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School Profile: Northern State University

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

1,383 undergraduates of 4,143 total students

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Public

4 Year

Town

Large

How to Understand School Data

Costs

Average Annual Cost

The average total cost of attending school for the most recent year.

The "out of pocket" cost of attending school after the student has received any financial aid that does not need to be repaid (grants and scholarships). This figure is comprehensive and includes expenses such as:

  • In-State Tuition: $8,750
  • Out-of-State Tuition: $11,821
  • Books and Supplies: $1,200
  • Campus Housing: $8,925
  • Other Expenses: $4,200

As you can see, the average student who receives financial aid pays substantially less than the "sticker price."

$15,851

per year

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Cost by Family Income

The average annual cost based on family income.

The average annual cost based on family income.
Family Income Average Annual Cost
$0-$30,000 $13,133
$30,001-$48,000 $12,861
$48,001-$75,000 $16,673
$75,001-$110,000 $18,678
$110,001+ $17,251

Student Success

Graduation Rate

High graduation rates are a sign of student success.

A low graduation rate may burden people with student loan debt without the increased earning power of a college degree.
45% of students graduate within eight years.

Retention Rate

The percentage of students returning after year one.

A high retention rate is a general indicator that student financial and academic needs are being met. The national average retention rate is around 81% for four-year schools and 63% for two-year schools.
73% of students return after their first year.

Average 10 Year Salary

The average salaries of employed alumni 10 years after enrollment.

$37,300

annual salary

Popular Majors

The top majors and starting salaries of employed graduates.

Business Administration, Management and...
$40,728
Teacher Education and Professional...
$39,523
Health and Physical Education/Fitness
$35,060
Teacher Education and Professional...
$38,289
Psychology, General
$27,439

Biology, General
$38,289
Accounting and Related Services
$42,682
Sociology
$35,060
Finance and Financial Management Services
$42,123
Fine and Studio Arts
$28,598
English Language and Literature, General
$20,824
Marketing
$29,685

Admissions

Standardized Test Scores

SAT and ACT scores of admitted students.

SAT Reading

800 470 570

SAT Math

800 510 620

ACT

36 19 25

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of first-time applicants who were admitted.

84%

Financial Aid Debt

The figures below exclude possible loans from non-government lenders.

Students with Federal Loans

The percentage of students with federal aid.

67%

Student Federal Loan Debt

Lowest to highest based on field of study.

$18,750 - $30,756

$179 - $293 per month for 10 years

Parent PLUS Loans

Up to 5% of parents borrow federal loans.

$9,111

$98 per month for 10 years

Default Rate

The percentage of students who default on federal loans within three years.

Most federal student loans are in default if no payments have been made in 270 days. Default is a serious situation with substantial negative consequences for the borrower. A high default rate may indicate that students aren't earning enough to repay their loans or that schools are not educating students on loan repayment options (there are options to avoid default regardless of income). The national average default rate is approximately 7%.

6%

Student Body

Socio-Economic Diversity

The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant.

36%

of students

Enrollment Status

The percentage of undergraduates who are enrolled on a full-time schedule.

85% / 15%

Full-time / Part-time
1,383 total

Race/Ethnicity

The proportion of students in specific race/ethnicity categories.

81% White
4% Non-resident alien
4% Two or more races
3% Hispanic
2% Black
2% Asian
2% American Indian/Alaska Native
1% Unknown
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