Test-optional alternatives available for students applying to Northern

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – High school students who weren’t able to take the ACT or SAT this year due to the pandemic are still eligible for admittance into Northern State University.

Northern and its fellow South Dakota public universities are emphasizing test-optional academic pathways for prospective students.

For Northern, it’s one more way of easing pandemic-related stress for area families.

“We know this year has been a challenge in many ways, and we’re happy to be able to provide additional admissions criteria to assist families any way we can,” said NSU Vice President of Enrollment, Communications and Marketing Justin Fraase.

Northern offers multiple criteria to admit students to Northern State University. Some options require ACCUPLACER placement testing, and most scholarships require an ACT or SAT score.

Students are encouraged to submit test scores if they have them; however, they are not necessary.

“We want students to know that, whatever their situation may be, they are welcome and encouraged to apply,” said NSU Director of Admissions Layton Cooper. “We’re here to work with them on a case-by-case basis and help welcome them to the Pack.”

To learn more, visit NSU Admissions, call 605-626-2544 or email admissions@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and, soon, an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.