Northern State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,540
3.3% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$15,575
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6.3%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
84.5%
1,409 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
3,427
38% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
50.4%
174 Graduates

About

Northern State University is a higher education institution located in Brown County, SD. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northern State University were General Business Administration & Management (42 degrees awarded), Elementary Education & Teaching (33 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (24 degrees).

In 2019, 421 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northern State University. 61.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (365 degrees), 33.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (11 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern State University is $7,540, which is $−14,486 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern State University is $7,540, which is $−14,486 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,575.

In 2019, 37% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 29% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,540
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Northern State University was $7,540. The cost of tuition at Northern State University is $−14,486 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$15,575
2019 Value
0.594%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Northern State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,575. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Northern State University grew by 0.594%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,490
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northern State University was of $8,490 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 8.19% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

37%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
29%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

37% of undergraduate students at Northern State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.78% with respect to 2018, when 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.3%
2017 Default Rate
32
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Northern State University was 6.3%, which represents 32 out of the 508 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Northern State University received 1,409 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 31.9% annual growth. Out of those 1,409 applicants, 1,190 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.5% acceptance rate.

There were 3,427 students enrolled at Northern State University in 2019, and 5% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northern State University has an overall enrollment yield of 28.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
1,190
Accepted Out of 1,409

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northern State University was 84.5% (1,190 admissions from 1,409 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 88.1%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 31.9%, while admissions grew by 26.5%.

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SAT Scores

5%
Submission Percentage
16
Scores Submitted

5% of enrolled first-time students at Northern State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northern State University has a total enrollment of 3,427 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern State University is 1,303 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,124. This means that 38% of students enrolled at Northern State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northern State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 84.2% White, 3.12% Two or More Races, 2.25% Hispanic or Latino, 1.55% Black or African American, 1.37% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.28% Asian, and 0.117% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northern State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.2%), followed by White Male (33.5%) and Two or More Races Male (2.06%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.1%), followed by White Male (34.2%) and Two or More Races Female (5.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

38%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northern State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,427 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern State University is 1,303 and the part-time enrollment is 2,124. This means that 38% of students enrolled at Northern State University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Northern State University was 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Northern State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,887
  2. Two or More Races
    107
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    77

The enrolled student population at Northern State University is 84.2% White, 3.12% Two or More Races, 2.25% Hispanic or Latino, 1.55% Black or African American, 1.37% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.28% Asian, and 0.117% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 95 more women than men received degrees from Northern State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Northern State University is white (365 degrees awarded). There were 33.2 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (11 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northern State University is General Business Administration & Management (42 degrees awarded), followed by Elementary Education & Teaching (33 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (24 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Northern State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (33 degrees awarded), Education (137 degrees), and Biology (45 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,606,672 people), Secondary school teachers (631,102 people), Physicians (421,119 people), Education administrators (323,994 people), and Postsecondary teachers (282,095 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (33 degrees awarded), Education (137 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), History (9 degrees), and English (13 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern State University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Northern State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (33 degrees awarded), Education (137 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), History (9 degrees), and English (13 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern State University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,095,013 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (651,349 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (587,557 people), Offices of physicians (245,934 people), and Legal services (172,953 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (33 degrees awarded), Education (137 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), History (9 degrees), and English (13 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Northern State University.
Most Common
  1. 42 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 33 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 24 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northern State University was General Business Administration & Management with 42 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

163
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
258
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 163 degrees were awarded to men at Northern State University, which is 0.632 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (258).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 19 degrees were awarded to men at Northern State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.792 times less than the 24 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 35 degrees were awarded to women at Northern State University in Curriculum & Instruction, which is 5 times more than the 7 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

26%
100% Completion Time
50%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 26% of students graduating from Northern State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northern State University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    365 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    11 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northern State University is white (365 degrees awarded). There were 33.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (11 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    226 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    139 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Northern State University is white female (226 degrees awarded). There were 1.63 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (139 degrees).

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Operations

Northern State University has an endowment valued at nearly $31.7M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $110k (0.347%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Northern State University had a total salary expenditure of $48.3M. Northern State University employs 27 Assistant professors, 25 Professors, and 20 Associate professors. Most academics at Northern State University are Male Professors (15), Female Assistant professors(15), and Female Instructors (13).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern State University are: Management, with 51 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 51 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 46 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$31.7M
2019 Endowment
3.07%
growth from 2018

Northern State University has an endowment valued at about $31.7M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Northern State University grew 3.07% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.77M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Small Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.32M - Federal
  2. $151k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Northern State University received $1.32M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $151k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$27.6M
2019 Salaries
2.49%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Northern State University paid a median of $27.6M in salaries, which represents 57.2% of their overall expenditure ($48.3M) and a 2.49% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.26% growth from 2017 and a 33.2% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.88M
Instructional Salaries
91
Number of Employees

In 2019, Northern State University paid a total of $5.88M to 91 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
27 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
51 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northern State University were Assistant professor with 27 employees; Professor with 25 employees; and Professor with 20 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern State University were Management with 51 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 51 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 46 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northern State University was Male Professor with 15 employees, Female Assistant professor with 15 employees, and Female Instructor with 13 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Northern State University.

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