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Northern State University Student Life

Northern State University is on a 72-acre campus in a small town setting in Aberdeen, South Dakota. There are many activities and organizations for Northern State University students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, and more.

Northern State University does not have fraternities or sororities.

Northern State University students' favorite campus events are Gypsy Days (homecoming), I Hate Winter and Commencement.

Does Northern State University Offer Student Housing?

Northern State University offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Northern State University students live off campus. In 2021, 38% of undergrads at Northern State University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 62% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Northern State University. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Northern State University offers coed housing.

Northern State University Athletics

At Northern State University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Northern State University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Track And Field NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Basketball NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2

Safety at Northern State University

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus. The Northern State University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Northern State University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Northern State University, take Highway 12 to Aberdeen, SD. If you need to fly, book your flight to Aberdeen Municipal airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in South Dakota you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Northern State University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Northern State University Students

57%

Women

43%

Men

39%

Full Time

61%

Part Time

71%

In State

29%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

81%

5%

4%

3%

3%

2%

2%

1%

0.14%

Undergraduate Students

2,968

Graduate Students

463

Non-Resident / International Students

38

Northern State University Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Women's Center
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 24-Hour Security Patrol

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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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