Northern State University in Aberdeen

Aberdeen, SD

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Northern State University offers 192-degree programs and 42 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 83%. The most popular test is SAT - 8% of students submitted it in comparison to 91% of students who submitted ACT. 38.2% are women, and 61.8% are men. 6% percents of international students. Northern State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northern State University is 14597$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $12563 and $19505 per year. 46% of full-time Northern State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $33,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Northern State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Northern State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$11,757
$30,001 - $48,000$11,777
$48,001 - $75,000$15,073
$75,001 - $110,000$16,516

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 3204

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    1280 of Northern State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 43 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northern State University number 10 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in South Dakota.

    Students at Northern State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Other alternative tuition plan

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Northern State University.

    Study abroad

    Weekend/evening college

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Northern State University graduation rate is below the national average.

    46% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northern State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    4 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Northern State University acceptance rate is above national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 81%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 2% only.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so Northern State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 15%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Northern State University full-time retention rate is 67% and part-time retention rate is 60%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northern State University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      860 - 1040

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 420 - 490
      Math: 440 - 550
      Writing: 0 - 0

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northern State University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      19 - 25

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 17 - 24
      Math: 17 - 25
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Northern State University is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Northern State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Northern State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in South Dakota.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Northern State University

      The campus located by 1200 S Jay St address in Aberdeen, South Dakota.


      Northern State University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Northern State University with 0.11% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Northern State University are burglary and forcible sex offense.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Northern State University offers 192 programs in total: 123 are for Bachelor's degree, 24 - for Master's degree, 21 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 18 - for Associate's degree, and 6 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

      This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 31 universities in South Dakota state. Northern State University is one of the few institutions in South Dakota that offers an Associate's degree program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 42 distance learning programs that are provided in the Northern State University: 18 are for Bachelor's degree, 12 - for Master's degree, 9 - for Associate's degree and 3 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the South Dakota state average data to help you compare.


      Northern State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2078 students with 62336 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 217 with 5213 credit hours.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Northern State University

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      Overall Rating:

      Awful school. You get what you pay for in this world and Northern State University is overpriced for what they offer. That's saying a great deal considering their tuition rates.I guess all you have to do to be qualified to teach a database course is sleep with the football coach. One star is one too many.

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      Ways it called northern when its in the southern?

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      I learned a lot from NSU.

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      Good campus great school good times

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      Small College, small classes and a great place to get to know your professors and one-on-one attention

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      Location & Website

      Address: 1200 S Jay St


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +6056263011

      Institution is active in current year: 1

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