Northen State University

About Northen State University

Northern State University, also known as NSU, is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States. It was established in 1901 as the Northern Normal and Industrial School. Charles F. Koehler was the first president of the school. It became Northern State Teachers College in 1939 and Northern State College in 1964. It was awarded university status on February 6, 1989, and adopted its current name. NSU is beautifully nestled in an area of more than 70 acres in Aberdeen. It is divided into the following academic schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts
  • University College

NSU has several student organizations and clubs including the History Club, Association of Honors Students, Psychology Club, NSU Collegians for Life, NSU Business Club, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Black Student Union, Sigma Alpha Iota, Native American Student’s Association, Spanish Club, and Campus Crusade for Christ.

Campus Location

1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
Web Site The campus is in a self-contained town.

Degrees Awarded (in 2008-2009)

Degree Total Erned Different Programs
Bachelor 253 41
Master 81 6
1 year certificate 47 11
Associate 14 7
Postbaccalaureate certificate 2


Student enrollment was 2,578 in 2007-2008 (1,921 full-time equivalent). Undergrads are 78% of enrolled students and graduate students are 22%. Students living in the US make up 100% of incoming freshmen. Among freshmen students, 98% are full-time and 2% are part-time.

Tuition and Other Costs (2010-2011)

Item Cost
State Tuition and fees $ 5,712
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,470
Room $ 2,483
Board $ 2,181
Books and supplies $ 900
Other $ 3,200

Financial Aid: Northern State participates in US Title IV financial assistance programs. Please refer to BrainTrack's financial aid articles section for background information.

Housing and Meals

Northern State provides on-campus housing for 819 of its 1,921 (full-time) students (as of 2008-2009). The school requires freshmen to live on campus. Students may purchase a meal plan which includes 21 meals weekly.


School sports include football, basketball, baseball, and track. The school is in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for major sports. The school offers financial aid for athletes. Of students receiving athletic financial aid, 79 male students received the aid (men were 54% of those receiving aid) and 68 women were awarded financial aid based on athletics (representing 46% of students receiving such aid) .


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