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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has again been recognized among the top regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. 

Northern is 24th on the Top Public Universities in the Midwest list of the 2023 Best Colleges rankings, a tie. 

“We’re proud to be consistently recognized for providing all students with quality and personalized educational experiences and comprehensive wraparound support services,” said Dr. Neal Schnoor, NSU President. 

This is the 15th straight year Northern has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more about U.S. News methodology here. 

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.