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Northern State University 1200 S Jay St Aberdeen, SD 57401 Phone: (605) 626-3011
  • General Information
    About Northern State University

    Northern State University is a premier residential, liberal arts institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities. Vision Statement Northern State University will boast an unparalleled residential liberal arts education and become a leading regional university integrating education and technology. Values NSU’s students, faculty and staff are drawn together by the following values: • Community: With strong ties to our city and region, we are a welcoming community of scholars and learners with a focus on a student-centered environment. • Scholarship: We engage in research and creative activities in an innovative atmosphere of intellectual rigor, with academic freedom and integrity. • Citizenship: We educate individuals for a lifetime of learning and service to their ever-changing communities, nations, and world.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • Remedial services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Less than 1 year certificate
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Town: Remote
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 1,023
    Percent Admitted 84%
    Men Admitted 92%
    Women Admitted 95%
    Full Time Retention Rate 70%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 19 24
      English 17 24
      Math 18 24
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 3,476
    Native American 87.0
    Asian 39.0
    African American 42.0
    Hispanic 28.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,722
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 29

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