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Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States
Student involvement and leadership is all about helping you achieve your personal best. At NSU you’ll find so many opportunities to grow your skills. Or discover new ones you never knew you had.

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The Northern State University Foundation (NSUF) was established in 1969 as a non-profit, self-supporting organization established solely for the benefit of Northern State University and its students.


  • Named one of the best public baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for eight consecutive years.
  • 59 Majors, 46 Minors and 6 pre-professional programs.
  • Home to the only Center for Excellence in International Business and Entrepreneurship in South Dakota.


Undergraduate research is a critical component of Northern’s DNA. Every day, student researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of Business, Education and Fine Arts are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and insight. Research opportunities abound at Northern, as well as important programs that reward and encourage research and scholarly activities. 

The Undergraduate Research Program provides an undergraduate research forum, travel grants, and research grants each year. 

The mission of Northern's Office of Institutional Research is to meet the information needs of the decision- and policy makers of the institution as they work to fulfill students' educational and social needs.


The NSU Career Services Center's goal is to help students transition to professionals.The center can help students match their interests, skills, and values with majors, career options, and employment opportunities that fit their professional and personal goals. The center also helps students prepare for internships or graduate school. Employment opportunities abound on WolfWork, an online jobs database available to current NSU students and alumni.


Student services

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) administers the Northern State University Student Code of Conduct and provides outreach to the campus community on safety, security, and other issues important for student success.

Housing services

Your new home away from home. Nothing is more exciting than arriving at NSU and moving into your new residence hall!

  • Briscoe/Jerde/McArthur-Welsh halls, double occupancy room 
  • Briscoe/Jerde/McArthur-Welsh halls, single occupancy room
  • Kramer & Steele halls, double occupancy bedroom semi-suite (no living room) 
  • Kramer & Steele halls, double occupancy bedroom suite (with living room)
  • Kramer & Steele halls, single occupancy bedroom
  • Wolves Memorial Suites, four-person/two-bedroom semi-suite (no living room) 
  • Wolves Memorial Suites, four-person/two-bedroom suite (with living room)
  • Wolves Memorial Suites, two-person/one-bedroom suite (with living room)

Library services

BEULAH WILLIAMS LIBRARY. Quality resources to enhance student learning and enrich the NSU community.

ICT services

Technology abounds at Northern. The entire campus is wireless, from classrooms to residence halls! Northern also has convenient student access computers in student labs and the library, wireless printing, more than 60 smart classrooms, and 12 videoconferencing studios, including five high-definition E-learning studios.

Medical services

NSU Health Services is an on-campus office, staffed with a certified medical assistant or a patient services representative and a physician assistant (PA). Services include:

  • Assessment and treatment of acute or sudden onset of illness or injury lab testing (urine screening, strep throat, blood count and mono screening).
  • Over-the-counter medications for common colds, sore throat, cough and headaches

Student Life

Campus life

A campus you can feel good about.You’ll find no more beautiful setting to stroll between classes than the NSU campus. With its mix of historic buildings and modern facilities, the park-like campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the Midwest. In the last five years, we’ve invested $36 million in campus improvements. And the buildings and grounds are meticulously maintained year-round. In addition to the physical beauty, our campus surrounds you with a sense of security.  We are dedicated to the safety of our students and faculty.  And it shows in the extremely low crime rate.  Moreover, downtown Aberdeen is just a short walk from NSU.

Sports facilities

Exercise is good for the body and the mind. Northern students, faculty and staff can get their exercise at the Student Recreation Center in Dacotah Hall. 

A variety of wellness classes are available, in which all students may participate free of charge.

The center also is home to NSU's intramural activities.

The center was established in 2006 and is funded entirely by student activity fees. The more than 3,500-square-foot facility includes a gymnasium, dance studio and aerobic room.

Student clubs

The NSU Student Association welcomes all Northern students. If you enjoy student government and think that Student Association is something you would be interested in, then you can join. We elect a president, vice president and senators every April for the following school year.?


Northern State University is an accredited institutional member of: 

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

  • Network of International Business Schools

  • National Association for Schools of Art and Design

  • National Association of Schools of Music

  • National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

  • South Dakota Department of Education

Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States

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