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IPEDS ID: 219259
OPE ID: 00346600
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Northern State University
1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198
General information:  (605) 626-3011
Website:  www.northern.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,587 (3,075 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
4%
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty9435
Instructional9435
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-1
Instructional-1
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
In-state$7,563$7,563$7,887$7,8870.0%
Out-of-state$9,562$10,042$10,469$10,8003.2%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,458$6,942$7,087$7,5206.1%
Other$3,700$3,800$3,900$4,0002.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,550$6,950$7,100$7,4504.9%
Other$3,700$3,800$3,900$4,0002.6%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,700$3,800$3,900$4,0002.6%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
In-state
On Campus$18,921$19,505$20,074$20,6072.7%
Off Campus$19,013$19,513$20,087$20,5372.2%
Off Campus with Family$12,463$12,563$12,987$13,0870.8%
Out-of-state
On Campus$20,920$21,984$22,656$23,5203.8%
Off Campus$21,012$21,992$22,669$23,4503.4%
Off Campus with Family$14,462$15,042$15,569$16,0002.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
In-state tuition$7,310
In-state fees$722
Out-of-state tuition$13,824
Out-of-state fees$722
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Northern State University uses a third-party (Nelnet) to process payment plans. The student signs up online and makes 3-4 monthly payments by ACH through their bank account.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid126696%————
Grant or scholarship aid23585%$1,085,806$4,620
Federal grants11642%$556,519$4,798
Pell grants10739%$420,240$3,927
Other federal grants8029%$136,279$1,703
State/local government grant or scholarships5219%$68,970$1,326
Institutional grants or scholarships18266%$460,317$2,529
Student loan aid18868%$1,223,741$6,509
Federal student loans18768%$1,087,252$5,814
Other student loans207%$136,489$6,824
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,16739%$5,955,570$5,103
Pell grants54718%$2,186,755$3,998
Federal student loans1,02434%$6,576,854$6,423
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2013-20142014-20152015-2016
Average net price$14,385$14,443$14,341
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2013-20142014-20152015-2016
$0 – $30,000$11,757$12,249$12,175
$30,001 – $48,000$11,777$12,402$12,202
$48,001 – $75,000$15,073$15,702$15,020
$75,001 – $110,000$16,516$16,892$16,681
$110,001 and more$15,504$16,853$16,626
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment3,587
Undergraduate enrollment3,075
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment131
Graduate enrollment512
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 46%
Part-time: 54%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 2%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 83%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 86%
25 and over: 14%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 66%
Out-of-state: 31%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 8%
Part-time: 92%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 52%
Enrolled in some distance education: 17%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 32%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 90%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 9%
Undergraduate application fee (2016-2017): $20
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2016
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants1,010465545
Percent admitted81%79%84%
Percent admitted who enrolled39%38%39%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2016 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT237%
ACT29292%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading420510
SAT Math450540
ACT Composite1724
ACT English1524
ACT Math1724
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 74%
Part-time students: 14%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 38 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 46%
Transfer-out rate: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 20%
6-year: 46%
8-year: 48%
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 25%
6-year: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2008 or Fall 2010
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 44%
Female: 54%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 17%
Asian: 100%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 38%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 53%
Two or more races: 10%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 80%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 45%
Received award in 8 years: 46%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 2%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 40%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 24%
Received award in 8 years: 25%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 15%
PART-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 9%
Received award in 8 years: 9%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 0%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 17%
Received award in 8 years: 17%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 8%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 33%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-27---
Biotechnology7--3-
Ecology-8---
Category total735-3-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-8d---
Banking and Financial Support Services1d8d3d0d-
Business Administration and Management, General340d---
Finance, General-3---
International Business/Trade/Commerce-4d---
Management Information Systems, General-5---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-10d---
Category total4d78d3d0d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other--0--
Category total--0--
Education
Art Teacher Education-5---
Biology Teacher Education-2---
Chemistry Teacher Education-1---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--19--
Curriculum and Instruction--52d--
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other--7d--
Educational/Instructional Technology--0--
Elementary Education and Teaching-34--0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-1---
History Teacher Education-6---
Mathematics Teacher Education-2---
Music Teacher Education-113d--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-0---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0---
Secondary School Administration/Principalship---0-
Social Science Teacher Education-0---
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0---
Special Education and Teaching, General-8---
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels----0
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---2-
Category total-7081d20
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-11---
Rhetoric and Composition-7---
Category total-18---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-0---
German Language and Literature-0---
Spanish Language and Literature-2---
Category total-2---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-4---
Category total-4---
History
History, General-12-3-
Category total-12-3-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies6d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-13d---
Category total6d13d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1---
Category total-1---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Gerontology0--0-
Category total0--0-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-139--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-10---
Category total-239--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-3---
Category total-3---
Psychology
Psychology, General-25---
Category total-25---
Social Sciences
Economics, General-2---
Political Science and Government, General-8---
Social Sciences, General-0---
Sociology-15---
Category total-25---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-9---
Commercial and Advertising Art1----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-1---
Fine and Studio Arts Management---2-
Graphic Design2----
Music, General-9---
Category total319-2-
Grand total2032893100
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2015-2016
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 25
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 7
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,404
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,854
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined8870
Baseball43
Basketball1519
Football105
Soccer23
Softball20
Swimming18
Volleyball17
Wrestling18
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1918 - 1/1/1934Terminated
(!)1/1/1940 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1965 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations716
Liquor law violations008
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations716
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Rape26
Fondling01
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary100
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Rape26
Fondling01
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary100
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate9.3%10.5%9.5%
Number in default626765
Number in repayment662637678
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)