About Northern State University
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.
The university is recognized and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer various degree programs.
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.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual 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
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 Emergency Phones
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.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $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.
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.