Northern State University
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Northern State University (NSU), founded in 1901, has been recognized nationally as one of the best and most affordable institutions by U.S. News and World Report rankings for more than a decade. NSU is a public university is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA. At NSU, students receive personalized attention in small classes taught by dedicated professors.
Northern State University (NSU), founded in 1901, has been recognized nationally as one of the best and most affordable institutions by U.S. News and World Report rankings for more than a decade. NSU is a public university located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA. At NSU, students receive personalized attention in small classes taught by dedicated professors.
Take a virtual guided tour of Northern State University, which has also been ranked among the Top 100 Most Affordable in the United States!
NSU boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest. Historic buildings blend with modern facilities, all centered around a park-like campus green. The campus is within walking distance of downtown Aberdeen, so students can easily explore the community of about 30,000 people. Aberdeen is growing, but still manages to keep a safe, small-community atmosphere.
NSU currently offers approximately 50 majors, six associate degree programs, more than 20 certificate programs, more than 50 minors, 16 pre-professional programs and nine master's degree programs. More than 80 percent of students receive some form of financial aid.
Here are a few reasons why students should consider study at NSU.
- Northern State University's WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest guaranteed partial scholarship in the state of South Dakota.
- NSU has been recognized as one of the best, most affordable public institutions in the region by U.S. News and World Report.
- More than 90 percent of graduates reported positive career outcomes within six months of graduation in 2018-19.
- With a student-faculty ratio of 20 to 1, students get personal attention from dedicated, caring professors.
- Northern's international students come from all over the world. NSU students have a variety of study abroad opportunities in Australia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Ireland, South Korea and elsewhere.
- NSU Wolves Athletics has a proud tradition of excellence, competing in NCAA Division II in six men’s and seven women’s intercollegiate programs.
- Students have the opportunity to join dozens of clubs and organizations on campus or start their own.
College of Arts and Sciences
The NSU College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for the global workplace and for further study in post-baccalaureate and professional programs. Students have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of academic programs that offer hands-on learning and research opportunities in our state-of-the-art Regional Science Education Center. They also gain skills crucial to succeed in today's workforce, such as critical thinking, communication and leadership.
School of Business
Northern State University’s School of Business introduces students to the world of management, marketing and finance, with a special emphasis on the global aspects of business. Through hands-on learning, faculty help students unleash their critical thinking and analytics skills to prepare them for the demands of the current workforce. The School of Business works with regional business leaders to determine the needs of the future in business and industry, building relationships to support student success.
School of Education
The Millicent Atkins School of Education at Northern State University builds on Northern’s rich history as a teaching college to develop the next generation of caring, innovative teachers. With various undergraduate and graduate programs, the School of Education prepares students for careers in diverse areas of education – from traditional classroom teaching to school counseling to e-learning.
School of Fine Arts
The Northern State University School of Fine Arts is the largest collaborative arts program of its kind in the region, encompassing art, music and theater. It is a vibrant and growing regional center for the arts, in which students and faculty are focused on creating, performing, teaching, interpreting, and thinking critically about the arts.
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$10,000 — $15,000 Semester
Arts and Humanities, Business, Science
Type of School
Student Body GenderCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNo Affiliation
Scholarships for International StudentsYes
Conditional Admission AvailableYes
Accreditation and CertificationHLC
Type of HousingResidence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory
Test ScoresIELTS: Band 5.5+, TOEFL: 61+, ELS: Level 113, SAT Eng: 450+, ACT Eng: 19+, PTE Academic: 30+, Duolingo: 90+