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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 northern.edu.

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.

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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, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into Northern State University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English17 - 23
ACT ® Math17 - 24
ACT ® Composite Score19 - 24

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into NSU

The chances for admission at Northern State University can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants1,134
Granted Admissions1,063 (94%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled408 (38%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Northern State University is around 3,200 students, where graduate students make up roughly 16% 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 $11,200. 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:
    • In-State Tuition: $3,700-$4,500
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $5,600-$6,708
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $240-$290 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $300-$360 per credit 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 Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$4,364
Receiving Student Loans75%$5,651

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 7%.

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
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of NSU is close to 37%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years13%
Graduating in 5 Years17%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College 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.

Get more information about the programs offered by Northern State University by clicking the request information to the right.

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

Social Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Education

  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (M)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • Special Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • History Teacher Education (B)
  • Social Science Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
  • Secondary School Administration (M)
  • Education (C)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • Speech Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (C)
  • Science Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Research
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Secondary Education

Psychology

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (A)
  • Drama (B)

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Data Modeling, Warehousing and Database Administration (C)
  • Computer Information Technology Services Administration and Management (C, M)
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • Web and Multimedia Management
  • Computer Software and Media Applications
  • Web Design
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer and Information Sciences

English Language and Literature

  • English (B)
  • Rhetoric and Composition (B)

History

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Physical Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Communication Technology

  • Prepress , Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design (A)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology (C)

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Clinical Laboratory Science

Public Administration and Social Services

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