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Undergraduate Admissions
Student Center 213
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Graduate Admissions
Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1153
Academic English Program
Tara Arntsen, Interim Director
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1154
Exchange Program
Stacey Schmidt, International Student Coordinator
1200 S. Jay Street, Box 1082

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Felipe AlfaiaAs an international student, living in a different country with different people, and speaking a different language can be a very tough process to go through. NSU makes that process easy and enjoyable by always being there for the students, helping them become involved and providing them with a great experience that they will learn from and always remember.”
Felipe Alfaia, Brazil
Yeong-Ung NohI came to Northern as an exchange student. I was supposed to take only two semesters, but it was not enough time. I decided to spend another semester here. I will be graduating with a degree in business administration, I have had a great experience with Northern’s international program. The best thing about studying at Northern is that I have good opportunities not only to improve my language skills, but also to meet many people from different countries and learn about their culture.”
Yeong-Ung Noh, South Korea
1. Complete your application
Complete your application online at or mail your completed application form and your $20 non-refundable application fee to NSU International Admissions.
2. Submit your test score
International students may take an English language or academic proficiency test.  Please choose one of the following tests and have the results sent directly to Northern State University by the testing center:
TOEFL IBT (61-70 or above)
TOEFL PBT (525 or above)
IELTS (5.5 or above)
PTE Academic (41 or above)
SAT (CR + M = 870 or above) School Code #6487
ACT (18 or above) School Code #3196
Note: completion of the Academic English Program at Northern State University will also satisfy all testing requirements for admission to a degree program.  
3. Submit your transcripts
Send a copy of your high school transcripts translated in English to  Post-secondary school transcripts from foreign universities must have a catalog match evaluation from ECE or WES. U.S. university transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Northern State University by U.S. postal mail. 
4. Declare your finances

If admitted to Northern State University, you will complete a Declaration of Finances form to ensure that you have the finances necessary to support your program.
5. Get a student visa

Once you receive your I-20 SEVIS document from Northern State University, you will need to apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  For more information and assistance, please visit Study in the States.
International Transfer Students
Transfer students with 24 or more credit hours are eligible for admission if they:
• Have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and
• Are in good standing with the most recently attended college or university (High school performance will also be considered for applicants with less than 24 credit hours.)
Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.
Transferring from a South Dakota public university?
If you attended BHSU, USD, SDSU, DSU or SDSM&T within the past three semesters (including summer):
• No application fee is required
• There is no need to send transcripts
International Freshmen
Must meet one of the following requirements:
• Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.6
• Rank in the top 60 percent of high school class
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