Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

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Tuition & Fees

$8,750

$11,821

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
18%
500-599
50%
400-499
31%
700-800
6%
600-699
25%
500-599
62%
300-399
6%
30-36
3%
24-29
32%
18-23
47%
12-17
17%
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undergraduateRatios

42%

male

58%

female

19

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

84%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,190
Declined 219
Total Received 1,409
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Public

3,008

undergraduate students

419

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Northern State, founded in 1901, is a public, liberal arts university. Its 72-acre campus is located in Aberdeen, north of Sioux Falls.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 3,427
Established in 1901
Coeducational Coeducational

72-acre campus in Aberdeen (population: 28,388), 200 miles from Sioux Falls. Served by air; larger airport serves Sioux Falls; train serves Fargo, ND (180 miles).

  • Campus Setting: Small town
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Aberdeen Municipal

Northern State University
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD
57401-7198

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
41%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through sophomore year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing

Top Events

  • Gypsy Days (homecoming)
  • I Hate Winter
  • Commencement
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
12%
Top 1/4
30%
Top 1/2
61%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
18%
500-599
50%
400-499
31%
700-800
6%
600-699
25%
500-599
62%
300-399
6%
30-36
3%
24-29
32%
18-23
47%
12-17
17%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $20
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.37

Moderately Selective

84%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,190
Declined 219
Total Received 1,409

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
class rank
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Considered

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
interview
recommendation(s)
talent/ability

Not Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
application essay
first generation
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency
volunteer work
work experience

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes

Financial Aid

96%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$5,232

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,540
Room & board $8,925
Additional fees $1,210
Books & supplies $1,200
Other fees $2,200
Total $21,075
Average Financial Aid - $5,232
Total with Avg. Aid $15,843
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

kumbo, rugby, table tennis, tae kwon do

Club Sports - Women's

kumbo, rugby, table tennis, tae kwon do

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Basketball, Football, Racquetball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Racquetball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division II

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Banking and Financial Support Services
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biotechnology
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Ecology
Economics, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
General Studies
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
History Teacher Education
History, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Rhetoric and Composition
Sociology
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Freshman honors college
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate

3,427

total students

69%

in-state

31%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

88%

3,008
students

Female
58%
1,735

Male
42%
1,273

12%

419
students

Female
76%
319

Male
24%
100

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

42%

1,265
students

Female
57%
713

Male
43%
552

58%

1,743
students

Female
59%
1,022

Male
41%
721

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 73%
Student 4 year graduation rate 31%
Student 5 year graduation rate 18%
Student 6 year graduation rate 3%

Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Hispanic/Latino
81%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

93

Transfer students enrolled

3%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES yes
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit yes
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

Transfer difficulty

'Minimally difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

80%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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