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Northern State University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Northern State University, the application fee is $20. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Northern State University by March 1.

Considering Applying Early to Northern State University?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How To Get Into Northern State University

Northern State University is aslightly 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 2021, Northern State University **accepted 79% of students, around 817 of the 1,038 students who applied.

Schools that are slightly difficult to get into, like Northern State University, MIN

Transfer student admissions is slightly difficult.

What Does Northern State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Northern State University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Northern State University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

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

Students admitted to Northern State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 86.84% submitted a class rank. At Northern State University 14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 34% were in the top 25% and 65% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Northern State University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 86.84%
3.75 and 3.99 23.17%
3.50 and 3.74 21.95%
3.25 and 3.49 12.81%
3.00 and 3.24 10.37%
2.50 and 2.9 16.77%
2.00 and 2.49 7.01%
Northern State University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 2% of Northern State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 89% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northern State University?

To be competitive with other Northern State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 0 and 0 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northern State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 0 and 25% of scored lower than 0, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern State University students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 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 480 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northern State University?

To be most competitive at Northern State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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Transferring to Northern State University

For transfer students, it is slightly 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 Spring 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:

DSST/DANTES Life Long Learning Credit ACE recommendations for credit

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

Northern State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

Northern State University. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Northern State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective

79%

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 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

19 to 25

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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Northern State University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

510 - 560

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Reading SAT Range

480 - 580

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Northern State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.37

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.37. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,431

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

79%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$8,845

Out-of-State

$11,947

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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