Northern State University

1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198


  • College Type: 4-year, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Total Student Population: 3,340
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
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Northern State University (NSU) is a public university located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Established in 1901, northern state university is one of the best universities in the state.

Northern State University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, including education, public health, law, music, business, fine arts, sciences.

The university is known for its strong education program, which prepares students teaching careers through hands-on practical experience in classrooms.

NSU also offers a variety of graduate programs, including a Master of Education, a Master of Science in Banking and Financial Services, and a Master of Music Education.

Northern State University has a mission to provide high-quality education for its students as well as provide practical and experiential knowledge needed to real life problems they may encounter in their career field.

With a student body of around 3,500, Northern State University places emphasis on small class sizes and personalized attention from faculty.

Northern State University also offers a variety of extracurricular activities for students to get involved in, including clubs and organizations, intramural sports, and cultural events.

The university is home to a number of performance groups, including the NSU Concert Choir, the NSU Jazz Band, and the NSU Marching Wolves.

Northern State University also offers academic advising, tutoring, and career services to help students achieve their goals. NSU also has a strong support network for students with disabilities, including accommodations and accessibility services.

Northern State University’s campus is located on 72 acres in the heart of Aberdeen. The university has a number of modern facilities, including the Williams Library, which houses over 200,000 volumes and provides access to a variety of electronic resources. Other facilities include the Jewett Regional Science Education Center, which houses state-of-the-art labs for biology, chemistry, and physics, and the Barnett Center, which features a gymnasium, swimming pool, and fitness center.

Northern State University is a great choice of school for students seeking a well-rounded college experience.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:3,340
Undergraduate enrollment:2,867
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:1.7%
      Black or African American:1.7%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:0.1%
      Two or more races:3.0%
      Race/ethnicity unknown:1.7%
      Non-resident alien:2.2%

