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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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A message from President James Smith


Welcome to Northern State University.

Northern State is one of the country's premier universities, with outstanding students, great faculty and staff, and state-of-the-art facilities. No matter what you are looking for, you'll find it here at Northern. I invite you to visit and experience our beautiful campus.

Ours is a unique institution where students have the opportunity to engage with the best of academics, cultural arts and athletics. It is also a place where international cultures come together for the purpose of exploring the very finest elements of an undergraduate or graduate education. NSU has one of the highest guaranteed scholarship programs in the Midwest with the four-year Wolf PACT, which is based solely on a student’s ACT score.


Northern State professors are committed to presenting academic materials in a challenging but intimate environment, with a faculty-to-student ratio of 18 to one. The campus has designated areas of excellence in E-learning and international business – we are truly a place where you can learn along with students from around the globe.

At NSU, learning happens in and out of the classroom. A wide variety of learning communities, internship opportunities, study abroad programs, clubs and organizations, and extracurricular activities are available to our students to comple​ment academic life.
Northern State is the home of the Wolves and of legendary coach Don Meyer, the winningest coach in the history of men’s college basketball.
With the strong support of Aberdeen and surrounding communities, our men’s and women’s basketball programs consistently rank No. 1 in attendance.

NSU has the best fine arts programming in the upper Midwest. Our programs allow students to experience a wide range of artistic mediums as they develop a critical understanding of art, music and theater.

Our graduate programs are among the best in this area, and enrollments have been growing steadily. Online enrollment, too, has skyrocketed, and Northern has responded by increasing its online offerings.

Northern is a place where you can truly be yourself; we are an institution that is dedicated to allowing you to explore and create to the absolute limits of your imagination. I urge you to begin your explorations right now.

Be You. Be Us. Be Northern!

James Smith, President
Northern State University