NSU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Northern State University
|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
How hard is it to get into NSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 88% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 941 out of 1,068 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 moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 64 percent. Northern State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 36% 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
Applicants Submitting SAT4%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||470|
|SAT Math 25th||460|
|SAT Composite 25th||930|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||600|
|SAT Math 75th||600|
|SAT Composite 75th||1200|
|Average SAT Score||1070|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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 73 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 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 790. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1070 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 4 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1200 and Above||Good||>93%|
|1065 to 1200||Avg +||88%-93%|
|930 to 1065||Avg -||81%-88%|
|795 to 930||Reach||72%-81%|
|Less than 795||Low||<72%|
NSU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT93%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||16|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||23|
|ACT Math 75th||24|
|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. The school ranks #10 in South Dakota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern State University.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.14
Typical High School GradesB
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. The school ranks #10 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. 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.
63% of Northern State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||34%||38%||36%|
Applications are DueSep 1, 2020
Days left to Apply215
Applicants have 215 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Sep 1, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to NSU before the Sep 1 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Mar 14||Mar 27|
|May 2||May 15|
|Jun 6||Jul 15|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Feb 8||Feb 19|
|Apr 4||Apr 14|
|Jun 13||Jun 23|
|Jul 18||Jul 28|
What are the requirements for admission to Northern State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
4% of students submit their SAT scores to NSU. 93% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
88% of those who apply are granted admission to NSU. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1200. 4% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.