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Northern State University
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  • 4 Year
  • ABERDEEN, SD

Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade A
  10. Campus Food
    grade B minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B+
  12. Safety
    grade B+

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Northern is an above-average public university located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,136 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Northern acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Elementary Education. Graduating 45% of students, Northern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,100.

About

1200 S JAY ST
ABERDEEN, SD 57401
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

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.

NSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1140
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No data available  

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Cost

Net Price
$16,404 / 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
$5,650 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
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
11
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
2
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    18%
  • On Campus
    44%
  • Online
    38%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,136 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,731
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
32%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
  • Small Town
    83%
  • Different
    8%
  • Out of this world
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
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
  • Friendly
    70%
  • Easy Going
    20%
  • Underrated
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,300 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
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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