If you want to apply to Northern State University, the fee for the application is $20.
Students who apply to Northern State University for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 1.
Here is an overiew of some of Northern State University's admissions stats.
|Northern State University 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.4|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||9%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||5%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||80%|
These are the application deadlines for Northern State University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
Northern State University does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
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 2021, Northern State University accepted 80% of students, about 981 from the 1,229 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.
It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
Northern State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.
Curious about the factors that are considered by Northern State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
Make sure to check with Northern State University for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Northern State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Northern State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement|
|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||√|
Students admitted to Northern State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.
Out of all students that were admitted, 80% submitted a class rank. At Northern State University 9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 29% were in the top 25% and 67% were in the top 50%.
At Northern State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||25.08%|
|3.50 and 3.74||19.1%|
|3.25 and 3.49||16.12%|
|3.00 and 3.24||13.13%|
|2.50 and 2.9||14.63%|
|2.00 and 2.49||6.27%|
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.
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.
Northern State University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
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, 5% of Northern State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 80% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Northern State University applicants, you should strive to score 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 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern State University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 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.
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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
• Spring Term
• Summer Term
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 and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Northern State University?
❌ No, Northern State University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is Northern State University's acceptance rate?
✅ Northern State University has an acceptance rate of 80%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern State University?
❌ Northern State University does not offer early decision.
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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 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
24 and Above
18 to 24
18 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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.
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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