in Aberdeen, SD. It has the only Center of Excellence in International Business. The campus is gorgeous and safe.
Ioana from Romania
Northern is a great college with great professors who will help students with jobs and internships thanks to the small class sizes.
Ben from Cheyenne, WY
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.
Eleni from Watertown, SD
It has a great environment! Very friendly students and even friendlier staff!