Northern State University
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

Overview

Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 3,587
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 4%
Student to faculty ratio 20:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 839 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
No
Types of Programs Offered
Academic
No
Occupational
No
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
No
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
No
High school education
No
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
No
ROTC - Army
No
ROTC - Navy
No
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
No
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates

Admission

81%
Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Northern State University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,010 applications and 822 students were granted admission. Northern State University is at the #79 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 92% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 7% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT870 to 1050
ACT17 to 24

Application Fee

$20
Undergrad students
$35
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Northern State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $9,900 and in-state students paid $6,984.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

$14,341
Average Net Price
(2016-2017)
National Average = $12,440
$6,984
In State Tuition
(2016-2017)
National Average = $6,695
$9,900
Out of State Tuition
(2016-2017)
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 96% of Northern State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 39% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,927 (which is 11.4% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Northern State University in 2016-2017, was 187, which is 68% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,814 (which is 9.7% above the national average.)

$3,927
Average
Pell Grant
(2016-2017)
National Average = $4,432
$5,814
Average
Federal Loan
(2016-2017)
National Average = $5,302
96%
Financial aid
awarded
(2016-2017)
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Northern State University has enrolled a total of 3,587 students (1,443 students full-time and 2,144 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 3,587 students, 131 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 41% men and 59% women and 3,075 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 512 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 2,057 students for distance studies.

3,587
Total Enrollment
131
Transfers

Student Diversity

White: 84%

Non-resident alien: 7%

Hispanic: 2%

Two or more races: 2%

Black/African American: 1%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Majors

Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Northern State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 41% 125 0
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 17% 51 13
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 10% 31
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 10% 31 15
Visual And Performing Arts 5% 14
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 3% 9
History 3% 9
English Language And Literature/letters 1% 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1% 2
Psychology 1% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

46%
Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Northern State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

3%
Still enrolled
27%
Dropout rate
24%
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

$31,500
Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Northern State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $31,500. Last year, out of the total 721 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 678 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 943 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 877 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $31,500 $34,100
Employment Rate 94% 93%
Total Graduates 721 943

Campus Location

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