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#4 Best Public Universities in South Dakota

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Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Chances of getting into Northern State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
79%
Admission Difficulty for Northern State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into NSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at NSU is 79%.  It ranks #4 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Northern State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 817 out of 1,038 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent (SAT 990/1140 ACT 19/25). Northern State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.37. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 42% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The NSU application fee is $20 and applications are due by Jun 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Northern State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 4% of students submitted SAT scores and 93% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

NSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
990-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT 
4%
SAT Scores for Northern State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for Northern State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1140
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 prefers applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 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 910. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1070 out of 1600. NSU ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 4 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1140 and Above Good >88%
1065 to 1140 Avg + 79%-88%
990 to 1065 Avg - 66%-79%
915 to 990 Reach 51%-66%
Less than 915 Low <51%
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NSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
93%
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 24
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

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 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northern State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >88%
22 to 25 Avg + 79%-88%
19 to 22 Avg - 66%-79%
16 to 19 Reach 51%-66%
Less than 16 Low <51%
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NSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.37
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Northern State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into NSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern State University was 3.37 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.37 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NSU accepts 79% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Northern State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 6.71% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.17% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.95% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.81% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 10.37% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 16.77% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.01% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.22% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

65% 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 14%
Top 25% of class 34%
Top 50% of class 65%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northern State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 609 429 1,038
Accepted 498 319 817
Acceptance Rate 82% 74% 79%
Enrolled 210 131 341
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 41% 42%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
136

Applicants have 136 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northern State University is $20.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northern State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
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.

FAQs

Does Northern State University prefer SAT or ACT?

4% of students submit their SAT scores to NSU. 93% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northern State University?

79% of those who apply are granted admission to NSU. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northern State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1140. 4% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northern State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.