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- Party SceneB
- Campus FoodB-
- Student LifeB+
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.
NCAA Division II (with football)
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Northern State Admissions
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Early Decision/Early Action
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- 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
Most Popular Majors
Undergrads Over 25
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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
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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
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!
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!