Northern State University (NSU)

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Northern State University can be found in Aberdeen, SD, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around three thousand students enrolled per year at Northern State University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores within the range of 980 (25th percentile) to 1190 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 19 (25th percentile) to 25 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants that get into NSU. We were able to estimate the Northern State University (NSU) average GPA (2.98 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Northern State University accepts approximately 80% of those that apply. Of those that are admitted, about 29% enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Northern State University (NSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Northern State University was reported as 84.5% in Fall 2020 with over 1,410 applications submitted to Northern State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NSU ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • NSU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Northern State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Northern State University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northern State University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 81.4%
  • 2017-2018: 87.8%
  • 2018-2019: 88.1%
  • 2019-2020: 84.5%
  • Projected NSU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 79.7%

How Does Northern State University (NSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northern State University is forty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Presentation College90.2%
Jamestown College69.3%
Valley City State University76.2%
Dakota State University77.4%
Dakota Wesleyan University66.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Northern State University (NSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 570
Math510 - 620
Total Score980 - 1190
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 24
Math18 - 26
Composite Score19 - 25
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