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  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
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Northern State is a public university located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,333 undergraduate students. The Northern State acceptance rate is 88%. Popular majors include Biology, Elementary Education, and Business. Graduating 48% of students, Northern State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,100.
1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Northern State University Rankings

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Northern State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
88%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
930-1200
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$15,668/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,779/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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.13 responses
85%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.13 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
8
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    49%
  • Online
    37%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,333Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,718
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Small Town
    83%
  • Different
    8%
  • Out of this world
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.26 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    70%
  • Easy Going
    20%
  • Underrated
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses
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Overall I felt that online classes went well. I like how you’re able to do online classes on your time which makes it easier when you are working as well. It felt overwhelming at times when it feels like you are teaching yourself but gradually you learn that the professors are there to help you! In the end all the resources are there, you just have to ask!
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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.
Need to focus more on students out of state/country. A good school, but also feels like more of a business than an education. Wish they had more scholarships for transfer students!