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Aberdeen, South Dakota

NSU Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Northern State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
87.8%
Admission Difficulty for Northern State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into NSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 88% acceptance rate. Last year, 873 out of 994 applicants were admitted making Northern State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Northern State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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NSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1210
Applicants Submitting SAT
6%
SAT Scores for Northern State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Northern State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1210
Average SAT Score 1120

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northern State University?

Northern State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. 6 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1210 and Above Good >93%
1120 to 1210 Avg + 88%-93%
1030 to 1120 Avg - 81%-88%
940 to 1030 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 940 Low <72%
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NSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
92%
ACT Scores for Northern State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Northern State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NSU?

Admission data indicates that NSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northern State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >93%
21 to 24 Avg + 88%-93%
19 to 21 Avg - 83%-88%
17 to 19 Reach 76%-83%
Less than 17 Low <76%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.14
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Northern State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern State University was 3.14 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.14 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NSU accepts 88% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School Class Rank

63% of Northern State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northern State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 7%
Top 25% of class 26%
Top 50% of class 63%
Bottom 50% of class 37%
Bottom 25% of class 17%

Admission Statistics

Northern State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 521 473 994
Accepted 451 422 873
Acceptance Rate 87% 89% 88%
Enrolled 174 150 324
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 36% 37%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Sep 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
44

Applicants have 44 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Sep 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Northern State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northern State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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