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Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Chances of getting into Northern State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
84.5%
Admission Difficulty for Northern State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into NSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 84% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,190 out of 1,409 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 60 percent. Northern State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Northern State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
980-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
4%
SAT Scores for Northern State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Northern State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1090

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 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 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 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 4 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >90%
1085 to 1190 Avg + 84%-90%
980 to 1085 Avg - 76%-84%
875 to 980 Reach 64%-76%
Less than 875 Low <64%
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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 26
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 #4 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >90%
22 to 25 Avg + 84%-90%
19 to 22 Avg - 76%-84%
16 to 19 Reach 64%-76%
Less than 16 Low <64%
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NSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.14
Typical High School Grades
B

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

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into NSU. 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 84% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northern State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 779 630 1,409
Accepted 670 520 1,190
Acceptance Rate 86% 83% 84%
Enrolled 172 170 342
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 33% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
144

Applicants have 144 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 15, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

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?

84% 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.

What SAT score is required for Northern State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1190. 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.