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Northern State University 

1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-3011
E-mail: Admissions
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Northern State University
Mission, Vision, and Values

​NSU is proud to share with you its present and its future. The university's mission statement tells you what Northern is - its purpose - and its vision statement tells you what it hopes to become. Its values are the beliefs shared by all in the NSU community.



The legislature established Northern State University to meet the needs of the State, the region, and nation by providing undergraduate and graduate programs in education and other courses or programs as the Board of Regents may determine. (SDCL 13-59-1)
The Board implemented SDCL 13-59-1 by authorizing graduate and undergraduate programs in education to promote excellence in teaching and learning, to support research, scholarly and creative activities, and to provide service to the State of South Dakota, the region, and the nation. The Board approved a special emphasis on E-learning in the university curriculum and service.


Degrees are authorized at the associate, baccalaureate, and masters levels. The following curriculum is approved for the university.

  1. Undergraduate Programs
    Associate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, education and fine arts. Baccalaureate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, education, and fine arts.

  2. Graduate programs
    Masters degrees in banking and financial services, education, E-learning and music education.


NSU is a university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and in graduate and professional education. Its distinctiveness in its pursuit of mission derives from its coeducational and residential character; its size and location; and its role as a public, state-sponsored university.



NSU will be a nationally-recognized, student-centered institution committed to academic and extracurricular excellence, providing high quality programs, cutting-edge technology, and global learning opportunities in a beautiful Midwestern setting.


NSU’s students, faculty, and staff are drawn together by the following values:
Connect: Highest ethical integrity in all we do. A commitment to responsible stewardship. Development of human, intellectual, cultural, financial, and environmental resources.
Enable: Teamwork, cooperation and mutual respect in an environment that is diverse in knowledge, culture, and worldview. Striving to deliver seamless, student-centered, and experience-rich educational opportunities.


Educate: Expanding research and teaching to issues of importance to our community, state and region. Assuring academic rigor and the highest standards of excellence in all intellectual inquiry.


Highest Standards Engaged Learning Stewardship
Academic Rigor Evidence-Based Responsible
Intellectual Inquiry High Integrity Efficient
Experience-Rich Global Experience Beneficial Partnerships