Northern State University (NSU)

1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD

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NSU is a public institution located in Aberdeen, SD and provides a large number of program options for students. NSU has an annual student enrollment of nearly three thousand.

Students can pick from several areas of study, including:

  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. The most common standardized test scores among applicants accepted to this school are within the range of 19 to 24 on the ACT, or 900 to 1060 on the SAT exam. An estimated 90 percent of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 38 percent of those admitted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found at

Tuition & fees at this school vary for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs nearly $7,600 per year with out-of-state tuition costing $9,500 per year. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus for a cost of $2,900 annually. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that qualify in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Northern State University "Wolves" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students should visit the Northern State University website to see a complete list of areas of study, programs, student services, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants NSU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Northern State University is around 3,400 students, where graduate students make up roughly 9% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $4,200-$5,000
    • Out-of-State: $6,300-$7,510
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $260-$310 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $350-$420 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$4,160
Receiving Student Loans71%$6,610

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Northern State University may offer student services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of NSU is close to 49%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years21%
Graduating in 5 Years22%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1965)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1954)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Northern State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Basketball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Track and Field (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Football (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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