Northern State University

1200 S Jay St,, Aberdeen, United States
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Overview of Northern State University

About this school

Northern State, founded in 1901, is a public, liberal arts university. Its 72-acre campus is located in Aberdeen, north of Sioux Falls.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:3,162
    • Men:1,346 (42.6%)
    • Women:1,816 (57.4%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Northern State University is minimally difficult: most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
September 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1200 South Jay Street
City, State, Zip
Aberdeen, SD  57401-7198
Phone
(605) 626-2544
Fax
(605) 626-3022
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
-
Application Fee
$20
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
88% of 994 applicants were admitted
Women
87% of 521 applicants were admitted
Men
89% of 473 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
324 (37%) of 873 admitted students enrolled
Women
174 (39%) of 451 admitted students enrolled
Men
150 (36%) of 422 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.26
375 And Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
510 average |450-580 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
0%
• Score 600 - 700
11%
• Score 500 - 600
47%
• Score 400 - 500
32%
• Score 300 - 400
11%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
498 average |460-560 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
0%
• Score 600 - 700
11%
• Score 500 - 600
47%
• Score 400 - 500
37%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
5%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
22 average |19-24 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
5%
• Score 24 - 29
28%
• Score 18 - 23
56%
• Score 12 - 17
11%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $8,280|Out-of-state: $11,209
  • Room & Board: - $7,844 (60.13492793621589%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,200 (9.19963201471941%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $4,000 (30.665440049064703%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Northern State University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On or about April 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003466
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
280 (89.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
207 (73.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
207 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
70 (33.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$10,057
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 192 (92.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,719
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 173 (83.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,765
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 12 (5.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
57 (18.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,339

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,001 (79.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
793 (79.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
790 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
223 (28.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$10,864
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 673 (85.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,862
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 676 (85.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,008
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 26 (3.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
129 (10.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,623

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$29,968
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
5.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, South Dakota Education Access Foundation Grants
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Ethnic Background, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,484

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


90

Part-Time Faculty


58

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


51%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 22% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 32% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 32% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 7% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 3% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
181,833

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
130
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Northern State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


77.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


25.8%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


47.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


49.8%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (41)


  • Accounting
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Voice and Opera

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Education, Parks and recreation

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Science, Master of Music Education, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study (10)


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Music Education
  • Sports Management

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


26,791

Nearest Metropolitan Area


72 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
-.6 average low in January, 78.8 average high in September
Rain
89 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
3 mile(s) from campus in Aberdeen
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Aberdeen
Nearest Train Station
180 mile(s) from campus in Fargo, N.Dak.

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing

Students of College Housing


35% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


65%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Not available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Not available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Wolves
School Colors
Maroon and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Northern State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, television station

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,346

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
3,162
Women
1,816
Men
1,346

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 1.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 1.4% Asian
  • 1.5% Black/African-American
  • 2.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 88.6% White
  • 1.0% Unknown

International Students


5.4% from 39 countries

Average Age


23

Number of Graduate Students


449

Student Resources

Study resources