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Freshmen, grad students settle in at Northern
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.
 
 
WolfPACT Impact
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.
 
 
First-generation students
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.
 

Graduate 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.