Responding to the need for an institution of higher leaning to serve Northern South Dakota, the South Dakota Legislature established in 1901 the Northern Normal and Industrial School. The school originally emphasized industrial arts and teacher preparation. It expanded and diversified its curriculum and became the Northern State College in 1964. It achieved university status in 1989 and became known as Northern State University. It is located at 1200 South Jay Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The university occupies a 72-acre tree-shaded property which is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest. More than 2,200 students coming from 36 states and 20 foreign countries are currently being served by the university. Classes are handled by full-time faculty members numbering at 120. Student/faculty ratio is 19:1.

Various pre-professional and professional programs offered by the Northern State University lead to degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Music Education. Also offered are the undergraduate and graduate professional programs in education which seeks to prepare teachers, principals and guidance counselors. Two-year programs are likewise offered. Academic Departments of Northern State University are comprised of the Center for Statewide E-Learning. Center of Excellence in International Business, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies, School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine Arts and the University College.

Undergraduate tuition for South Dakota residents costs $ 91.70 per credit. Non-resident tuition costs $ 291.25 per credit hour. Estimated cost of books is $ 475.00 per semester.

For more information on admissions, college majors, degrees offered, online programs, athletics, school rankings, tuition, scholarships and financial aid options, please contact Northern State University.