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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.

NSU is a truly 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. There are presently students from thirty-six different countries who call our campus their home.  NSU also has one of the highest guaranteed scholarship programs in the Midwest with the four-year WolfPACT, which is based solely on a student’s ACT score.

Northern State professors are committed to presenting academic materials in a challenging but close-knit environment, with a faculty-to-student ratio that is equal to or below that of more costly private institutions. The campus has designated areas of excellence in E-learning and International Business, thus allowing you to see and experience the entire world, either in-person or through electronic exchanges.

At NSU, learning happens both in and out of the classroom. A wide variety of living-learning communities, internship opportunities, study abroad programs, clubs and organizations, and extracurricular activities are available to our students to complement academic life.


Northern State is the home of the Wolves and our record of accomplishment, through all of our varied sports programs, is outstanding.  It was just announced that NSU is tops in NCAA Division II attendance for both men’s and women’s basketball, and that record has been in place now for eight consecutive seasons.  More than 3,400 fans watch these home contests week-in and week-out during the basketball season.


And, NSU has some of the best fine arts programming in the Upper Midwest. Our program offerings allow students to experience a wide range of artistic mediums as they develop a critical understanding of art, music and theater.  The Johnson Fine Arts facility, home for many of these performances, is undergoing extensive remodeling and within the next twelve months will be a totally redesigned and much improved public space.


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.  Many of our on-campus programs can now be done without ever stepping a foot on campus. 

Northern is, without question, 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.  I believe you will find no other college or university that has so much to offer at such a value-based price point.  As you explore our university, please don’t overlook our newest addition, the Confucius Institute at Northern State University, bringing Chinese language and culture opportunities to all of South and North Dakota!

James Smith, President
Northern State University