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree

Programs Offered

  • 7-12 Driver Education Endorsement
  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting Analytics (MS)
  • Accounting Minor
  • Adapted Physical Activities Minor
  • Advanced Mathematics Certificate (Graduate)
  • Agricultural Business Minor
  • Allied Health Certificate
  • American Civic Traditions Certificate
  • Art Education (BSEd)
  • Art Education (MSEd)
  • Art Education Endorsements
  • Art History Minor
  • Arts Administration Certificate
  • Athletic Coaching Permit
  • Athletic Training (Pre-)
  • Banking and Financial Services (BS)
  • Banking and Financial Services (MS)
  • Banking and Financial Services Minor
  • Behavioral and Justice Studies Certificate (Graduate)
  • Behavioral Forensic Sciences Certificate (Undergraduate)
  • Biochemistry (BS)
  • Biology (BS)
  • Biology (BSEd)
  • Biology Minor
  • Biotechnology (AS)
  • Biotechnology Certificate
  • Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Blind and Visually Impaired Endorsements
  • Braille Educator Permit
  • Business Administration (AS)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Business Administration – Management Information Systems Specialization (AS)
  • Business Minor
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Chemistry (BSEd)
  • Chemistry – Forensic Science Specialization (BS)
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Chinese Certificate
  • Chinese Minor
  • Chiropractic (Pre-)
  • Coaching Minor
  • Communication Studies (BA)
  • Communication Studies Minor
  • Computer Science Minor
  • Counseling (MSEd)
  • Creative Writing Minor
  • Criminal Justice (AA)
  • Criminal Justice (BA)
  • Criminal Justice Minor
  • Dentistry (Pre-)
  • Digital Entrepreneurship (AS)
  • Digital Media (AS)
  • Digital Media (BFA)
  • Digital Media Minor
  • E-learning Minor
  • Early Childhood Birth Through Grade Three Endorsement
  • Early Childhood Education Minor
  • Early Childhood Special Education Birth Through Grade Three Endorsement
  • Economics Minor
  • Educational Studies (MSEd)
  • Elementary Education (BSEd)
  • Elementary Reading Endorsement
  • Elementary Reading Minor
  • Engineering (Pre-)
  • English (BA)
  • English (BSEd)
  • English as a New Language Certificate (Graduate)
  • English as a New Language Endorsement
  • English as a New Language Minor
  • English Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Environmental Science (BS)
  • Executive Banking Certificate
  • Finance (BS)
  • General Studies (AA)
  • General Studies (BGS)
  • Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) Minor
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
  • Geography Minor
  • German Minor
  • Germans From Russia Studies Certificate (Graduate)
  • Germans from Russia Studies Certificate (Undergraduate)
  • Global Language and Culture (BA)
  • Government (BA)
  • Government Minor
  • Health Education Endorsements
  • Health Minor
  • History (BA)
  • History (BSEd)
  • History Minor
  • Human Performance (BS)
  • Human Resource Management Minor
  • HyFlex Pedagogy Certificate (Graduate)
  • Instructional Design in E-learning (MSEd)
  • Intermediate Banking Certificate
  • International Business (BA)
  • International Business Studies Minor
  • International Studies Minor
  • Jazz Pedagogy Certificate
  • K-12 Classroom Technology Endorsement
  • Kindergarten Endorsement
  • Law (Pre-)
  • Leadership and Administration (MSEd)
  • Legal Studies Minor
  • Management (BS)
  • Management Information Systems (BS)
  • Management Information Systems Minor
  • Marketing (BS)
  • Marketing Minor
  • Mathematics (BS)
  • Mathematics (BSEd)
  • Mathematics Certificate (Graduate)
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Mathematics Minor in Elementary Education
  • Medicine (Pre-)
  • Middle Level (5th-8th) Grade Endorsements for Content Areas
  • Mortuary Science (Pre-)
  • Music (BA)
  • Music Education (MME)
  • Music Education, K-12 (BME)
  • Music Minor
  • Music Minor, General
  • Native and Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Nursing (Pre-)
  • Occupational Therapy (Pre-)
  • Optometry (Pre-)
  • Organismal Biology Certificate
  • Pharmaceutical Studies (Pre-)
  • Philosophy Minor
  • Physical Education (BSEd)
  • Physical Education Endorsements
  • Physical Education Minor
  • Physical Therapy (Pre-)
  • Physician’s Assistant (Pre-)
  • Piano Pedagogy Certificate
  • Principal Preparation – Graduate
  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric Minor
  • Psychology (BS)
  • Psychology Minor
  • Public History Certificate
  • Public History Minor
  • Public Relations Minor
  • Quantitative Analytics in Science Certificate
  • Religious Studies Minor
  • Science Education Minor
  • Secondary Education Endorsements for Content Areas
  • Secondary Education Teacher Certification
  • Social Science (BSEd)
  • Social Science Minor for Elementary Teachers
  • Social Work (Accelerated Master’s Degree from USD)
  • Social Work (Pre-)
  • Social Work Minor
  • Sociology (BA)
  • Sociology Minor
  • Spanish (BA)
  • Spanish (BSEd)
  • Spanish Minor
  • Special Education (BSEd)
  • Special Education (MSEd)
  • Special Education Endorsement
  • Special Education Minor
  • Sport Management Minor
  • Sport Marketing and Administration (BS)
  • Sports Performance and Leadership (MSEd)
  • STEM Pedagogy Certificate (Graduate)
  • Studio Art (BFA)
  • Studio Art Minor
  • Teaching and Learning (MSEd)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate [Graduate]
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate [Undergraduate]
  • Theatre (BA)
  • Theatre Minor
  • Trust and Financial Advising Certificate (Graduate)
  • Veterinary Sciences (Pre-)
  • World Language Education Endorsements


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees
      In-state$8,845 $8,750 $8,750 
      Out-of-state$11,947 $11,821 $11,821 
    Books and supplies$1,200 $1,200 $1,200 
      Room and board$9,150 $8,925 $8,925 
      Other expenses$4,300 $4,200 $4,200 
      Room and board$9,150 $8,925 $8,925 
      Other expenses$4,300 $4,200 $4,200 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$4,300 $4,200 $4,200

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