Northern State University

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General Information

Admission Office

1200 South Jay Street

Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

(605) 626-2544

(800) 678-5330

Fax: (605) 626-2587

Contact: Allan Vogel

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1200 South Jay Street

Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

(605) 626-3011

Total undergrads: 2,412

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 400

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,946

Graduate enrollment: 515


Urban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 92%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 68%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Ecology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Banking/Financial Services B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Business/Managerial Economics A
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office Clerical Services A,B

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology C


Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Audiology/Hearing Sciences B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Speech-Language Pathology B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northern State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (605) 626-3011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,427
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,469 (43% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,750
Out-of-state Tuition: $11,821
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,167

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northern State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northern State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 212
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1271
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 4135
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 13
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 14
Visual and Performing Arts 123
Grand total 127428

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northern State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,750
Out-of-state $11,821
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,665
Out-of-state $11,814

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 320 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 288 86% $5,167
Student loan aid 225 67% $6,423

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,138 37% $5,722
Federal student loans 886 29% $5,835

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northern State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northern State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,409 630 779
Percent admitted 100% 83% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 24% 27% 22%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northern State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,427
Undergraduate enrollment 3,008
Graduate enrollment 419

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northern State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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