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NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY - [NSU], ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA

Aberdeen, South DakotaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1901Established Year
  3622Enrollment

Northern State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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Founded in 1901, Northern State University is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It has been named as one of the best public regional bachelor’s college in the Midwest for 8 consecutive years as per the ranking of the U.S. News and World Report. Currently, the university is offering 59 majors, 46 minors and 6 pre-professional programs to nearly 3500 students. The NSU’s Wolf PACT scholarship is the largest scholarship offered in the Midwest. The NSU campus is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Rankings

U.S. News Rank 2020:

  • #84 in Regional Universities Midwest
  • #88 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #18 in Top Public School

Campus

  • The NSU campus comprises historic buildings, modern facilities, green space which makes it one of the most beautiful region. It is also a small and safe campus with a very low crime rate.
  • There are more than 50 active clubs and organizations of the students on campus.
  • There are several opportunities for students on campus like art galleries, Student Center, library, Barnett Center for work out etc.
  • The Barnett Center is an 8000 seat facility for athletics with an arena, pool, indoor track, volleyball, handball, etc.
  • The Dacotah Hall houses various administrative offices like Registrar’s office, financial aid office, academic support service, student center, etc.
  • There is a technology center on campus that comprises 3 computer labs, 2 smart classrooms, fully equipped TV studio, media center, conference room and office of the Technology staff and arts and science faculty.

Residence

  • There are 2 styles of residence halls on the Northern State University – traditional halls and suite-style halls.
  • New residence halls equipped with modern amenities that have been opened in the last few years are Wolves Memorial Suites, Great Plains West and Great Plains East. Other residence halls are McArthur-Welsh hall, Kramer hall and Briscoe hall.
  • Traditional halls provide accommodation on a single and double sharing basis.
  • Suite-style halls have spaces for 2-4 students sharing. Common amenities include a bathroom with a shower, mini-fridge, and microwave.

Programs

  • The Northern State University offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, associate, certificate, pre-professional and online degrees to students through various schools and colleges.
  • The various schools and colleges of NSU are College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education and School of Fine Arts.
  • Classes are conducted in a student-faculty ratio of 20:1 which comprises 80% faculty with Ph. D. Programs are designed to provide students real-world experiences through internship opportunities.
  • The University offers programs in Art, Business, music, and teacher education are nationally accredited.
  • The Confucius Institute is a part of NSU that helps students in South Dakota to learn Mandarin Chinese.

Application Process

  • Application Portal: Online application portal
  • Application Fee: 20 USD (non-refundable)
  • Student Class profile:
  • Total enrollment – 3500
  • International students from 42 countries
  • Standardized test scores of SAT/ ACT are required for evaluation of the admission application. Average SAT score – 970 or above (School code – 6487); Average ACT score – 18 or above (School code – 3169)
  • High school GPA – 2.6 on 4.0; College GPA – 2.75 on 4.0
  • English proficiency test scores – International students must take English proficiency tests and get their scores sent to the university from the testing center itself. The minimum requirements of these test scores are:
ExamUndergraduateGraduate
TOEFL IBT61-7079
TOEFL PBT-550
IELTS5.56
  • Supporting Documents to be submitted with the admission application for evaluation include official high school transcript indicating class rank and cumulative GPA or GED, test scores of English proficiency tests like TOEFL/IELTS/ACT/ SAT scores and compliance with student visa eligibility requirements.

