Northern State is an above-average public university located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,346 undergraduate students. The Northern State acceptance rate is 88%. Popular majors include Business, Elementary Education, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 45% of students, Northern State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,500.
NCAA Division II (with football)
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.10 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.13 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.13 responses
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.26 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses
Northern State University Reviews
I went to Northern as a music major and absolutely loved it! The faculty in the music department is absolutely phenomenal. Not only that, but the entire campus is very supportive of the arts, which is hard to find at a school in the Midwest where sports tend to dominate. When they say you’re not just a number, they mean it. Even the general education professors know their students by name, even if they’ve only had them in one or two classes. Highly recommend to anyone that’s looking for a great education at a very affordable, smaller university.
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!
Northern State University can be a great school, but it has MAJOR flaws. Professors are terrible about communicating with their students, when students email them. Most of them have terrible timing and wait until the very end of the semester to place grades. If a student is gone numerous times, they don't reach out. They make it seem like they don't care about their students. Yes, Northern has some great professors, but they have more professors who are terrible. Everyone at Northern who you'd expect to be able to help you, push you to someone else who "should be able to direct you correctly" don't.