B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A
Northern State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Address
1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Northern State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
860-1040
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$14,443/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,249/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,402/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,702/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,892/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,853/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.10 responses
92%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.12 responses
83%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.12 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,372Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Small Town
    82%
  • Different
    9%
  • Out of this world
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.25 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    78%
  • Easy Going
    22%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses
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Northern State University is above and beyond what I expected. The professors take the time to get to know your interests and goals and give advice on how to achieve your goals. The campus is safe and very nice. Northern State University has that "personal touch." The food is very good and there are plenty of activities to take part in. Being a member of the track and field team has been a positive experience, as well. I like seeing that Northern State University welcomes all races/nationalities. I would recommend Northern State University to anyone who wants to attend a quality institution!
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Northern State has a very diverse campus. There are many students from other countries, and Northern is always great about welcoming them to the states! The academic advisors that you work with are absolutely great!
I attended Northern State University for my Undergraduate Degree. I studied business, was a double major in Finance and Economics, minored in Accounting, and graduated with Honors. As with any college, there are good professors and not-so-good professors. The key to my success at NSU was networking, creating connections with advisors, department heads, students ahead of me, and professors. By understanding the system and your choices to customize - it was a lot easier to get set up with internship credits and independent studies. A few of my favorite contacts are no longer with the university or retired, but I have had a very good impression from Professor Barclay - who teaches marketing, I believe.