2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$16,821

Net Price

80%

Admitted

34%

Enrolled

56%

Graduation Rate

16/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Northern State University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 3,340. In 2021, there were 15 psychology and social work graduates.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor

Psychology Graduates

15

Total Enrollment

3,340

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Northern State University offers General Psychology at the bachelor level.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BS
General Psychology15
Total Graduates15
US Department of Education

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 1,229 students applied to the Northern State University. The university admitted 80% and 34% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for South Dakota universities is 1,998. On average, all South Dakota institutions admit 80% and 35% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Northern State University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 68%. Compared to all South Dakota four or more years colleges, the percentage is 67%.

The overall graduation rate for Northern State University is 56%, compared to 51% for all South Dakota universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 34%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare NSU to South Dakota Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Northern State University to the average of all South Dakota four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

NSU

1,229

Applicants

80%

Percent Admitted

34%

Percent Enrolled

68%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

56%

Graduation Rate

SD Colleges

1,998

Applicants

80%

Percent Admitted

35%

Percent Enrolled

67%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

51%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 94 or 60% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 62 or 40% part-time faculty members employed at Northern State University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 94 or 60%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

NSU

16 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

60%

Percent Full-Time

40%

Percent Part-Time

60%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

SD Colleges

13 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

55%

Percent Full-Time

45%

Percent Part-Time

52%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Northern State University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $7,616, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $5,999 and the average cost for graduate fees is $737.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Northern State University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Northern State University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$9,150
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,300
Total Living Expenses$13,450
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$7,616
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,200
Total Undergraduate Expenses$22,266
In-State, Graduate Tuition$5,999
In-State, Graduate Fees$737
Total Graduate Expenses$6,736
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Northern State University is $16,821. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Northern State University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$13,085$12,686
$30,001 – $48,000$13,172$15,992
$48,001 – $75,000$18,273$17,487
$75,001 – $110,000$18,221$18,741
$110,001 and more$19,301$18,269
US Department of Education

Compare Northern State University to all South Dakota universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

NSU

$22,266

Cost to Attend

$6,179

Average Financial Aid

96%

Percent Receiving Aid

$16,821

Net Price

SD Colleges

$28,901

Cost to Attend

$10,487

Average Financial Aid

89%

Percent Receiving Aid

$18,700

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 305 or 96%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 1,121 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $6,179.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid1,121$6,179
Pell Grants402$4,679
Federal Student Loans813$5,909
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Northern State University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

NSU

1,121

Grant or Scholarship Aid

48%

Grants or Scholarships

402

Number of Pell Grants

17%

Pell Grants

813

Federal Student Loans

35%

Federal Student Loans

SD Colleges

1,641

Grant or Scholarship Aid

49%

Grants or Scholarships

564

Number of Pell Grants

17%

Pell Grants

1,138

Federal Student Loans

34%

Federal Student Loans

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