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Study at Northern State University

Northern State University, also known as NSU, is situated in Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States. It was founded in the year 1901 and known as the Northern Normal and Industrial School. The university offers a wide range of degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts
Northern State University's athletic teams are known as the Wolves. The athletics department fields men's teams in basketball, baseball, track and field, cross country, golf, football, and wrestling, and women's teams in cross country, basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, track and field, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Profile of Northern State University

The main campus of Northern State is in Aberdeen, SD (a self-contained town). The school is a public school. Northern State offers degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school offers a wide array of programs of study, compared to other schools of its size. Northern State students most commonly major in a field related to education and teaching and computer science and engineering.

Northern State Selectivity

The school does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 440 to 540. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 450 or more.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Northern State had 2, 578 enrolled students.

Student Life

The school makes available a lot of student housing. Student athletes at Northern State belong to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for major sports.

Northern State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching138elementary school teaching, curriculum and instruction, school Counselling, music teaching, secondary school administration, math teaching, special ed, physical education teaching, . . .
Business and Management96business management, accounting, finance, MIS, international business, marketing, banking
Liberal Arts65sociology, history, general studies, English, Spanish language, speech and rhetoric, French language, political science, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering52computer and info science courses, database administration, computer programming courses, computer services management, computer networking, web design
Science26biology, ecology, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy16health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Therapy and Counselling13psychology
Art Studies9art studies
Engineering Technician2industrial tech
Medical Support and Technology1clinical lab tech
Family and Social Work1community organization, social work
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art
Media0desktop publishing and imaging

Contact: Northern State

Northern State University

1200 S Jay St

Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198

General Phone: (605) 626-3011


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