Accepted to NSU!


Founded in 1901, Northern State University is located in Aberdeen, S.D., population 26,000. Aberdeen combines the best of big-city amenities with the warm, welcoming atmosphere of a small town.

Originally known as a teacher’s college, the university is now a multi-purpose institution. The education of teachers remains an important aspect of the university’s statewide mission, as the diverse and highly respected teaching programs at NSU demonstrate. Today’s NSU offers a strong liberal arts and science core. Programs in business, education and fine arts complement the arts and sciences.

NSU sponsors 15 intercollegiate sports. The school belongs to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level. 

Quick Facts

  • Type of school: 4-year public university
  • Academic programs: Bachelor’s and associate degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and business. Master’s degree programs in education and the fine arts.
  • Fall 2016 enrollment: 3,587 (1,530 on-campus; 2,057 off-campus and distance)
  • % of students receiving financial aid in FY 16: 85%

Estimated  Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2017-18 (rates subject to change)*
South Dakota Residents

Tuition $7,191
Fees $1,089
Room $3,640
Meal plan $3,650
Books/supplies $1,200
Estimated total yearly cost $16,770

*Based on double occupancy room with basic meal plan

Office of Admissions



Northern State University website

Return to Proactive Admissions Main Page