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NSU Demographics & Diversity

Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at NSU are mostly White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has very low racial diversity. 17% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Northern State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 83%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian / Alaskan 3%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 4%
Race Unknown 0%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 72% more female students than male students enrolled at Northern State University with a gender ratio of 63% women to 37% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, NSU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Northern State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 37%
Women 63%
Enrollment by gender for Northern State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 1,228
Women 2,116

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

NSU serves a low number of students outside of South Dakota, with 69 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Northern State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 69%
Out of State 30%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$48,289 per year

31% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 14.1%
Part time Undergrads 19%

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