Fall classes are well under way, and Northern State University has welcomed a diverse and talented group of students to campus.
The new freshman class of 416 comes from a pool of 1,162, up from 1,128 last year and continuing a five-year trend of increasing applicant numbers.
Of new freshmen, 31 graduated in the top 10 percent of their class; 95, in the top 20 percent.
Nearly half of this year’s new freshmen started college with scholarship help from WolfPACT. A total of 205 received scholarships through WolfPACT
, the largest guaranteed scholarship program in South Dakota.
ACT scores up
This fall’s freshmen have an average ACT score of 21.7, the highest average in a four-year upward trend. It’s also above the national average composite ACT score of 21.1 for 2011-2012 high school graduates.
For many in this new class, Northern has opened the door for their family’s first foray into higher education: 18 percent are first-generation college students.
Enrolled this fall are 25 new full-time graduate students and 27 new part-time graduate students. Most – 49 – are from the U.S., with others hailing from China, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. Most are aiming for education-related master’s degrees, including counseling; followed by banking and financial services and music graduate degree programs.
The median GPA for all graduate students at Northern is 3.95.