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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:  3,611 (3,162 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 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
6%
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
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 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty9058
Instructional9058
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 year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees
In-state$7,563$7,887$7,887$8,2805.0%
Out-of-state$10,042$10,469$10,803$11,2103.8%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,942$7,087$7,520$7,8444.3%
Other$3,800$3,900$3,900$4,0002.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,950$7,100$7,500$7,8504.7%
Other$3,800$3,900$3,900$4,0002.6%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,800$3,900$3,900$4,0002.6%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
In-state
On Campus$19,505$20,074$20,507$21,3244.0%
Off Campus$19,513$20,087$20,487$21,3304.1%
Off Campus with Family$12,563$12,987$12,987$13,4803.8%
Out-of-state
On Campus$21,984$22,656$23,423$24,2543.5%
Off Campus$21,992$22,669$23,403$24,2603.7%
Off Campus with Family$15,042$15,569$15,903$16,4103.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
In-state tuition$7,553
In-state fees$871
Out-of-state tuition$14,100
Out-of-state fees$871
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
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 aid129896%————
Grant or scholarship aid26585%$1,344,545$5,074
Federal grants11838%$665,460$5,639
Pell grants11236%$503,041$4,491
Other federal grants8628%$162,419$1,889
State/local government grant or scholarships5217%$71,890$1,383
Institutional grants or scholarships22873%$607,195$2,663
Student loan aid21770%$1,558,772$7,183
Federal student loans21469%$1,309,596$6,120
Other student loans3612%$249,176$6,922
  • 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 aid11,16938%$6,203,891$5,307
Pell grants52517%$2,179,108$4,151
Federal student loans95931%$6,434,846$6,710
  • 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.
2014-20152015-20162016-2017
Average net price$14,443$14,341$14,489
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 Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$12,249$12,175$11,176
$30,001 – $48,000$12,402$12,202$11,909
$48,001 – $75,000$15,702$15,020$16,182
$75,001 – $110,000$16,892$16,681$17,482
$110,001 and more$16,853$16,626$17,800
  • 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 2017
Total enrollment3,611
Undergraduate enrollment3,162
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment108
Graduate enrollment449
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 43%
Part-time: 57%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: 84%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 87%
25 and over: 12%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 66%
Out-of-state: 31%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
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: 37%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 48%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 71%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 25%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $20
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants994473521
Percent admitted88%89%87%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%36%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 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT186%
ACT29892%
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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing470560
SAT Math480580
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1723
ACT Math1825
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: 77%
Part-time students: 60%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
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, 19 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 45%
Transfer-out rate: 8%
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 2009]
4-year: 23%
6-year: 48%
8-year: 51%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 26%
6-year: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
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: 51%
Female: 49%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 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: 25%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 60%
Hispanic/Latino: 0%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 67%
Non-resident alien: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 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 are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) 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, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. 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, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 44%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 36%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 35%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 37%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 2%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 9%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 9%
Enrolled at same institution: 9%
Enrolled at different institution: 9%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 20%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 20%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 17%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 3%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 35%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 49%
Enrolled at same institution: 3%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 3%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 44%
Enrolled at same institution: 6%
Enrolled at different institution: 28%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 17%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 4%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 42%
Enrolled at same institution: 8%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
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-16-1-
Biotechnology3--5-
Ecology-2---
Category total318-6-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-19d---
Banking and Financial Support Services1d11d7d0-
Business Administration and Management, General2d51d---
Finance, General-3---
International Business/Trade/Commerce-2d---
Management Information Systems, General-1---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-5---
Category total3d92d7d0-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other--0--
Category total--0--
Education
Art Teacher Education-3---
Biology Teacher Education-2---
Chemistry Teacher Education-1---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--9--
Curriculum and Instruction--26d--
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other--8d--
Educational/Instructional Technology--1--
Elementary Education and Teaching-35--0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-1---
History Teacher Education-3---
Mathematics Teacher Education-2---
Music Teacher Education-114d--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-1---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0---
Secondary School Administration/Principalship---0-
Social Science Teacher Education-0---
Spanish Language Teacher Education-1---
Special Education and Teaching, General-3---
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels----0
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---6-
Category total-6348d60
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-12---
Rhetoric and Composition-7---
Category total-19---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-0---
German Language and Literature-0---
Spanish Language and Literature-0---
Category total-0---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-1---
Category total-1---
History
History, General-8-6-
Category total-8-6-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies17d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-12d---
Category total17d12d---
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-2112--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-14---
Category total-3512--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-2---
Category total-2---
Psychology
Psychology, General-20---
Category total-20---
Social Sciences
Economics, General-0---
Political Science and Government, General-6---
Social Sciences, General-0---
Sociology-15---
Category total-21---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-13---
Commercial and Advertising Art0----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-3---
Fine and Studio Arts Management---3-
Graphic Design0----
Music, General-5---
Category total021-3-
Grand total2331367210
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, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 18
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: $4,225
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,108
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined10272
Baseball44
Basketball1721
Football107
Soccer23
Softball20
Swimming23
Volleyball17
Wrestling24
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 Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs10/1/2013 -  Accredited
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
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations165
Liquor law violations084
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations164
Liquor law violations004
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape266
Fondling012
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary007
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape266
Fondling012
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary005
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.
  • 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)