Northern State University receives regional ranking for Midwest universities

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has again been recognized among the top regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report – and in a separate ranking, Northern was listed among the most affordable universities in the nation.

From U.S. News, Northern tied for number 101 on the Regional Universities Midwest list on the 2019 Best Colleges rankings, released this week. On the smaller Top Public Schools list within the regional universities category, Northern tied for number 26 in the Midwest.

This is the 11th straight year Northern has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, and in both categories, Northern remained at or near the same ranking.

U.S. News defines regional universities as those offering a broad range of undergraduate degrees; some master's degrees; but few, if any, doctoral programs. Regional colleges, according to the U.S. News explanation of rankings, focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts programs.

No. 11 on Affordability Ranking

Separately, it was announced this week that Northern is included on a list of the 100 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities. Northern is No. 11 on this College Consensus list – the highest ranking of any university in South Dakota.

NSU President Dr. Tim Downs said Northern is always pleased to be included in notable college lists, and the affordability ranking is especially important.

“We understand that costs continue to rise for students in many areas,” Downs said. “We’re proud to offer such an excellent education and college experience at an affordable price – not to mention the WolfPACT, the highest guaranteed scholarship in the region.”

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $45 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions