Northern State University

1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

School Details

Northern State University, a four year public institution, traces its beginnings to the Northern Normal and Industrial teacher’s institution, founded in 1901. Throughout the following century the college continued to grow, transitioning into a multifaceted academic facility, and in 1987, the school adopted its current Northern State University title. Today, the value of education at Northern State University is stated through its mission to provide “outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities.” The mission is guided by core values of community, scholarship, and citizenship. Northern State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the University’s overall accreditation, select independent programs at Northern State University have also received specialized accreditation, including music and teacher education programs.

Northern State University’s campus is located in the small town of Aberdeen, South Dakota on 72 acres of land. About 3,600 students attend, including nearly 500 graduate students. Additional demographics include:

  • A 60 percent female student body
  • Nearly three-fourths of students declaring in-state residency
  • Six percent minority student body
  • About 95 percent of students awarded financial aid

Northern State University offers 41 bachelor’s degrees, eight associate’s degrees, in addition to eight certificate programs and nine master’s degrees. Fields of study are housed in five schools.

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

Class sizes typically retain a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Prospective undergraduate students will need to complete the application, in addition to submitting the $20 application fee, official transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores.

For added convenience, Northern State University offers courses and degrees that can be completed through the distance learning program. Programs include master’s degrees in Banking and Financial Services, Instructional Design in E-learning, Training and Development in E-learning, Leadership and Administration, Teaching and Learning, and Music Education. Online bachelor’s degrees allow students to pursue International Business Studies, General Studies, Banking and Financial Services, Business Administration, Management, and Marketing. Online associate’s degrees feature General Studies, Gerontology, and Banking and Financial Services. In addition, an extensive list of individual online courses vary by semester. Students have 24/7 access to classes via the online portal and can communicate with faculty members by phone or email. Students also have the opportunity to attend off-campus sites for coursework, including the Capital University Center in Pierre, Huron Community Campus, University Center in Rapid City and the University Center in Sioux Falls.

There are nearly 70 official student organizations recognized at Northern State University, including extracurricular focuses in:

  • Professional organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Religious clubs
  • Minority clubs
  • Special interest clubs
  • Cultural clubs

Furthermore, there are 13 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II.

Annual tuition and fees at Northern State University is $7,269 for in-state students and $9,133 for out-of-state students while online programs are charged at a rate of $301.70 per undergraduate credit hour and $400.05 per graduate credit hour, not including added fees.

Northern State University offers a tuition payment plan, along with the support of grants, scholarships and loans for qualifying students. Aid programs at Northern State University include:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College
  • Higher Education Grant
  • Institutional, merit-based and departmental scholarship awards

For students whose aid needs are not covered by scholarships and grants, federal student loans are also available and include the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal PLUS Loan. Northern State University also offers extensive financial aid for veterans, including VA Benefits Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607 (REAP), Active Duty Chapter 30, Vocational Rehabilitation Chapter 31, Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33 and Survivors/Dependents of Veterans Chapter 35.




School Overview:

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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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