#5 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Northern State University overview
Location Aberdeen, South Dakota
Online northern.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Northern State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is a public institution established in 1901. The campus exudes a small-town atmosphere within the expansive Midwestern landscape, offering a close-knit environment for students. NSU emphasizes a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs with notable emphasis on business, education, and fine arts. The campus architecture blends historic and modern elements, providing a visual representation of its commitment to tradition and innovation. With a less selective admissions process, Northern State University focuses on broad access to higher education. Student housing is available on campus, fostering an environment conducive to academic and personal growth. While NSU participates in NCAA Division II athletics, it is not primarily recognized for its sports programs. The university's proximity to the modestly-sized city of Aberdeen does not place it near any major metropolitan areas, allowing Northern State University to serve as a cultural and educational hub in the region.

In the most recent statistical year 1,322 prospective students applied, and 1,033 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 299 enrolled in the school.  1,116 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,228 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,616 plus fees of $1,229. NSU is ranked 820 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












NSU is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Northern State University overview
SAT 800/1150
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.37

Applications Accepted

Northern State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Dakota Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Northern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,229
Room and Board $9,150
Budget for Other Expenses$4,600
Total One Year Cost$23,795

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Northern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,229
Room and Board $9,150
Budget for Other Expenses$4,600
Total One Year Cost$26,897

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$37,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northern State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 35%
Education 20%
Social Sciences 13%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 6%
Biology 4%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219259 IPEDS survey data for Northern State University.

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