Northern State University

Northern State University

Northern State University, also known as NSU, is situated in Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States. It was founded in the year 1901 and known as the Northern Normal and Industrial School. The university offers a wide range of degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts

Northern State University's athletic teams are known as the Wolves. The athletics department fields men's teams in basketball, baseball, track and field, cross country, golf, football, and wrestling, and women's teams in cross country, basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, track and field, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

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Northern State University
1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen , SD 57401-7198
General Phone: (605) 626-3011

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Northern State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching140curriculum and instruction, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, educational assessment and evaluation, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Business and Management77business management, accounting, finance, banking, international business, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts67German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Computer Science and Engineering49computer and info science courses, computer programming courses, web design, database administration, computer and media applications, webmastering, computer services management, computer support
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Science17biology, ecology, chemistry
Art Studies13art studies
Therapy and Counseling9psychology
Medical Support and Technology1clinical lab tech
Family and Social Work1community organization, social work
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art
Media0desktop publishing and imaging
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Northern State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree147
Award of less than 1 academic year4711
Master's degree816
Bachelor's degree25341
Postbaccalaureate certificate02

Northern State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northern State had a total enrollment of 2,578 students (1,921 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 22%
20-21 24%
22-24 20%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 7%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota74%
North Dakota8%

Northern State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 40 %

Northern State Room and Board (2007)

Northern State offers campus housing for 819 of its 1,921 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Aberdeen, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Northern State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Northern State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,712
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,470
Room and board $ 4,664
Room charge $ 2,483
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,181
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,200

Financial Aid:
Northern State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 346600)

Northern State Faculty

Northern State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year19$68,6345$75,438
Associate professoracademic year17$61,2609$48,481
Assistant professoracademic year18$49,80312$45,124
Instructoracademic year4$44,7204$46,339
All faculty totalacademic year58$58,97930$51,346

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northern State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Baseball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Track Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports93645

Northern State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Other
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist


Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Northern State Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Northern State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Northern State % of degrees in education and teaching
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Northern State Number of degree programs
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Northern State % students on athletic fin. aid
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Northern State % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Northern State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in music
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Northern State % of degrees in music
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Northern State Dorm rooms per full-time student

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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