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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has ranked among the top colleges in South Dakota for affordability.

That’s according to University HQ’s list of the Most Affordable Colleges and Universities by State, which recognized two of the most affordable colleges in each state in the U.S. For South Dakota, those two educational institutions are Northern and National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension.

“We work hard to make college affordable for our students, and we’re honored to be acknowledged for that,” said NSU President Dr. Tim Downs. “Overall our goal is to provide our students an enhanced educational experience, and affordability is part of that, along with outstanding academics and extracurricular opportunities.”

University HQ is an online resource for finding affordable four-year colleges in the United States. It determined its affordability rankings based on the criteria of lowest tuition cost. Read more about the organization’s methodology.

To learn more about how Northern can help students unleash their potential, visit NSU Admissions or contact 605-626-2544 or

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