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About Northern State University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College


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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Northern State University(NSU) is a public institution headquartered at Aberdeen, South Dakota. It was founded in 1901. It has nearly 3,600 students from 42 different states of the U.S. and countries. It has a Confucius Institute which trains Chinese language and culture.

A bill was proposed for the creation of the institute in Aberdeen on January 7, 1899. The construction of the school wasn't completed until September 1902. Charles F. Koehler served as the first President of Northern Normal and Industrial School. In 1939, the school was renamed Northern State Teachers College. Following the college being named Northern State College in 1964, the college made several changes to its campus and curriculum. On February 6, 1989, the College acquired the status of a University.

NSU's mission is to not only offer diverse academic, civic, social, and cultural opportunities, which will prepare the students for the future through the agency of liberal arts and professional education but also to aid in the process of enrichment of the local and regional community.

It provides 59 academic programs. It has more than 26,000 alumni living in the U.S. and other countries of the world. It has WolfPACT which offers financial help to the students.

It has the Northern State University Foundation (NSUF) which helps the students in the form of scholarships every year. It offers 59 majors and 46 minors to the students. Its mission is to prepare elementary and secondary teachers, offer professional programs.

NSU Accreditation

The university is recognized and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer various degree programs.

Location & Contact


1200 S Jay St


Email: N/A
Phone: 6056263011
Fax: 6056263970
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According to the U.S. News and World Report

  • It got ranked in the Best colleges for veterans in the Midwest.
  • It ranked 101 in Regional universities Midwest and 26th in Top public schools.
  • It is named one of the best public baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest.
  • It is named one among 10 colleges and universities in the U.S. with affordable out-of-state education.
  • It ranked 521 in best college rankings for the academic year 2018-19 by Money.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

930 - 1200

ACT Range

19 - 24

Application Fee




High School GPA


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As a public institution, the NSU admissions process is very simple and easy for candidates to get into the institution.

NSU is regarded as a relatively competitive college due to the presence of average admission standards. Students wishing to enroll must have a decent academic background.

The average SAT score for students enrolled at CU is 1065. Meanwhile, the average ACT score is 22. Therefore, SAT and ACT scores are also very critical when it comes down to admissions.

Students wishing to get enrolled at Cornerstone must keep the aforementioned facts in mind while applying to the institution.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Total One Year Cost


Total one year cost of pursuing education at NSU includes several expenses such as cost of tuition, cost of books and supplies, room and board expenses, and so on. As evident from the data above, the annual cost for tuition averages at $7299. The cost of books and suuplies is $1200. Meanwhile, room and boarding may cost $8029. These aforementioned expenses and other additional expenses brings the total one year cost upto $21826.

Net Price is the total cost of attending an institution when factors such as financial aids, grants, and so on are taken into consideration.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Business Administration, Management...

56 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

35 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

35 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

30 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

29 Graduates

Biology, General

21 Graduates

Psychology, General

21 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

20 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

17 Graduates


17 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

14 Graduates


14 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

13 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

11 Graduates

Political Science and Government

9 Graduates


8 Graduates


8 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

7 Graduates

Teaching English or French as a Sec...

6 Graduates


5 Graduates

Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, an...

4 Graduates

Arts, Entertainment,and Media Manag...

3 Graduates


3 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

3 Graduates

International Business

2 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

2 Graduates

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

1 Graduates


1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




83% White

1% Unknown

2% Black

3% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

5% Non Resident alien

1% Asian

2% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$48,290 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,324/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

maroon and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $8,925 per year for living on campus. Northern State University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at NSU costs around $4,324 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At NSU, campus safety and security features include campus emergency phones. The number of female and male students at the university are 42% and 58%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$231 - 287

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


The financial aid department of NSU is dedicated to assists students to help them pay for their education. The financial assistance is provided in the form of scholarships, loans, and grants.

An applicant has to fill in the FAFSA and receive their Student Aid Report to be eligible to receive assistance and determine financial position.

Northern State University federal school code is 003466

The university provided $36 million as scholarships and grants for the academic year 2017. 

  • Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and TEACH Grant are the federal grants available. Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct PLUS Loan are the federal loans available. Federal work-study is also available as Federal Aid.

  • South Dakota Education Access Foundation Grant, and South Dakota Need-Based Grant available for the students as State aid.

  • Hatterscheidt Scholarship, Wolfpack Scholarship, Dakota Corps Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, and Marvin & Ione Ehley WolfPACT Scholarship are the institutional scholarships available as Institutional Aid.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment are the Military Aid available for the students.

85% of the students received either federal, state, or institutional aids from the university. $14,341 is the average amount awarded as a grant or scholarship per year to the eligible students. 

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