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Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate78%

Northern State University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Northern State University. Northern State University admitted 78% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 1,322 students applied to Northern State University and 1,033 were admitted.

If you are applying to Northern State University, the fee for the application costs $20.

Students who submit their applications to Northern State University for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

Northern State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Northern State University's admissions stats.

Northern State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 3%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 82%
Waitlist No

Northern State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northern State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Applying Early to Northern State University?

Northern State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Northern State University Admissions

How To Get Into Northern State University

Northern State University is a not difficult school to get into. Northern State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Northern State University accepted 78% of all applicants, about 1,033 from the 1,322 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Northern State University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to Northern State University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Northern State University

Northern State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Northern State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northern State University

What does Northern State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Northern State University for more information on admission factors.

Northern State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Northern State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Northern State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northern State University?

Students admitted to Northern State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 83.28% submitted a class rank. At Northern State University 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 34% were in the top 25% and 69% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Northern State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 4.71%
3.75 and 3.99 25.59%
3.50 and 3.74 19.53%
3.25 and 3.49 18.86%
3.00 and 3.24 13.81%
2.50 and 2.9 11.45%
2.00 and 2.49 3.7%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northern State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Northern State University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 3% of Northern State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 82% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern State University students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 410 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern State University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 410 or higher.

To be most competitive at Northern State University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Northern State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Northern State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Northern State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Northern State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northern State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northern State University.

Does Northern State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Northern State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Northern State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Northern State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern State University?

❌ No, Northern State University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Northern State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Northern State University is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern State University?

❌ Northern State University does not offer early decision.

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Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Northern State University? Northern State University is a less selective institution. The Northern State University acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


Northern State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

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

Northern State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

390 - 570


Reading SAT Range

410 - 580

Northern State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.3. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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