Northern State University
1200 S Jay St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
(605) 626-3011
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Northern State University is a public, four-year institution located in a remote area of South Dakota. It was established in Aberdeen, SD in 1901 and has survived some of the most significant historical ups and downs in the state’s history. Northern State University has a relatively small student body with approximately 3,500 students. Despite its small size, the school offers a seasoned athletics program for both male and female athletes in a wide range of sports and events. It is ranked 51st among regional colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

Programs Offered

North State University’s online degree options are extensive. Several online master’s degrees are available in the areas of business, education e-learning, music education, and teaching, among others. Several bachelor’s degree programs are also available online and focus on business-related topics such as banking, finance, marketing, and more. Some individual classes are available online as well for professionals or for on-campus students who want to incorporate some flexibility into their schedules. Online courses are also popular with professionals seeking continuing education.


Northern State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has been since 1940. Several of its schools and colleges are accredited by subject-specific accrediting agencies, too.


Undergraduate or freshman admissions at Northern State University require that applicants rank in the top 60% of their graduating high school class. They must also submit official high school transcripts, official records of their SAT or ACT test scores, and the application. Graduate admissions requirements vary depending on the program. Applicants must submit the application, transcripts from all institutions attended, and letters of recommendation. Some programs may require a personal interview. A minimum bachelor’s GPA of 2.75 is required for graduate admissions.

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