ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.
Colleges / Northern State University

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Aberdeen, SD

Founded in 1901, Northern State University currently enrolls around 3,431 students a year, including 2,968 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

2021 Admissions Facts About Northern State University

Acceptance rate: 79%

Average GPA: 3.37

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 1

What is Northern State University's acceptance rate?

Admission to Northern State University is minimally difficult. The acceptance rate at Northern State University is 79 percent.

The average high school GPA for a student at Northern State University is 3.37 /4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Northern State University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northern State University, around 76 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 303 students who started at Northern State University as first-time freshman, 88 graduate within four years.

Northern State University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 48 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $27,925 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northern State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Northern State University a good school for YOU?

Is Northern State University on your list?

Click the heart icon to save Northern State University to your own personal list of colleges that you're interested in applying to!

All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Northern State University in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

College Info

1200 South Jay Street Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

Campus Setting: Small Town

Northern State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


Wondering what your chances are of getting into Northern State University?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

Northern State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northern State University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Northern State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northern State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1340


Math SAT Range

510 - 620


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1070 to 1340


1070 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northern State University students is 1205. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northern State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northern State University.

Northern State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Northern State University is like? There are approximately 3,427 students enrolled at Northern State University, including 3,008 undergraduate students and 419 graduate students. 42% percent of students attend school full-time, 69% percent are from SD and 31% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Northern State University?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation