Big honors for Aberdeen's Northern State University.
For a 6th straight year, NSU has been named one of the top public regional colleges in the Midwest by U-S News and World Report.
Northern's impressive ranking may not resonate with students right away, but the reason the school ranks so high is something students see every day. "Students definitely pay attention to the quality of education they receive here and they pay attention to what they're paying for that education." Kelsey Luckhurts is the president of Northern's student association and says for the school to come in #3 on a U-S News and World Report survey is huge.
"It's a very big plus for us." NSU president Doctor Jim Smith tells us, good numbers in a magazine like U-S News translate to good numbers on campus every fall. "Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas read that edition every year, it comes out in October every year, its well read."
And it's well read not only in the U-S but worldwide on line. Northern has seen an increase in its number of international students, most of whom point to Northern's high rankings in U-S News surveys. "It's best value...best education..and we try to combine the two together as we market what we do here at Northern."
And to go along with good survey results comes the word of mouth from Northern students themselves. Listen to what Kelsey Luckhurts told us about NSU. "I have professors that care about me, I have faculty and staff that care about me..and you can tell that they are doing this out of a labor of love."
Smith says survey results like these are also important because he says students and their families are very savvy when it comes to find the best education value for their money.
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