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Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Overview

Student Population
3,493
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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Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Northern State University is a small four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 1,409 prospective students applied, and 1,190 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 342 enrolled in the school.  1,383 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,110 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $7,540 plus fees of $1,210. NSU is ranked 853 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

4/10
Overall
5/10
Academics
4/10
Resources
4/10
Outcomes
2/10
Value

NSU is rated within the lower 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Northern State University within the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Moderate
Northern State University overview
SAT 980/1190
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.14
Applications Accepted
84.5% 
Northern State University overview
Applications Due Jun 15, 2021
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Dakota Resident Tuition
$7,540
In State Costs for Northern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,210
Room and Board $8,925
Budget for Other Expenses$4,200
Total One Year Cost$23,075
Out of State Resident Tuition
$10,611
Out of State Costs for Northern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,210
Room and Board $8,925
Budget for Other Expenses$4,200
Total One Year Cost$26,146

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Outcomes

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.

Current students may use the Northern State University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.