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Northern State University is a public institution that was founded in 1901. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,967, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 72 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northern State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 56. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,563 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $9,563 (2013-14).
|School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):|
Northern State University is a premier residential institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled extracurricular opportunities.
NSU's students, faculty, and staff are drawn together by the following values:
Community: With strong ties to our city and region, we are a welcoming community of scholars and learners, with a focus on a student-centered
Scholarship: We engage in research and creative activities in an innovative atmosphere of intellectual rigor, with academic freedom and integrity.
Citizenship: We educate individuals for a lifetime of learning and service to their ever-changing communities, nations, and world.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Northern State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Northern State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 89.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||89.8%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||September 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Northern State University is 19:1, and the school has 48.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northern State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Physical Sciences; Education; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||N/A|
|Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates|
Northern State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,967, with a gender distribution of 41.2 percent male students and 58.8 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus. Northern State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Northern State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Northern State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Northern State University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Northern State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||70%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Northern State University, 66.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,354.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$7,563 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$9,563 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$6,458 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data