Cost of Attendance

Undergraduate students

ExpenseEstimated Cost 2019-20
Tuition10,611 USD
Fees1211 USD
Room3787 USD
Meal Plan3924 USD

Graduate students

ExpenseEstimated Cost 2019-20
Tuition (18 credit hour)11088 USD
Fees726 USD
Total11,814 USD

Financial Aid for International Students

  • 82% of the students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.
  • The university spends 16.2 million USD annually to provide financial aid to students. Most of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of need.
  • Students must complete FAFSA by March 1 to be considered for financial aid.
  • The following table presents some scholarships awarded by the University:
Name of scholarshipEligibilityAmount awarded
Wolf Pact ScholarshipFreshman students enrolled full-time.
Minimum 3.0 GPA
Up to 12000 USD
Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipMust be in top 4 of the class with an average GPA of B++Up to 7500 USD
Freeman Foundation FellowshipMinimum 2.8 GPA
Completed FAFSA
3000-7000 USD
Gilman ScholarshipMust receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Must be studying abroad for 4 weeks.
5000 USD
Hollings ScholarshipMust be in 2nd year or 4-year institution.
Minimum 3.0 GPA
8000 USD

Alumni

  • Notable alumni of the University are Bryan DeBates – Vice President Education for Space Foundation, Carolyn Thompson – public speaker, Dr. Rochelle Nolte – a physician with U.S. Public Health Service, Christopher Maunu – Director of Choral Activities at Arvada West High School and many others.

Placements

  • The NSU Career Services Center is dedicated to helping students explore their career options and employment opportunities.
  • Wolf Work is NSU’s online job posting database which is available to all students as well as alumni.
  • 96% of the graduates of NSU were employed within 6 months of graduation within 6 months.
  • Statistics also show that 47% of the students were hired even before graduation.
  • In the previous years, more than 150 employers visited campus for recruiting students.
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Northern State University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population4895
FAFSA Code003466
Application Cost$20
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$10 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio3 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-79- -
IELTS-6- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score10459501140 6%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing515470560-
Mathematics530480580-
ACTCheck Detailed Score221924 92%
English201723-
Mathematics221825-

Northern State University Acceptance Rate

87.8%

Acceptance Rate

994

Total Applicants

4895

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

40.0%

Male

60.0%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program87.8%
Total Applicants4787
Total Enrolled4204
Graduate
Graduate Programs87.8%
Total Applicants787
Total Enrolled691

Northern State University Enrollment

Enrollment
Northern State University Enrollment4895
Undergraduate Enrollment4204
Graduate Enrollment691
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate30.8%

Attendance Cost

$10

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The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$10 / Year
Post Graduate Program$18,480 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,200 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$7,844 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$4,000 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$7,850 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,000 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,900 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,000 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
150814446434
+1-605-626-2544
TELEPHONE
1-800-678-5330
TOLL FREE
1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
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Book Store

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Corner Book Shoppe1.07 Km
Red Rooster Coffee House1.28 Km
Flashbax1.81 Km

Pharmacy

Jones Drug Prescription Center1.07 Km
Kessler's1.1 Km
Kessler's Pharmacy1.1 Km
Jerry Drees, PharmD1.23 Km
Alvin E. Haugen, Pharm1.23 Km
State Street Pharmacy1.47 Km
D T Pharmacy1.66 Km
David J. Taffe, RPh2.35 Km
Plaza Pharmacy2.37 Km
United Clinic Pharmacy3.36 Km
KC Nelson, PharmD3.79 Km
Kimberly L. Freudenthal, PHARMD3.79 Km
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Moccasin Creek Plaza1.94 Km
Super City Shopping Center2.31 Km
Lafayette Mall3.22 Km
Shoppes on 7th3.44 Km
Aberdeen Mall3.5 Km
Splitrock Center3.79 Km
Sunstone Crossing3.96 Km
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Hospital

Avera Health1.23 Km
Avera St. Luke's Hospital: Emergency Room1.26 Km
Avera Breast Center1.3 Km
Avera Medical Group Pediatrics Aberdeen1.47 Km
Northeastern Mental Health Center2.29 Km
Sanford Aberdeen Clinic3.34 Km
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Airport

Sanford Aberdeen Helipad3.28 Km
Runway 13/315.2 Km
Aberdeen Regional Airport5.23 Km

Bus Station

Aberdeen134.99 Km

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