Northern receives regional ranking for Midwest universities

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has again been recognized among the top regional universities in the Midwest in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings.

Among the smaller Top Public Schools-Regional Universities Midwest list, Northern ranked 18th (tie) and highest among South Dakota universities. That’s an improvement in ranking from last year, when Northern ranked 19th. News defines regional universities as those offering a broad range of undergraduate degrees; some master's degrees; but few, if any, doctoral programs, according to the U.S. News explanation of rankings.

Northern also improved its position on the Best Regional Universities Midwest list, ranking 79th (tie) compared to 80th last year. Among Best Value Schools, Northern ranked 34th, and on the Top Performers on Social Mobility list, Northern ranked 131 (tie).

This is the 14th straight year Northern has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report.

“It is an honor to be consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for the outstanding experience Northern provides to students, focusing on personal attention, affordability and a high-quality liberal arts and science education combined with a rigorous major field of study,” said NSU President Dr. Neal Schnoor.

To learn more about studying at Northern State University, contact NSU Admissions at 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 an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.