Northern State University

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1200 S. Jay Street

Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

Phone: (605) 626-3011
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#56 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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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.

Northern's Vision/Values
Vision: Northern State University is a historic, public institution of higher education established on an attractive campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The
NSU community takes pride in the institution and in providing an advanced teaching and learning environment. Integrating technology across the
curriculum, NSU offers excellence in liberal and professional education with programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Fine Arts.

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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1901
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $21,139,778


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.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 89.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

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.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Physical Sciences 13%
Education 10%
Social Sciences 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%

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Student Life

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.

Total enrollment 3,449
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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

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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

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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.

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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

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