Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD, USA
3.62 Average Rating

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.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
88%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
No

Important Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
66%
Out-Of-State Students
30%
92%
Submitting ACT
6%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 20
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36
Average SAT Composite: 1083
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1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
3,611
Total Number of Undergrads
3,162
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
63%
20-39 Students
32%
40-99 Students
4%
0
100
23%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
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100
48%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
19:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,917
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Tuition
In-State Tuition 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.
$8,497
Out-of-State Tuition 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.
$11,470
Additional Costs
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.
$8,029
Books and Supplies
$1200

Aid & Grants

0
100
77%
Need Met
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.
17%
Average Aid Per Year
$5,074
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.
17%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,639
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$2,663

Student Loans

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.
70%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,183
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.
$15,000
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.
$268
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
43%
57%
Student Organizations
45
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
35%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Wolves
School Colors
Gold/Maroon
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
No
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Employed
6 mos. after graduation
99%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$37,300
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What Students Are Saying

3.62 Average Rating
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!
Brittni from Aberdeen, SD